A Seaman’s Identification Record Book (SIRB) or what is commonly known as Seaman’s Book is required to all aspiring seafarers before they can be considered eligible to work on shipping vessels.
Though getting a Seaman’s Book is just one of the many steps that seafarers undergo prior to deployment, it is one of the most important documents of Filipino seamen.
To serve as a guide, here are the basic steps in securing a Seaman’s Book :
- Apply in a POEA-licensed manning agency and they will evaluate your application.
- If you passed, you will get a recommendation to get SOLAS or the Basic Safety Course from a certified training institution.
- The training institution will give you a certification for the completion of your basic safety course training.
- Together with your certification, you must also bring original and photocopies of the following:
- College or High School Diploma
- Transcript of Records
- Certified True Copy of Birth certificate on Security Paper or Passport
- 2x2 passport size colored picture with white background
- NBI Clearance for Seaman
- Valid Basic Safety Training (BST) Certificate
- Official Receipt of Basic Safety Training (BST) Course
Note: Requirements will vary depelnding on applciation (New, Re-Issuance, Seawoman,Lost SIRB )
Bring your complete requirements at the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) located at the PPL Bldg. 1000 UN Ave. cor. San Marcelino, Manila.
The office of MARINA is open from 7am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. Their staff render services even during lunch break.
Processing Fees for SIRB
For New and Re-Issuance
- Regular: Php800
- Expedite: Php1.500
For Replacement of Lost SIRB
- Succeeding Issuance: Double the cost of last issuance
For regular processing, the seafarer’s book will be given to you after eight (8) hours provided that you have submitted all required documents. For expedite processing, it will be available after four (4) hours.