Deck Officer Cadetships 2018-01-16T14:08:00+00:00

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MERCHANT NAVY DECK OFFICER?

As a Deck Officer, you would be a vital member of the crew on board a vessel. Performing the role of Navigation Officer means you’ll be a key member of the ship’s management team, working on sophisticated and expensive vessels with valuable cargo or passengers in your charge…it’s a big responsibility.

While on duty at sea, it will be down to you to make decisions on steering and maneuvering the ship, controlling navigation and communications. In port, you’ll be responsible for cargo handling and ship stability.

You will 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.

You’ll be ranked according to your experience and qualifications and with each grade comes more responsibilities. As an 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
YEARS SPONSORED ACADEMIC & PRACTICAL TRAINING

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MERCHANT NAVY DECK OFFICER?

As a deck officer, you would be a vital member of the crew on board a vessel. Performing the role of navigation officer means you’ll be a key member of the ship’s management team, with sophisticated and expensive vessels, valuable cargo or passengers in your charge…it’s a big responsibility.

While on duty at sea, it will be down to you to make decisions on steering and maneuvering the ship, controlling navigation and communications. In port, you’ll be responsible for cargo handling and ship stability.

You will also be heavily involved in the day to day safety of the vessel. All crew needs 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 the Master or Captain of your own vessel.

You’ll be ranked according to your experience and qualifications and with each grade comes more responsibilities. As an 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
YEARS SPONSORED ACADEMIC & PRACTICAL TRAINING

Eligibility

HNC/D

To undertake the HNC/D route you require a minimum of four qualifications including maths, English and one science based subject at the following grade level*:

GCSEs 4-9
National 5s A-C
Standard Grades 1-3

*Equivalent grades will be considered

The HNC/D route comprises of three years of study broken down into five phases, three of which are spent at college and two at sea.

During your college phases you will work towards gaining an HNC/D in nautical science, and whilst on your sea phases you will complete 12 months of practical experience.

Professional Diploma / Foundation Degree

If you hold at least 48 UCAS points from Highers or A-Levels including maths and/or physics, plus the qualifications indicated for the HNC/D course indicated above you could be eligible for the Professional Diploma/Foundation Degree course.

The course follows the same structure as the HNC/D route, but on successful completion you will receive a Marine Operations qualification.

To be eligible for any of the routes indicated above you must hold a valid EU passport and have been a permanent resident in the UK for the last 36 months.

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Eligibility

HNC/D

To undertake the HNC/D route you require a minimum of four qualifications including Maths, English and one science based subject at the following grade level*:

GCSEs 4-9
National 5s A-C
Standard Grades 1-3

*Equivalent grades will be considered

The HNC/D route comprises of three years of study to gain a nautical science qualification broken down into five phases, three of which are spent at college.

The remaining two phases involve being at sea with a shipping company to gain vocational qualifications and experience and combined will last at least 12 months.

Professional Diploma / Foundation Degree

If you hold at least 48 UCAS points from Highers or A-Levels including maths and/or physics, plus the qualifications indicated for the HNC/D course indicated above you could be eligible for the Professional Diploma/Foundation Degree course.

As well as completing 12 months practical training on board a ship (across two phases) you would study to attain a Marine Operations qualification.

To be eligible for any of the routes indicated above you must hold a valid EU passport and have been a permanent resident in the UK for the last 36 months.
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