Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration
With the reorganization of the government of the Philippines which took effect in early 1987, The Maritime Industry Authority was given functions from other government agencies. One of which is the certification of seafarers. Presently, there are two examinations conducted each year in only two venues; i.e., one in Manila and another in Cebu (southern part of Manila). For the past two years, there has been a high demand for Filipino seafarers on board foreign flag vessels. This is due to developments in the hiring policies of some countries and favorable trade worldwide. Considering the frequency of examinations and nature of their employment, many eligible seafarers missed the opportunity to take examinations and the possibility of upgrading their certificates. This Project describes three systems of certification currently used by three countries. It centres on which system, or combinations of their features, would best reciprocate to the above situation and other identified problem areas. Out of the analysis, a new system was developed. It has a target of a monthly examination with computer application on the selection of questions. Examinations will be in multiple—choice form and be given simultaneously in the main and six regional offices. The new system will provide convenience to examinees for they can now take their vacation any time of the year and still be able to take an examination, if qualified. Moreover, this paper has identified the necessary organizational structure to effectively and efficiently implement the transferred functions. The system is in line with the requirements of the International Conference on Training and Certification of Seafarers, 1978.