Merchant Navy Crew

Merchant Navy Crew


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.

Working Hours

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

Tagged as: [Marine and Maritime]

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