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The role of a deck officer is a vital part of a ship's onboard management team, taking charge of an expensive vessel and its equally valuable crew, cargo and passengers. Deck officers maintain watches on the bridge at sea and about the ship in port. They are responsible for passage planning, the safe navigation of the vessel, cargo loading and discharge, ship stability, communications and the maintenance of the hull and deck equipment.
To become an officer in the merchant navy you must undertake an officer cadet training programme, which involves academy-based education integrated with periods of practical training at sea. The maritime education and training must be completed in order to achieve professional seafaring certification and related educational qualifications.
We offer a number of three-year officer cadet training programmes approved by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB). All of the programmes lead to professional certification by the MCA and, depending on the route followed, one of the following academic awards:
All UK officer cadet training programmes are financed or sponsored by a number of shipping companies and maritime recruitment specialists, in order to complete the sea time elements of the training programme. The benefits are excellent, as the sponsorship covers the cost of course tuition fees and provides a salary or training allowance to officer cadets throughout their training. Anyone wishing to undertake an officer cadetship should apply directly to the shipping companies and their representatives, not to Warsash or UCAS.
Companies normally start the recruitment process around January each year for entry in the following September or January. Companies conduct their communication and interview process directly with the applicant.
More information about officer cadet training programmes can be found on the Warsash Maritime Academy website.
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