Merchant Ship Careers

Deck Department


Description: The Master is the ultimate authority on the vessel. He monitors all operations on the vessel and manages the officer and crew on the vessel. This would include cargo, navigation, maintenance and communication with land based authorities.

Requirements: At least 18 years of age, Medical Certificate, Certificate of Competency Masters Unlimited License, 5-10 years’ experience in previous ranks. Good Communication Skills.

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Engine Department

Chief Engineer

Description: The Chief Engineer is a licensed mariner in charge of the engineering department on a vessel. The Chief Engineer is responsible for all operations and maintenance that has to do with any and all engineering equipment throughout the entire ship. Under many jurisdictions the chief engineer is of equal rank to the captain, with responsibility being split between the two posts; the chief engineer taking responsibility for engine room and maintenance, and the captain taking responsibility for navigation and deck operations.

Requirement: National Certificate of Competency Unlimited Marine Engineer Officer, previous experience in senior engine officer capacity 5-10 years.

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Catering Department


Description: The cook directs and participates in the preparation and serving of meals; determines timing and sequence of operations required to meet serving times; inspects galley and equipment for cleanliness and proper storage and preparation of food. The cook may plan or assist in planning meals and taking inventory of stores and equipment.

Requirement: Firstly completion of an accredited training course that inclusive of practical cookery, food and personal hygiene, food storage, stock control, environmental protection and catering health and safety. The cook should have at least 3 months experience in a similar capacity of 5 years as a steward on a vessel or hotel. STCW’95 safety and certification training. At least 18 years old, medical certificate.

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