Employment of seafarers

Seafarer employment agreements, recruitment and placement reguations, minimum age and wage regulations.


  1. Seafarer medical certificates

    Get a medical certificate to work at sea - ENG 1 or ML5 medical certificates, how much they cost, how to apply

  2. Get a seaman's discharge book or British seaman's card

    Information about who needs a seaman's discharge book and a British seaman's card

  3. Application for a discharge book, British seaman's card (MSF 4509)

    Application for a discharge book and or British seaman's card.

  4. Seafarer working and living rights

    Information about seafarer working and living rights - working conditions, conditions of employment, safe working practices, living conditions, dangerous cargo, health and medical care, maritime labour convention, human element

  5. Yacht training record book (TRB)

    Training record book for yacht ratings and officers in charge of a navigational watch, yachts less than 3000 GT.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. MGN 477 Seafarers' Employment Agreements
  2. Online UK coc/cec checker
  3. Recruitment and placement agencies approved by the MCA
  4. MIN 543 (M) - Sea service verification on large yachts
  5. MGN 585 ILO work in fishing convention payment of fishermen
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News and communications

  1. Seafarers and the Equality Act 2010
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Repatriation of seafarers on sea-going ships regulations
  2. Merchant shipping minimum age regulations
  3. Employment agreements for seafarers on UK sea-going ships
  4. Merchant shipping (hours of work) regulations 2002 and amendments
  5. Merchant shipping recruitment and placement regulations
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