Validity of Endorsements to Certify Compliance with Manila Amendments
Any endorsement issued by the Estonian Maritime Administration which is valid after 01 January 2017 certifies that the holder has successfully completed all training required by the Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code under Regulation II/1, II/2, II/3, III/1, III/2, III/3 and III/6. Therefore, no further documentation of the successful participation in approved training, such as Leadership and Managerial Skills, High Voltage, Bridge Resource Management, Engine-Room Resource Management and Radar/ARPA, is needed.
The validity of the endorsements (as well as certificates, diplomas, etc.) can be checked in the Estonian Register of Seafarers at https://seafarers.vta.ee.
Estonian Register of Seafarers Available in English to Verify Certificates and Endorsements
In compliance with paragraph 16 of Regulation I/2 of STCW 1978, as amended, as of 01 January 2017, the Republic of Estonia will make the database for checking the validity of certificates and endorsements available in the English language through electronic means.
When using Search in the Estonian Register of Seafarers, please enter the seafarer’s name exactly the way it is written on the documents submitted (certificates, endorsements, diplomas, etc.). There will be no results if the name is misspelt.
NOTE: The system is compliant with the Estonian data protection law and is security protected. Access is only available to maritime administrations, shipping and crewing companies and other interested parties who have a legitimate need to verify certificates in the Estonian Register of Seafarers.
NB! When filling in the registration form, the applicant cannot start using the Register of Seafarers immediately because the registration must be accepted. First the registration details must be submitted, and then within 24 hours access will be granted. Only after that can the applicant log in.
Online verification of seamen certificates and endorsements
You can check the validity of seamen maritime certificates of competency and endorsement by contacting us at e-mail address mdb @ vta.ee.
Issuance of certificates of competency
The Estonian Maritime Administration shall issue seamen certificates of competency to residents of Estonia, aliens and persons of no-residency status who hold a valid permit of residence in Estonia or have any other right to stay in Estonia arising from the law.