Seafarers Certification Procedure


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The following procedure applies to seamen who serve on board Sierra Leonean ships for the issuance of certificate of endorsement and seaman books (CDC). 

The minimum number of seaman to be on board should be accordance to the Minimum Safe Manning Certificate. The vessel may have more crew members than the Minimum Safe Manning requirements, however all crew members on board must hold Certificate of Endorsement.

COE are not mandatory for Yacht, and non- propelled ships. Nevertheless, copy of certificates of competence for officers on board for these two mentioned ships must be submitted to SLMARAD.

COE is applicable to Fishing VesselS, according to STCW-F 95 (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, 1995)

For Officers COE is mandatory; for Watchkeeping is optional however proper qualified certificate must be submitted to SLMARAD.  Ratings do not need COE.

Master, officers and ratings on board Tankers, Ro-Ro Passenger and Passenger Vessels shall hold Special Training Certificates.

Every ship shall carry 1 GMDSS when is exclusive acting as general operator or should have 2 GMDSS if acting also as officers.

For area A1 ships shall hold at least a Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC). On ships operating in Area A1/A2, A1/A2/A3, and A1/A2/A3/A4 shall hold a GMDSS General Operator’s Certificate (GOC).

On the other hand on board Sierra Leonean vessels of 500 GT and above operating on international voyages, should have on board a Person holding the Ship Security Officer certificate, the person should be designated by the Company as responsible for the security of the ship.


For the issuance of processing Certificate of License/Rating/Endorsement (PROV COE) the following documents should be submitted:

  • Copy of Application form
  • 02 Passport Size photos original or 01 electronic copy.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Certificate of Competence (COC) for Officers and Copy of Certificates for Watch keeping. (Only issued by State Party Members of the STCW Convention are accepted.
  • Medical Fitness Certificate (Issued not earlier than 18 months) – International form or SL Form - must be kept on board.
  • Confirmation of authenticity of the COC from Flag Administration.
  • Copy of Seaman Book or CDC
  • Special Training Certificates: for Tankers, Ro-Ro passenger and Passenger vessel. Tankers: Tanker Familiarization. Ro-Ro Passenger and Passenger Vessel: Familiarization Training, Crowd Management, Crisis management and human behaviors, and Passenger safety, cargo safety and hull integrity.
  • Copy of Ship Security Officer Certificate – For all vessel 500 GRT or greater operating on international voyage.

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