ENG 1 SEAFARER MEDICAL
In order to work at sea, you must have an appropriate seafarer medical fitness certificate.
You need an ENG 1 certificate if you’re any of the following:
in charge of a ship
serving on a merchant ship or yacht
If you remain unsure about which type of seafarer medical you need, further information can be found on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) website here.
Please read the FAQ section below to ensure you are fully prepared before your appointment. If you have any further questions, please contact me.
FAQ's - all you need to know about the ENG 1 seafarer medical
What do I need to bring?
Please bring the following to your examination:
photo ID, for example a passport, driving licence or discharge book
your previous medical certificate (if you have one)
your local doctor’s name, address and contact details
information about any medical problems, hospital visits, and/or medication you’re taking
your glasses or contact lenses (but not colour correction lenses)
comfortable clothing in which to undertake a step-based exercise test (if required)
What does the ENG 1 medical involve?
completion of a screening questionnaire, designed to highlight any medical issues that might be deemed significant
a full physical examination (including height, weight, blood pressure etc.)
testing of eyesight and colour vision
testing of ears and hearing
selected additional tests, for example spirometry (lung function testing), ECG, urine analysis, exercise testing
How long will the medical take?
Usually no more than 45 minutes.
How long is the ENG 1 medical valid for?
The maximum validity period for the ENG 1 certificate is 2 years (or 1 year in those under the age of 18). A certificate of shorter duration may be issued if there is a medical reason to do so.
What if I wear glasses or contact lenses?
If you normally use contact lenses, please DO NOT wear them to your appointment, as your vision must be tested without correction. Wear glasses instead. Do bring your contact lenses along so that your corrected vision can be tested as well.