Medical and eyesight requirements for seafarers
If you’re one of the seafarers who ring-fenced their ticket(s), you will also need a medical certificate to keep working. The medical certificate will be due two years from the date your verification card was issued.
When it’s time, here’s what you need to do:Medical Council of New Zealand [www.mcnz.org.nz]
2. Take a photo ID, information on the tickets you hold and print the certificate below.CERTIFICATE of Medical Fitness - National or Ring-fenced seafarers [PDF: 101kB, 1 pages]
3. Ask your GP to conduct a medical examination and complete the certificate.
Information on what is covered in a medical is set out in these guidelines.Medical guideline for seafarers [PDF: 271kB, 10 pages]
4. The GP will assign you a medical category. You need an A, A(T) or B to continue using your ticket.
5. Keep the medical certificate. You need a copy with you when you are working on a ship as evidence of your fitness and any conditions.
It’s that simple
To apply for or renew a national certificate of competency or proficiency, you need to prove that your medical fitness and eyesight meet the required standards. For national certificates any GP can conduct a medical examination.
Print out this certificate to take along to the GP:CERTIFICATE of Medical Fitness - National or Ring-fenced seafarers [PDF: 101kB, 1 page]
Information on what is covered in a medical is set out in this guidance document:Medical guideline for seafarers [PDF: 271kB, 10 pages]
Looking for a GP
The medical examination for any national certificate may be conducted by any New Zealand registered GP.
Search the list of registered doctors on the Medical Council of New Zealand website:Medical Council of New Zealand [www.mcnc.org.nz]
Find an optometrist
If you are applying for a new Deck certificate then you’ll need to have an eyesight and colour vision test conducted by a registered optometrist.
If you require an eyesight test by a registered optometrist, search the Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Board’s online register.
You can search the register for optometrists by name or location:Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Board [www.odob.health.nz]
To apply for or renew an STCW or STCW-F certificate of competency or proficiency, you need to prove that your medical fitness and eyesight meet the required standards. For an STCW or STCW-F certificate the medical examination must be conducted by an approved medical practitioner.
Looking for an approved Medical Practitioner?
There is a particular form used:Medical Exam FORM for STCW or STCW-F seafarers [PDF: 195kB, 5 pages]
For more information, contact the Seafarer Certification team:
New Zealand (toll free):
0508 225 522
Calling from outside New Zealand:
+64 4 473 0111
Maritime New Zealand
PO Box 25620