What is a Seaman Book or Seaman’s Discharge Book ? How do i apply for a Seaman’s Book ? What are the requirements or checklist to apply for a seaman’s book ? which countries issue them ? what are the fees, checklist, processing time, validity, procedure ?

What is a Seaman’s Book or Seaman’s Discharge Book ?

A Seaman Record Book or Continuous Discharge Certificate is a continuous record of a seaman’s service.

This document certifies that the person holding is a seaman as per The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended 1995.

Every seafarer must carry this document while on board, which is also an official and legal record of his sea experience.

The master of the vessel signs the document each time a seaman is signed off from the vessel certifying his experience on board.

This is one of the most important documents while a seaman is travelling on board. Even if a person has just this document, they have been called ‘Seaman’.

Passport, STCW-95 certification and a Seaman Book are considered essential travel documents for applying for a shipping or cruise line job or career.

To join any port-of-entry around the world, a seafarer may require crew transit visa. Seaman Book is one of the compulsory document for applying such transit visas

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What is STCW-95 Certification ?

STCW stands for Standard of Training Certification and Watch keeping. This is a basic safety course regulated by the IMO for all seafarers. One must attend this course in order to be able to work onboard a ship regardless of whatever certification you have as this is the basic primary certification needed to set a feet on board any ship around the world. This certificate is internationally recognized and includes four basic modules, which are:-

  • Personal Survival techniques (PST) – This module will give the candidate knowledge of essential prevention and survival .techniques, It includes both theoretical and practical sessions; investigating causes of distress, knowledge and use of equipment, launch and recovery of life raft, preparation of survival, personal survival skills, and use of search and rescue organizations.
  • Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention (FPFF) – This module deals with the precautions to be taken to minimize the risk of fires aboard the ship, the way in which fires are caused and first means of extinguishing them. The module includes practical training in the use of fire fighting equipment, and use of breathing apparatus for fire fighting and rescue.
  • Elementary First Aid (EFA) – This module is a mixture of theory and practical sessions, training basic first aid and life saving skills.
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR): – This module gives basic induction training in safety procedures and accident prevention and familiarizes new seafarers and working conditions aboard the ship.

 

Filing Services – Panama Liberia Palau St Kitts and Nevis Seaman Book CDC

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A list of Administrations whose Seafarer Medical Certificates are accepted for service are applicable for a particular registry and also full details of the application process and the required supporting documentation can be found on the Application Form itself.

The process of how to obtain a Seaman’s Book varies on the flag state authority.  A Seaman Book or Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC) can be issued by various authorities from different nations.

​Normally, a  Seaman Book is applied and issued by the flag state administration where the applicant is a domicile or where he/she was born or a acquired nationality.  But, there are some flag states which are registered flags of convenience (FOC) where merchant ships are registered in a country other than that of the ship’s owner – meaning owners of a ship might register the ship under a flag state other than his own country’s registry. Such foreign owned ships are registered under Flag of Convenience (FoC) or Open Registry.

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What is a Seaman Book or Seaman’s Discharge Book ? How do i apply for a Seaman’s Book ? What are the requirements or checklist to apply for a seaman’s book ? which countries issue them ? what are the fees, checklist, processing time, validity, procedure ?

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What are the documents required to apply for Panama Seaman Book or CDC for Radio Operators (GMDSS) ?

  • Complete Application form (Attached document)
  • 8 Color Photos 3 x 3 cm
  • Company letter, with position request, signature and stamp
  • Valid Passport copy (valid for 6 months)
  • Current Discharge book or experience certificate
  • Valid GMDSS License
  • Current dated Panama/ ILO 73/ MLC 2006 Medical certificate with all details duly filled , seal, signature, date and license Number of the Doctor
  • Copy of Radio Operator Title (GMDSS)
  • Endorsement Certificate with STCW 95 convention Reg. I/2 from the applicant’s country. Reg I/10
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What are the documents required to apply for Panama Seaman Book or CDC for Ship Security Officer (SSO)

  • Complete Application form (Attached document)
  • 8 Color Photos 3 x 3 cm
  • Company letter, with position request, signature and stamp
  • Valid Passport copy (valid for 6 months)
  • Current Discharge book or experience certificate
  • Endorsement Certificate with STCW 95 convention Reg. I/2 from the applicant’s country
  • Reg I/10 Valid certificate of competency with STCW
  • Current dated Panama/ ILO 73/ MLC 2006 Medical certificate with all details duly filled , seal, signature, date and license Number of the Doctor
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What are the documents required to apply for Panama Seaman Book or CDC for Engineers ?

  • Complete Application form (Attached document)
  • 8 Color Photos 3 x 3 cm
  • Company letter, with position request, signature and stamp
  • Valid Passport copy (valid for 6 months)
  • Current Discharge book or experience certificate
  • Endorsement Certificate with STCW 95 convention Reg. I/2 from the applicant’s country
  • Reg I/10 Valid certificate of competency with STCW
  • Security Awareness Training Certificate + Course Endorsement
  • Current dated Original Panama Medical certificate with all details duly filled , seal, signature, date and license Number of the Doctor
  • Valid 4 Basic courses certificates.( Personal Survival Techniques, Elementary First Aid, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities)

 

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What are the documents required to apply for Panama Seaman Book or CDC for Master and Deck Officers (1st, 2nd and 3rd Officers / Mate) ?

  • Complete Application form (Attached document)
  • 8 Colour Photos 3 x 3 cm
  • Company letter, with position request, signature and stamp
  • Valid Passport copy (valid for 6 months)
  • Current Discharge book or experience certificate
  • Endorsement Certificate with STCW 95 convention Reg. I/2 from the applicant’s country
  • Reg I/10 Valid certificate of competency with STCW
  • Current dated Panama/ ILO 73/ MLC 2006 Medical certificate with all details duly filled, seal, signature, date and license Number of the Doctor
  • Radar observer course
  • ARPA course (required if the equipment is available on the ship
  • GMDSS course
  • Advance Fire Fighting Course (IMO 2.03 regulation VI/3)
  • Security Awareness Training Certificate + Course Endorsement

 

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What are the documents required to apply for Panama Seaman Book or CDC for MOU or Mobile Offshore Units ?

First let us see what does MOU include. Mobile Offshore Units include the following,

  • Offshore Installation Manager
  • Barge Supervisor
  • Ballast Control Operator
  • Chief Engineer MOU
  • Engineer in Charge
  • Barge Engineer
  • Subsea Engineer

The documents required are :

  • Complete Application form (Attached document)
  • 8 Color Photos 3 x 3 cm
  • Company letter, with position request, signature and stamp
  • Valid Passport copy (valid for 6 months)
  • Current Discharge book or experience certificate
  • Valid 4 Basic courses certificates ( Personal survival techniques Elementary first aid. Fire Prevention and fire fighting Personal safety & Social responsibilities)
  • Security Awareness Training Certificate + Course Endorsement
  • Current dated Panama/ ILO 73/ MLC 2006 Medical certificate with all details duly filled , seal, signature, date and license Number of the Doctor
  • Rating certificate or STCW watch keeping certificate
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