Philippines extends seafarers’ certificate validity by one year

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The Philippines has extended the validity of seafarers’ STCW certificates that are due to expire by another year.

The Philippines Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) said in an advisory to the industry the actions taken in the Philippines and worldwide to combat Covid-19 had severely affected training, revalidation of certificates and crew change and shore leave, and as a it was extending the validity of STCW certificates.

All STCW certificates expiring between 1 September and 31 December 2020 will be extended in validity for a period of one year without application having to be made.

The extension applies to all STCW certificates of Filipino seafarers whether onboard or ashore provided the seafarer has completed 12 months seagoing duties for the appropriate certificate in the last five years, or three months seagoing duties in the last six months.