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    Seafarers Medical (ENG1)

    A doctor approved by the MCA (Marine and Coastguard Agency) is required to conduct a full medical before issuing of the ENG1 Certificate.

    Answers to common questions included.

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  • Off to sea for the first time - so stop to think!
    To all you first trippers, off to sea over the next few weeks I hope you all have a fabulous first trip. There is a serious side to this post though. Many of you will have done confined spaces courses over the last few weeks and not paid 100% attention. I just want to tell all of you to be so vigilant on this trip, and all future ones, and think before you go into any space. In 2009 a first trip cadet from Warsash, 4 weeks and 3 days into his first voyage, died in a tanker pumproom incident which was avoidable. His name, and the ship are not important in the context of this thread so please do not...
    22nd January 2013, 12:15 PM
  • A big sigh from your parents but now the anxiety sets in!
    Go back a few months, there you all were, waiting for your letters, wondering if you had done well enough at interview, and finally you get your offer.


    Then there is all the follow up, visas, Discharge books, uniform, jabs, contracts and all the rest. Still the excitement is there because it is all new and you are looking forwards to it. Which college am I going to? Who will I share with? When is the induction? Can I remember everything they told me at interview?

    Excitement. Two weeks before you start the questions start. Can I remember how to tie a tie, Can I press my uniform shirts alright, will I shrink my jumper if I put it in the t...
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  • What to take to sea
    From the pen of our esteemed member Hatchorder...

    Here I sit, remembering my first trip to sea, and all the things I took that I did not need, and all the things I should have taken that nobody told me about. So my son, who is just about to start his cadetship, turns around and says “Dad, what will I need to take away to sea?” I got to work and produced a spreadsheet. Then came the inevitable questions of “why that?” so I started adding notes. By the end it was a work of art and I got to thinking “How many cadets do not have the luxury of an ex seafarer to help them or an adult with too much time on their hands and a passion for doing things to the nth degree and getting things spot on?”

    The spreadsheet actually prints out on a single sheet and is split up into 9 separate sections. Below I have separated each section and added notes as to why things are on the list.

    1) Uniform

    Uniform No
    Jumper 1
    Long sleeve shirts 3
    Short sleeved shirts 3
    Black Trousers 2
    White shorts 3
    White socks 3
    Epaulets 1
    Black Tie 1
    Black Shoes 1
    Shoe Shine Kit 1
    Prescription Glasses 2
    Sunglasses 1
    Glasses Wipes 50
    Check with somebody in the company about whether you will need a Uniform Cap, tropical uniform, Uniform Jacket etc.

    For many years I took my cap to every ship and never had to wear it. The first time I left it at home the skipper asked me on the bridge on my first standby “where is your hat?”…… Doh!

    Some companies use grey uniform, and if you get onto anchor handlers many of them have no uniform at all. Do not be afraid to ask someone in the company before you travel to join the ship what you will need for that voyage.

    If you need glasses take a spare pair. You will not have time to have a new pair made if you only have one pair and you break them. If you use contacts take enough to last the trip and a bit longer and don’t forget all your cleaning kit, pots etc if you use anything other than daily disposables.

    Sunglasses for watch keeping or looking cool going ashore! Prescription ones if you need to.

    Ladies, swap trousers for skirts on the list if you want! I’m not being sexist, lads you can pack a skirt if you want….. Shhhhhh!

    2) Casuals

    Casuals No
    Underwear / socks 8
    Jeans / Slacks 3
    Shorts 2
    Tops 5
    Shore Shoes 1
    Ship comfy shoes 1
    Coat 1
    Fleece 1
    Swimming Trunks 1
    Flip flops 1
    Sun Hat / Cap 1
    You may not be going somewhere too hot or too cold...
    7th June 2012, 10:33 PM
  • Seafarers Medical (ENG1)
    The H

    A doctor approved by the MCA (Marine and Coastguard Agency) is required to conduct a full medical before issuing of the ENG1 Certificate.

    Answers to common questions included.

    30th April 2012, 11:56 PM
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