Eng 1 vs medical certificate

What is the difference? If jobs are posting eng1 am I ok with uscg medical certificate?

Eng1 from
The United Kingdom Maritime
and Coastguard Agency

USCG Medical Certificate is from US.

You should contact the MCA and ask them.


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You mean using a US certificate on a UK flag vessel and for UK mariner credentials? Probably not, but you need to ask the UK MCA. Generally mariners need dodcuments issued by the flag of the vessel.

Some foreign employers ask for the ENG1, or equivalent.

The USCG Seamen’s medical is not considered equivalent because it is not considered to be a “full physical.”

The Canadian Medical Certs (and many others) are considered equivalent to the ENG1.

In my experience, the ENG1 physical. is more thorough than the USCG physical. The audiometer hearing test is always by machine in a sound booth, not a doctor loudly whispering “Merchant Mariner.” If you wear prescription glasses, you must take two pairs of glasses to the physical. The MCA is more fussy than the USCG, but the differences are not huge.

Dr Grenet in Fort Lauderdale is the only MCA Approved Doctor in the USA. He also does USCG physicals. If you pass, he issues your ENG1 certificate on the spot and hands it too you.

Yes, see the jobs for “or equivalent” wondering if the 719 covers the equivalent part?

NO, it is not equivalent!!!

This is another example of where the USCG has screwed American Mariners by not fully following STCW standards.

Simple, if expensive, problem to solve: Make an appointment with Dr. Grenet, fly to Fort Lauderdale, pass your physical, (if you need a MCA approved STCW course, take it at MPT), fly home with your ENG 1 in your briefcase.

Apply for jobs with your ENG1.

I operate a Cayman Flagged vessel with a Cayman CEC and they accept the USCG medical. Check with the flag state on if they accept the USCG. I know Cayman Islands flag accepts lots of STCW medical issued approved IMO nations.

For Cayman approved medical is on this link. In my industry the “ENG1” is use generically for STCW medical cert.

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