Seafarer medical certificates are requirements for working at sea in the United Kingdom. This guide explains how much ENG 1 and ML5 medical certificates cost and how to apply.
Check what happens if your ENG 1 or ML5 seafarer medical fitness certificate is suspended or cancelled. You must also follow Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) regulations and procedures for expired certificates.
The ENG 1 certificate results from a medical exam set by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Having a valid medical fitness certificate is a requirement for anyone who is (any):
Note: The current cost of an ENG 1 medical examination in the United Kingdom is around £90 (maximum £115).
Only a doctor approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency can issue an ENG 1 certificate. The MCA produce an updated list of doctors in the United Kingdom who can carry out ENG 1 medicals.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency also have a list of shipping companies and the doctors approved to carry out ENG 1 medicals for their employees.
The doctor will provide you with the ENG 1 certificate straight after passing the medical examination. Remember to take:
Note: MSN 1815 Amendment 2 has a list of countries whose seafarer medical fitness certificates are accepted as equivalent to the UK ENG 1 (applicable to seafarers and to fishermen).
The MCA produce guidance notes about your health at sea. But, an ML5 medical certificate is a requirement if you are (any):
Note: In fact, there is no set fee for the ML5 certificate. But, in most cases the doctor is likely to make a charge for carrying out the service.
The ML5 medical report form and certificate helps a doctor decide on your fitness to work safely at sea. Download and use MSF 4112 as a report for your medical history and current health.
Seafarer medical certificates can be suspended or they can cancelled altogether. Typical grounds for suspending or cancelling a medical certificate include situations such as:
You must hold a valid medical fitness certificate and produce it on demand to the relevant authorities.
It is not uncommon for a medical certificate to expire during a voyage at sea. If this happens, you would be able to continue working for a limited amount of time.
You would be able to (whichever happens first):
Seafarer Medical Fitness Certificates in United Kingdom