February 10th, 2021

Ph Maritime Dept. Extends Working Hours

Manila, Philippines – The Maritime Industry Authority or MARINA extends its operating days and will now be open on Saturdays to speed up the issuance of Seafarers’ Record Books (SRB) and Seafarers’ Identity Documents (SID).

This will also allow more walk-in applicants especially for seafarers who are scheduled to join their vessels anytime soon after completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine period in accredited hotels. As a result manning agencies and shipping firms, including Crossworld Marine Services Inc. will now be able to deploy more Filipino seafarers.

“We have allowed walk-in applications in all MARINA Offices nationwide but Regional Directors have been given the full discretion to determine the number of slots that they can accommodate for applicants without appointments in consideration of existing health protocols and the number of staff available to process these documents”, said Capt. Jeffrey P Solon, Officer-in-Charge at the MARINA Office of the Deputy Administrator for Planning.

The extended working days for MARINA at the Manila processing center began earlier in January 2021.