DESCRIPTION:

FORMS:

I. The requirements to meet to work in any position on board of any type of Panamanian MODU is the following:

1. Application Form obtained from a Panamanian Consulate duly filled out.

2. Photocopy of Passport, Seaman book, Birth Certificate with Photo I.D. or an US Merchant
Marine Document (this last one just to American people).

3. 6 six color pictures, 3cm x 3cm.

4. Medical Fitness Certificate valid for 2 years duly signed and stamped by doctor.

5. Basic Fire Fighting (IMO 1.20) and Elementary First Aid (IMO 1.13).

6. Advance Fire Fighting (IMO 2.03) (Except to Able Seaman MOU)

7. Photocopy of home country license specifying position in type of Unit and restriction on it.

II. Besides the points from 1 to 6, applicants not holding a Home country MODU license valid shall meet requirements depending on the position requested.

1. To Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) On location and/or Underway, the requirements to meet are:

• Letter of service. 4 calendar years of experience on MODUs where at least 1 year of service has been performed as driller, assistant driller, toolpusher, assistant toolpusher, barge supervisor, mechanical supervisor, electrician, crane operator, ballast control operator or equivalent supervisory position on MODUs, and a minimum of 14 days within of that supervisory service on surface units. (These 14 days is not required to OIM Bottom Bearing Unit).

• Blowout Prevention and Well Control.
(Except to OIM Bottom Bearing and Surface Unit on Underway).

• Survival Craft/Survival Suit (CFR 46 10.470) or Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat other than fast rescue boat (IMO 1.23)

OIM UNRESTRICTED

OIM WITH BOTTOM BEARING UNITS

OIM SURFACE UNITS

Stability & Ballast Control course for OIM Unrestricted

No more of 1 year after having carried out 1 out to 2 rig moves on surface units.

No more of 1 year after having carried out 1 out to 2 rig moves on bottom bearing unit.

Stability & Ballast Control course for OIM Botton Bearing Unit (Underway).

No more of 1 year after having  carried out 1 out to 3 rig moves of Botton Bearing Unit.

(Underway and/or On location)

Stability & Ballast Control course for OIM Surface Unit (Underway and/or On Location).

No more of 1 year after having carried out 1 out to 3 rig moves on Surface Unit (Underway)

2. To Barge Supervisor, the requirements to meet are:

• Survival Craft/Survival Suit (CFR 46 10.472) or Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat other than fast rescue boat (IMO 1.23).
• Stability & Ballast Control course for barge supervisor.
• Letter of service. 3 years of experience on MODUs where at least 168 days have been performed as driller, assistant driller, toolpusher, assistant tool pusher, mechanic, electrician, crane operator, subsea specialist, ballast control operator or equivalent supervisory position on MODUs.
• Letter of service where 84 days shall have been performed as a ballast control or barge supervisor trainee.

3. To Ballast Control Operator, the requirements to meet are:

• Survival Craft/Survival Suit (CFR 46 10.474) or Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat other than fast rescue boat (IMO 1.23).
• Stability & Ballast Control course for barge supervisor or ballast control operator.
• Letter of service. 1 year of experience on MODU where at least 28 days have been performed as Ballast Control Operator trainee.

4. To Chief Engineer MODU the requirements are:

• Letter of service. 6 years of experience on MODU where at least 3 years have been performed as mechanic, motorman, subsea engineer, electrician, barge engineer, toolpusher, unit superintendent, crane operator or equivalent.
(18 months of that employment must have been assigned to self-propelled or propulsion assisted units).
• Letter of service of 2 years of experience as an assistance engineer (MODU).
(12 months of that employment must have been assigned to self-propelled or propulsion assisted units).

5. To Assistance Engineer the requirements are:

• Letter of service. 3 years on MODUs where at least 18 months have been performed as mechanic, motorman, sub sea engineer, electrician, barge engineer, toolpusher, unit superintendent, crane operator or equivalent.
(9 months of that employment must have been assigned to self-propelled or propulsion assisted units).
• Letter of service. 3 years of experience in the machinist trade engaged in the construction or repair of diesel engines 1 one year of employment assigned to MODUs in the capacity of mechanic, motorman, oiler, or equivalent.
(9 months of that employment must have been assigned to self-propelled or propulsion assisted units).

6. To Able Seaman MOU, the requirements to meet are:

• Personal Survival Techniques (IMO 1.19).
• Letter of service of 240 actual 12-hour days or 360 actual 8-hours days of experience on vessel of at least 65 feet or more on ocean, coastwise or inland routes.
(Able Seaman MOU/Lifeboatman license will be issued as Able Seaman MOU but with the Proficiency in survival craft course attached).

7. OIM, BCO, BS, Barge Engineer and any other Electronic Technical personnel performing radio functions shall apply so as to get a Radiotelephone Panamanian Endorsement as long as the Unit meets the following possible models of operation:

• Underway self-propelled
• Towed or self-propelled and accompanied by escort ship.
• Stationary at the site or engaged in drilling operations.

III  The cost of the documents are as follow:

Documents

Panamanians

Foreigners

Consulate Fee

MODU Officers/Engineers

16.00$

220.00$

10.00$

MODU Ratings license

10.00$

115.00$

10.00$

Radiotelephone license 

16.00$

130.00$

10.00$

MODU License duplication

20.00$

  20.00$

10.00$

All training centers issuing MODU and IMO courses must be recognized by it country and these in part  will be into the IMO White List.

Applicants not holding Home country MODU licenses shall re-take courses if these have more of 5 years of having been issued.

All photocopies from original documents shall be notarized by a public notary or stamped by company seal noting that they true copy of original.

After consulate has confirmed your payment, a provisional MODU license valid for 3 months will be issued. If your application at the Seafarer Regional Office was not found deficient, you will during that term be receiving the permanent MODU Panamanian license. Otherwise, a deficiency letter will be sent to you so that you rectify the faults and after submitting the appropriate documentation marked to the consulate.
 
If you have any further inquiries do not hesitate to contact the following email address: panamaconsul@sbcglobal.net


 


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