Recognised Certificates

Luxembourg recognises Certificates issued by EU Member States and States with which it has concluded MOUs


Ratings must provide documentary evidence that they have completed the following basic training:

  • Personal Survival
  • Basic First Aid
  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities.

Watch Ratings

Ratings forming part of a watch must hold a Navigational watch rating (II/5) or valid engine room rating (III/5).


EU Officers

The Luxembourg Maritime Administration recognizes all Certificates of Competency (CoCs) and/or Certificates of Proficiency (CoPs) issued by Member States of the European Union.

Non-EU Officers

Luxembourg also recognizes CoCs and/or CoPs from the following non-EU states with whom it has signed Memoranda of Understanding as provided by Regulation I/10 of the STCW Convention :

Argentina Myanmar
Australia New Zealand
Brazil Norway
Bulgaria People’s Republic of China
Canada Peru
Cap Verde Philippines
Chile Russia
Egypt Senegal
Ethiopia Singapore
Ghana South Africa
Hong Kong Sri Lanka
Iceland Tunisia
India Turkey
Indonesia Ukraine
Ivory Coast United Kingdom
Madagascar USA
Malaysia Uruguay
Mexico Vietnam

Tanker Endorsements

Officers assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to cargo or cargo equipment on chemical, oil or liquefied gas tankers must hold a tanker certificate of competency and the corresponding Luxembourg endorsement.

While ratings assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to cargo or cargo equipment on chemical, oil or liquefied gas tankers must hold a tanker certificate issued by their national administration, no flag state endorsement is required.


Luxembourg-flagged vessels with ten or more seafarers must engage a qualified cook in accordance with the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC):

  • Minimum 18 years of age;
  • Completed an approved training course and holds a certificate which includes practical cookery, food and personal hygiene, food storage, stock control and environmental protection and catering health and safety;
  • At least one (1) month of qualifying service on one or more vessels as a ship’s cook or assistant cook.

Upon submission of the ship’s cook certificate, the Luxembourg Maritime Administration will issue a Certificate of Proficiency as Ship’s Cook provided the national cook certificate has been issued by an institute recognised by:

  • A party to the MLC, 2006;
  • Party to ILO No. 69; or
  • A Member State of the European Union/European Economic Area in accordance with MLC criteria.

For vessels with less than 10 seafarers, a special certificate is issued by the Luxembourg Maritime Administration to seafarer(s) performing food processing duties provided they have been trained or instructed in areas including food and personal hygiene, as well as handling and storage of food on board ship. A note to this effect will appear on the vessel’s Minimum Safe Manning Document.

Medical Fitness Certificates

Seafarers on Luxembourg vessels must be certified as medically fit to perform their duties at the time they join the ship.

Medical certificates should confirm that the seafarer concerned:

  • has satisfactory hearing and sight, as well as colour vision where required by the nature of the work to be performed;
  • is medically fit to perform assigned duties; and
  • is not suffering from any medical condition that is likely to be aggravated by service at sea or to render the seafarer unfit for such service or to endanger the health of other persons on board.


The Luxembourg Maritime Administration recognizes Medical certificates issued in accordance with STCW requirements by a duly qualified medical practitioner who is:

  • Licensed by a EU/EEA Member State;
  • Licensed by a MLC State;
  • Licensed by a STCW White List State; or
  • Recognized by the Luxembourg Maritime Administration.


Medical Fitness certificates are valid for a maximum of two years.

Colour vision certificates (if applicable) are valid for a maximum of six years.

Where a Medical certificate expires during a voyage, it shall remain valid until the next port of call where the seafarer can obtain a new medical certificate, provided this period does not exceed three (3) months.