Expiring Seaman’s Book in 2020 is Extended for Another 12 Months

by | Last updated Nov 24, 2023 | Important Documents, MARINA Updates | 26 comments

Recognizing the restriction this pandemic has brought us, MARINA extends the validity of the expiring Seaman’s Book for all Filipino seafarers.

The Maritime Industry Authority, through its Advisory No. 2020-67, auto-renews all Seafarer’s Record Book (SRB) and Seafarer’s Identification Record Book (SIRB) expiring between March 13, 2020 to December 31, 2020 for another 12 months from the date of its expiration.

Short Recap

Late last year, the single SIRB document was upgraded and became the SRB and SID. The SRB retains the record function of our sea service while the SID “serves” the identification part.

All SIRB, SRB, and SID (Seafarer’s Identity Document) are three standalone documents.

Also note that last June 2016, our seaman’s book validity was extended from 5 (five) years to ten (10) years. Therefore, most of us may still have our SRB or SIRB valid this year.

Tunay na Bayani

“Our seafarers are essential workers. Frontliners sila. Kailangan nating protektahan ang kanilang trabaho at kalusugan. Ang laki ng tulog nila sa ating ekonomiya. Sila ay mga tunay na bayani.”

MARINA Administrator.

Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad

Further Guidance on Expiring Seaman’s Book Auto-renewals

Filipino seafarers could not disembark their vessels and be safely repatriated due to several countries imposing travel restrictions.

Fortunately, maritime authorities and stakeholders recognized this challenge and acted proactively.

Longer extension of expired and expiring seaman’s book is just one of the solutions to keep this global trade running.

Today, MARINA and its satellite offices are open for processing seaman’s books and STCW Certificates. 

Thus, the advisory also directs seafarers who are not on board to renew their SIRB/ SRB six months prior to its expiration.

Announcement from MARINA extending expired seaman's book this year for another 12 months
Source: MARINA

Role of Manning Agencies

Whether on board or ashore, your SIRB/ SRB is renewed automatically without the need to file for an application in MARINA. 

This Advisory includes both domestic and overseas seafarers either on board or ashore.

However, your concerned manning/ crewing agencies and shipping companies must submit a list of their crew members who extended their SIRB/ SRB pursuant to this Advisory.

They shall submit an electronic copy of the said information via email to mds@marina.gov.ph using the template in Annex A.

More Auto-extensions

A few days ago, MARINA also extended the expiration of COP, COC, and COE of all STCW certificates expiring between 13 March 2020 to 31 December 2020.

This is in solidarity with IMO’s Circular requiring member states to adopt resolutions helping seafarers with a proactive approach to the extension of their certificates and other maritime documents.

Final Thought

Because of the pandemic, the auto-renewal of certificates and seaman’s books is now happening not only here in the Philippines but to the whole maritime community.

In our country alone, MARINA introduced blended learning so we can renew our STCW certificates much faster.

This sweeping change in the way we conduct things slowly transforms us from offline to online digital format. 

Before, processing of seaman’s book and passport was purely on-site. Now, we are doing half of the procedures online.

Our expiring seaman’s book and STCW Certificates could be an “experiment” to process our documents 80 to 100% online. 

Do you think that conducting blended training is better and won’t degrade the competence of seafarers?

May the winds be in your favor



  1. Arklemuel

    Good day sir ask lang po ako ma expir kadi yong sirb ko dis april 12 2021,e onboard pa po ako..wala po ba extension?kailangan po ba i reapply para ma extend paano po yon e onboard ako..

    • Gibi

      Automatic yan sir extended since on board pa kayo at di basta2 makauwi dahil sa covid. renew nyo nalang po pag-uwi nyo.

  2. Edmund

    Sir expired na po bt ko cop at sirb pwede po kaya mag renew kahit di na muna po mag refresh..thanks po

    • Gibi

      Sir if on board kayo at expire o mag eexpire na seaman’s book or COP, saka nyo na irenew pagkababa nyo. pero kung nasa bakasyon kayo, renew nyo na yan sir. sa BT COP nyo since expire, full course na po yan.

  3. Rosyrone j. Closa

    Sir ask ko pang kung pwede pa e cop yung bt sdsd at btoc ko 9ontjs nalang mag 5 years na, pwede pa kaya itoa cop sa marina, salamat

    • Gibi

      Sir nasampahan mo na yan ng barko? Ang btoc at sdsd sir pwede mo ma cop yan right after matapos ang training kasi di na kailangan yan ng sea service experience. magreretraining kna ulit nyan sir kasi dapat napa COP mo na yan within 6 months matapos ang training mo.

  4. yance09

    Hi Sir, Help me answer my question. My seaman’s book is going to expire this coming June 13, 2021 along with my COP BT. – technically no sea service due naabutan ako ng covid on 4th year. What are my requirements to comply for renewal? Thanks for answering my question..

    • Gibi

      Sir, If no sea service during the validity of your BT COP, you may have to undergo full training. For Seaman’s Book renewal, log-in to MISMO at sundin mo lang steps and requirements dun. Here’s a self help guide as well


      Your requirements for SRB renewal will be as follows,

      RENEWAL Application
      Old SID/ SRB.
      Married Contract (for married women).
      Valid NBI Clearance.
      Certificate of Completion of Basic Training (BT).
      Duly Notarized Affidavit (for lost or damaged) which are still valid.
      Two (2) Documentary Stamps.

      Pero need mo pa rin mag-open at magrenew thru MISMO.

  5. Christopher

    Sir good day po!
    Sir expired na po BT at PSCRB ko last April 28,2020, Ang last signed off ko po ay nong last January 2016, di po ako nakabalik agad dahil na aksidente po ako pero may medical Fit To Work na po ako last 2018. Gusto ko po ngayon sumakay ulit, Ano po mga kailangan kong aasikasohin sir? Ano po kailangan kong gawin sa Expired kong BT at PSCRB? Salamat po.

    • Gibi

      Apply ka muna ng company mo sir. Tanungin mo inaapplyan mo kung anu-ano mga training requirements kelangan nila ipakuha sayo. Kasama na yan passport at seaman’s book. Regarding sa BT at PSCRB mo, retraining kna ulit sir.

    • Anna Arden Guzman

      Sir un seamans book ko po expired ng March 2021.inde po ba ksama s extension for 1year

      • Gibi

        Hello maam. Extended din po yan up to 1 year in their latest advisory regarding expiring seaman’s book

        “All SRBs and SIRBs, expiring between 01 January to 30 June 2021, shall be extended for a period of one (1) year from the date of expiry without the need to file for their renewal at the MARINA. This applies to SRBs or SIRBs of all Filipino seafarers who are onboard and ashore at the time of the expiry of their respective SIRBs or SRBs,” MARINA stated in the Advisory.

      • Lydio I. Marquita

        Sir gud day po bago lang po akong baba feb 2, 2021. Ang seamans book ko po ay ma expired this coming June 2021. At saka ang COC ko din na Master ay ma expired din this coming June 2021 pero hindi ko po Naaktuhan na Chief Mate. Ang present position ko ngayon ay Second Mate..

  6. Jose Gene Emboltorio

    Sir Good Day
    Bakit walang slot and online application? How can I renew my SRB?

    • Gibi

      Marami nag aapply ng online application sir kaya punuan ang slots.

  7. jaypee gonzales

    sir good day, totoo po ba na kpag na expired ang seaman book last 2020 ay my extend na 12 months..?
    thank you po sir…

    • Gibi

      Yes sirr

  8. danilo nuez nacilla






    • Gibi

      Sir magandang tanghali. Since retired na po kayo, di na po kailangan irenew SIRB nyo. Congrats po at Happy retirement po. Godbless.

  9. Joevic Agualin

    Good Day Sir , Maam
    I would like to ask if still okay to renew my SIRB if already expire on Jan . 05 2021 and my vacation is on January 20 ?

    • Gibi

      Hello. You can start renewing your SIRB even if still on board.

      • Rapunzel Ponce

        Good day ma’am sir,
        Hi po ask ko Lang Po Kung paano magrenew ng seaman book at DCOC mag expired ng June 8, 2021 Saan po pwedeng magrenew at pwede po bang ipasuyo sa asawa ko na siya Ang kukuha nasa laot po kasi ako…pls help me…

      • Gibi

        To renew your seaman’s book, you may visit https://sidsrb.marina.gov.ph/ and follow the instructions there. Sa DCOC nman po, walk-in ang application thru personal or company representative kung nasa laot pa po kayo. contact nyo company sir para makatulong sa inyo.

    • Jomar

      Good am po sir. my online site po ba sa seamans book. expired na po kasi ung seamans book q last june 8 2020.
      thank u po


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