- The master shall be a national of a European Union Member State. The minister may issue a waiver to the nationality requirement (article 20 of the Luxembourg Maritime Act 1990).
- Every seaman employed on a Luxembourg flagged vessel must hold a Luxembourg seaman's book. The link for the electronic application form is here.
- Every seamen employed on a Luxembourg flagged vessel must be covered by a social security, as set out in the Luxembourg Maritime Act. This table helps you identifying the applicable social security scheme.
- The Company shall ensure, at all times, that regardless of their capacity and/or duties, seafarers serving on board passenger ships, tankers, high-speed craft (HSC) or mobile offshore unit (MOU) and mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) meet the following requirements :
- health (medical certificate);
- training (including additional training and updates);
- experience and
- The master and all the officers must hold a Luxembourg Endorsement Attesting the Recognition of a Certificate of Competency (CoC) and/or a Certificate of Proficiency and present this document for inspection by a Port State Control Officer (PSCO), if and when requested.
- Certificates of Competency (CoCs) and/or Certificates of Proficiency (CoPs) issued by any Member State of the European Union (EU) are recognized in Luxembourg.
- CoCs and/or CoPs issued by a non EU state may also be recognized in Luxembourg provided that:
- permission for issuing an Endorsement Attesting the Recognition of a Certificate of Competency (CoC) and/or a Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) has been granted by the European Commission and
- an agreement for the recognition of certificates has been signed with the third country. The list of the countries currently recognized by Luxembourg is available here.
- CoCs and/or CoPs issued by countries who are not part of the list can not be recognized.(A procedure for the recognition of a third-country by the European Commission may be initiated after the evaluation of a formal request presented to the Commissioner of maritime affairs).
- The application form for the Endorsement attesting the issue of a Certificate of Competency and/or a Certificate of Proficiency can be downloaded here.
Art. 20 of the Luxembourg Maritime Act 1990
The command of a ship flying the Luxembourg flag shall be entrusted to a person whose nationality is that of one of the Member States of the European Union and who is the holder of a diploma awarded by a school of navigation that is recognized in Luxembourg. Derogations from this nationality requirement may be granted by virtue of a specific authorization by the Minister in special cases, and in particular where the needs of commerce or of seafaring justify such a derogation, or else in the light of the origin of the ships which are applying for registration.