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Mariners certificates in connection with the flagging in or re-flagging of vessels

   
 
 

Mariners certificates


When ships are registered in the German register, one of the main tasks of the BSH in connection with the issue of certificates of competency or proficiency, radio operator’s certificates and endorsements of recognition is the issuing of endorsements of recognition for foreign marine radio operator’s certificates.

The BSH regularly issues endorsements of recognition for marine radio operator’s certificates to all co-operation states of the Federal Republic of Germany. The processing time is normally one week and depends on the time it takes the responsible Flag State to confirm the validity and authenticity of the certificate. If it has been issued by a state that is on the White List but which has not (yet) signed a co-operation agreement, endorsements of recognition are issued on a case-by-case basis, after careful evaluation.

For service on board German-flagged ships, the qualification of mariners must conform to SOLAS, Chapter IX (ISM Code), the STCW Convention, and the German regulations concerning the training of ship’s officers (Schiffsoffizier-Ausbildungsverordnung), ship safety (Schiffssicherheitsverordnung), medical fitness of mariners (Seediensttauglichkeitsverordnung) and health care (Krankenfürsorgeverordnung) as well as Regulations of Safe Manning:

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General

  • Crew members must have valid certificates of competency and/or proficiency, marine radio operator’s certificates and, where necessary, endorsements of recognition.
  • Masters and officers must have adequante competences endorsed in their certificates of competency.
  • Crew members must have a valid (German) medical fitness certificate.
  • Endorsements of recognition are required for foreign navigational and engineering  certificates of competency.
  • To obtain an endorsements for a navigational certificate of competency, an endorsed radio operator’s certificate must be available.
  • Endorsements of recognition are not required for certificates of competency according to Regulation II/4 (navigational watch); Regulation III/4 (engine-room watch); Chapter V (tankers / (ro-ro) passenger ships ), Chapter VI (basic safety training, survival craft / advanced fire-fighting).

According to the ISM Code, companies are required to verify the validity and authenticity of certificates of competency and proficiency as well as radio operator’s certificates. To comply with this requirement, IMO offers a special service on its web pages where the contact adresses of the Flag States are listed.

The BSH is the German authority in charge of verifying certificates of competency and proficiency as well as radio operator’s certificates that have been issued in Germany, and also confirms their validity and authenticity. Application form „Verification“

Endorsements of foreign navigational, engineering or radio operator’s certificates require verification of the certificates by the Flag State.

  • Certificates of competency for navigational and engineering service according to Regulations II/1, II/2, II/3, III/1, III/2 and III/3 as well as radio operator’s certificates issued by the BSH according to Regulation IV have a maximum validity of five years.
  • Certificates of Competency for navigational service according to Regulations II/1, II/2, and II/3 include the qualification to serve on board vessels with ARPA equipment, unless a limitation excluding service on board ARPA equipped vessels has been entered in the certificate of competency.
  • German Certificates of Competency for navigational service according to Regulations II/1, II/2, and II/3 include the proficiency in medical first aid according to Regulation VI/4, although this is not explicitly stated on most German Certificates of Competency.
  • German Certificates of Competency for engineering service according to Regulations III/1, III/2, and III/3 include the proficiency in medical first aid according to Regulation VI/4, although this is not explicitly stated on most German Certificates of Competency.
  • Members of the ship’s crew who are in charge of providing medical first aid according to Regulation VI/4 are required to participate in recognized training courses every five years, which are integrated the German „Krankenfürsorgeverordnung“ (Medical Care Regulations). The institutions offering such courses also issue certificates of attendance to the participants.
  • Certificates of Competency issued by the BSH according to Regulation II/4 (navigational watch) and Regulation III/4 (engine-room watch) have unlimited validity.
  • Certificates of Competency issued by the SeeBG according to Chapter VI STCW have unlimited validity.

Masters
Masters must have EU nationality and hold a valid German or recognized foreign Certificate of Competency. Before starting service on board a ship, a master who does not hold a valid German Certificate of Competency has to attend a recognized training course under Art. 2a, Schiffsbesetzungsverordnung (national regulation on safe manning), in order to prove that he has the required knowledge of German maritime law regulations that are relevant to his tasks and of the German language.

Officers at management level
Under Art. 21, para. 3, Schiffsoffiziersausbildungsverordnung (ships' officers training ordinance), officers on board German flagged vessels must hold a valid German or recognized foreign Certificate of Competency. A prerequisite for recognition of a foreign Certificate of Competency is participation in a recognized training course on German maritime law. Management level includes: First Officer, Chief Engineer Officer, Second Engineer Officer.

Tanker shipping / (ro-ro) passenger shipping
Certificates of competency issued by the BSH according to Chapter V (tankers / (ro-ro) passenger ships) have a maximum validity of five years. Exceptions: certificates of competency for service personnel on (ro-ro) passenger vessels have unlimited validity. The validity of a certificate of competency for service on board (ro-ro) passenger vessels can only be extended if the holder of the certificate has attended a recognized training course.

Endorsements of recognition for certificates of competency for navigational and engineering service that have been acquired abroad are issued by the Waterways and Shipping Directorate North in Kiel, in exceptional cases and upon request, certificates of competency for navigational and engineering service can also be issud by the Waterways and Shipping Directorate Northwest in Aurich.

 

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More information on the subject:
Tonnage certificates for flagging in
ISPS documents for flagging in
Navigational equipment for flagging in
Certificates for mariners
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