OPITO Amendment to Standard Titles

Last 01 October 2021, OPITO announced the revised title for the HERTL FT.
The revised title: Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader Further (including HERTM Further practical exercises)The words in blue were added.  CTSI will be immediately enforcing this change.
Below  are the additional information regarding amendments to the following OPITO’s Helideck and Emergency Response Teams Standards:

Amendment to Standard Titles The Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL) Further title has been revised to the following: Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader Further (including HERTM Further practical exercises) Training Standard. 

The Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader (OERTL) Further title has been revised to the following: Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader Further (including OERTM Further practical exercises) Training Standard. 

This change was agreed at the OPITO UK Industry Forum on the 22nd of April 2021 and will allow employers to see within Vantage, and on certificates, that their employees have been assessed in both roles. 

GWO ADVISORY – Reverting to Normal Governance

Please be informed that GWO confirms today that in accordance with its previous advisory note 10 (18th June 2021) we will revert to our normal governance on 1 October 2021.  To those who have certificates that will soon expire, we encourage you to file for an extension before October 1, 2021 so you will have ample time to renew your training.

You can click this link for more information https://www.globalwindsafety.org/news/corona-advisory-note-11?utm_campaign=advisory_note&utm_content=Advisory_11&utm_medium=email&utm_source=apsis&link_id=6fLRW0Uo6ExsZWp


Additional Guidelines on the Revalidation of Certificate of Proficiency (COP) Issued Under Regulation VI/1, VI/2 AND VI/3 and in Accordance with Sections A-VI/1, A-VI/2 and A-VI/3 of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention

We wish to inform you of the following Advisory from Marina, published in this page https://stcw.marina.gov.ph/10871-2/


We would like to inform you that we are moving to our new office, Unit 506 – 510, Aspire Corporate Plaza, Lot 2 Road 3, CBP 1A MOA Complex Brgy. 76, Zone 10 Pasay City. 

You may still reach us using the same trunklines: TL:+632 85240572. 

Effective July 1, kindly advise your delegates to proceed at the new address when joining our bus going to Cavite Sites. Attached is the map for your reference.


The actions are taken worldwide and within the Philippines, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the conduct of trainings, revalidation of certificates, and ship to shore interactions including effecting crew changes.

In response thereto, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) adopts IMO Circular Letter No. 4204/Add.5/Rev.1 dated 02 April 2020 which encourages the issuing Administration and the Port State Control authorities to take a pragmatic and practical approach” with regard to the extension of the validity of seafarer’s certificates and endorsement, as strictly necessary, in accordance with the STeW Convention, 1978, as amended.

 In view thereto, the following guidelines relative to the extension of the validity of the STeW certificates are hereby issued. 
1. All STCW certificates previously extended by virtue of earlier issued MARINA Advisories bearing reference numbers “MA-2020-83”, “MA-2020-73”, “MA2020-66”, and “MA-2020-64” (all series of 2020) but were not re-validated up to now due to lack of refresher training as applicable to their certificate to be revalidated shall be extended up to 31 December 2021 without the need to file for an application of extension at the MARINA. This applies to all seafarer’s who are both ONBOARD or ASHORE on the date of issue of this Advisory.

 2. All STCW certificates issued by MARINA that are expiring between the period 01 July 2021 to 31 December 2021 (dates inclusive) shall be extended for a period of one (1) year from the date of expiry of the certificates without the need to file for an application of extension at the MARINA. This applies only to all seafarers who are ONBOARD on the date of issue of this Advisory.

3. The concerned licensed manning agencies and shipping companies are required to ensure that the crew are compliant with the above-mentioned STCW requirements, and are hereby directed to submit to MARINA the list of their crewmember/s whose validity of STCW certificate/s have been extended pursuant to this Advisory. An electronic copy of the said information shall be submitted via email at certificate_extension@mail_marina.gov.ph following the attached template in Annex A.

In spite of this extension, all seafarers are hereby encouraged to apply for revalidation of their Certificates of Competency (COC) and Certificates of Proficiency (COP) after completing their online/offline courses, as applicable to their certificate to be revalidated at the earliest opportunity in accordance with the standard requirements for revalidation. In which case, the 5-year validity date shall be reckoned from the original expiration date of the previous certificates. 

This Advisory shall take effect immediately and shall be valid until 31 December 2021 unless sooner revoked or a separate advisory was issued extending the validity of this Advisory. For the guidance and strict compliance of all concerned.