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Friday, January 11, 2019

Seafarer Visa Re-issuance Program (SeaVRP) U.S. C1/D Visa Guide and Information

A crew member serving onboard a sea vessel or aircraft in the United States needs a crew visa. Crew members of an aircraft or ship that will be transiting through the United States or its waters generally use a combination transit/crew visa (C-1/D).  Crew members who work aboard vessels within the Outer Continental Shelf, may qualify for a modified B-1 visa in lieu of a crew visa.

Manning agencies that lawfully operate within the Philippines can apply to join the Manning Agency Accreditation Program (MAAP) at U.S. Embassy Manila to facilitate the visa application of their seafarers.

Beginning August 14, 2017, the new timeslot for SeaVRP12 applicants is now 12:00pm.  The previous timeslot of 1:30pm will no longer be available.

All manning agencies must submit the electronic application (DS-160) form for applicants not later than five calendar days before the appointment date.

Manning agencies must cancel an appointment not later than 5 calendar days before the scheduled appointment date.

Please consult the U.S. Embassy holiday calendar to identify which days the office will close for business <https://ph.usembassy.gov/holiday-calendar/>.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cordis, Hong Kong Successfully Achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title for The Fastest Bed Making By An Individual (King Sized Bed)

Thomas Chow, Floor Supervisor
Cordis, Hong Kong is thrilled to announce that Housekeeping team member Mr Thomas Chow Ka Fai successfully achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for "The fastest bed making by an individual (king sized bed)" on 22 October 2018.

According to the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ verification result, Thomas spent 69 seconds to make a king bed, which has broken the world record of " Fastest time to make a bed by an individual (king sized bed)".

Thomas Chow, Floor Supervisor

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Port of Geelong , Australia - Filipino Seaman Crew Change Guide & Port Information

Port of Geelong, Australia
Image Source: Geelong Port
Port of Geelong , Australia is located in Corio Bay, Victoria, Geelong Port is located 75 kilometres by road southwest of Melbourne and comprises 15 berths across two primary precincts, Corio Quay and Lascelles.

As the second largest port in Victoria, Geelong Port handles more than 10.5 million tonnes of product annually across a broad range of industry segments, including crude oil, wood-chip, fertiliser and break bulk cargo.


Port Name      : Port of Geelong
Country          : Australia

Nearest Airport (International)        : Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine) Code MEL

Nearest Airport (Domestic)               :   none

Estimated time of travel from airport to seaport: around 100km from port

Possible Flight Route: to be updated

Visa Requirements:
IMPORTANT NOTE : The master/owner of the vessel is responsible for ensuring all sea crew and supernumerary crew (except Australian and New Zealand citizens) on international voyages to Australia hold a valid Maritime Crew Visa (MCV) and a valid passport before the vessel enters Australian waters.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Port of Annaba, Algeria - Filipino Seaman Crew Change Guide & Port Information

Annaba, formerly Bône, or Bona, town and Mediterranean port, northeastern Algeria. It lies near the mouth of the Wadi Seybouse, close to the Tunisian border. Its location on a natural harbour (Annaba Gulf) between Capes Garde and Rosa early attracted the Phoenicians, probably in the 12th century BCE. 

Port Name      : Port of Annaba
Country          : Algeria

Nearest Airport (International)   :   Algiers Airport (ALG)
Nearest Airport (Domestic)        :   Rabah Bitat "Annaba airport"  Code: AAE

NOTES: Local agent will need Flight details at least 96 hours before the flight to arrange all formalities with local authorites. Friday and Saturday is week-end in Algeria and no administration work. 

Also local agent will normally need at least 04 hours between the domestic flights to complete formalities with authorities at the airport.

Estimated time of travel from airport to seaport: to be updated

Possible Flight Route: to be updated.

Visa Requirement for Filipino Seaman / Seafarer: OK to Board Letter only (OKTB) for joining crew. For disembarking crew, exit formalities can be arrange by local agent with our local authorites.
Scanned copies of Passport & Seaman's Book of On-signers & Off-signers need to be sent to local agent for formalities.

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