Who Needs to Get an ENG 1 Certificate?
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):
- Working as a seafarer
- In charge of a ship
- Serving on a merchant ship (or yacht)
Note: The current cost of an ENG 1 medical examination in the United Kingdom is around £90 (maximum £115).
Applying for the ENG 1 Medical Examination
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:
- Photo ID (e.g. a valid passport)
- Previous medical certificate (if applicable)
- Name, address, and contact details of your local GP
- Any medication that you are currently taking
- Your spectacles or contact lenses if you wear them (not colour correction lenses)
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).
Who Needs to Get an ML5 Certificate?
The MCA produce guidance notes about your health at sea. But, an ML5 medical certificate is a requirement if you are (any):
- Master of a passenger ship that does not go to sea (Class IV or V).
- Master of a commercial vessel that does not go to sea.
- Master or crew member of a small commercial vessel certificated for Area Category 2 to 6 (not more than 60 miles from a safe haven).
- A crew member or anyone else (e.g. bodyguard, catering staff) who usually works on a domestic passenger ship (Class VI or VIA) that goes to sea.
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.
Applying for the ML5 Medical Certificate
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.
Suspended and Cancelled Medical Certificates
Seafarer medical certificates can be suspended or they can cancelled altogether. Typical grounds for suspending or cancelling a medical certificate include situations such as:
- Not following the terms of the certificate.
- A major change in fitness.
- The doctor who issued the certificate did not have full details of the applicant’s condition at the time of the examination.
Note: You must hold a valid medical fitness certificate and produce it on demand to the relevant authorities.
If Your Seafarer Certificate Expires
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):
- Work up to three (3) months from the date the certificate expires.
- Until the vessel reaches the next port of call where you can replace the certificate.