August 26, 2015

First-hand Experience at SuperCare Medical Services Inc.

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/26/2015 07:12:00 PM No comments
Before a seafarer can work on board a ship, he/she is required to undergo medical examinations to verify his capability or fitness to work. That's the main reason why seafarers should value their health or else they will lose their jobs.

A few months ago I was instructed by my agency to undergo medical examination at SuperCare Medical Services Inc. as a basic requirement for employment. SuperCare or SMSI is located at 573 Patria Bldg., Maria Orosa cor. Engracia Reyes, Ermita, Manila.
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Actually, that was my first time to undergo medical examination at SuperCare since my previous agency sends their crew into a different clinic. Here's my personal experience and observation regarding SuperCare's services and facilities. Take note that this is just my personal experience and this does not reflect what others may experience too.

August 11, 2015

5 Tips to Protect Your Baggage from Airport Theft

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/11/2015 10:03:00 PM No comments
Experts say that the best way to prevent baggage theft is to keep an eye of your belongings at all times. But that is not practical or possible in some conditions. Especially at airports where you are supposed to check-in large baggage not allowed inside the airplane cabin. Is your baggage really secure?
hard-sided baggage with bright color design

August 10, 2015

Seafarer Salary Guide: How Much Should Your Wages Be?

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/10/2015 07:44:00 PM No comments
Do you agree that salary is the main motivation or reason why Filipinos pursue to become seafarers? I personally believe it is. Despite the hardships seafarers encounter at sea, they continue to strive and perform their duties very well. Despite the long distance the job requires, seafarers are willing to sacrifice for the sake of their family and loved ones. So, how much compensation do they really receive for their hard work?


August 09, 2015

Top 3 Free Ship Tracking or Monitoring Websites You Should Know

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/09/2015 04:44:00 PM No comments
Are you a seafarer's family member and wants to check where is his/her ship currently at? Or are you a seafarer waiting to join a ship and wants to monitor your vessel's arrival? Or an enthusiast who wants to know details of a certain ship? Whoever you are as long as your main concern is to know information about a certain ship, all you need to do is check these top 3 free ship tracking websites. Each of them have their own strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a look at it one by one.
Screenshot from www.vesselfinder live map.

August 08, 2015

Airlines Operating at NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/08/2015 05:39:00 PM No comments
Can you guess what NAIA terminal that exclusively serves the flag carrier of the Philippines? Sometimes even the seasoned seafarers or the overseas Filipino workers forget the location or terminal of their flight when leaving the country. I had an experience before when one of  my co-seafarer went to a different NAIA terminal. He almost missed the flight and that could have cost him his job.
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August 05, 2015

Important Things Seafarers Can Invest Into During Vacation

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/05/2015 09:54:00 PM 2 comments
After a very long and enduring months on-board a ship, you are now finally nearing the end of your contract. The calendar days on your wall are already filled with crosses and circles. You are now waiting anxiously for this one specific message from your agency in the Philippines, the renowned "flight details".

Let's fast forward to the moment you have been excitedly waiting. You packed your bags and "pasalubongs", finished the turn-over of responsibilities to your reliever, and accomplished all documents needed. You finally signed-off from your ship, boarded the plane going to Philippines, and in just a matter of hours you are again in the arms of your loved ones - indeed the greatest feeling we seafarers experienced.
Family Vacation

August 04, 2015

All Manning Agencies with Valid POEA License (As of July 31,2015)

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/04/2015 09:00:00 AM No comments
As of July 31, 2015, posted at POEA's (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) official website, these are all the manning agencies with valid license. Please check if your agency is one of them to avoid future problems.
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August 03, 2015

What Kind of MLC (Management Level Course) Should You Take?

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/03/2015 09:00:00 AM No comments
Are you confused on what kind of MLC (Management Level Course) should you take? You can read the full MARINA Circular No. 2014-01 for detailed explanation. Or you could read below for a simplified or summarized version.
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August 02, 2015

What to Know About MARINA Daily Journal (STCW Circular No. 2014-02)?

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/02/2015 09:00:00 AM No comments
The Daily Journal is prescribed under STCW Regulations II/1 2.3 and III/1 2.3. It is a record or documentation of activities or tasks undertaken during a bridge or engine room watch-keeping duty. According to STCW Circular No. 2014-02, it is mandatory for candidates for licensure examinations and application for Certificate of Competency (COC) as OIC-NW or OIC-EW to submit their Daily Journal.
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August 01, 2015

What MARINA COPs Do Not Require Renewal?

Posted by Anvin Argañosa On 8/01/2015 09:00:00 AM No comments
Not all COPs (Certificate of Proficiency) issued by MARINA require renewal. There are some COPs which do not expire. As of June 30, 2015 posted at MARINA's official website, the list below shows what training do not require renewal or do not expire.
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July 31, 2015

Here's the list of Maritime Training Centers with Training Programs Authorized/Accredited by MARINA in Region XIII (CARAGA Region) as of June 10, 2015.
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Here's the list of Maritime Training Centers with Training Programs Authorized/Accredited by MARINA in Region XII (SOCSARGEN) as of June 10, 2015.
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Here's the list of Maritime Training Centers with Training Programs Authorized/Accredited by MARINA in Region XI (Davao Region) as of June 10, 2015.
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Here's the list of Maritime Training Centers with Training Programs Authorized/Accredited by MARINA in Region X (Cagayan De Oro Region) as of June 10, 2015.
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Here's the list of Maritime Training Centers with Training Programs Authorized/Accredited by MARINA in Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) as of June 10, 2015.
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