Guidance

Recognition of seafarer certificates of competency from 1 January 2021

How seafarers will be affected from 1 January 2021.

New rules for January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.

UK trained seafarers

If you are working on a UK-flagged vessel and hold a certificate of competency (COC), you will not need to take any action.

If you are working on a vessel that is flagged as either an EU country, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you will be able to work on it until your certificate of equivalent competency expires.

The government is working to ensure that the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein will continue to accept UK certificates of competency.

EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein trained seafarers

Trained seafarers in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein will still be able to work on UK-flagged vessels from 1 January 2021.

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Published 13 September 2018

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