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An Ordinary Seaman is the lowest rank of a ship’s deck crew. It is considered an entry-level position and comprises the main labor force on board a boat. An Ordinary Seaman is supervised by the Chief Officer and the Captain, and can be given instructions by any individuals ranked above him, the Able Bodied Seamen. An Ordinary Seaman works two four hour watches a day, seven days a week. His duties include: • Upkeep – Painting, cleaning, and polishing of ship brightwork; the collection and disposal of garbage; maintenance and repair of various types of equipment. • Cargo – Handling ropes and wires; storing and securing of items; assisting with the movement of cargo on and off the ship. • Lookout – Standing watch both in port and at sea. • Other Duties - Assisting with any aspect of the ship's operation and maintenance that the superior Seamen or Officers feel is necessary. Salary: Depending on the employing shipping company, the starting base pay for an Ordinary Seaman may start at about $1,200 a month. Seamen may also receive a 15% pay while the ship is away from its home port. An Ordinary Seaman may receive overtime pay for Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays while the ship is at sea.
Seaman Profession Salary/Compensation A seaman’s entry level salary ranges from P10,000 - P12,000 per month and may even go up to P17,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Seaman abroad has a starting monthly salary of $900. Basic Educational Requirement There is a four-year course for anyone who wants to pursue a career on board. However, individuals who are not graduates of a marine course can still work on a ship, provided they undergo a 10-day training that is administered by accredited training centers. It is important to check if the training center or maritime school is CHED, or MARINA-accredited and compliant to international standards set by International Maritime Organization's (IMO) and amended Standards of Training Certification and Watch Keeping Convention (STCWC). Sea-based workers also need to undergo the Basic Safety Course (BSC), should have a valid Seafarers Identification and Record Book (SIRB) and Certificate of Competency (COC) issued by the MARINA and the Seafarer’s Registration Certificate (SRC). Cost of Education A seaman’s course may range approximately from P25,000 - P35,000 per semester in private technical schools and about P10,000 to P15,000 in public institutions. Employment Opportunities Most Seamen are employed on a passenger ship, cargo vessel, oil tanker and fishing boats. Seamen may also be employed in the following industries: Fishing, Transport, Storage and Communication, and Public Adminstration and Defense, Compulsory Social Security. Prospects for Career Advancement A seaman’s opportunity for advancement depends on the trainings and further studies he/she has completed, although most of them are aiming for an officer level position someday. Nature of Work A Seaman stands watch at bow or on wing of bridge to look for obstructions in path of vessel; measure water depth; turn wheel on bridge or use emergency equipment as directed by mate; break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear; and chip rust from and paint deck or ship’s structure. He must hold a government-issued certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Tasks Measures depth of water in shallow or unfamiliar waters, using leadline, and telephones or shouts information to bridge; Breaks out, rigs, overhauls, and stows cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear; Stands watch from bow of ship or wing of bridge to look for obstruction in path of ship; Steers ship and maintains visual communication with other ships; Steers ship under direction of ship’s commander or navigating officer, or directs helmsman to steer, following designated course; Overhauls lifeboats and lifeboat gear, and lowers or raises lifeboats with winch or falls; and Paints and chips rust on deck or super structure of ship. Skills and Competencies Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits; Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance; Controlling operations of equipment or systems; and Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. Physical Attributes and Characteristics Physically fit; Ability to see details at a distance; The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions; The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you; and The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Step 1: On your browser type the website stcw.marina.gov.ph/scsv2.0/  Step 2: click the “Seafarers“  Step 3: Under REGISTER, type your SIRB Number and Birth Date in the textbox, click Check Data  Step 4: Fill out the fields to complete the registration. Make sure to input a valid email address (Gmail or Yahoo) for your activation link. After submitting your registration, open your email account and click the Activate Account. This includes your: a. Email Address b. Password for (stcw.marina.gov.ph/scsv2.0/ Seafarers Login) c. SRN Number Step 5: You may now visit stcw.marina.gov.ph/scsv2.0/ Seafarers Login to upload your documents.
NEW APPLICANTS: For Regular Seafarers: 1. Birth Certificate on SECPA issued by Philippine Statistics Authority or Passport 2. Marriage Contract (for seawomen applying for a change of name) 3. NBI Clearance (Purpose: VISA SEAMAN) 4. Valid Basic Training (If BST, include BT-Upgrading and BT-Refresher) 5. Documentary stamp (Can be bought at Marina for 20Php) 6. Long White Folder (Can be bouth at MARINA SM Manila for 10Php) 7. Photocopy of items 1 to 5 For Cadets: 1. Birth Certificate on SECPA issued by Philippine Statistics Authority or Passport 2. Transcript of Records (From Accredited MHEI) 3. NBI Clearance (Purpose: VISA SEAMAN) 4. Valid Basic Training (If BST, include BT-Upgrading and BT-Refresher) 5. Documentary stamp (Can be bought at Marina for 20Php) 6. Long White Folder (Can be bouth at MARINA SM Manila for 10Php) 7. Photocopy of items 1 to 5 FOR RENEWAL: For Regular Seafarers: 1. Expired or Expiring SIRB 2. Marriage Contract (for seawomen applying for a change of name) 3. NBI Clearance (Purpose: VISA SEAMAN) 4. Valid Basic Training (If BST, include BT-Upgrading and BT-Refresher) 5. Documentary stamp (Can be bought at Marina for 20Php) 6. Long White Folder (Can be bouth at MARINA SM Manila for 10Php) 7. Photocopy of items 1 to 5, Front Page and All Entries of SIRB ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSED OFFICERS: 1. MARINA ID 2. Certificate of Proficiency 3. Certificate of Endorsement You can bring your uniform for picture taking or you can rent in MARINA for 20Php for convenience. Schedule of Availability of Service:   Daily, from Monday to Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM without noon break     Who may avail of the service:   Filipino Citizen,18 years of age except for cadet applying for issuance of SIRB for shipboard apprenticeship training who must be at least 16 years of age. Ship officers, ratings, cadets, service providers, company representatives and fishing vessel personnel who  are engaged in any capacity onboard a Philippine-registered ship 35 GT and above. Any Filipino seafarer who intends to be engaged in any capacity onboard any foreign-flagged ship.   Exemption:   1. Seafarers onboard warships/naval vessels/naval auxiliaries 2. Fishermen onboard fishing vessels regardless of tonnage engaged in domestic fishing operation.   In the case of personnel onboard ships not engaged in commercial activity, the SIRB shall be optional.
The group United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) said, aside from being relieved, Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) chief Marcial “Al” Amaro III should also undergo investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman. The seafarers’ organization on Saturday said that the Office of the Ombudsman should probe the “unnecessary trips”.   In a statement, UFS president Engr. Nelson Ramirez criticized Amaro, accusing him of having more time doing trips than working in his office to attend to the needs of the maritime industry office. “His days outside the country are more than the number of days of his stay in the Philippines. When he is in the country, he spent more time outside the office than in his office at Marina. This must be investigated,” Ramirez said. “Amaro’s case must be acted by the Office of the Ombudsman since he has more time doing junkets rather than in his office,” he said. The UFS also chided Amaro for cancelling his monthly forum with maritime stakeholders, suggesting that he prioritized his trips more than the forum. “He also made a memorandum order halting the monthly Usapang STCW, which is a great avenue to consult the maritime stakeholders on how to rebuild the rotting maritime industry,” Ramirez said. “Amaro is reasoning out that Marina doesn’t have the means to continue. Oh come on! So where did you get the budget for your unnecessary junkets?” he said. President Rodrigo Duterte fired Amaro after a Department of Transportation (DOTr) report showed his alleged excessive foreign trips, presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced on Thursday. The UFS also thanked the President for ordering the relief of Amaro, thus, saving the maritime sector. The DOTr report showed that Amaro made a total of 24 foreign trips in the last two years, Roque said. Amaro, however, said in an interview with ANC’s “Headstart” that he only traveled 21 times as Marina chief. In addition, Amaro told ANC that he was “disappointed that he would not be able to implement the programs he lined up for 2018, but had accepted Duterte’s decision,” adding that he had a “10-year plan” for the agency. “You don’t even have a one-month plan and you are talking about of what you will do in 10 years? Are you that ignorant that you don’t even know the length of your service under the administration of President Duterte?” Ramirez said. “You are really a born jester. You don’t even have to strive to become a clown.” he said.