If you are employed on a ship as your normal place of work you are required to have a medical examination.
This medical is to prove that you are in good enough health and fitness to carry out your duties, both on a day-to-day basis and in emergencies.
A medical examination will find out if you have a health condition that could result in you needing urgent treatment, or potentially put fellow crew or passengers’ lives at risk.
You need a seafarer medical certificate (ENG1) if you are:
You will need to bring:
At the end of your examination the doctor will issue you with one of the following three certificates:
If you pass, the doctor will usually issue you with your ENG1 certificate that same day.
If you are found to be unfit or your ENG1 is restricted then the doctor will discuss this with you and issue you with a ‘Notice of Failure/Restriction (ENG3)’ form. The ENG 3 will tell you what to do if you want to have an independent medical review.
A ENG1 can be valid for up to 2 years (1 year if you are aged between 16 and 18). If you develop a condition or a disability (mental or physical) which affects your ability to work the certificate would become invalid.