Seafarers

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS

The STCW Convention 1978, as amended, as well as the Maritime Labour Convention, establishes that all seafarers are required to have on board a valid medical certificate and it is the responsibility of the ship’s Master to verify that all seafarers, on joining the vessel have valid medical certificates.

The Conventions mandate that such a certificate is valid for a maximum of two years and must be issued by a medical practitioner authorised in his/her country for the issue of seafarer’s medical certificates.

Cook Islands requires that medical practitioners issuing medical certificates to seafarers making an application for endorsement of CoC be –

(i) Be a licensed physician with independence from employers, workers and their representatives in exercising medical judgment with respect to examination procedures;

(ii) Be experienced in general and occupational medicine or maritime occupational medicine;

(iii) Have knowledge of the living and working conditions on board ships, gained either through special instruction or through personal experience of seafaring; and

(iv) Be familiar with the IMO/WHO publications, Guidelines for Conducting Pre-Sea and Periodic Medical Fitness Examinations for Seafarers (ILO/WHO/D.2/1997) available here or by using the address below http://ilo-mirror.library.cornell.edu/public/english/dialogue/sector/techmeet/ilowho97/index.htm

Below is a sample of the medical examination certificate template made available to seafarers intending to work on Cook Islands flagged vessels. Alternatively templates may be requested from stcw@maritimecookislands.com or the Deputy Register of the vessel, or in your area.