How do I embark on a career in the Merchant Navy?

Working within the Merchant Navy requires a minimum level of certification (link these last words to the Minimum Requirements page).  The basic entry level is a Steward which requires you to complete a number of safety certificates and seafaring medical, which you can arrange yourself through maritime training companies and MCA approved doctors.  The basic level within the Deck department is an Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) which can lead on to an Able Seaman certificate. Currently the only entry route to EDH is to be sponsored by a shipping company as it requires candidates to complete sea‐ time onboard a sea going merchant ship. The basic entry level in the Engineering department is a Motorman, which can lead to a Fitter or GP1. Currently the only entry route to Motorman is to be sponsored by a shipping company as it requires candidates to complete sea time onboard a sea going merchant navy ship in order to gain an Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate.  Another option for entering at Officer level is to attend a maritime college ‐ for information visit http://www.careersatsea.org

Do you recruit for oil rigs?

Our agency recruits marine crew to work on ships operating in the offshore energy industry. All roles require candidates to have previous merchant navy experience, such as Engineers and DP experienced Officers. We do not recruit semi-skilled workers for offshore, such as Roustabouts. For advice about starting a career in the offshore industry go to www.oilcareers.com

I have Royal Navy Training, can I work in the Merchant Navy?

Unfortunately Royal Navy certification is not valid for working in the Merchant Navy. However some experience and qualifications gained in the Royal Navy can be accepted and contribute towards Merchant Navy Qualifications. Please contact the Seafarer Standards branch of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for advice about converting your tickets

I am a fisherman – can I work in the Merchant Navy?

Unfortunately Fishing certificates are not valid for working on Merchant Navy vessels. Please contact the Seafarers Standards branch of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) office for advice on further training requirements

How can I apply for jobs on ferries?

You require basic certification to work onboard any vessel – please see minimum requirements for working in the Merchant Navy. Please be advised that in most circumstances our shipping clients prefer personnel to have previous ferry experience before they can be placed through our agency.

I’ve not worked in the Merchant Navy for several years, what can I do?

For information about revalidating your tickets please contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Do you recruit all nationalities?

Currently, most of our vacancies require seafarers to have EU residency or to hold UK work permits, or have UK or EU CoC’s, with some exceptions. We are not able to assist with obtaining work permits for seafarers. For more information visit the government’s official Home Office website or for details of obtaining a certificate of equivalent competency go to http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga07-home/workingatsea/mcga-trainingandcert/mcga-coc_cecverification.htm

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