Supporting the Wellness@Sea Campaign

Seatrain is honoured to be supporting the 2021 Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea Awareness Campaign. This important, 27-week campaign aims to make a real difference in the lives of seafarers, their families and shore staff and is set to play an important part in an industry-wide conversation about wellbeing and mental health.

The campaign aims to:
empower seafarers by explaining basic principles of wellbeing,
exploring some of the most common challenges
seafarers face and giving seafarers the tools to navigate these
in a positive way.
support seafarers, because we know that life at sea can get
tough, and having someone to turn to for support can make
all the difference. There is a wealth of resources out there
that seafarers can turn to in difficult times – for example Sailors’
Society’s helplines and chaplaincy service, which offer free
support and advice to seafarers.
support and build the seafarer community, because no seafarer is
an island. Seafarers are connected to other people who influence
them in their work and personal life. Seafarers depend on them and
they depend on our seafarers. For us, supporting and investing in the seafarer family and the shore staff taking care of seafarers is important,
because we are confident that it can give seafarers peace of mind
while being at sea.

Read/listen more on the links below:

WEEKS 1 -3:


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WEEKS 4-6:

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WAS_Cycle 3- Material List


Peer Support group – how to join: WAS_Join_Peer_Support_Group_




Reading List_weeks 13 – 15

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Starting with the most recent …

SAMSA Services Resume Post-Lockdown

As per the SAMSA Marine Notice no 41, the full range of SAMSA services are available once again.  

Please note the following:

  • The availability of SAMSA services is subject to change at short notice.
  • Application must still be made to the nearest SAMSA office in terms of Marine Notice 28 of 2020, specifically, at least 72 hours prior to SAMSA attendance being required. In addition, Annex 1 & 2 of Marine Notice 28 of 2020 must be submitted at time of application.
  • Seafarer applications will be accepted for assessment.
  • Level 3 assessments (oral examinations) are being conducted. Please contact your nearest SAMSA office for details.
  • Eyesight Examinations are available, subject to specific office restrictions. Please contact your nearest SAMSA office for details.
  • Seafarers are strongly encouraged to download and complete application forms prior to applying at and visiting a SAMSA office.
  • Electronic submission of documentation is encouraged in all instances of application for service.

Read the full Marine Notice on the link below:

September 2020

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