Seafarer Certificate Extensions – All you need to know

SAMSA has provided details on the process to be followed to extend the validity of certificates issued in accordance with the Merchant shipping (Safe Manning, Training and Certification) Regulations 2013, as amended. 

Certificates of Competency (COC) and/or Certificates of Proficiency (COP) issued in accordance with the International Convention of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention or the Convention) are generally valid for a period of five (5) years from the date of issue.

SAMSA, having considered the predicament many seafarers and their employers are finding themselves in, has granted an extension until 30 September 2020 to any certificate that may expire during the national lockdown and/or shortly thereafter.

Applications to extend the validity of certificates need to be made electronically.   The opportunity to extend the validity of certificates is open to:

  • Employers who find themselves with seafarers onboard their ships whose certificates are due to expire while on an extended tour of duty, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • South African registered ships who have seafarers holding certificates that will be expiring soon and are being affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Application for Extension of the Certificate

Please read the Marine Notice 19 issued by SAMSA (link below) and download the application from from the following link –

Should you experience any difficulties applying online,  please email the nearest SAMSA office. Email details are available on the SAMSA’s website

Please include both a copy of the CoC/CoP and the online form.

A copy of the SAMSA Marine Notice 19 is available below and includes additional details on non-essential services as well as the validity of medical certificates.

MN 19 of 2020 -COVID-19 Process for extension of Seafarer Certification


Seatrain may be a small company but there’s nothing small about our training ambitions, nor our determination to assist companies in the African oil and gas sector with seafarer training management and administration.

So, when an opportunity presented itself to market Seatrain and its services on a bigger stage, we were determined to make the most of it!

Thanks to the support of the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), we successfully secured the official sponsorship for the 2019 Africa Oil Week (AOW) Student Programme – and the event proved to be the ideal platform for not only communicating our commitment to skills development in the African oil and gas sector, but to network with industry movers and shakers.

For almost three decades, AOW has been at the vanguard of African oil, gas and energy and is widely considered as Africa’s leading oil and gas conference.

In 2019, 789 organisations and 1854 delegates attended AOW 2019, among them a number of big names representing the supermajors, geophysical companies, universities, oilfield service providers, independent oil companies and national oil companies, amongst others.

Seatrain was in good company and immensely proud to see our logo featured alongside industry leaders on, amongst others, the official event brochure and sponsors board.

Ours is a company that has punched above its weight right from the start, and the AOW 2019 Student Programme sponsorship gave us the opportunity to communicate reach an important audience!

Going forward, we are determined to make the most of the brand exposure and business leads gained from the 2019 AOW event.

We were also, particularly proud and honoured, to have sponsored a platform that introduces the next generation in oil and gas to the industry – and the industry to the human resource talent of the future.

Our thanks to AOW organisers, Hyve Events and the Western Cape Government for providing this opportunity to grow our business and our brand.

Click here for a review of the 2019 AOW event and here for an interview with Seatrain CEO, Mr Pieter Coetzer, on why we decided to sponsor the Student programme.   You can also download the full AOW event report here

COVID 19 – Impact on Seatrain – Updates

17 April 2020


We are hoping to reopen our offices in Simon’s Town on Monday, 4 May 2020.   The reopening is, however, subject to Government decisions regarding the national lockdown (which was implemented to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and is due to finish at the end of April 2020).

Until such time as further clarity is available from Government on the lifting of the lockdown, our staff will continue to work from home.

We remain operational and ready to serve you, so please do stay in contact!

All queries regarding our courses must please be emailed to us on (and not via Facebook Messenger).

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Stay healthy – and see you soon!

The Seatrain Team

20 March 2020


Dear Clients, Students and Friends of Seatrain,

South Africa and Seatrain, like the rest of the world, will not be unaffected by the COVID-19 disruption.

The South African Government and SAMSA have put measures in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus – see SAMSA Marine Notices 13, 14 & 15 of 2020 – and all Maritime Training Centres have shut down operations until after the Easter Holidays.

At this stage, indications are that most training centres plan to resume operations as from 15 April. Nobody knows exactly what will happen over the coming months, so it is possible that operation may only resume in May, or possibly even later.

We apologise to our clients and students for any inconvenience caused but the matter is completely out of our control.

A few of our programmes will continue to be offered via distance-learning, but only where it is practical to do so and where the necessary regulatory approval has been obtained.

We must all do whatever we can to remain calm and prevent the spread of the virus.

We urge you to follow the prescribed practices of social distancing, isolation, personal hygiene and travel restrictions.

The Seatrain team will be working remotely and will be available on email and cell-phones, as required.

We are hopeful that the situation will stabilise in due course, and that our industry will return to normality once again.

Please know that we greatly value our partnerships and look forward to dealing with you once again in the near future.

Stay well and remember to keep a safe distance.

The Seatrain Team
Emergencies: +27 63 577 1971
20 March 2020

Partnering to build Africa’s Oil and Gas skills capabilities

Recent, significant oil and gas discoveries off the coast of Southern Africa have highlighted the urgent need to develop the skills capabilities of African personnel serving the offshore industry.

According to Seatrain CEO, Pieter Coetzer: “Africa’s oil and gas reserves are largely untapped and so too, we believe, is the potential of its people to serve this industry.

“The offshore industry holds enormous potential for job creation, but realising this potential will require investment in both infrastructure and skills development.”

Seatrain, which has been providing specialist maritime education and training services to the offshore oil and gas sector since 1999, was recently selected as a participant in the Western Cape Department of Economic Development’s ‘Marine, Oil and Gas Supplier Development Programme’ (MOGSDP).

“Being part of this programme has been an enormous boost for Seatrain as it will allow us, as a small, specialist training solutions provider, to scale our services and contribute, even more significantly, to the growth and development of the local oil and gas industry.

“Training is a critical to the future development of any industry and the oil and gas sector is no different.

“Our intention is to use the support provided by the MOGSDP to further develop our business and we hope that growth will, in turn, allow us to increase the number and range of cost-effective and appropriate courses and qualifications for offshore and land based workers.”

Coetzer says South African ports are ideally situated to attract more rig and refurbishment business from the oil and gas industry, but, he says, “We can only do that if South Africa addresses the infrastructural and skills limitations that currently inhibits it from taking advantage of those opportunities.”

South Africa is fully compliant with the Manila amended STCW Code of 2010 and, Seatrain, via its parent company, SAMTRA, benefits from a joint venture with Norwegian oil and gas training provider, Stavanger Offshore Tekniske Skole Course Centre (SOTSCC).

SOTSCC is a highly respected and trusted oil and gas industry training provider with several North Sea clients and the SOTSCC/SAMTRA partnership has paved the way for them to offer oil and gas industry specific training courses to the offshore oil and gas sector in the Sub Saharan region.

The Western Cape oil and gas sector currently provides around 35000 direct formal jobs, mainly in the servicing industry and Coetzer says it hopes that Seatrain’s partnership with the MOGSDP will help grow these numbers by assisting in ensuring the future availability of skills in the sector.

Visit for more details on the oil and gas related courses on offer.

(Jan 2019)