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    Guys...I got a question about the Seaman Book...

    I have been told that in order to be able to work on a ship you will need to apply for a Seaman's Record Book or Seaman's Discharge Book.
    So :
    1)How would one go about applying for
    Seaman Book or the Seaman's Discharge Book ??
    2) Is the procedure different if you`re foreign like me ???

    Acording to Blue Mountain they can offer this opportunity to obtain a Seaman’s Card (temporary visa for maritime personnel) for an additional cost of £50.00 if required.

    I have been told that in order to be able to work on a ship you will need
    a seamans discharge book which to quote a friend of mine is " a different animal
    It´s a log of your trips and to have it allows you to be embarked as crew
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    Cool ...but since i have never worked on a ship (I was a tankie ) i was never issued a seamans discharge book ...

    So looks like in order to get one you need to be part of the crew or someting or to get the captain to register you as part of the crew..Right ??

    Is all confusing to me......

    Any ideas would be much appreciated..


    Cheers!

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    Hi GB,

    Mine was issued while I was serving in the Mil, so have never bothered to get a civvy one.

    As far as I know, the UK authorities can only issue them to HM subjects (sorry I meant citizens ), unless you are crew on a UK registered ship.

    But once you get one, it´s yours for the rest of your career.

    Your friend tiene razon though. The seamans card is only an ID card and just gets you visa free travel. i.e. a saving on the cost of a visa which your company will pay for anyway each time you enter a port.

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    In order to work in the maritime arena, some companies will want you to fullfill certain criteria.

    1. Have certain maritime experience; Matlot, Bootneck, Port 17 Maritme Reg, Para with duck pond peadal boat experience (Just joking)

    2. Seamans card
    3. ENG 1 medical (Commercial maritime medical)

    The seamans card is the equivelant to a extra baggage allowance for boarding aircraft and visa.
    The books are issued from the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) and an employer needs to sign to say you are being employed as a sea farer amongst other things

    If you need to gain more information, give Blue Mountain (Wales) a call or Securewest International (Devon).

    Hope this helps

    Steve

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    Discharge Books & British Seamans Cards are issued by the Registry of Seamen and Shipping at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.


    A discharge book is a continuous record of a seafarers service. It is the personal possesion of the seafarer. The British Seaman's Card is similar to a British Passport and is internationally accepted, allowing seafarers to land at foreign ports without having to obtain visas. The card is surrendered to Registry of Seamen and Shipping by the seafarer when he/she leaves seagoing employment. Guidance notes on qualifying criteria are attached to the application form.
    Fees
    POSTAL APPLICATIONS £40.00 per book
    PERSONAL APPLICATIONS £90.00 per book
    Click here for an application form


    You will also require STCW 95 Certificates of Competency.

    Certificates of Competency are issued every five years on proof of training or sufficient seatime service and a valid medical issued by a approved MCA doctor.
    Fees
    Issue or Revalidation £36.00 plus £10.00 for overseas postage (we recommend that if the postal service in the receiving country is not reliable that a courier is used).
    Courier £30.00


    Click here for an application form
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    Cheers Doc....

    I would not have not known where to look...I spent the last week googling and generally being lost...

    I will give it a shot..

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    Gorilla,

    you only need to have STCW 95 if you are a member of the crew or a merchant mariner. Maritime security operators do not need the STCW 95, however if a maritime security company dictates that you require one to work for them then thats their criteria.

    The discharge book requires you to have a signature and company stamp from your present maritime employers on the application form.

    Follow the link that Tacmedic has kindly put on for you and you will see when you down load the application form. The discharge book is good as proof of serving overseas for your tax returns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trublue View Post
    Gorilla,

    you only need to have STCW 95 if you are a member of the crew or a merchant mariner. Maritime security operators do not need the STCW 95, however if a maritime security company dictates that you require one to work for them then thats their criteria.

    The discharge book requires you to have a signature and company stamp from your present maritime employers on the application form.

    Follow the link that Tacmedic has kindly put on for you and you will see when you down load the application form. The discharge book is good as proof of serving overseas for your tax returns.
    Truble....
    Thanks guys

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    Cool ...but since i have never worked on a ship (I was a tankie ) i was never issued a seamans discharge book ...


    Gorilla,

    I was Infantry for 22 yrs but i got my seaman discharge book in Oct although i have not used it yet as i am still on a deployment, so dont worry about worry about being a Tankie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trublue View Post
    you only need to have STCW 95 if you are a member of the crew or a merchant mariner.
    Absolutely true but you should seriously consider the STCW95 courses below, if something goes wrong they will be very useful:

    Personal Survival Techniques
    This 1-day module will give the candidate knowledge of essential prevention and survival techniques. It includes both theoretical and practical sessions; investigating causes of distress, knowledge and use of equipment, launch and recovery of life raft, preparation for survival, personal survival skills, and use of search and rescue organisations.

    Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
    The course deals with the precautions to be taken to minimise the risk of fires aboard ship, the way in which fires are caused and the first means of extinguishing them. The courses includes practical training in the use of fire fighting equipment, and use of breathing apparatus for fire fighting and rescue.

    Elementary First Aid
    The course is a mixture of theory and practical sessions training basic first aid and life saving skills.

    Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
    The course gives basic induction training in safety procedures and accident prevention and familiarises new seafarers with employment and working conditions aboard. It is a classroom based course.

    Also take a look at an advanced fire-fighting certificate, proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats certificate, a medical first aid certificate.
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    Gorilla,

    the STCW 95 is also in the region of 800-1200 quid depending on the course provider.

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