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A seaman’s book is a logbook that contains information about the seaman’s experience, as well as other information related to his/her license. The seaman’s book is a document that is mandatory for all seafarers. It is a record that helps keep track of all the voyages and experience of a sailor, which are very important for their future career as well as for certification and licensure reasons.

A seaman’s book contains all the details of a maritime license and other important information related to the seafarer’s work history. If a seafarer plans to change jobs or companies, or work as a freelancer for different projects, there will be a need to show the seaman’s book as it holds all the records and allows one to work at sea. This document is required by law, and all ships must carry a copy on board.

The shipping register of the country issues seaman’s books. This varies depending on the country where the vessel belongs or will operate for a specific project.

“In most cases, it consists of the submission of an application form, along with valid documents such as a valid passport, photos, medical certificates, and other administrative requirements. These documents need to be verified and approved based on one’s experience at sea, training, function, project, and employer. There is also a seaman’s book fee, delivery fee, and courses fee if applicable, which vary from country to country.

Seaman Solutions has created an online platform with automated forms to process seaman books. As crew certifications agents, we take care of the process from A-Z, from informing you which seaman book is suitable for your specific case and function on board of a vessel, to arranging STCW courses and online offshore medicals, technical evaluation of the documents, and arranging the courier to send the book directly to you.

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Technical Process

Go to your personal portal at for seafarers: https://portal.seaman-solutions.com/#/portal/seafarer

For organizations: https://portal.seaman-solutions.com/#/portal/organisation

On the dashboard search My applications and review the status. Alternatively you can reach out via email to [email protected] or WhatsApp +32 465 08 41 79 for any additional information.

The Seaman Book and title will be valid for 5 years from the date of issuance for the rating ranks category.

For officer ranks, the Seaman Book will have the same validity of their COC license.

As of today, only Philippines and Indian Nationals that are applying for a Rating Position Seaman Book.

When applying for Panama Seaman Book, you will receive your provisional certificate within 24 hours of paid application. For other flag states, we will provide a confirmation that the application is being processed.

Please check your login information and make sure it matches the email we have sent you Clear cache and history and try again. Alternatively contact our correspondents on WhatsApp: +32 465 08 41 79 or via email: [email protected]

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If you are a seafarer and you have not signed up yet:

Go to : https://portal.seaman-solutions.com/#/portal/seafarer

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You will receive an email with the login information, use this to login
Access your portal and submit your application!

If you are a company, you will receive an email with an invitation and login information to login via this link:

Go to : https://portal.seaman-solutions.com/#/portal/organisation

Access your portal and submit your application or invite seafarers to apply!

Seaman Solutions will take care of sending all your documentation to a physical address you will provide.

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Seaman Book Information

You can visit the link below to see the list of training centers authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority:

https://panamashipregistry.com/seafarers/maritime-training/

You can apply for different types of seaman books as long as you provide us with all the requirements.

Login into our portal : [Portal Login](https://portal.seaman-solutions.com/#/portal/seafarer) and explore our rank and requirements tools

Category : Offshore

Rank : Marine Technician Fixed Platform

Requirements:

  1. Passport Style Photo with white background
  2. Signature in white background and black ink
  3. Valid Passport
  4. Valid Medical Certificate according to: Regulation I/9 of the STCW’78, as amended, and to MLC 2006 (original document).

If you select our STANDARD SERVICE, the Estimated Issuance Time is 2 to 4 weeks for the seaman book soft copy issuance after payment is confirmed.

For FAST SERVICE, the Estimated Issuance Time is 24 hours for the Seaman Book soft copy issuance after payment is confirmed.

The delivery will solely depend on the courier provider, estimated delivery time according to the destination where it is shipped to, it goes from 2-4 working days.

The Seaman Book and title will be valid for 5 years from the date of issuance for the rating ranks category.

For officer ranks, the Seaman Book will have the same validity of their COC license.

The price list of simple ratings is €300 + Courier fees €70 and officers for €450 + Courier fees, in some cases it will include the Security Endorsement.

You can process your application starting at 18 years old.

Yes, you can request for a duplicate, go to our portal create an account here :

[Create Account](https://portal.seaman-solutions.com/#/portal/seafarer), login and select the flag state and rank to apply for a duplicate

Only before payment has been made and if the application has not yet been submitted, then we offer a FAST Service for your application.

With this, your application will be processed within 24 hours. It has a cost of €120

*Delivery of books or titles will solely depend on our courier provider.

All our forms are issued carefully with each requirement needed per rank, you can access it in our portal after signing up for an account: [Click here to Register](https://portal.seaman-solutions.com/#/portal/seafarer)

Our advice for an Offshore Ratings Seaman book is Marine Technician Fixed Platform or Marine Technician MOU Seaman Book.

The only difference between these 2 seaman books is that one allows you to sail and the other one only allows you to work in a non propulsion rig or ship.

The requirements and fees for each are the followings:

Marine Technician M.O.U €300 + Courier fees

Requirements

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Company hiring letter or Contract
  3. Passport color photo on white background and signature in black ink

Expats working or going to work in Angola who do not have a work visa are required to apply for a short term visa (STV). The STV allows travellers to work provided that they have a Seaman’s Book, and once the STV is issued, the traveller has 72 hours to enter Angola. The STV is valid for 10 days and extendable for 10 more days. British nationals who get a work contract from a company registered in Angola must apply for a work visa. The work visa allows individuals to stay in the country for up to 12 months and can be extended twice with multiple entries. The Seaman Book is a supporting document for the visa requirements to operate in offshore projects in Angola. 

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