Careers At Sea

Moving ashore

British seafarer expertise and qualifications are highly regarded throughout the world. So the sky really is the limit for your ambitions. And while some seafarers spend their whole career at sea, you could take it ashore. In shipping companies or other marine industries your skills and experience will be in great demand.

Typical shore-based posts include:

  • surveying ships to check seaworthiness 
  • ports and harbour management and pilotage 
  • lecturers in colleges/universities 
  • maritime regulatory authorities 
  • ship repair and marine equipment production management 
  • marine insurance 
  • ship broking and finance 
  • ship classification 
  • maritime law and arbitration 
  • offshore exploration

Find out more about opportunities in the maritime sector

Other opportunities

A career at sea doesn’t always mean working on the water. You could choose a shore-based job with a shipping company that manages and controls all aspects of their own ship’s operations, or on behalf of other ship owners. In some cases these roles may require individuals to have seagoing experience. Ship management roles include:

  • Fleet Operations, Fleet Director (Commercial Director), Fleet Manager, Fleet Assistant Staff
  • 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 Superintendent, Marine Technical Assistant 
  • Engineering Operations, Engineering Superintendent (Technical Superintendent), Assistant Engineering Superintendent (Assistant Technical Manager), Engineering Technical Assistant