Act on seafarers' conditions of employment, etc. section 27, order on seafarers' right to care and order on a special health insurance scheme for seafarers
All in all, the regulations ensure the seafarer free medical treatment,
medicine, etc. during the service on board and during stays in foreign ports.
The special health insurance scheme for seafarers includes treatment services
corresponding to those applicable in Denmark, but adjusted to the special
conditions at sea. During the service on board, the seafarer also has a
possibility of receiving financial subsidies from the State for certain types of
acute dental treatments.
Order on Notice A from the Danish Maritime Authority, occupational health in ships, chapter A IXB, Examinations, medical treatment and ship's medicine
Medical treatment, etc.
The regulations on medical treatment and ship's medicine apply to seafarers on
board all ships with the exception of ships engaged in voyages of no more than
half an hour's duration at sea and towboats and other ships navigating port
areas. Similarly, the regulations on occupational health apply to all commercial
work carried out on board new as well as existing Danish ships.
regulations ensure that, in consideration of a ship's trade area, a ship's
medicine chest is on board with the prescribed equipment, guidelines and
medicine and that the master and another seafarer has completed a medical
examiner training programme meeting, inter alia, the requirements of the STCW
The medical treatment on board must be arranged and
carried out in accordance with the instructions given in the medical book
authorised by the Danish Maritime Authority.
Through Radio Medical
Denmark, professional assistance for both Danish and foreign ships free of
charge is ensured 24 hours a day.
The ship's medical records, containing
information about examinations, ordination from Radio Medical, treatment and
the supply of medicaments, are confidential and handed over to the seafarer when
he or she signs off. A copy of the record must be kept on board for a year, and
subsequently the copy must be destroyed.
Seahealth Denmark publishes
information and training material about job satisfaction, health prevention and
accident prevention for seafarers.
Health service on board ships
A medical practitioner must be available on board if the number of persons on
board exceeds 100. However, this is conditional upon the ship being engaged in
voyages abroad of more than three days' duration.
Order on Notice B from the Danish Maritime Authority, technical regulation on the construction and equipment, etc. of ships
Order on Notice D from the Danish Maritime Authority, technical regulation on the construction and equipment, etc. of passenger ships on domestic voyages
Requirements for the medical treatment on board are stipulated in chapter II-3
of Notice B and Notice D, respectively.
Notice B applies to new cargo
ships with a length (L) of or above 15 metres or with scantlings of or above 100
and to passenger ships engaged in international voyages.
applies to all new passenger ships engaged in domestic voyages.
provision on medical treatment on board in Notice B is found in chapter II-3 and
describes the requirements for a separate sickness bay where one is
However, instead of a sickness bay a treatment room can be
established that must be appropriately equipped, including a washbasin and an
acute treatment place when each member of the crew has his or her own cabin with
associated toilet and shower.
Exemptions and equivalents
Any exemptions or equivalent solutions in relation to chapter II-3 must,
however, be documented on board so that it is possible to verify compliance with
the regulations during an inspection in a manner that is easy for the surveyor.