Seafarers from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) will no longer need to carry their certificates with them, as MAAP launched an e-wallet that would contain all the records of all its cadets from enrollment to graduation using blockchain technology.

The adoption of the digital wallet starts this academic year 2022-2023, aiming to eliminate the need for seafarers to carry their numerous documents onboard or whenever they transact with the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) or their manning agency.

As for security, manning agencies of cadets and seafarers may have access to their e-wallet, but they can only read the records and cannot tamper with them.

It is very difficult to hack. So, what we did is all our cadets now, their certificate will have QR codes. There’s a photo taken, and they are loaded into the e-wallet of the cadet. The cadet will only show his e-wallet to show his certificates

said Vice Admiral Eduardo Ma. R. Santos, MAAP president and concurrent vice president of the Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (Amosup).