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The Sailor Re-Applies for Seafaring Job

Updated on February 8, 2013

After more than a year of hiatus, I am now facing a more challenging tasks on how to hurdle the following problems in reviving my seafaring career:

  • my US visa was already expired.
  • my COC (Certificate of Authentication) as Chief Cook was also expired.
  • I was on board at my last vessel (2009) as messman.

My attempt to have a fast re-application prompted my cousin, who's already a master, recommended me to the crewing manager of his present manning company.

The man accepted my application, but smirked upon the way my status as member of the catering department fluctuated for the first decade of my seafaring job.

Well, I was tempted to tell him about my advocacy in fighting abusive officers, but, I cautioned myself not to do so. He said that I had to wait for the approval of their principals before I will be allowed to be lined up at their roster of sailors who'll be boarding their commercial vessels.

When I told my cousin about the result of the initial interview, he encouraged me to look for less aggressive company. He also shared the plight of his brother; the same experience as I do. After a year of not boarding any commercial ship, he had to start as messman for his new assigned ship.

AMOSUP (Photo by thesailor)
AMOSUP (Photo by thesailor)

Sailor's encounter of the not-so-good signs

What sailor did after that incident was to:

  1. follow-up for his share of dividends at the AMOSUP (Associated Marine Officers & Seaman's Union of the Philippines). There are many cases of in-active seafarers who are willing to renew their desire to work onboard ship. Sailor was able to collect his check but had to wait for two weeks before it arrive. He was not qualified to join any raffle draw sponsored by the union because of his status. He has to satisfy himself with the amount of slopchest he will be receiving in due time.
  2. visit his old company for certificate of service. When ask by the crewing manager of his fleet, he said that he will use it for reference purposes. His co-sailors greeted and encouraged to re-apply at his original principal. He's still contemplating about it. There's so many things to be settled.
  3. renew other necessary papers for him to continue his aspiration. However, his greatest dilemma is the renewal of his US visa. He cannot avail it if there's no manning company that will admit him as new applicant. He had to swallow his 'pride, honor and ego' by re-applying at his old company. After all, his old nemesis has already disappeared. According to rumors, the man was promoted to a higher position.
  4. seek medical check-up for his application of COC as Chief Cook. It's one of the requirements that will be honored for him to continue serving commercial ships.

The scenario of the Philippine seafaring industry only favors the capitalists and the middlemen. Too much upgrading and paper mills (signs of red tape) occupy most of their time in applying, even you're new or an old crew already.

There's so much to tell on seafaring lured young maritime graduates to hurdle the rigors of life at sea.

You must have a BIG BIG patience in order for you to reach your goals in this kind of endeavor.

The Anchor (Photo by thesailor)
The Anchor (Photo by thesailor)

How to endure the rigours or re-applying for a seafaring job

To update this hub, Filipino seafarers are always require to renew their training as they re-apply for seafaring jobs, whether overseas or just inside the Philippine coastal waters.

The demand for the job lies on the shoulders of dedicated Filipinos whose keen on the skills of maritime or navigation.

Being on a semi-military ground, every manning company has its ground rules on how to accept new applicants.

  1. The HR (Human Resources) department will always ask for the original training certificates and your old company recommendation.
  2. A character check will always be conducted in order to know that a sailor didn't commit a misconduct episode while on board or based from the company's evaluation.
  3. More often than not, a walk-in examination is always conducted by the company, in order to refresh the sailor on several maritime aspects, usually involving safety.
  4. The most crucial is the medical examination, usually conducted at the recommended out-patient medical clinic by the company.
  5. If a sailor passes all the requirements, then, he is ready for sea deployment.

The Statute of Filipino Sailor @ AMOSUP, Intramuros (Photo by thesailor)
The Statute of Filipino Sailor @ AMOSUP, Intramuros (Photo by thesailor)


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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      I am more thankful than having you here, Seafarer Mama.

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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thank you again for visiting this hub. Can't wait to work on board ship next month or next year.

      Namaste! :D

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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thanks, Romano. I really need those inspiring words to keep me going.

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      Karen A Szklany 6 years ago from New England

      Hi "sailor." Enjoyed reading this. I wish you the best of luck in reaching your aspirations. Hope that whatever befalls you brings you closer to your goals. :0)

      Loved the photos that you included in this hub, too. :0)


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      Romano Arnesto 6 years ago from Philippines

      It takes a lot of courage sharing your job hunting experience. Just stay focus and you'll hit your goal again.