ENG1 for Yacht Crew

The ENG1 medical certificate is a comprehensive medical examination mandated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. It serves as a crucial safeguard for the safety and well-being of seafarers and those they work alongside. Dr Gordon is a British doctor who, after caring for yacht crew and captains for several years in the South of France, has been appointed by the MCA to provide the ENG1.

The ENG1 medical certificate is a comprehensive medical examination mandated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. It serves as a crucial safeguard for the safety and well-being of seafarers and those they work alongside. Dr Gordon is a British doctor who, after caring for yacht crew and captains in the South of France, has been appointed by the MCA to provide the ENG1.

Examination Tips

It is important that you understand the ENG1 before the examination so you have a successful visit. The purpose of the examination is to ensure the safety of seafarers.

Your assessment will involve a discussion of your medical history and a physical examination, including a hearing and vision test and a urine test. It helps mitigate the risk of medical emergencies and ensures you can perform your duties effectively.

To ensure a successful exam, make sure you follow the instructions

Before the appointment
  • Avoid loud noise for 16 hours, as you may need a hearing test 
  • If you want a chaperone, inform us prior
Make sure you bring with you
  • Your previous ENG 1 (if you have one)
  • Proof of identification—an original, valid, and up-to-date photographic identification (passport, driving licence, seafarer’s discharge book/seafarer identity document, or national identity document/citizen card are the accepted forms of ID). No other forms of identification will be accepted. 
  • A list of any medications you are currently taking and be ready to discuss them 
  • Any relevant medical reports (translated into English with originals as they may need to be shared with the MCA) 
  • Glasses for the vision assessment
  • Payment : €150

Who is the ENG1 for?

The ENG1 certificate is mandatory for all seafarers working on commercial vessels, including merchant ships, fishing boats, and offshore installations. Whether you’re a deckhand, engineer, or officer, a valid ENG1 certificate is a prerequisite for employment in the maritime industry.

Additionally, individuals seeking certification for roles such as yacht crew members or super yacht personnel may also be required to undergo the ENG1 examination.

A full medical history is extremely important during the ENG1, as it directly impacts the safety of individuals at sea. Seafarers must provide accurate and transparent information regarding their medical history, lifestyle habits, and any existing health conditions. 

Here are some clinical examples highlighting why this is crucial:

Undisclosed cardiovascular issues, such as hypertension or heart disease, can pose significant risks during prolonged periods at sea. Disclosure allows medical examiners to assess and manage these conditions appropriately, reducing the likelihood of sudden cardiac events onboard.

Seafaring inherently involves tasks that require keen vision and sharp hearing, such as navigating vessels and responding to auditory alarms. Failing to disclose vision or hearing impairments can compromise safety, leading to navigational errors or delays in responding to critical signals.

The isolation and high-stress environment of maritime work can exacerbate mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety. Openly discussing mental health concerns enables medical professionals to provide support and resources to mitigate these challenges, promoting overall wellbeing at sea.

Substance abuse, including alcohol and drug misuse, poses significant risks to maritime safety, impairing judgement and coordination. Seafarers must be truthful about their substance use habits to ensure they receive appropriate guidance and intervention to maintain sobriety while at sea.

What is ENG1?

The ENG1 medical certificate serves as a cornerstone of safety and professionalism in the maritime industry. By fostering a culture of honesty and transparency during the examination process, seafarers contribute to a safer working environment for themselves and their colleagues. Through accurate medical assessments and proactive healthcare management, the ENG1 plays a pivotal role in safeguarding lives and upholding standards at sea.

Schedule a ENG1 Examination

Our clinic is conveniently located in Valbonne, France, serving the vibrant yachting communities of Antibes and Cannes. We are just off the A8, making it convenient for those arriving from La Ciotat and Monaco. We are also a short drive from Nice airport.

With ample parking available, reaching our clinic is hassle-free for individuals arriving by car. Additionally, we are easily accessible via Uber and public transport networks.

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