Why You Should Take On This Course With Clyde Marine Training
Founded in 1986, Clyde Marine Training has grown to become the largest provider of maritime training in the UK, and we are proud of the role we take in ensuring the future of the British Merchant Navy is in good hands through our intake of high quality and engaged trainee officers
We have long-term contracts with a range of major shipping companies to interview and select motivated young people on their behalf, monitoring their progress during Deck Cadet training to become Deck Officers.
What You’ll Do As A Deck Officer In The Merchant Navy
Deck Officers in the Merchant Navy are vital members of a vessel’s onboard management team. Performing the role, also known as a Navigation Officer, means you’ll be working on sophisticated and expensive vessels. You’ll be in charge of valuable cargo and/or passengers so it’s a big responsibility.
While on duty at sea, you’ll be responsible for making decisions on steering and manoeuvring the ship, controlling navigation and communications. In port, you’ll be responsible for cargo handling and ship stability.
As Deck Officer, you’ll also be heavily involved in the day to day safety of the vessel. All crew need to work as a team to maintain the ship and its equipment at optimum efficiency.
This is a diverse role and every day is different, with your ultimate goal to become Captain of your own vessel.
How Your Deck Cadetship Works
You’ll be ranked according to your experience and qualifications and with each grade comes more responsibilities. As a Deck Officer Cadet, you will start at the bottom and work your way up:
- Captain – overall charge of the vessel and safety of crew, passengers and cargo. Responsible for legal and commercial matters
- Chief Officer – day to day management of all deck crew. Overseeing deck operations and maintenance, cargo handling and storage and watch keeping duties
- Second Officer – responsible for voyage planning and carrying out watch keeping duties
- Junior/Third Officer – responsible for maintenance of life saving equipment and firefighting appliances. Assisting senior officers in day to day operations and carrying out watch keeping duties
If that doesn’t sound like you there are other Merchant Navy careers to choose from.