Merchant Navy Careers Info

CNR RFA Recruitment, Room G-13, Bldg 1/080, Jago Road, HMNB Portsmouth, PORTSMOUTH, Hampshire , PO1 3LU


The following shipping companies/training organisations offer sponsorship for Merchant Navy cadets.

Campbell Maritime Ltd
Pritchard-Gordon Tankers (PGT) operate a fleet of 9 tankers between 6000 and 10000 deadweight tons within the Caribbean area. Campbell Maritime are training providers on behalf of PGT and recruit both deck and engineering officers annually.

Applications should be forwarded to:

Personnel Department, Campbell Maritime Ltd, Maritime House, 6, Coronation Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear. NE33 1AZ

Royal Fleet Auxiliary
The RFA is a civilian-manned fleet of 16 ships, owned and operated by the Ministry of Defence.
For more information, see RFA websiteRFA

TYPE OF SHIPS OPERATED: Various types of ships.
VACANCIES FOR OFFICER CADETS: A number of deck and engineer cadetships each year.
VACANCIES FOR RATINGS: We recruiting trainee ratings with no experience for all 4 branches of the RFA. (Deck, Engineering, Communications and Cook/Steward). We also recruit qualified Able Seaman (SG1A’s), MM1’s and Cooks / Stewards.

ELIGIBILITY: All RFA recruits must be British Citizens and have resided in the UK for 3 out of the last 5 years. Minimum GCSE requirements for Officer Cadets are as follows: 5 GCSE’s Grade A-C, must include Maths, English and Physics (or Dual Science) at Grade B or above. For entry to the Foundation Degree course, 150 UCAS points are needed. No minimum GCSE’s are required for rating entry, however candidates will be required to sit a written test at their local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO).

The Marine Society & Sea Cadets
MSThe Marine Society has a remit to encourage young people to consider a career with the sea services: and has been actively doing so for 246 years! In fulfilling the requirements of its founding charter, the world’s oldest seafarers’ charity provides impartial guidance on the opportunities available at sea and free advice to all who seek it.

British Shipping.Org
British ShippingThe recruitment of school-leavers into the Merchant Navy to train as officer cadets is co-ordinated centrally by the Chamber of Shipping. This site contains details about the career opportunities available, the qualifications which prospective entrants require, and about how to apply to join the Merchant Navy.

The Merchant Navy Training Board
Since its inception in 1937, the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) has existed as the shipping industry’s body for developing and promoting the training and qualification of seafarers.

Shipping Companies:

Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd
A traditional ship-owning company operating a diverse fleet of vessels trading world-wide. Types of ship include general cargo, container and ro-ro.
Vacancies: a number of deck and engineer cadets annually.
Andrew WeirApply To:
Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd
Fleet Training Manager
Dexter House
2 Royal Mint Court

BP Shipping Ltd
BP Shipping Limited operates an international fleet of both crude and product oil tankers and a fleet of liquified natural gas vessels, which carries cargoes for BP Group and on behalf of other companies. They operate world-wide and recruit deck and engineer cadets each year.
Applications can be made at any time throughout the year.
BPApply To:
BP Shipping Limited
Cadet Recruitment
Breakspear Park
Breakspear Way
Hemel Hempstead

Clyde Marine Training Ltd
Clyde Marine recruit Deck and Engineer Officer trainees on behalf of 42 shipping companies on all sorts of vessels operating globally. Minimum recruitment level is 150 cadets per year, plus a small number of ratings.
Clyde MarineApply To:
Fleet Training Officer
Clyde Marine Training
209 Govan Road
G51 1HJ

Bibby Line Ltd
Bibby Line Ltd is a traditional ship-owning company, Bibby Line operates a growing fleet of Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Chemical Carriers. It operates world-wide and offers a number of Deck and Engineering cadetships each year for which applications may be made at any time.
BibbyApply To:
Fleet Training Manager
Bibby International Services (IoM) Ltd
Shearwater House
Nunnery Mills
Old Castletown
Isle of Man