Monday, November 29, 2021

How to Apply for Seaman’s Book (SIRB)

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While most of us land-based worksites hold on to our passports ever so dearly, seafarers and those who board local or international ships hold a different document called Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB), commonly known as Seaman’s book.

With a similar purpose to that of a passport, a Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or commonly known as Seaman’s book contains personal information about the holder such as full name, date of birth, and place of the registry. But it also has additional information not normally found in a passport: height, the color of eyes, and distinguishing marks.

Just like any international traveler who needs a passport to enter another country, a seaman’s book is a necessity for any seafarer. Here’s how Filipino seafarers can apply for SIRB or seaman’s book.

This can be accessed through this web page

Set an appointment

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Select SIRB from the menu as a document, and select the date and time of your appointment.

Seaman's book application appointment booking
Seaman’s book application appointment booking

Enter your personal information

Type your full name and birthday, along with other information provided such as height, weight, educational background, and certificates. Have this information ready and make sure they are as accurate as possible.

Print the SIRB  application form

You will receive an email that includes the information you provided. Print it out.

Prepare the following certified original documents

For New Applicants

  • Birth Certificate from PSA
  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • Basic Training Certificate
  • Transcript of Records (for BS MarE/ BSMT)
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For re-issuance of SIRB

  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • Basic Safety Training / Refresher / Updating
  • License or Board Certificate, if applicable
  • Original SIRB
  • Sea Service Certificate

For lost or damaged SIRB

  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • Basic Safety Training / Refresher / Updating
  • License or Board Certificate, if applicable
  • Duly notarized affidavit of support
  • Sea Service Certificate

Prepare additional documents as required

These requirements may be asked so have them ready.

  • Photocopies of NBI, BST, BT Refresher, BT Updating, BT COP, All pages of SIRB, Sea Service Certificate, and License
  • White Long Folder / Documentary Stamp / White Uniform

Go to the designated office on your appointment day

  • SIRB: MARINA SCDD office:
    5th Level SM City Manila, Concepcion St. corner Arroceros St., Manila.
  • COP – Head Office:
    STCW Processing Center, MARINA, 7th Floor Parkview Plaza, Taft Ave. corner Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
    STCW Processing Center, MARINA, 5th Floor Parkview Plaza, Taft Ave. corner Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
    Parkview Plaza 984 Taft Ave. corner T.M. Kalaw Ave., 1000 Ermita Manila Philippines

Be in the venue 30 minutes before the appointment time.

    1. Present your printed application form to the appointment counter for verification and get your queue number.
    2. Ensure that you have the complete set of the applicable documents for SIRB, COP, or LICENSURE with photocopies before proceeding to the Evaluation Counter. This helps expedite the entire process.
    3. At the Evaluation Counter, wait for your queue number to appear on the monitor that indicates which window you will go to.
    4. After evaluation, proceed to the Cash Section and pay the applicable processing fees. See the table of fees below.
    5. After payment, proceed to the windows/counters for photo taking
    6. After your photo is taken, you have the option of:
      a) claiming your Seaman’s Book or COP at the MARINA where it was applied: or
      b) have it delivered by courier to your home. If availing of the delivery service, proceed to the Delivery Counter to pay for the delivery fee.
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    • Regular: P800
    • Expedite P1,500

Replacement of Lost SIRB*

      • 1st Time: P 1,500
      • Succeeding issuance: 2x the cost of last issuance

Onboard: P 1,500
On-site: P 1,500

What’s Next

Good luck! We hope you’ll have a successful career as a seafarer. However, not all have positive experiences.

Let this be a warning sign, but also serve as motivation to strive and succeed.

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