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Are there any conditions under which a seafarer may continue to be employed after his/her Medical Fitness Certificate has expired?

Yes. 

(1) A seafarer, the validity of whose certificate expires while he or she is in a location where medical examination in accordance with the Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Regulations 2002 is impracticable, may continue to be employed without such a certificate for a period not exceeding three months from the date of expiry of such medical certificate. (2) Under The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Employment of Young Persons) Regulations 1998, if a young person’s Medical Fitness Certificate expires during a voyage, it remains effective until the next port of call where there is a duly qualified medical practitioner.

 

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