There are minimum requirements seafarers must meet to work at sea.
Until the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) becomes part of UK law, the minimum age for seafarers is 16, although this is 18 if the work involves any:
- night work
- hazardous tasks
Manual tasks on a ship can be hazardous if not done properly, like:
Employers of seafarers must ensure their staff:
- know how to operate any equipment correctly
- are aware of safety procedures
- have access to protective personal equipment if needed
Medical certification for seafarers
Anyone in charge of a ship must have an ENG1 seafarer medical certificate.
Until the UK makes the MLC law, seafarers’ employment agreements are covered by:
Certificates of competency
Some seafarers will need a certificate of competency before they can carry out certain duties.