Seafarers’ Medical (ENG11)

  • If you are going to work at sea, the Department of Transport requires you to hold a valid Seafarers’ Medical (ENG11) Certificate
  • The Merchant Shipping (Medical Examinations) Regulations 2014 SI No. 246 of 2014 makes it a legal requirement for any seafarer to hold a valid Seafarers’ Medical (ENG11) certificate confirming their medical fitness for the work for which they are employed.
  • These Regulations apply to seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on board an Irish seagoing ship which is involved in commercial maritime operations.
  • As per UK MCA Merchant Shipping Notice 1815 (M); a valid Seafarer Medical issued in Ireland is recognised as equivalent to the UK ENG1 Medical for seafarers on sea-going United Kingdom ships (as defined in the Regulations)

Seafarers’ Medical (ENG11) Content

The medical will cover:

  • Measuring your height and weight
  • A standard eye test and a colour blindness test
  • A hearing test
  • Ear and throat evaluations and teeth/gums inspection
  • Questions on your medical history, drinking habits, etc.
  • A urine sample (to test kidney functionality and blood sugar)
  • Reflex testing
  • Listening to your heart and lungs, testing blood pressure and heart rate


  • There are no prerequisites for a Seafarers’ Medical (ENG11) Medical


  • Our in-house doctor will issue a DfT approved Seafarers’ Medical (ENG11) medical certificate of fitness upon successful completion of your medical.


  • Medicals will have to be undertaken every 2 years.

Items to bring

  • If you are currently on any medication, please bring these with you for the attention of the doctor.
  • You will need to bring your passport when attending for this medical and Seafarer’s Discharge Book, if you have one.

When it is not a first medical, the previous medical certificate should also be brought to the examination.


Seafarers’ Medical (ENG11) certificate – valid for 2 years


Anyone working at sea


A good standard of fitness is required