Walk-in application of Seafarers Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or what is commonly called ‘seaman’s book’ by many seafarers is conventional but a bit tedious. Since the application is by ‘first come, first serve’ basis, one has to wake up early in the morning, beat the traffic and quickly join the line to get a queue number.
If it’s your first time to process in Manila, I recommend that you get an online appointment first before heading to Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the assigned issuing body of seaman’s book.
1.Go to Marina appointment website.
2.Select SIRB in the type of document to be applied for, and choose your preferred appointment DATE and TIME.
3.Fill up the online application form correctly.
4.Once your appointment is confirmed, download and print the application form with the appointment control number, and scheduled date and time. You’ll bring this paper (along with other required documents) with you when you report to MARINA office as per appointment schedule. Please be reminded that only CONFIRMED appointment will be accomodated by MARINA.
5. Arive thirty (30) minutes in MARINA since it enforces strict rules for personal appearance. You must appear physically in MARINA SCDD Office located at 5th Level SM City Manila, Concepcion St. corner Arroceros St., Manila on the specified date and time (check your appointment form) for image capturing. Early/Late comers will be ignored.