The objective of the seafarer medical examination is to ascertain whether the examinee complies to the medical standards and is capable of performing his or her duties on board. The examination therefore not only focuses on the crew member’s personal safety, but also that of other persons on board and ships passing.
It is therefore essential that the examining physician has a thorough knowledge of the specific working conditions on board, in order to assess the safety risks involved accurately. The medical examiner uses the form Medical examination that is added to this page.
After certified fit, a medical certificate is issued to the seafarer. This English-language document includes the results of the general medical fitness as well as the visual and auditory outcomes. The validity is 2 years at the most.
The Dutch medical certificate may be submitted at the application for a Dutch endorsement or when embarking a ship registered in the Netherlands.
Appointed doctors may examine seafarers
Only doctors, appointed by the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management may issue the Dutch seafarers’ medical certificate.
Addresses are published on this website (see documents below). Pdf software, for example Acrobat Reader (free), is required to view the files.
Seafarer medical certificates issued by an EU-member state or by Australia, Canada, Iceland, India, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Ukraine, United Kingdom, South Africa and Switzerland may be submitted at the application for a Dutch endorsement as well or when embarking a ship registered in the Netherlands.
Declaration of medical unfitness
When the seafarer is found medically unfit, the examining physician uses the form Declaration of medical unfitness that is added to this page.
Recent beëindigde aanwijzingen keuringsartsen scheepvaart / Recently revoked appointed medical examiners
Lijst met recent beëindigde aanwijzingen van keuringsartsen voor de scheepvaart (binnenvaart, zeevaart en visserij). List of ...
Aangewezen keuringsartsen zee- en binnenvaart / Appointed medical examiners for shipping
Lijst van aangewezen keuringsartsen voor zeevaart en binnenvaart in Nederland. List of appointed medical examiners for shipping ...
Aangewezen keuringsartsen voor de scheepvaart buitenland / List of appointed seafarer medical examiners abroad
Manual Medical Examinations NSI 2020, including Medical fitness requirements
This manual (Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate) has to be used by all appointed and recognized doctors abroad and replaces all ...
Seafarer Medical Certificate (Specimen)
Specimen of the Seafarer medical certificate.
Form: Medical examination shipping crew - ILT.137E.06
The form Medical examination shipping crew is used by the medical examiner, in addition to more detailed examination, to ...
Declaration of medical unfitness (shipping)
Form declaration of medical unfitness for shipping crew. To be filled out by the medical examiner.
Erkende artsen, uitsluitend niet-STCW HAL personeel
Lijst van erkende artsen voor niet-STCW HAL personeel. List of approved medical medical examiners only for non-STCW HAL personnel