Certificate Compliance for Seafarers
As part of our extensive recruitment process, we conduct crew certificate compliance checks. We verify crew certificates and documents for authenticity to make sure seafarers receive the required training before going on board.
As an agency known for supplying global fleet with a quality crew, we’re careful in vetting Filipino seafarers. Through our thorough certificate checks, we help our principals maintain safety and quality workmanship in their vessels. The last thing we want are compliance issues at sea that are solely caused by our deployed crew.
For applicants, here are some of the documents and certificates of compliance for seafarers we look for:
The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) sets Basic Safety Training (BST) certificate as the minimum legal requirement for anyone looking to work aboard industrial and commercial vessels.
The BST courses cover personal survival techniques, elementary first aid, fire fighting and fire prevention, and personal safety and social responsibilities. After completing the courses, you’ll receive an STCW BST Certificate that is valid for five years.
If your BST Certificate has expired, you need to get a refresher training to secure a new certificate and get on board again. Refresher training may be in the form of e-learning, shore-based training, or shipboard training.
A SIRB or seaman’s book is a must for any port-of-entry that require a crew transit visa. This document certifies the holderis a seaman as per STCW standards. It also serves as an official and legal record of the holder’s sea experience. The master of the vessel signs it each time a seafarer is signed off from the vessel, certifying his experience and contributions on board.
It is a document of registration mandated by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
This is a basic travel document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that legitimize your Filipino citizenship and capabilities to travel abroad.
All international shipping companies require a medical certificate issued by accredited hospitals and other medical facilities. If you’re applying for a position in a vessel that operates in Africa, you may be required to secure a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate as mandated by the Bureau of Quarantine.
Some crew members need a certificate of competency (or an equivalent) to carry out specific duties. Deck officers, for instance, need a CoC if they’re performing navigational responsibilities. Engineering officers, on the other hand, are required to hold CoCs depending on the power output of the vessel or the area of the sea where it’ll be operating. For a full list of CoCs required for your position, feel free to reach out to our agency.
Designated Security Duties training certificate is now a mandatory document for certain international shipping companies. This training covers security awareness and designated duties in the event of security threat on international vessels and port facility services. It’s best to secure this document to prevent any delay in application.
Get in touch with us today to know more about our crew certificate compliance.