Seafarer medical certificates
You must have an ENG 1 or an ML5 seafarer medical fitness certificate to work at sea.
Get an ENG 1 certificate
You need an ENG 1 certificate if you’re any of the following:
- a seafarer
- in charge of a ship
- serving on a merchant ship or yacht
The maximum fee for an ENG 1 medical examination is £80.
How to apply
An ENG 1 certificate must be issued by a doctor approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Find your nearest approved doctor in the UK.
Approved doctor lists are updated monthly.
Bring the following to your examination:
- photo ID, eg passport
- your previous medical certificate if you have one
- your local doctor’s name, address and contact details
- any medication you’re taking
- your glasses or contact lenses but not colour correction lenses
The doctor will give you an ENG 1 certificate if you pass the examination.
Some seafarer medical certificates from other countries are accepted instead of an ENG 1 form.
Get an ML5 certificate
You need an ML5 medical certificate if you’re:
- the master of a passenger ship that doesn’t go to sea (Class IV or V)
- the master of a commercial vessel that doesn’t go to sea
- the master or a crew member of a small commercial vessel certificated for Area Category 2 to 6 (no more than 60 miles from a safe haven)
- a crew member or anyone else (eg catering staff) who normally works on a domestic passenger ship (Class VI or VIA) that goes to sea
There isn’t a set fee for an ML5 certificate but your doctor will probably charge for this service.
How to apply
Download the ML5 application form and ask your doctor to complete it.