The Merchant Navy is the collective name for the UK’s commercial shipping industry. However, it is actually composed of individual companies who are responsible for their own recruitment and training.
Merchant Navy officers are employed on the many types of vessels that make up the UK commercial shipping industry. These include:
Merchant Navy officers are primarily leaders and managers. However, as well as managing staff, senior officers are still expected to perform practical tasks with their colleagues.
Your rank and the size of the vessel you are working on will affect your duties. On a smaller ship, activities will be more hands-on, whereas on a larger ship, the role tends to be more managerial.
A deck/navigation officer's typical work activities include:
An engineering officer's typical work activities include:
The role of electro technical officer (ETO) is fairly new and may be merged with the engineering officer’s job. It typically includes:
The activities of all officers include:
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