Starting November 1, 2021, foreign nationals in Hainan will be allowed to participate in training and exams to apply for ship crew certificates. Foreign nationals between the ages of 16 and 65 (not older than 60 in the initial application) and who meet the relevant medical requirements can arrive at the Hainan Free Trade Port to participate in crew training, take exams and apply to be enrolled as a member of the appropriate crew with a valid passport and visas.
This certificate allows you to go as a crew member on private or leased (charter) sailing or motor yachts up to 24 meters, regardless of engine power, with no restrictions on passenger capacity. Since the beginning of 2021, the Hainan Maritime Safety Authority has formulated key points for building a seafarer management system in 2021 in accordance with the general requirements of the General Plan for the Construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port and in accordance with the relevant working procedures of the Ministry of Transport, such as the Crew Certification Mechanism yacht management and manning management of ships in designated waters of the Hainan Free Trade Port, has formed the "Management Measures for Foreign Nationals to Participate in Crew Training, Exams and Applying for Hainan Free Trade Port Crew Certificate", "Measures to Manage Safe Minimum Manning vessels in designated waters of the Hainan Free Trade Port ”,“ Measures for the Training, Verification and Certification of Yacht Operators of the Hainan Free Trade Port ”,“ Measures for the Assessment and Implementation of the Evaluation and Management of Educational Institutions of Yacht Port Operators Hainan Free Trade ”.
"Measures for Foreign Nationals to Participate in Crew Training, Exams and Applying for Crew Certification in Hainan Free Trade Port" is the first systemic document in China that allows foreign nationals to participate in the Chinese Crew Training Exam and Crew Certificate, which implements qualification of foreign citizens in the field of yacht crew training
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