January 14th, 2021 Ph Gov’t Extends validity of Seafarer’s Record Books, Other Documents

Manila, Philippines – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) grants a one 1-year extension of validity for expiring Seafarer’s Record Books (SRBs) and Seafarer’s Identification and Record Books (SIRBs) on 01 January to 30 June 2021.

January 14th, 2021 Ph Tightens Crew Change protocols amid threat of new Covid-19 variant

The Philippines, the world’s leading crewing provider and a top destination for crew changes, has decided to halt crew changes for seafarers who have been in countries affected by a new Covid-19 variant two weeks prior to visiting the country.

December 10th, 2020 Ph Included in ILO list of ‘Member States with clear, complete SIDs’

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has included the Philippines on its list of member-states that have “clear, complete and well-documented” processing in the issuance of Seafarer Identification Document (SID).

November 9th, 2020 Crossworld Launches New Holiday Season Incentive Program

Crossworld Marine Services, Inc. is encouraging more seafarers to hop back in vessels and re-join their fleet in the coming weeks through its new incentive program.

October 26th, 2020 Philippines Opens 4th Crew Change Hub in Cebu

The Philippines opens another ‘one-stop shop’ crew change hub on top of three others already operating in various parts of the country. The new crew change hub is located in Cebu which is south of the Philippines. It started receiving requests for crew change from domestic and foreign vessels on October 16 after establishing and finalizing all preparations and safety loops for crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 26th, 2020 Government Urged to Speed Up Deployment of Filipino Seafarers through Accredited Assessment Centers

Maritime training centers are calling for the speedy deployment of Filipino seafarers as it asks the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to hasten the process of assessment for those who already have contracts but remains unassessed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 13th, 2020 90 Japanese Ships Divert to Philippines for Crew Change

Around 90 Japanese vessels have chosen the Philippines to host their crew changes. That includes at least 900 seafarers as the International Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) decided to divert the crew change to different ports in the country.

October 13th, 2020 Over 136,000 Filipino Seafarers Deployed and Gradually Growing

Tens of thousands of Filipino seafarers have been deployed in recent months especially after deployment restrictions were eased amid the COVID-19 pandemic affecting most parts of the world.