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Merchant Navy Deck Officer

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Merchant Navy deck officers are members of the team responsible for navigating and steering the ship. They supervise crew members and ensure the safety of passengers and cargo. They may also work for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), which supplies the needs of Royal Navy ships at sea. 

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

During training the sponsoring company may pay the cadet an allowance of between £5,500 and £15,000 a year as well as accommodation while attending college. Average starting salaries, when qualified, are £22,000 to £30,000 a year for a third officer, rising to £34,000 to £42,000 for a second officer. Chief officers can earn up to around £55,000 a year and masters (captains) can earn up to £80,000 or more a year.

While at sea, you would have free food and accommodation as well as some travel costs. On foreign-going ships, your earnings may be tax free.

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Getting In

In Scotland, there are a number of options to train as a Merchant Navy deck or navigation officer.

The Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) careers website provides a full list of all the shipping companies and training organisations which offer sponsorship for the above entry routes.

There is a National 4 Skills for Work course in Uniformed and Emergency Services which introduces school pupils to careers in the emergency services, the armed services and the Merchant Navy. There is also a National 5 Skills for Work in Maritime Skills.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
1082
1 %
FALL
2024
1071
  United Kingdom
2019
6514
0.4 %
RISE
2024
6540

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Maritime Skills Alliance
Website: https://www.maritimeskills.org

The Maritime Skills Alliance designs and promotes qualifications and apprenticeships for the UK’s maritime sector.

Maritime UK
Tel: 020 7417 2837
E-mail: info@maritimeuk.org
Website: https://www.maritimeuk.org/careers/
Twitter: @MaritimeUK

Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB)
E-mail: enquiry@careersatsea.org
Website: http://mntb.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.careersatsea.org/
Twitter: @careersatsea
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/careersatsea

The MNTB can provide information on the shipping companies and training groups which operate training schemes for ratings and officer cadets. The MNTB websites also have useful careers information.

Nautical Institute
Tel: 020 7928 1351
E-mail: sec@nautinst.org
Website: http://www.nautinst.org/
Twitter: @NauticalInst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenauticalinstitute

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