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Merchant Navy Jobs Overview The Merchant Navy often gets confused with the Royal Navy. Those who work in the Merchant ...

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Merchant Navy Jobs Overview

The Merchant Navy often gets confused with the Royal Navy. Those who work in the Merchant Navy, or Merchant Marine as it is sometimes referred to, work in the sector carrying cargo and passengers. Ship types include tankers, container ships, bulk carriers, ferries and cruise ships. There are approximately four different routes someone wishing to take up a Merchant Navy job can go down: the Deck, Engine, Electrical or Hotel departments, working as either a so-called rating, or as an officer. Quite often the ship's crew will consist of a wide number of nationalities.

Merchant Navy Jobs Education Requirements

To secure a job in the Merchant Navy, candidates are often required to have a minimum of three GCSEs or equivalent, which will allow them to enter one of the Merchant Navy courses available throughout the UK and abroad. Those who are looking to gain a job in the Merchant Navy as a rating, will often spend 4-6 weeks at college before qualifying. This consists of basic sea survival skills and seamanship techniques. Someone who wished to become an officer will spend approximately two to three years studying on a blended learning course, where they will also gain service experience. To do this, most candidates will require a sponsoring company.

Merchant Navy Jobs Overview

Over 90% of the UK's trade is brought into the UK by ship. There are a large number of ship owners who employ British seafarers and officers throughout their fleet, both on coastal routes and ships trading worldwide. This means there is a high demand for suitably qualified seafarers. Current industry research indicates that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 32% qualified officers and crew for the world fleet.

Merchant Navy Jobs Salary Information

Salaries vary tremendously, with the rate mostly dependent on position, ship type and where the company is based; for example, a cruise ship captain job would typically pay around £70,000, whereas an engineering job on a cargo vessel might pay between £25,000 and £70,000, depending on experience and level of responsibility.

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