Maritime Coastguard Agency
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) collect and retain personal information provided on the medical examination of seafarers report form (ENG 2) the seafarer medical examination notice of failure/restriction (ENG 3), the certificate of medical fitness (ENG 1), and any seafarer medical report forms (ML5), which are referred to MCA for assessment.
We will use this information to fulfil our duties as stated in the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Medical Certification) Regulations 2010 (which implement the UKs international obligations under Maritime Labour Convention, 2006), the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (C.188) and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW).
To find out more about how the MCA look after personal data, your rights and how to contacts our data protection officer please go to the mca personal information charter page.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Contingency Plan and Guidelines for Seafarers
Please see the documents below for the MCAs response and advice to industry on areas of operation which may be affected by COVID-19.
MIN 632 can be found here which contains information relating to the extension of seafarer employment agreements.
Deck and engineer officers can study in areas of marine operation and marine engineering. Study programmes include studying for the officer of the watch (OOW) seafarer qualification. Courses cover management competencies as well as technical content. Foundation degrees are not available in Scotland but you can study equivalent programmes for merchant navy qualifications. These cover the same content as the foundation degree.
Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) certificates
HND and HNC qualifications lead to a UK Certificate of Competency (CoC). Those issued by Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) and Edexel must be completed in an MCA approved training centre if they are being used towards gaining a CoC. In some cases there are collaborative schemes with overseas colleges where the qualifications are gained through an approved UK training centre these are known as 1+1 schemes.
Careers at sea merchant navy opportunities
Find more information about entry routes and training below.
Nautical colleges, yacht deck training providers and small vessel engineer training providers
Find contact details for MCA approvedrunning courses leading to a UK Certificate of Competency (CoC).
MCA-approved training centres deliver STCW short/ancillary training courses such as:
- advanced fire fighting
- ship security officer training
- specialised tanker training
Find contact details for MCA approved training providers (ATP) running specific courses.
UK marine offices
Telephone and fax numbers for a