All seafarers - pre-condition of working at sea 2-year validity Hearing, sight, colour vision No disease –aggravated by service at sea, or –likely to render seafarer unfit, or –endanger the health of other persons on board
ILO 73/MLC Seafarer means any person employed, engaged or working on a ship Assessment for the particular job Restrictions can be placed on duties, area of operation Responsibility on seafarer and employer/ shipowner to comply with restrictions
STCW Primarily certificated seafarers Medical fitness certificates as pre- qualification for Certificate of Competency –1 st Issue –Revalidation
International standards STCW Code A-I/9 physical capability for basic training (which includes fire fighting and basic sea survival) adequate hearing and speech to communicate effectively and detect audible alarms
International standards no medical condition –to prevent the effective and safe conduct of their routine and emergency duties on board –likely to be aggravated by service at sea or to render the seafarer unfit for such service or to endanger the health and safety of other persons on board; and no medication with side effects impairing effective and safe performance of routine and emergency duties on board.
ILO/WHO Guidelines 1997 Guidelines for conducting pre-sea and periodic medical fitness examinations for seafarers –Guidance of competent authorities –Guidance for recognised medical practitioners –Minimum standards –Sample certificate
Guidelines on the medical examination of seafarers IMO/ILO/JMS/2011/12
International standards Port State Control –Recognised format –Completed fully and correctly –Risk of fraud/forgery Mutual recognition Reducing administrative burdens
Issues for MAT Increasing numbers of ENG1s –Who are they being issued to? New groups –Who is a seafarer? Demand for/from more approvals –What are the implications?
Review of AD system What is the system for? Who should have access? Should MCA recover costs? If so, how would this be done fairly. Do we need to change to take advantage of international developments?