POEA Implements Online Registration of Seafarers

An online registry will be available to Filipino seafarers starting next month, to replace the Seafarers Registration Certificates (SRC), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Tuesday. According to POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 13 issued August 5, the online registration system will be implemented starting September 15, 2016. Some 50,000 yearly SRC applicants are […]

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P.O.E.A. Expands List of High-Risk Destinations

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)  has expanded the list of high-risk destinations, where Filipino seafarers aboard international sea vessels can collect hazard pay. In its Governing Board Resolution no. 5, series of 2016,  POEA enumerated the countries, which it considers as high-risk destinations for sailors due to ongoing internal conflict, being affected with contagious […]

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USCG: Zika Virus Precautions

USCG has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin to inform the maritime industry on the risks associated with the Zika virus. Recently, the World Health Organization designated the Zika virus as a global public health emergency. This has prompted questions from the maritime industry regarding reporting requirements for any vessel crew members or passengers who may be […]

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STCW 2010 – Employers Need to Be Ready, says ICS

Feb 01, 2016 – The transitional period for the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010) comes to an end on 1 January 2017. To prevent last minute certification ‘logjams’, and potential difficulties during Port State Control inspections next year, it is important that maritime […]

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The People’s Republic of China Ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

China is the 68th ILO member State to have ratified this landmark Convention. On 12 November, China formally completed its ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006  (MLC 2006). When the Convention enters into force for China on 12 November 2016, seafarers serving on merchant ships flying the Chinese flag will be guaranteed minimum conditions of […]

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Remembering the Importance of Seafarers

June 25 – IMO Secretary-General’s video message for Day of the Seafarer filmed from the Seamen’s Center at Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. On June 25, the industry celebrates the fifth Day of the Seafarer. This day was instituted by the IMO to remember the importance of seafarers and to raise awareness about life at sea.

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