I have been doing a lot of research as I am seriously considering pursuing a career in this field as a deck officer. I am looking at the various academies and still deciding which is best for me.
I am wondering whether a history of kidney stones is disqualifying for the MMMC (needed to enter a maritime academy). Specifically, I had a single 6mm stone in my right kidney which I had surgically removed several years ago - with no recurring problems since. Both my brother and father had a similar issue around the same age as me and have never again had this problem.
The reason I ask is because I have searched Google and these forums and have not found information on this topic. There is a document online entitled “Medical Examinations of Seafarers 2005,” however it is written for Dutch officers and the standard is as follows:
Disorders of the higher or lower urinary passages, resulting in recurrent complaints or a reduced kidney function, are usually a reason for unfitness.
A kidney stone is a reason for unfitness.
Kinda vague. My kidney function is totally normal, and my health is otherwise perfect. However, I will likely do another CT scan to ensure my kidneys are still clear of any and all stones. The issue can be a life or death one on the seas and want to make sure I am in excellent health and prepared to do the job.
Has anyone had an experience with this or know of anyone else who has? Is a recurring history of stones disqualifying? Or does merely having one in your past automatically disqualify you from the Merchant Marine?
Thanks in advance for your help. I look forward to being a part of this community and learning/contributing as I progress!