Applying for a UK Discharge Book and/or British Seaman’s Card

Head Office Circular No. NP/120/23


To all Shipping Branches and Regional Councils


7th July 2023


Dear Colleagues


Applying for a UK Discharge Book and/or a British Seaman’s Card


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued updated guidance to seafarers on the application process for a new or renewed Discharge Book and for a British Seaman’s Card.


If you need to apply for one of these documents, you are advised to read the updated guidance on pages 7 to 11 on the MCA form MSF 4509, which is attached to this document is available online here.


I would be grateful if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all members in your Branch.


Yours sincerely

20200518 Mick Lynch sig

Michael Lynch

General Secretary