Maritime and shipping

Shipping, ports and harbours, security, safety at sea, crew training and certifications, sea passengers and vessel registration.


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

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

  2. Bill of sale (MSF 4705)

    Form declaring sale and transfer of ownership of a British registered ship.

  3. How to apply for a revalidation of a certificate of competency

    Application Form for revalidation of an existing STCW deck or engine officer certificate of competency (MSF 4201).

  1. How to apply for a UK deck certificate of competency

    Complete form MSF 4274, for a notice of eligibility (NOE) for an oral examination leading to the issue of a deck CoC (STCW) for masters, chief mates and officer of the watch.

  2. Register your boat with the coastguard's safety scheme

    Register your boat with the UK coastguard using the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's voluntary safety scheme (CG66)

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Guidance and regulation

  1. MCA approved doctors UK based
  2. How to apply for or revalidate a UK Certificate of Competence
  3. Vessel classification and certification
  1. Seafarers medical certification guidance

    • Detailed guide
    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  2. Code of safe working practices for merchant seafarers (COSWP)

    • Guidance
    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
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News and communications

  1. Foreign flagged ships detained in the UK during May 2018

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Press release
  2. Flagging up issue 35 UK Ship Register (UKSR) quarterly e-newsletter

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Correspondence
  3. Transfer of marine regulation powers and changes to harbour regulations in Wales

    • Marine Management Organisation
    • News story
  4. Government seeks views to help maritime flourish

    • Department for Transport
    • News story
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Policy and engagement

  1. Revised stability guidance for fishing vessels under 15m
  2. Roll or heel tests for fishing vessels
  3. Proposed MGN 581 (F) Registration surveys for fishing vessels under 15m
  1. Bridge visibility regulations small passenger ships 2017

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 07 February 2017
  2. Consultation on the impact assessment for the Merchant Shipping (Bridge Visibility Regulations) (Small Passenger Ships)

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Open consultation
    • Closing date 17 July 2018
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  1. Teesport Harbour Revision Order 2008 time extension

    • Marine Management Organisation
    • Transparency
  2. Search and rescue helicopter (SARH01)

    • Department for Transport and Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Statistical data set
  3. Traffic, indices and quarterly breakdowns (PORT05)

    • Department for Transport
    • Statistical data set
  4. UK international sea passengers (SPAS01)

    • Department for Transport
    • Statistical data set
  5. UK international sea passengers: April 2018

    • Department for Transport
    • National statistics
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