How to Get Your Seaman Book in the Philippines

One of the most important requirements of being a seaman in the Philippines is having a Seaman's book or SIRB (Seafarer's Identification AND Record Book).  This book details everything about a seaman's career experience and training, it is also regarded as seaman's passport but obviously this cannot replace a passport being issued by the government.  This particular book is unique only for seafarers.

Information pertaining to name of vessel, official number and place of registry, gross tonnage, rank, date of place of embarkation and disembarkation, signature of master.  These are the standard information you will see in a seaman's book or (SIRB).

To be able to secure your own Seman's book, you have to file necessary documents at Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) located at PPL Bldg., 1000 U.N. Ave. cor San Marcelino, Manila, Philippines.

Documents needed

  • Transcript of Record (High School TOR for High School Graduates) (College TOR for College Graduates)
  • School Diploma (High School Diploma for High School Graduates ) (College Diploma for College Graduates)
  • Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV) from DECS or CHED
  • Birth Certificate from NSO
  • NBI Clearance - visa seaman
  • 2 pcs Passport size colored picture with white background
  • Basic Safety Course Certificate ( SOLAS)
  • P550 for 3 day processing or P750 for one day processing. 

By Sarge Sailor with 45 comments


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can i use my passport instead of my Birth certificate?

I believe NSO certified birth certificate is an important document required for the application. Better include it in your documents for application so that you would not have a hard time getting your seaman's book.

You can order your birth certificate online from NSO in this link.

i think ung CAV sa School mo na pinag graduate tan mo dun mo kukunin ... prang Goodmoral ..

Hi guys, here's a site that hopefully enlighten you about the CAV

required ba ang nac ng solas sa seamans book?

saan po kami makakakuha ng solas?

you can get SOLAS certificate from any certified maritime training centers in the country.

Regards on TOR pano po kung under grad, sa College school kukuha?

Q: please help wat to do next my wife is taking a cooking course at tesda and after a month she'l graduate. we plan and both agreed that she must proceed a seamanship course or training to be able for her to board. Our problem is the school and the assurance after taking that training... can you help us find a a school that s low in tuition?

I guess you're talking about school for SOLAS. There are a lot of schools offering this training, their rates varies and I cannot assure which one is the cheapest. Sometimes when you go for the cheapest you'll get the most lax training. The one thing you should look for a training center is if it's accredited by MARINA. Please see the accredited agencies in their website.

graduate po ako sa italy as seaman pwede ko po ba ma gamit to sa pinas madali Lang po ba kumuha seaman's book?

Pano po pag hindi po ako graduate ng highschool,long story pero lahat kasi ng naaplyan ko pinepeke ko lang po ung dimploma ko,may special treatment poba sa mga katulad ko or excemption?
Sana pn may maka sagot sa tanung ko thnx!odbless!

sir pano po kung hindi maritime course graduate, pede po rin ba ko mg apply as a crew,,recommend nmn po kung anong training ang pede ko i take..thank you..

ganun din ako di ako kumuha ng seamans course pero mag tra2ining ako for BSC tanong ko lang kahit wala bang backer basta may training ako makuukha din ako? tnx

Ask ko lng po f anong requirements sa renewal ng seaman's book... thanks

nursing graduate po ako, then may plan po ako maging ship nurse, kelangan ko pa po bang kumuha ng maritime course na 2years?kasi yun po ung sinasabi nila sa akin.. tsaka tanong ko rin po kung okey po ba yung T.O.R ko po na nursing para makakuha ng Seaman's book? kahit nursing course makakakuha rin po ba nun? assuming na nakakuha na po ng SOLAS.

Sir yung cav ba sa lhat ng pnaggraduatan ko or yung latest lang which is college

hi, po....pwede rin po ba sa mga babae yang seaman's book?

What if I have bst but they are looking for bt , is my bst credited or I just need to get bt?

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any course po ba pwde magtake ng solas for example... nursing o criminology grad ka??

how many months po ang training sa seaman needed bfore kumuha ng seaman book?

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Haha ako na po sasagot nyan..ou nmn pwede kahit nga highschool graduate pwede kumuha nya ;) tutuo po yan....

Ou nmn barko kc hndi lang lalaki ang ng ttrababo.. ;)

tanong q lang po pano po kung under graduate po ako sa college ano po gagawin q para makakkuha po ako ng seaman book

How many years will be the expiration of solas and in 2016 they will repeat training again,,thank u

Is it same year in different agency

Hi po,
Tanong kulang po wala bang limit age?kc po 38 npo ako tpos 2011 ako ntpos ng college,HRM po course,pwde ba akong mgtraining ng short course para mkakuha ako ng seaman book? 45lmit nman f magabroad ka like mg apply ng cruiseship?

Pwede sa latest mong pinag graduate -tan.

Pwede naman as long as u complete your requirements..

Updated pba toh..?
(P550 for 3 day processing or P750 for one day processing)

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talagang kailangan po ba yung sa DIPLOMA at TOR sa Highschool na pinagraduate-tan po? o pwede po ba kahit DIPLOMA at TOR ng college na lang ang i-submit?

nawala ung bst certificate ko at resibo nun, ang natira lng sakin e ung nac certificate ng bst. Pano un? pwde bang subtitute ung nac certificate?

pwede po ba kahit travel abroad ang purpose ng NBI clearance instead of Visa Seaman?

kumuha ka ng solas graduate,under grad. highschool grad. pwede yan kahit anong course ka pa

5 years, you dont have to repeat the whole training, 2 days training will be enough they call it refresher 1 day lecture 1 day actual

pwd po ba magapply ng seaman's book kahit walang nac?

ECE grad po ako, anu po ang mga req. at training para po maka sampa po ako at maging seaman?

D po b pareho lang ung TOR at CAV?

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