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Danish Requirements for Recognition of Foreign Certificates for Masters, Chief Mates, OICNW, Chief Engineer, Second Engineer, and OICEW

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Certificates of recognition are issued by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) on the basis of the seafarer's foreign certificate of competency. A Danish certificate of recognition is a certificate issued to a seafarer who has not completed a Danish exam or does not hold a Danish certificate of competency, who would like to be engaged on a ship flying the Danish flag.

Typically, ship owners and agents will apply for certificates of recognition on behalf of the seafarers. If you are a citizen of the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you yourself can apply for a Danish certificate of recognition.

All foreign officers must hold a certificate of recognition; ratings are not required to have a certificate of recognition. You must apply online for certificates of recognition.

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A Danish certificate of recognition is issued to a seafarer who does not hold a Danish certificate of competency

Common Points for Recognition of Certificate



  • Danish Health Certificate for Seafarers and Fishermen is a must
  • Certificate of Proficiency on tankers (STCW regulation V/1) is mandatory if the applicant is going to serve as an officer on a tanker
  • Documentary proof of assessment or statement of competency if the applicant has a certificate of competency issued in Argentina, Croatia, Egypt, the Philippines (only if the assessment is not performed at SYNERGY in Manila), Russia, Singapore (only marine engineer class 5), South Africa or Ukraine.

Master Recognition

  • Certificate of competency as master (STCW regulation II)
  • Certificate of competency as radio operator (STCW regulation IV/2)
  • Danish certificate “Medical Care on board ships, equipped with ship's medicine chest” (STCW regulation VI/4)
  • Certificate of training in Course in Danish Shipping Legislation, Ship Administration and Working Environment for foreign masters
  • ARPA certificate if the applicant has a certificate of competency as a master or deck officer issued in Poland.
  • See common points above

Chief Mate Recognition

  • Certificate of competency as chief mate (STCW regulation II)
  • Certificate of competency as radio operator (STCW regulation IV/2)
  • Danish Health Certificate for Seafarers and Fishermen
  • Certificate of Training in Course in Danish Shipping Legislation for foreign senior officers except masters
  • Copy of ARPA certificate (only Polish deck officers)
  • See common points above

OICNW Recognition

  • Certificate of competency as officer in charge of a navigational watch (STCW regulation II)
  • Certificate of competency as radio operator (STCW regulation IV/2)
  • Copy of ARPA certificate (only Polish deck officers)
  • See common points above

Chief Engineer and Second Engineer Recognition

  • Certificate of competency as chief engineer or second engineer (STCW regulation III)
  • Certificate of Training in Course in Danish Shipping Legislation for foreign senior officers except masters
  • See common points above

OICEW Recognition

Dsclaimer: For general information purpose only. Please check with DMA for the latest and accurate information

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