Frequently Asked Questions - Crew Documentation

Article VIII of the STCW Convention 1978, as amended, regulates the issue of a dispensation by a Flag State, however, the Convention stresses “in circumstances of exceptional necessity” and therefore a continuing difficulty to crew a vessel with fully-qualified personnel does not qualify for dispensation.

Yes. A bona-fide seaman may be issued with a Cayman Seaman’s Discharge Book to serve on Cayman-registered ships including yachts.

If all required supporting documents and the relevant fees have been included it may take up to 5 working days from the day an application has been received.