MARINA experiences 20% drop in issuance of Seaman’s book PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 July 2016 13:20

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) 9 has announced that the office experienced a 20 per cent drop on the issuance of Seafarers Information Record Book (SIRB) or known as seaman’s book in this region.

Arnulfo E. Atilano, head, MARINA manpower seafarers training certification and watch keeping unit, said in an interview that some of the reasons for the drop of seaman’s book issuance ARE seafarers are not yet on vacation, their seaman’s book is not yet expired, or they already renewed or got their seaman’s book in other MARINA offices in the region.

From January to June 2015, the office released 1,155 seaman’s books while from January to June 2016 they released only 917.

Seaman’s book is a requirement whenever a seafarer starts to work in their respective workplace.

For those seafarers who wanted to apply it takes around two days and a payment of P1,100 for them to get their SIRB. These two days are only extended in cases of holiday or brownout.

Previously, the SIRB was only valid for five years. Now it is already valid for 10 years as provided for under Marina Circular 2009-10.

The reason for this is for the convenience of the seafarers and so that they will have more time for their family during their vacations. — R.G. A A. Go)