Seaman’s Book renewal is now made simpler and with less hassles. Online appointment is widely available. This method is much faster and more convenient for everyone. Walk-ins are still entertained but you must be there early. First timers can apply for a seaman’s book using MARINA’s online appointment website.
Your passport may be your ticket to the world but for us seamen, our seaman’s book or Seaman’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) is our ticket to the seafaring world. International law requires every seafarer from their own country to have this type of document before they could work on ships.
Requirements for Renewal
Original and photocopy.
- A valid email address
- One long folder
- Two Documentary Stamps
- Your Old Seaman’s Book
- Sea Service Certificate
- COC, MARINA ID or PRC Board Certificate
- Marriage Contract (for sea woman applying for change of name)
- NBI Clearance
- Basic Safety Training Certificate
Additionally, graduates of BSMT, BSMarE and Officers must bring:
- Appropriate Shoulder Boards.
For non-graduates, they shall wear a white polo with collar.
Note: Preparing these requirements in advance will ensure faster and smoother processing. Bring the original and photocopy of the said documents.
Once you have all the requirements above, proceed now to the first step.
Steps for SIRB Renewal
1. Online appointment thru MARINA’s online appointment website.
Upon clicking, that link will take you to another web page that looks like this:
Scroll down the information while reading it before proceeding. Once you understood its content, click on “SET APPOINTMENT” at the bottom of the page or on top of it.
They may impose strict instructions on their site especially the “only confirmed appointment will be entertained/ accommodated by MARINA”. But the last time I renewed my SIRB, many were still going there through walk-in application. The best part of setting your appointment online is for quicker processing. During my queue, there were only five of us who made online appointments compared to the rest who were walk-ins. And we were given a special evaluator. That’s why we we’re fast!
2. Fill up necessary information.
After clicking the “SET APPOINTMENT” button, you will now start to fill up the necessary information needed for your Seaman’s Book.
Click on the box to fill it out one by one. You can set your desired date and time for your appointment. After that, press next and another form will appear. Continue filling it up until completed. Only the ones marked with *red asterisks* are necessary. Others are optional.
This task is the part where your appointment saves time. It speeds up the processing of your seaman’s book renewal since the system saves your details in their database. When you go to MARINA Office in SM Manila, the processor no longer needs to manually enter your personal information.
3. Click “SUBMIT” once finished.
A new page will show you the form that you filled in. Double check your work to ensure that everything you entered is correct. Remember that the details you typed here will be the same information used in your seaman’s book. It’s important to have it free from errors.
4. Click “PROCEED” when satisfied.
Your online appointment is almost finished. Take note of the reminders on the next page. Other requirements are also listed there for your guidance. Download your application form on the “download your application form here” button.
5. Print your SIRB Application Form.
If you have a printer connected to your laptop or mobile device, print it directly. Or you can save it in a flash drive and print it somewhere else. This is very important. You cannot apply/ renew your seaman’s book if you won’t present a copy or proof of your SIRB Application Form. The guard will check if you have it together with the other requirements upon showing up on your appointed schedule.
“Take note that the Appointment Office for online applicants is located at MARINA SCDD Office: 5th Level SM City Manila, Concepcion St. corner Arroceros St., Manila.”
On your appointment schedule, show the guards your SIRB APPLICATION FORM. He will guide you to special queue exclusive for online applicants either renewal or first time. Remember to bring with you the necessary requirements mentioned above as these are used to verify your identity.
Once the counter evaluator validates you documents, proceed to the Cash Section and pay the applicable processing fees. Regular and expedite process has different payments. Also, take note of these fee formats.
After submitting your requirements, proceed to the windows/counters for Image Capturing with your appropriate uniforms.
Processing/ Application Centers
SM Mall Of Asia
POEA Central Office sa Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.
7. Lastly, you have the option of…
- a) claiming your Seaman’s Identification and Record Book at the MARINA where it was applied (within the day for expedite and next working day for regular application): or
- b) Courier delivery to your home.
If availing of the delivery service, proceed to the Delivery Counter to pay for the delivery fee.
The last time I checked, seaman’s book renewal and application process will be much more faster. MARINA plans to install a second satellite office to ease the backlogs of seafarers. The new office will also cater walk-in and online applicants.
For more questions, call 524-2972.
May the winds be on your favor.