The Minimum Safe Manning Certificate is issued by ILT/NSI, on the basis of a Safe Manning Proposal as submitted by the shipowner.
Minimum safe manning levels are established on a ship-by-ship basis, taking into account all the relevant operational conditions such as trade, level of automation and level of shore-based support. When applying for a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate, the shipowner will submit a manning proposal, explaining the proposed minimum manning requirements applied on board and any specific operational condition that apply to the ship. In assessing this proposal, further dialogue with the shipowner can take place, after which ILT will examine all relevant details, such as working hours of the crew, the ship’s equipment, the type of ship and the type of trade. If operational conditions or other relevant details in the use of the ship vary, more than one Minimum Safe Manning Certificate may be issued.
Furthermore, there is also the option to submit a Minimum Safe Manning Proposal for a group of ships, if these ships are built to the same construction drawing (identical) and if they have a similar navigational and usage profile.
A Minimum Safe Manning Certificate will remain valid for a period of five years. When experimental manning arrangements are submitted for approval, a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate may be issued with a shorter period of validity.
Further information on Minimum Safe Manning Cerficate can be found on the NSI website