Here starts a series of posts exploring ship certification; an important topic for anyone studying for certificates of competency, especially at Mates, Masters, seconds or chiefs levels. Starting at the beginning I have put together some hints on where to find what needs to be carried.
If you have access to SOLAS, its Annex 2 is a good place to start to determine what ship certification to hold. It contains a list of the certificates required to be carried on each type of ship, and also gives a useful reference to the related conventions.
This annex is also available as an IMO circular FAL.2/Circ.127, MEPC.1/Circ.817, MSC.1/Circ.1462, which can be downloaded from their website.
Flag state information
The UK produces some of the best additional guidance on certification and here are some pointers of where to look.
The UK MCA publishes information within their ‘Instructions to surveyors Survey and certification policy’ (MSIS 23). Towards the back of this document are some handy tables of certificates. This is available online from the UK government website
Remaining on the UK GOV.UK website there is a
useful page ‘Vessel classification and certification’.
This page starts with an outline of the main certification requirements.
To dig into the legal details for UK flagged ship’s, the statutory instrument is No 1210 The Merchant Shipping (Survey and Certification) Regulations 1995. This is available on line.
In the next post I will extract the information in these suggested documents to produce a crib that will answer the question “what certification must my ship carry?”
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