The Merchant Navy is the collective name for the UK’s commercial shipping industry. It is composed of individual companies who are responsible for their own recruitment and training. As a Merchant Navy officer, you’ll be employed on the many types of vessels that make up the UK commercial shipping industry.
Merchant Navy ratings carry out a wide range of jobs to help the day-to-day running of a ship. Merchant Navy Deck Officers look after the day-to-day running and navigation of ships, and take care of passengers and cargo.
Oil companies, freight companies, cruise companies, research organisations
You may need to wear a uniform and safety clothing and use safety equipment. You could work on a ship. Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, cramped, at height and you may spend nights away from home.
52 to 55 hours a week
Merchant Navy Rating – £13,500 to £28,000 a year
Merchant Navy Officer – £13,700 to £40,000 a year
Merchant Navy Rating – You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
Merchant Navy Officer – You can start your career as a Merchant Navy officer-cadet (deck) on an industry sponsored foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree, at a maritime college or university. You’ll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree