The unit must be constructed and certified in compliance with relevant international conventions, including the MODU code as amended, MARPOL and MLC Conventions. The MLC Convention applies only to the required crew according to the minimum safe manning, when the MODU is in transfer.
The MODU must be constructed and certified in compliance with the rules of a recognized classification society.
MODU’s registered in an EU country must comply with the “EU Directive on Marine Equipment” (the “Wheel Mark Directive”) regarding certain equipment. Equipment that is not wheel-marked is acceptable, if the classification society on behalf of DMA finds that the equipment has a standard equivalent to that of wheel-marked equipment.
If the unit is transferred from a non-EU flag, the unit must not contain ozone-depleting substances as it is prohibited to import ozone-depleting substances into the EU (Regulation (EC) no. 1005/2009, 16 September 2009.)
Danish regulation and interpretations which are above international regulations, requirements and standards – e.g. IACS standards – are listed below.
National regulations, requirements and interpretations
- People trapped inside a refrigerated room must be able to raise an alarm and escape the rooms even if doors are locked.
If the crew is to work with epoxy resins or isocyanates on board, a bathroom/changing room, with hand free faucet for washbasin, shall be provided. This can be a common changing room equipped with hand free faucet and wash basin.
For existing MODU’S being transferred to Danish flag, DMA may accept operational procedures as equivalent.
- Local point extraction systems must be installed at permanent workstations where dust, fumes, gases, aerosols or similar unhealthy substances or matter are produced – e.g. welding benches, cleaning tubs, chemical mixing areas, mixing tables in paint shops and test benches for fuel injectors. The air outlet must be led to the open deck.
- Vertical ladders of more than 5 meters must be fitted with wire or rails for fixing the fall arrest harness.
- Galley equipment must be of the same standard as CE certified equipment.
- It must be possible to lock tilting pans in all the positions used during cooking and cleaning.
- Point extraction must be fitted above the galley range.
- Floors must be fitted with non-skid material.
- Rotating/cutting equipment and large mixers must be shielded/safeguarded.
The DMA is prepared to consider equivalent solutions, as long as the intentions behind the provisions are complied with.
Notice A, MLC, the Danish medicine chest and Danish courses are applicable if the MODU have a Minimum Safe Manning Document and signed on crew, while the MODU is afloat.
In case where the MODU is equipped with cabins for each individual seafarer and each cabin is equipped with toilet and bath a hospital need not be installed. In its stead a treatment room which is suitably equipped including washbasin and emergency treatment area to be provided. Only one bed need be installed in the treatment room.
Maritime Labour Convention
Danish MODU’s must comply with the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). Parts of the MLC’s international requirements have been implemented in Danish legislation via national regulation on occupational health and accommodation.
The operational national regulations on occupational health in ships are found in Notice A, which is available from the DMA website
Ships' medicine chests
Danish national regulations stipulate rules on medicine chest contents and the education of medical examiners on board ships (Notice A, chapter IX). The master and the person in charge of medical care (it can be the same person) must have medical training according to EU regulation. Officers in charge of medical care outside EU/EEA must have a 4-days supplementary course. The course can be obtained in Denmark, Manila and Mumbai.
More about it on our website
Minimum safe manning
- not mandatory for units without propulsion
Information about the safe manning document is also available on our DMA website
Please note that the DMA will have to make an individual assessment of the safe manning requirements.
Danish Recognition Certificate (DRC)
NB - only applicable if there is a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate
In general, masters and officers must hold an appropriate Danish Recognition Certificate (DRC).
Other officers than the master can serve on Danish MODU’s with a Certificate of Receipt of Application (CRA) without holding a DRC for a period of three months if so requested by the Company after the application is submitted and validated by the DMA.
Nationality of master, other officers and crewmembers
Generally, a master can only acquire a DRC if s/he is a citizen of an EU/EEA. It is also possible to get permission to engage non-EU/EEA citizens as masters of specific MODU’s. For other officers and crewmembers they must be from the Danish list of countries with an agreement of recognition. If the institute is not approved the crewmember must go through an operational interview.
Courses in Danish shipping legislation
Management-level officers must pass relevant courses in Danish shipping legislation. Masters are required to pass Danish Maritime Legislation course for Foreign Masters, whereas other senior officers are required to pass Danish Maritime Legislation course for Senior Officers.
Courses in Danish shipping legislation are arranged by Danish Shipping at the Danish Shipping Academy in Manila, Mumbai, Gdynia and Copenhagen and by maritime academies in Denmark.
This course is offered as an online/e-learning course by Danish Shipping.
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Further information on training and course providers on our website.
Seafarers serving on Danish MODU’s must hold a Health Certificate for Seafarers. The certificate can be obtained from authorized medical staff abroad.
Please consult our website for further information
Safety and Health Course
In merchant ships where the safe manning, including the master, numbers five or more persons, a safety organization must be established. One officer and one rating must have successfully completed a §16 course (Notice A Ch. XI). The courses are offered by approved training providers in Denmark as well as abroad. For example, the maritime academies in Denmark offers §16 course. Abroad Danish Shipping’ Danish Shipping Academy in Manila, Mumbai, Gdynia offers §16 courses.
This course is also available as an online e-learning course by Danish Shipping or by Sea, Health and Welfare.
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