As an island
nation, we depend on the sea for 95% of our trade and for
A career at sea
in the Merchant Navy, or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, is both
challenging and rewarding, and can lead to a wide range
of other careers in the maritime sector ashore.
from those who chose
a life at Sea
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Merchant Navy is the
generic term for the civilian shipping industry
consisting of companies operating a wide variety of ships
ranging from small tugs, coasters and ferries through to
the large ocean going tankers, bulk carriers, container
and cruise ships, including supply and support ships
operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) for the Royal
Merchant Navy broadly comprises the following:
Current rates of pay are excellent and UK home leave is
very generous. There is no central recruiting agency and
it is necessary to approach individual shipping companies
direct. However, now you have an advantage where you
could easily locate your golden opportunity.
You will also receive a significant list of shipping
employers with contacts, addresses and direct telephone
numbers in the latest 2008-2009 edition of Merchant
Navy Employment and Careers Handbook
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Certain Royal Naval experience and qualifications can be
accepted and contribute towards Merchant Navy
qualifications. Full details are included in the latest edition of Merchant
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Level? Join as a Rating
There are opportunities
for entry as a rating. These are specifically
with either the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; one of the British
ferry companies such as P&O Stena, P&O
Portsmouth, P&O North Sea Ferries, P&O Irish Sea
Ferries, Stena; or the numerous companies of the
offshore support fleets.
as a Trainee
seamen, motormen and catering assistants are sponsored
by their employers through their new entry
courses in Sea Survival, Firefighting and Survival Craft
before going to sea.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary also recruits a number of
trainee communications ratings each year, for which
specialised training is given at HMS Collingwood a
Royal Navy shore establishment.
There are also opportunities for shore qualified
cooks and stewards.
exist for ambitious ratings to qualify, in time, as
Officer of the Watch for which some financial assistance
or scholarships are available from their employer, NUMAST
(Slater Scholarship) or The Marine Society, for which
employers would require some return of service.
as an Officer Cadet
Engineer and Electro Technical Officer Cadets
two training routes to become an officer in the Merchant
Applicants (who should be between 16 and 20 years old and
have obtained training sponsorship from a shipping
company) require a minimum of 4 GCSE passes (or
equivalent) at Grades A-C, including mathematics,
English, a physical science and a further academic
subject. Entry at A level or H grade for accelerated
training requires a minimum of a pass (A-E) in
mathematics or physics.
Successful applicants are offered an integrated programme
of college based education and ship board
training leading to NVQ, National and Higher
National awards as well as statutory international
professional qualifications issued by the Maritime and
Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Training takes place at one of four nautical colleges at
Glasgow, Fleetwood, Tyneside or Southampton, interspersed
with periods at sea, normally in one of the sponsoring
Depending on academic achievement, training to a first
certificate of competency takes on average, three years
for more details about what is involved are included in
the Merchant Navy Employment and Careers
Handbook - Order it
Degree courses leading to a BSc in Merchant Ship
Operations or Engineering are offered at the University
of Plymouth. Glasgow University (with Glasgow College of
Nautical Studies) offer a BSc in Nautical Science for
prospective deck officer only. Entry qualification for
these courses is 12 points or equivalent on the UCAS
scale, including mathematics.
The four year courses include a one year industrial
placement at sea and will prepare students academically
and professionally to undertake the statutory MCA
examination for certification as a deck or engineering
Company sponsorship before embarking on this training
route is highly desirable, but can be obtained at a later
stage during the degree course before the industrial
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