Seafarer management, training and certification

Training and certification of seafarers, crew health and safety, employment and accommodation.


  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. 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).

  5. 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.

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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. Seafarers medical certification guidance
  4. MCA approved training providers (ATP)
  5. MCA approved doctors for overseas
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News and communications

  1. Merchant Navy heroes honoured
  2. New maritime exam centre opens on Tyneside
  3. Manchester’s smart motorway reaches major milestone
  4. Challenger: Admiralty notice to mariners
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Research and statistics

  1. Seafarer statistics: data tables (SFR)
  2. Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: 2018
  3. ENG1 and ML5 annual medical reports and summaries
  4. Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: 2017
  5. Support for maritime training review
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Repatriation of seafarers on sea-going ships regulations
  2. Merchant shipping health and safety protection and accident prevention regulations
  3. Merchant shipping food and catering regulations
  4. Merchant shipping minimum age regulations
  5. Consultation post implementation review MLC, survey and certification regulations 2013
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Information on fatigue and officers of the watch on maritime vessels
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