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

Weitere Kontaktmöglichkeiten

Phone: +49 40 31 90-71 25
Fax: +49 40 31 90-50 10
Mail: zeugnisse@bsh.de

Initial issuance

Initial issuance of certificates for seafarers

The BSH is responsible for issuing all certificates for seafarers; this includes the seafarer's card.

Exception: The Seemannsamt Rostock (in German only) is exclusively responsible for the initial issuance of certificates of competency as Navigational Watchkeeping Officer (NWO), Engineering Watchkeeping Officer (TWO) and Electro-technical Officer (ETO), if the applicants were graduates of the maritime university / technical college in Warnemünde. If the training did not correspond to the standard training course, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency is responsible.


For the initial issuance of a certificate, you must fulfill various requirements. Details can be found in the relevant application forms.
These prerequisites may include certain seagoing service. You can find details on this in the information on seagoing service · ships.

(back to top)

Application forms

Please process only one form at a time (not several).
For the sake of the environment:
Please send your applications to BSH without plastic envelopes / folders.


Data protection declaration

Click here for more information on fees.

(back to top)

bild erstausstellung

Issuance of replacement

For the issuance of a replacement radio operator's certificate that was not not issued by the BSH, please contact the Deutschen Seglerverband e.V. (in German only), Gründgenstraße 18, 22309 Hamburg.

(back to top)