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Seafarer certificate of competency and seaman's book

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Every seafarer on a Dutch ship must have a valid certificate of competency (vaarbevoegdheidsbewijs). Kiwa Register issues this certificate to individuals who meet the requirements in terms of education, experience and physical fitness. Each position has its own requirements.

Seaman's book and crew list

The seafarer must be in possession of a seaman’s book (monsterboekje), which provides information on an individual’s work experience and educational background. It is the basic document for the registration of crew members in the Central Crew Information Register. A managing owner can request an exemption for a crew member if certain conditions are fulfilled.

Seagoing vessels must always carry a crew list. This list shows, among other things, the names and positions, dates of birth and sign-on and sign-off dates of crew members. As managing owner, you must always know who is on board. Every time the captain sends you a new crew list or a change to the existing crew list, you must notify Kiwa Register in writing.

How to apply

Seafarers can apply for the certificate of competencyExternal link (in Dutch) and the seaman's bookExternal link (in Dutch) to Kiwa Register. Residents can apply using DigiD (individuals) or eHerkenning (eRecognition) (companies), non-residents can apply using a Kiwa-IDExternal link. Foreign seafarers on Dutch ships can ask Kiwa RegisterExternal link to recognise a certificate of competency from a country that is not a member of the EU or EEA.

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