Ukrainian authorities have therefore chosen to grant a general extension of the validity of Ukrainian certificates issued to seafarers with an original date of expiry after 1 March 2020.

Ukrainian authorities have now extended the validity of these certificates and identity documents until 31 december 2023.

This decision has been communicated to the IMO, who has issued Circular Letter No. 4232 to inform all member states, international organisations, etc.

Endorsement of Ukrainian certificates

The validity of Norwegian endorsements is linked to the validity of the seafarer's national Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) or Certificate of Competence (CoC).

If the seafarer's national CoC or CoP is renewed, it will be possible to apply for a new endorsement from the NMA. The seafarer will then automatically be granted a Certificate of Receipt of Application (CRA) and will be able to sail on Norwegian ships for up to 3 months.

When the Ukrainian administration chooses a general extension of the validity of CoC and CoP, the validity of Norwegian endorsements issued based on the relevant certificates will be automatically extended correspondingly. It is also not necessary to apply for extension in these cases.