Cayman Islands Flagged yachts – APPLICATION FOR A RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATION AS A SHIP’S COOK
I have today learnt that the Cayman Islands Registry have an official online form for recognition of chefs as ships cooks providing they meet their criteria.
This is good news for chefs working on Cayman flagged vessels who are qualified, who have professional chef experience on land prior to yachts and who have been working on yachts as chefs.
NOTE: IT IS NOT A SHIPS COOK CERTIFICATE but is a confirmation of them accepting your qualifications on Cayman flagged vessels. See email received from them below..
You can complete a form online and submit to Cayman Registry and therefore are not having to sit the marine cookery assessment. The submission costs USD 320 to process. Fees are listed under Notice No: 2018_01_CISN at https://www.cishipping.com/policy-advice/shipping-notices
PLEASE READ THE FORM CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING OR CONTACT THE CAYMAN REGISTRY DIRECTLY FOR ADVICE.
For prior accreditation and applying for this from Cayman Islands when you are working on a Cayman Flagged vessel go to the website and complete the online form.
or go to
then click TECHNICAL COMPLIANCE TAB
then select 9th form there called :
They then send an invoice and you pay the fee. Note this is approx a third of what it would cost to do the basic 2 and a half day marine cookery assessment.
Note: you must have relevant chef quals prior to yachting and relevant chef expeirnece on yachts and the right stcw, eng1 and food hygiene as listed in the form.
QUESTIONS: for any enquiries about this contact them at:
Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands
133 Elgin Avenue P.O. Box 2256
Grand Cayman KY1-1107 Cayman Islands
Tel: +1 345 949 8831 Fax: +1 345 949 8849
This is the email I received from them today:
As made clear in our guidance note, this is an optional recognition statement, issued upon request to those seafarers that want a statement from us formally accepting that their qualifications and experience are equivalent to that required to obtain a Ship’s Cook Certificate.
The cost is as per our endorsement of SCTW certificates, as the documentation review takes some time; our fees are published in a shipping notice https://www.cishipping.com/policy-advice/shipping-notices
Regional Director, Europe, Middle East, & Africa
Cayman Registry | A Division of Cayman Maritime
2 thoughts on “Cayman Islands Flagged yachts – APPLICATION FOR A RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATION AS A SHIP’S COOK”
Hi Chef, I recently had a friend get a letter of recognition from the Caymans and thought it was sufficient as a proof of a ships cook certificate. The charter company told him they wanted proof he took an assessment and the recognition did not demonstrate he passed an assessment. I think more and more crew agencies and charter companies are seeking proof of an assessment as well. My new boat wanted both because they wanted to know I had the proper skill set. Not a bad thing and doing the assessment wasn’t bad and actually helped me, not sure why some chefs don’t like it. When I did the assessment there was a chef who was in the industry 8 years, couldn’t filet a fish or poach eggs. By the way thanks for all the information on this site!
Thanks Mike. The Caymans letter of recognition will likely only be good for Cayman yachts. As the Caymans ask chefs to have a level 2 chef qualification that would cover the basic French techniques learnt at college for this level. Cayman ask for level 3 food hygiene. I think with all of this it is how each charter company, management company and flag state wants to interpret each case.