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Issuance of a Seaman's certificate

Procedure for issuance of a Seaman's certificate for employees and students at the university who will be embarking on fieldwork and reserach cruises.

The medical certificate shall ensure that employees and students are medically suited to service on board and do not represent a danger to others or the safe operation of the vessel.

Employees and students are responsible for familiarising themselves with the procedures for issuance of a Seaman's certificate and booking an appointment with the HSE Section.

The medical examination and issuance of a Seaman's certificate are carried out by an approved seamen's doctor.

Medical examination

At the medical examination employees and students must present a valid photo ID (passport, driving licence, discharge book). Also bring a urin sample, contact lenses/glasses and a vaccination card if applicable. If the employee/student has a medical certificate from before then it should also be brought.

The medical examination consists of:

  • Visual acuity test (long distance - 5m), field of view and colour vision
  • Hearing test
  • Blood sample (if required)
  • Clinical examination

Employees and students are obliged to provide as complete information as possible about their own health, and a personal health declaration is completed and signed together with the seamen's doctor. If the employee/student fulfils the health, vision and hearing requirements the seamen's doctor will issue a medical certificate on a form stipulated by the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

The medical certificate is valid for 2 years.


Form: Form for medical examination