ML5 SEAFARER MEDICAL

£115

In order to work at sea, you must have an appropriate seafarer medical fitness certificate.

 

You need an ML5 medical certificate if you’re:

  • the master of a passenger ship that does not go to sea (Class IV or V)

  • the master of a commercial vessel that does not go to sea

  • the master or a crew member of a small commercial vessel certificated for Area Category 2 to 6 (no more than 60 miles from a safe haven)

  • a crew member or anyone else (for example catering staff) who normally works on a domestic passenger ship (Class VI or VIA) that goes to sea

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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 ML5 Seafarer Medical

What do I need to bring?


Please bring the following to your examination:

  • your ML5 medical report form (MSF4112, available here)
  • 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)
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.




What does the ML5 medical involve?


The purpose of the medical is to establish whether you are fit for your role at sea. The exact content of the medical will therefore vary, but in general will include:

  • 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
  • selected additional tests, for example spirometry (lung function testing), audiometry (hearing testing), ECG, urine analysis, exercise testing




How long will the medical take?


Usually no more than 45 minutes.




How long is the ML5 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.