Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschifffahrt e.V.
Buschhöhe 8
28357 Bremen

Phone: +49 421 17367-0
Fax: +49 421 17367-15

Bundesagentur für Arbeit
Zentrale Heuerstelle Hamburg
Nagelsweg 9
20097 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 24 85-13 13
Fax: +49 4024 85-13 35

Hafenärztliche Dienste
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Other institutions

The other institutions of the flag state administration

The German flag state administration consists of BG Verkehr, BSH, the Federal Network Agency and the shipping registers of ocean-going ships. However, in some cases shipowners and seafarers have need for more advice and information. The German Flag offers further institutions with special competence in the areas: training, job market and health protection in the ports.

Please find the other authorities and associations at "Maritime Links". You can also use our feature “Contact Details” to find out which authority to contact about the different issues and topics of information.

Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschifffahrt e.V. (Competent body for vocational training for ocean shipping, BBS)

The functions of the Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschifffahrt e.V. are comparable to the functions of the Chambers of Industry and Commerce or the Chambers of Crafts as responsible authority according to the “Berufsbildungsgesetz” (Vocational Training Act). In contrast to the chambers, the BBS is not only responsible for one particular district but takes care of the entire area of the German coast and therefore of the entire federal territory.

The BBS’ functions extend mostly to:

  • Advice for educating shipowners, teachers and trainees
  • Monitoring vocational education, especially vocational training as a ship’s mechanic
  • Conducting the examinations during the training as a ship’s mechanic
  • Maintenance of a register of vocational training relationships
  • Information on training options in the shipping industry
  • Collaboration in the regulation of the vocational training of seafarers
  • Approval of ships as training facilities.

The education programmes the BBS supervises are foremost vocational trainings as ship’s mechanic, which is an officially recognized profession encompassing knowledge of the entire operation of a ship.

Members of the BBS are:

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Zentrale Heuerstelle Hamburg, ZHH (Central nautical placement agency, Hamburg)

The Zentrale Heuerstelle Hamburg (central nautical placement agency, Hamburg) is part of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (federal employment agency) and assists seafarers all over Germany. The Zentrale Heuerstelle Hamburg informs, advises and places qualified workers and managing personnel of the shipping sector free of charge.

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Port Health Services

The port health services of the federal states perform the statutory functions of health protection at the ports. In addition to the monitoring functions, their staff members are also active in an advisory capacity for committees and standardization bodies.

The port health services perform the following tasks:

  • Monitoring on-board hygiene and issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates in accordance with the International Health Regulations (IHR),
  • Clearances for corpse transportations from abroad,
  • Medical fitness examination for masters of inland waterway transport,
  • Medical advice for travels,
  • Vaccination advice and officially authorized yellow fever vaccination centre,
  • Advice for companies and institutions on questions about infection protection.

The various port health services of the federal states are responsible for their individual port. For ships flying the German flag the responsibility depends on the home port.

Executive work of the port health services is coordinated internally by the “Arbeitskreis der Küstenländer für Schiffshygiene“ (Ship Sanitation Committee of German Federal States, AkKü). The respective contact details can be found in a list of all the port health services.

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