Record of Employment:

Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehrswirtschaft Post-Logistik Telekommunikation (BG Verkehr)
Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Referat ISM/ILO - Bereich Seearbeitsrecht

Fax: +49 40 361 37-204


Tilo Berger
Phone: +49 40 361 37-213


Sven Reese
Phone: +49 40 361 37-313


Kathrin Saß
Phone: +49 40 361 37-260


Florian Reise
Phone: +49 40 361 37-214


Christian Bubenzer
Phone: +49 40 361 37-600
Fax: +49 40 361 37-735



Seafarer's card:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 12 - Befähigung von Seeleuten
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 31 90-71 25
Fax: +49 40 31 90-50 10



Webcode for this Content: 16791860

Record of Employment, Seafarer's card, Visa

On 1 August 2013 the new German maritime labour act ("Seearbeitsgesetz") entered into force, replacing the former law of seafarers ("Seemannsgesetz"). The new law has abolished the seaman’s book and the mustering.

Instead, it has introduced new documents and responsibilities from that date. Shipowners issue records of employment in sea service and the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency) issues a "seafarer’s card" ("Seeleute-Ausweis") as proof of professional sea service.

An important step for the reduction of red tape is the abolishment of visas for non-EU seafarers employed on German-flagged ships.

Further information is given on the following pages.

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