Information for GPs and optometrists

Find information and resources for GPs and optometrists to assist seafarers to meet any medical fitness and eyesight requirements for their tickets.

From November 2018, there will be a large number of seafarers with ring-fenced certificates that will require new certificates of medical fitness.

On this page:

Overview

The medical standards seafarers must meet are specific to their maritime certificate.

Any registered GP may issue certificates of medical fitness for seafarers that have National or Ring-fenced certificates. Only a registered GP approved by Maritime NZ may issue certificates of medical fitness for STCW or STCW-F aligned certificates.

Guidance for issuing medical certificates and conducting eye tests is available below. Forms and certificates you need to complete are also listed.

Information for GPs

National or Ring-fenced certificates

Guidance for examining seafarers that have national or ring-fenced certificates:

Certificate of Medical Fitness guidelines - National or Ring-fenced certificates[PDF: 323kB, 16 pages]

 

Checklist for completing examination of seafarers:

Checklist for Certificate of Medical Fitness - National or Ring-fenced certificates[PDF: 119kB, 3 pages]

 

Certificate of medical fitness:

Certificate of Medical Fitness for National or Ring-fenced certificates – Seafarers[PDF: 101kB, 1 page]

Give the original certificate to the seafarer. Send the certificate of medical fitness to Maritime NZ if the seafarer has a National certificate.

STCW or STCW-F certificates

Guidance for examining seafarers that have STCW or STCW-F certificates:

Maritime Rule Part 34
Medical Standards Information for GPs [PDF: 347Kb, 17 pages]

 

Examination form:

Medical examination form – STCW or STCW-F deck certificates [PDF: 190Kb, 5 pages]

Use the examination form to record the results of a medical examination of a seafarer that has an STCW or STCW-F maritime certificate. The seafarer needs to complete the first section. Give a copy of the completed form to the seafarer.

 

Certificate of medical fitness:

Certificate of Medical Fitness for STCW or STCW-F certificates – Seafarers[PDF: 130kB, 1 page]

Complete the certificate of medical fitness. Give the original certificate to the seafarer and send the certificate of medical fitness to Maritime NZ.

Information for Optometrists

Optometrists may be asked to test the eyesight of seafarers. For some it is a legal requirement. A seafarer may also be referred by a GP for specialist assessment.

There are different eyesight standards, depending on the maritime certificate the seafarer is applying for (engineering or deck, national, ring-fenced or STCW).

For national and ring-fenced certificates, eyesight standards are included inside these guidelines:

Certificate of Medical Fitness guidelines - National or Ring-fenced certificates[PDF: 323kB, 16 pages]

 

For STCW certificates, eyesight standards are included inside these guidelines:

Maritime Rule Part 34
Medical Standards Information for GPs [PDF: 347Kb, 17 pages]

 

Eyesight report:

Eyesight test report [PDF: 165Kb, 5 pages]

The report that the optometrist supplies will assist the GP in completing the formal medical certificate. The doctor assigns the category of medical fitness.

Fees and charges

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Additional help

For more information, contact the Seafarer Certification team:

Phone:

New Zealand (toll free):
0508 225 522

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Email:

seafarers@maritimenz.govt.nz

Post:

Seafarer Certification, Maritime New Zealand, PO Box 25620, Wellington 6146

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