MIN 543 (M) - Sea service verification on large yachts

This notice describes revised arrangements for verification of sea service testimonials of seafarers working in the large yacht sector.


MIN 543 (M) Sea service verification on large yachts

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The MCA requires evidence of qualifying sea service in support of seafarer’s applications for a notice of eligibility (NoE) or for the renewal of a certificate of competency, to be in the form of a correctly completed sea service testimonial (SST), signed by a responsible person and verified in accordance with the provisions of this notice.

In addition to direct applications, the MCA has previously delegated authority for verification of sea service to the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) and to Nautilus International (Nautilus) for their members. This notice formalises this arrangement and gives notice that all seafarers employed in the large yacht sector, irrespective of their individual membership of any organisation or association, must have their sea service verified by one of these organisations prior to submitting this information to the MCA. Failure to do this will cause severe processing delays of around 160 days.

This document provides further information for obtaining sea service verification from approved organisations other than the MCA for seafarers in the large yacht sector.

Notice to all owners, masters, officers and crews of commercially and privately operated yachts and sail training vessels, and those concerned with maritime training.

This notice should be read with MSN 1858, MSN 1859, MSN 1861 and MIN 524. This MIN expires 28 March 2022.

Published 5 April 2017