• In accordance with Maritime Traffic Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, Chinese Citizens Exit and Entry Administration Law, Passport Law of the People's Republic of China, Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Seafarers, and relevant international conventions that China has accepted or accessed, Maritime Safety Administration of the people's Republic of China (China MSA) takes charge of formulating and implementing regulations and rules for seafarers, pilots, magnetic compass adjustment officers and staff of offshore facilities (hereinafter referred to as the seafarers).
    China MSA is in charge of developing seafarer competency standards, seafarer registration, training, examination and certification, verifying the qualification of seafarer training institutions, seafarer service institutions and seafarer assignment institutions and auditing quality system of seafarer training institutions.

  • Certificates of competency are graded as follows:
    1. Grade I: ships of 3000GT and above, or ships with main propulsion power of 3000KW and above;
    2. Grade II: ships of 500~3000GT, or ships with main propulsion power of 750~ 3000KW;
    3. Grade III: ships of less than 500GT, or ships with main propulsion power of less than 750KW.

  • According to related requirements of Measures for the Management of Issuing Medical Certificate for Seafarers of the People’s Republic of China, based on the on-scene verification reports submitted by regional MSAs, the medical examination institutions listed as follows are qualified to undertake seafarers’ medication examination, and the recognized medical practitioners employed by those institutions are entitled to issue medical certificates. All the medical examination institutions and medical practitioners shall strictly observe the requirements. The regional MSAs shall carry out routine oversight and supervision.

    List of the Recognized Institutions and Practitioners for Seafarers' Medical Examination.xls


  • The Seafarer’s Certificates of the People’s Republic of China

    Notice on New Versions of Certificates for Seafarers

    China MSA revised seafarer’s competence and certification standards in accordance with Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. For masters, officers and other personnel meeting requirements of Chapter II, Chapter III and Chapter IV of the STCW Convention and STCW Code,  corresponding Certificates of Competence or Certificates of Proficiency as shown hereunder will be issued by the administrations, and no other forms of training documents whatsoever will be issued. However, for those meeting requirements of Chapter V and Chapter VI, Certificates of Proficiency will be issued. For those not fulfilling training for relevant equipments, such as ECDIS, such limitation will be remarked on their Certificates of Competence.