Crewing Application Procedure

Selection Recruitment Deployment of Seafarer

Definition of Terms

Accreditation

refers to the grant of authority to a foreign principal to engage Filipino seafarers for specific ships through a licensed agency for marine employment.

Principal

refers to a foreign person, partnership or corporation engaging and employing Filipino seafarers through a licensed manning agency.

Ship Owner

refers to the owner of the ship or any other organization or person, such as the manager, agent or barefoot charterer, who has assumed the responsibility for operation of the ship from ship owner and who on assuming such responsibilities has agreed to take over all the attendant duties and responsibilities

Enrollment

refers to the enlistment to the administration of a vessel by an accredited/registered principal to its appointed manning agent for the purpose of employing seafarers.

Administration

refers to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

Agency

refers to a licensed manning agency, or to any person, partnership or corporation duly licensed by the Secretary or his duly authorized representative to recruit and deploy seafarers for maritime employment.

Marketing

Bright Maritime Corporation (BMC) also referred to as Agency, through its Marketing Department, sends a business proposal to prospective Principal abroad or meets the prospective Principal personally to discuss the terms and conditions stipulated in the compilation of documents inside the brochure. Should the Principal agree to the propositions stipulated in the business proposal, a Special Power of Attorney and Ship Manning Agreement will be signed to close the transaction. These documents, along with a Job Order/Crew Request should be submitted by the Principal to the Philippine Consulate at the Principal's country for authentication.

A provisionary Accreditation Certificate which is valid for three months may be issued by the Administration so the Agency can deploy the hired seafarers to the Principal within two weeks after closing of the transaction. Provided however, that the filled out and signed Special Power of Attorney and Manning Agreement along with the Vessel's Specifications and a copy of the Principal's valid business license will be faxed to the Agency upon closing of the transaction. This gives the Principal ample time to have the documents authenticated. Upon receipt of the authenticated documents, the Agency submits them to the Administration in order to get a permanent Accreditation Certificate which is renewable every two years. A copy of which will be sent to the Principal for their records.

Complete Requirements for Accreditation of the Principal and Enrollment of the Vessel

The following documents are required by the Administration prior to accreditation of the Principal and enrollment of the vessel:

  1. Authenticated Manning Agreement and Special Power of Attorney containing among others the responsibilities of both principal and manning agency with respect to the employment of seafarers.
  2. List of vessels and their particulars/vessel specifications, including IMO number.
  3. Crew complement of the principal and their corresponding wage scales.
  4. Principal's valid business license, registration certificate or equivalent document or proof of existence of business validated or certified by the issuing authority in the host country.
  5. Other documents which the Administration may deem necessary.

The Vessel Specification will reflect the name of the vessel and other pertinent data needed by the Administration prior to its enrollment. The pertinent data needed may be seen as follows:

  1. Name of Principal
  2. Address of Principal
  3. Name of Vessel
  4. Type of Vessel
  5. Ex-Name of Vessel (for New Vessel Enrollment)
  6. Nationality of Vessel
  7. Gross Tonnage
  8. Port/Flag Registry
  9. Year Built
  10. Type of Engine
  11. Expected Joining Port
  12. Length of Registry
  13. IMO Number
  14. Call Sign

If the vessel assigned to the Agency was previously assigned to another agency in the Philippines, a Letter Of No Objection is needed from the local agency so that the new agency can use the vessel's name and deploy seafarers for the available positions.

Crew Selection, Hiring, and Medical Examination

With utmost care, the selection and hiring of the seafarers are conducted by the Agency while medical examination is administered by its accredited medical clinic thoroughly. The Agency must ensure that only physically and psychologically qualified seafarers are sent to the Principal's vessels.

Ticketing and Deployment

As soon as the seafarers are ready, the Agency will communicate with the Principal to send the plane tickets needed, either by PTA or by the Principal sending the cash equivalent of the airfare. Once the plane tickets are received, the Agency will deploy the seafarers as soon as possible to meet the vessel's requirement and avoid delay.