Careers & Training

VESSEL OPERATORS, SKIPPER AND CREW

The thousands of commercial workboats operating in Europe and the UK all need to be managed, both at sea and from the land.
These pages take a look at the careers in this area. Here you can find out more about the skilled job of managing a workboat’s operations.

Follow the links to find out how to become the Master or Skipper of a commercial vessel and how to get onboard as Crew.
 

Roles

A vessel operator oversees various aspects of a vessel's operations including voyage planning, crew management, payments, and paperwork.

Qualifications and Training

To become a Vessel Operator you are likely to require as a minimum a degree featuring commercial, shipping or economic studies. You will also require significant shipping operations experience. 

To obtain that experience it is likely you will join one of the many vessel owners and operators in Europe and the UK as a graduate or trainee and work towards a management position.

Vessel operators are often people who have experience at sea managing vessels.

Salary Brackets

This will vary depending on your experience and the size of the company and vessels being operated and managed

Colleges/Universities

Lloyds Maritime Academy offers a Certificate is Ships Operations
https://informaconnect.com/lloyds-maritime-academy/

 



 GOOD TO KNOW

A Vessel Operator needs to be a good communicator both verbally and in written format.

APPRENTICESHIPS

Intermediate apprenticeships Advanced apprenticeships Higher apprenticeships Degree apprenticeships
Intermediate apprenticeships are the entry-level apprenticeship for those looking to make a start in the world of work. Available to anyone from the age of 16, with no maximum age limit, they’re also a great option for anyone looking to make a career change. You’ll need five GCSEs grade A*-E/ 3-9 including Maths and English, as well as a Science subject to apply for an engineering or technical role, or two National 4s including Maths and English (or equivalent). You can apply for an advanced apprenticeship if you have five GCSEs or National 4 (or equivalent), including Maths and English, as well as a Science subject to apply for an engineering or technical role, or you’ve completed an intermediate apprenticeship or similar Level 2 qualification. They’re full-time roles, with a competitive salary and they’re a great way to develop specialist skills. Higher apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 18 who is looking for an alternative to attending university. You’ll need at least five GCSEs or National 5 + Highers (or equivalent) including Maths and English, as well as a Science subject to apply for an engineering or technical role. Additionally, you’ll require a minimum of two A levels or a level 3 equivalent qualification. Degree apprenticeships are great for 18–19-year-old school leavers looking to gain a degree while also starting their career journey. It’s the perfect option for those who can’t decide between an apprenticeship and university. They’re also a great option for anyone looking to make a career change.

ASSOCIATIONS

BRITISH TUGOWNERS ASSOCIATION

Address: UK Chamber of Shipping, 30 Park Street
City: London
Postcode: SE1 9EQ
Country: United Kingdom
Tel: +44 2074 172 843
Website: https://britishtug.com/
CILT - THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT

Contact: Zara Watson
Address: Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road
City: Corby
County: Northamptonshire
Postcode: NN17 4AX
Country: United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1536 740 121
Website: https://ciltuk.org.uk/
INSTITUTE OF MARINE ENGINEERING, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Contact: Anastasia Finch
Address: 1 Birdcage Walk
City: London
Postcode: SW1H 9JJ
Country: United Kingdom
Tel: +44 2073 822 609
Email: anastasia.finch@imarest.org
Website: https://www.imarest.org/
THE WORKBOAT ASSOCIATION

Address: Russell House, Oxford Road
City: Bournemouth
Postcode: BH8 8EX
Tel: +44 7824 376 717
Email: admin@workboatassociation.org
Website: http://www.workboatassociation.org/

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BEHIND THE BADGE


Episode Two  - Philip Williams, MD Marine, Williams Shipping


Philip Williams is an experienced shipping and maritime director, with over 20 years working in the maritime industry.

Philip is the MD of Williams Shipping's Marine division which has been providing marine and logistics services since 1894.





 

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