Registration Authority

The Registration Authority is a wholly owned division of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

All power exercised by the Registration Authority derives from the HCMM Court by virtue of the 1932 Royal Charter (amended 2013). It is formed under Royal Charter and derives its authority from the Honourable Company. The Authority provides governance and oversight of the Chartership project, made up of HCMM members and maritime industry experts. The Authority currently comprises:

Standing Members

  • Members (Wardens, Liverymen and Freemen) of the HCMM
  • Vice President of The Nautical Institute

Organisational Members

  • United Kingdom Chamber of Shipping (UKCS)
  • The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is represented by the UKCS
  • Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB)
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary / Royal Navy (RFA/RN)

Auditing Organisation

  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST);

Consulting Organisations

  • International Federation of Ship Masters Associations (IFSMA);
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA);
  • Trinity House of London;
  • International Association of Maritime Educators (IAME);
  • Other organisations that the RA / HCMM consider may assist in designating Chartered Master Mariner status

The function of the Registration Authority

  • oversee and manage the process by which the HCMM grants Chartered Master Mariner status
  • receive Chartership candidate applications that have been scrutinised by The Nautical Institute
  • process the applications in preparation for Professional Review Interview (PRI)
  • undertake PRI assessments and complete the relevant documentation
  • make final recommendations to the HCMM Court on the granting of Chartered Master Mariner status
  • implement and maintain a Register of Chartered Master Mariners
  • regularly review and modify this Register to ensure that all those on the Register comply with:
    • personal conduct statements;
    • codes of ethics;
    • Chartership application forms;

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