How To Become A Mariner, Seafarer, Or Seaman?

To become a seafarer depends on different factors of your current situation. Factors like age, status, profession, reason, and more. There are multiple ways to become one, but in this post I will be sharing how I became a mariner or seafarer myself.

As an Electronics Engineer, my chances of becoming a mariner depends on what position I will choose to perform on-board the ship. The most viable and easiest one in my case is to become an Electro Technical Officer. I could also pursue to become a Marine Engineer but it would take longer time and more money to spend. So what steps did I take to become a qualified Electro Technical Officer?

  1. I took trainings for electrical technicians. You may wonder why I need to take that, it’s because my expertise is in the field of electronics, and even though the basic principles of electronics and electrical are the same, there are other electrical things that I need to know in order to perform well as an Electro Technical Officer. By the way, I took my training at MFI Technological Institute or popularly know as MERALCO Foundation Incorporated.
  2. Apply for Passport and SIRB (Seafarer’s Identification Record Book or Seaman’s Book). Those two are the basic travel documents that you will need if you want to become a mariner. Make sure that before applying to shipping agencies you should already have those with you.
  3. Apply for COC (Certificate of Competency)  and SRC (Seafarer’s Registration Certificate). These documents can be accomplished after accomplishing the items in no. 2 step.
  4. Apply to different manning agencies. There are many manning agencies in the Philippines. But make sure that you apply to the legitimate ones. In my case, I searched and checked it in the POEA’s website. You can also visit the renowned meeting place for seafarers at T.M. Kalaw Street in Ermita, Manila.
  5. Take specialized trainings. These are trainings your agency might require you to take. An example of these are MARPOL, PSCRB, HAZMAT, and more. It really depends on the agency so I suggest you take it only when you already have an agency. Some agencies shoulder the expenses but others don’t.

So there it goes, those are the things I encountered during my transition from a land-based engineer into a mariner or seafarer. The steps above serves as an outline so that you will have an idea how it is to change a career. It won’t be that easy, but as long as you are determined I’m sure you can conquer it.

Anvin Argañosa

An Electronics Engineer by profession. A land-based worker turned into an ocean dweller. An "aspiring" business tycoon and financial advocate. A loving father to my daughter Julian. And a very obedient husband to Ann (wink!).

8 thoughts on “How To Become A Mariner, Seafarer, Or Seaman?

  • November 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm
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  • January 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm
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  • May 31, 2012 at 5:52 am
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    sir, pano kung ece graduate lng… pwd din pang maging seaman?

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  • January 22, 2013 at 6:02 am
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    Good day! I am a graduate of BSHRM at may BST certificate na rin,ask ko lan anu-ano po ba mga trainings na kakailangan ko pa?
    gusto ko po kc magwork sa cruise ship,san po ba maganda mag aplay?
    salamat po.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 8:08 am
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    Kung college undergrad po ba, then may mahabang experience na sa electrical wala pa ring pag-asa maging seaman? sana po may sumagot… salamat poh… 🙂

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  • August 20, 2013 at 3:50 am
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    sir how much did are your expenses in MFI training for electrical technician and how long is the training
    plss answer

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  • August 29, 2014 at 7:54 pm
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    sir,i was graduated in maritime skul but no aprentis experience and i was work now in abrud as a landbase only but im stil willing to work as seaferer,ask lng po kung kahit landbase experience pwede bang mag apply sa shipping lines yun kahit yan lng experience puh?tsaka my age limit puh bah?

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