Continuous  Discharge Certificate


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From LIFE AT SEA By Nandkishore Gitte 


What is a C.D.C and how do I get it ?


C.D.C�  means   a   Continuous  Discharge Certificate-cum-Seafarer�s Identity   Document. Any  person  who fulfills all the eligibility conditions as specified in rules 4 and 5 of these rules, for the issue of a CDC, may apply to the shipping master at Nau Bhavan, 10, R.K. Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400001 or The shipping master, Shipping Office, Marine House, Hastings, Calcutta - 700 022   or shipping master, Mercantile Marine Department, Anchorgate Building, 2nd floor, P.B.No.5004, Rajaji Salai, chennai-600001, by registered post. Every   application shall be  accompanied by two copies of the applicant�s recent  photograph, copies of relevant certificates or documents duly attested by a Gazetted Officer as proof of eligibility, and a signed declaration to the effect that the applicant has not previously been issued a CDC and has not submitted an application for CDC to any other shipping master, alongwith a fee of five hundred rupees (non refundable).


Eligibility conditions for applicant seaman other than Certificated Officers

The applicant should be a citizen of India
 Age  limit

For Deck ,Engine and Catering (Saloon) rating trainees

between 18 and 25 years of age


For  Utility Hand

Between 18 and 40 years


For Petty Officers (Carpenter, Chief Steward, Electrician, Fitter, Machinist, Pump man, Refrigeration Mechanic, Computer Operator, Mechanic (Motor Vehicle), Automobile Engineering  , Pipe Fitter, Motor Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, General Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic, Mechanic( Tool Engineering), Welder,  Electric Arc Welder,  Turner, Boiler Attendant,  Electronic Mechanic) 

Between 18 and 40 years of age





For ex-Naval ratings

Upto 45 years of age


For non-certificated Officers such as Purser/Ship�s clerk, Electrical officer and Electronic Officer

Between 18 and 40 years.


The crucial date for determining the age-limit shall be the closing date for receipt of application.  Normally, the  date  of   birth  as   mentioned in the School  Leaving certificate  shall  be   accepted    as   proof   of   evidence   of   date   of   birth of an applicant. In  respect of ex-Naval  applicants, the date of  birth indicated  in  Form No. Indian   Navy   271 shall only be the proper documentary  proof to this effect.

Educational Qualifications :
 1 For Deck, Engine, and Catering(Saloon) Trainees  Xth standard passed
 2 For Utility Hands VIII standard passed



For Petty Officer Xth Std. passed with  respective trade certificate from ITI (National Trade Certificate)(NTC) or National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) or Diploma Certificates approved by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) or All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The  minimum duration of the courses from any one of the above institutes shall be  two years.
 4 For Purser/Ship�s clerk A graduate with knowledge of accountancy and computer operation.

 5 For Electrical and Electronic Officer A Diploma or Degree in respective Branch from a Government recognized Polytechnic or recognized University
Note CDC in the category of Utility Hand shall be issued only if candidate is sponsored by a shipping company.

For Medical fitness, the applicants should possess a  certificate in the prescribed form issued in Annexures �E� and �F� of the Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules, 2000, to the effect  that  he is medically fit to be    employed on board ships.


An applicant for issue of CDC as Deck, Engine and Catering (Saloon) Trainee shall have successfully completed the pre-sea training for ratings from an approved training institute as prescribed under sub-clause (b) of clause (ii) of sub-rule (2) of rule 28 of the Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarer�s) Rules, 1998.


An applicant for issue of CDC shall have undergone the basic familiarization training and instructions as prescribed under sub-rule (1) of rule 33 of the  Merchant  Shipping (Standards of Training ,Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarer�s ) Rules, 1998

Eligibility    for    Certificated    Officers
A    citizen of India who  is in possession of  a  valid  certificate   of competency  or   who    has    been     declared    successful    in    the  final             examination   of   the   three    years  B.Sc. (Nautical Science) course approved by the Director General of Shipping   or   who has   been   declared    passed or exempted in Marine Engineer    Officer  Class-II  Part   A  Examination ,  is   eligible for issue of  a C.D.C .
The    Trainee    Marine  Engineer,  Trainee    Radio    Officers  and Deck Cadets,  who have completed the prescribed pre-sea training and are eligible to proceed  to sea shall also be eligible to apply for issue of CDCs .
Navigational Watch-keeping Officer (NCV), Marine Officer  Class-IV and ex-Indian Naval Officer in possession of a Watch-keeping Certificate, who have completed written examination and are required to undergo on board training for appearing oral examination shall also be eligible to request for issue of CDCs specifying the incumbent�s rank or category.
A citizen of India who is in possession of a valid Certificate of competency issued by any foreign nation, is eligible to request for issue of a CDC.

All the applicants mentioned in sub rules (1) and (2) above shall have undergone the basic familiarization training and instructions as prescribed under sub-rule (2) of rule 33 of the Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarer�s) Rules, 1998.


Issue of  C.D.Cs  - (1) The  Shipping   Master   shall,   after   the  descriptive particulars  of the applicant   have   been    entered   in   and   the   photograph   affixed  to the C.D.C., affix his signature and official seal   on   the photograph and issue   the    same   to    the   applicant , who   fulfills  all the conditions laid down in rules 4 and 5.

A   C.D.C.   issued   under   these   rules  shall be in Form-1 and shall be serially numbered. 
Register of C.D.C.s
The   Shipping  Master  shall  maintain  a register of  C.D.Cs issued to seamen   from   his   port,   in    Form-2,   which    shall contain all the particulars recorded in the C.D.C.
All  subsequent  entries   in the C.D.Cs issued from the port shall also be recorded in the said Register
Period of Validity

A   C.D.C.   granted   under  these rules shall be valid for a period of ten  years and may be renewed on expiry  or within 6 months prior to date of expiry, on a request from the holder,   for   a  further   period   up to  ten years   at a time if the holder is a serving Seamen and his C.D.C. has   not   been  cancelled, withdrawn or suspended under these rules.

If the period of validity of  CDC of a Seamen expires during the voyage, it shall continue to be valid till the end of the voyage.

A recent photograph taken within the last three months should be affixed to the CDC at the time of renewal while retaining the old photograph.



The Naval Headquarters, New Delhi vide their letter No. NA/1387/DG Shipping dated 10 Jul 03 has intimated Director General of Shipping that there is no objection to the issue of CDCs to serving naval personnel.