What is Merchant Navy?

The Merchant Navy is the common term for the commercial shipping industry. Roles within the Merchant Navy vary depending on a number of factors, including size and type of vessel. The range of vessels includes passenger ferries, container ships, tankers, small tugs, and cruise ship. Some vessels have a large number of officers and ratings, whilst others have a very small number of officers and ratings. This affects the breadth of responsibilities and seniority of those on board. Furthermore, there are fewer statutory certification requirements for officers working on small vessels and on vessels working in the near coastal area:

Officers (Navigation Deck)

  • » Master (Captain)
  • » Chief Officer (Chief Mate)
  • » 2nd Officer (2nd Mate)
  • » 3rd Officer (3rd Mate)
  • » Cadet (Trainee Officer)
  • » Radio Office (IT officer)

Officers (Engineering)

  • » Chief Engineer Officer
  • » 2nd Engineer Officer
  • » 3rd Engineer Officer
  • » Junior Engineer
  • » Engineer Cadet
  • » Electro-Technical Officer (ETO)
  • » Electrician

Support Staff/Ratings

  • » Seaman Grade 1 (Able-bodied Seafarer, A.B., Bosun, Deck Chief Petty Officer, Senior Rating, General Purpose Rating, General Purpose Seafarer, G.P. )
  • » Seaman Grade 2 (Ordinary Seafarer, O.S., Able-bodied Seafarer, A.B., General Purpose Rating, General Purpose Seafarer, G.P.)
  • » Pumpm
  • » Fitter (Engineering Maintenance Fitter)
  • » Motorman (Mechanic)
  • » General hand (Oiler, Wiper)
  • » Cook (Ship's Cook, Chief Cook)
  • » Steward
  • » Trainee Rating (Junior Ordinary Seafarer)

Staff sepcific toTtugs

  • » Tug Master (Tug Skipper)
  • » Tug Engineer
  • » Tug Hand ( Tug G.P, Tug Deckhand)

Hospitality Staff Specific to Passenger Vessels

  • » Cruise Director
  • » Chief Purser ( Hotel Service Officer, HR Officer)

Shore-based Ship Management

  • » Fleet Operations;
  • » Fleet Director (Commerical Director
  • » Logistics Co-ordination and Training - Fleet Personnel;
  • » Personnel Manager (Human Resources Manager)
  • » Training Manager (Head of Training)
  • » Personnel Officer
  • » Training Officer

General Operations

  • » Operations Manager (Safety Manager, Quality Manager)
  • » Safety Officer (Quality Officer)

Marine Operations

  • » Marine Superindendent
  • » Marine Technical Assistant

Engineering Operations

  • » Engineering Superindendent (Technical Superintendent)
  • » Assistant Engineering Superindendent (Assistant Technical Manager)
  • » Engineering Technical Assistant

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