Ship's Assistant, Seaman and Motorman

If you want to establish yourself or work on a permanent basis in Denmark you need to apply to the competent authority for authorization or similar official recognition.

How to apply?

There is no application form. Instead, write a letter stating your profession and explaining that you wish to work on a permanent basis. You should enclose the documents mentioned below:

Proof of nationality, for example, a copy of identity card or passport

  • Attestation of professional competence or of the evidence of formal qualifications giving you access to the profession (if the profession is regulated in your country)
  • Certificates, diplomas etc. relevant to your profession
  • Proof that you have practiced the profession for at least two years in the last ten in your Member State of establishment, if your profession is not regulated in that country (for example, attestations from previous employers identifying the professional activity and its duration), if relevant
  • Your contact information: first name and family name, address, phone and e-mail, if any. If somebody else is sending the documents, e.g. a company sending documents on your behalf: The sender's name, address, phone and e-mail, if any.
  • Medical aptitude certificate
  • Documentation of seagoing service

Temporary or occasional pursuit

The same requirements apply for both temporary and permanent service providers.

Establishing a business

The same requirements apply for both temporary and permanent service providers.

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

The same requirements apply as for EU citizens and businesses.


No fee required.

When can I expect an answer?

The decision on whether or not to issue an authorization will be made as soon as possible after all necessary documents have been received. Normally you can expect to get an answer from The Danish Maritime Authority within four weeks.

In case of rejection

If The Danish Maritime Authority decides to reject your application for authorization, you will receive a reasoned notification. If you disagree with the decision to refuse your application, you have the right to appeal. The deadline for submitting an appeal is four weeks from date on which the decision was announced.

The appeal should be submitted to:

Ankenævnet for Søfartsforhold
Nævnenes Hus
Toldboden 2
DK-8800 Viborg

Who to contact for questions?

If you have questions regarding your application or questions regarding the requirements please contact

The Danish Maritime Authority
Fjordvænget 30
DK-4220 Korsør
Phone: (+45) 72196000
Fax: (+45) 72196001


Public registers and databases

If you wish further information about the sector, these private organizations could be relevant for you:

3F Sømændene 

Legal basis in Danish law

Act nr. 74 of 17. January 2014 - Consolidated act on the Manning of Ships

Order no. 1145 of 29. September 2019 - Order on qualification requirements for seafarers and fishermen and on certificates of competency and certificates of proficiency

Legal basis in EU directive(s) on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications

2005/36/EC, Title III, Chapter I (General system for the recognition of evidence of training)