Image screen captured from MARINA website
In one of my blog posts, I wrote 5 important reminders a first-timer WALK-IN applicant of Seaman’s book should not ignore. Walk-in application is conventional but a bit tedious since you need to endure all forces which might hamper your instant application particularly getting the first queue numbers.
But no need to worry for internet can help. You can initially process your seaman’s book application online nowadays. Yes, like what you had read on the title above, you don’t need to wait and fall in-line anymore, just spend some of your time browsing the web and you’ll get an appointment.
1.Go to Marina appointment website to start application.
2.Select SIRB in the type of document to be applied for and choose an appointment DATE and TIME.
3.Fill out online application form completely.
4.Download and print the application form with the appointment control number, scheduled date and time.
Ensure that your scheduled appointment is CONFIRMED. Only confirmed appointment will be entertained/ accommodated by MARINA. You can also check your confirmed appointment and print application form from your email. You should bring the printed application form to the MARINA on your scheduled date and time of appointment.
5. Since MARINA enforces strict rules for personal appearance, you must appear physically in MARINA SCDD Office located at 5th Level SM City Manila, Concepcion St. corner Arroceros St., Manila on the specified date and time (check your appointment form) for image capturing.
You must be at the office thirty (30) minutes before your scheduled time. Early/Late comers will not be entertained.
Make sure that you have the complete set of below documents with photocopies before proceeding to the Evaluation Counter. Applications with incomplete documentary requirements will not be processed.
- Valid NBI Clearance
- Valid Basic Safety Training (BST) or Basic Training (BT) Certificate; and
- Official Receipt of Basic Safety Training (BST) or Basic Training (BT) Course
- On the other hand, if you are a cadet and you would like to wear your shoulder board, you must submit Transcript of Records (TOR) or if not available, a certification from the school duly signed by the school Registrar, as proof of your enrollment in a maritime course.
6.On the day of your appointment, present your printed application form to the appointment counter for verification, otherwise, you will not be admitted.
7.Get your queue number.
8.At the evaluation counter, please wait for your queue number to appear on the monitor that indicate the window you will go to.
9.After evaluation, proceed to the Cash Section and pay Php 800.00 or Php 1,500.00 for regular and expedite application respectively. The former option releases your seaman’s book one day after while the latter after 4 hours only.
10.After payment, proceed to the windows/counters for Image Capturing.
11.After your photo is taken, you have the option of:
a) claiming your Seaman’s Book 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.
In case of unforeseen power failures, technical breakdowns and natural calamities, applicants are advised that this may delay the release of the application.
This article first appeared in MARINA website. Minor edits had been made.