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Documents to submit

1. Seafarer's qualification certificate

2. Certificate of proficiency on tankers

3. GMDSS (Radio communication) operator qualification certificate

4. Fishing vessel and fishing boat crew qualification certificate

5. Inland waterway ships’ crew qualification certificate


1. Seafarer's qualification certificate

In order to obtain seafarers’ qualification certificate (certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency), the applicant shall submit to the Registry of Seamen:

  • Current certificate of competency and its endorsement or certificate of proficiency (if any).

and present originals of the following documents:

  1. Person’s identification document;
  2. Seafarer’s medical fitness certificate;
  3. Document attesting maritime professional education (also documents attesting vocational further education or professional upgrading education);
  4. Documents attesting seagoing service (e.g. record in the Seaman’s book, Statement of Sea Service);
  5. Certificates of special training and courses necessary for obtaining the relevant qualification (skat. “Speciālās kompetences prasības atbilstoši jūrnieka kvalifikācijai”);
  6. Graduates of maritime educational institutions in addition shall enclose the completed and approved training record book.

2. Certificate of proficiency on tankers

In order to obtain certificate of proficiency on tankers, the applicant shall submit to the Registry of Seamen:

  • Current certificate of proficiency, if any.

and present originals of the following documents:

  1. Person’s identification document;
  2. Current certificate of competency, if any;
  3. Seafarer’s medical fitness certificate;
  4. Documents attesting seagoing service (e.g. record in the Seaman’s book, Statement of Sea Service);
  5. special training course certificates, when working on certain types of ships (e.g. tankers).

3. GMDSS (Radio communication) operator qualification certificate

In order to obtain qualification certificate (certificate of competency) of GMDSS (or radio communication) operator, the applicant shall submit to the Registry of Seamen:

  • Current certificate of competency and its endorsement, if any.

and present originals of the following documents:

  1. Person’s identification document;
  2. Seafarer’s medical fitness certificate;
  3. Document attesting professional maritime education (kuģu vadītāja, radio elektroniķa vai radio operatora);
  4. GMDSS (or radio communication) course certificate.

4. Fishing vessel and fishing boat crew qualification certificate

In order to obtain fishing vessel and fishing boat crew qualification certificate (certificate of competency), the applicant shall submit to the Registry of Seamen:

  • Current certificate of competency, if any.

and present originals of the following documents:

  1. Person’s identification document;
  2. Seafarer’s medical fitness certificate or a statement of health issued by certified doctor of occupational diseases;
  3. Document attesting professional maritime education;
  4. Documents attesting seagoing service (e.g. record in the Seaman’s book, Statement of Sea Service);
  5. Special training course certificates in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 22 of Cabinet Regulation No. 895 “Certification of Seafarers” adopted 22 November 2005.

5. Inland waterway ships’ crew qualification certificate

In order to obtain inland waterway ships’ crew qualification certificate, before submitting documents to the Registry of Seamen, the applicant’s qualification has to be assessed by ports’ Examination Commission (in Riga, Ventspils or Liepaja).

Ports’s Examination Commission submits to the Registry of Seamen the Protocol of assessment, which shall comprise the restrictions regarding ships’ gross tonnage and main propulsion machinery that must be included in the certificate of competency. The applicant shall submit to the Registry of Seamen:

  1. Protocol of assessment;
  2. Current certificate of competency, if any.

and present originals of the following documents:

  1. Person’s identification document;
  2. Seafarer’s medical fitness certificate or a statement of health issued by certified doctor of occupational diseases;
  3. Document attesting professional maritime education;
  4. Certificate of Basic Safety Training Course and other special training course certificates in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 27 of Cabinet Regulation No. 895 “Certification of Seafarers” adopted 22 November 2005.