Marine and waterways transport operatives

£39,000

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

54

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

2.26%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Marine and waterways transport operatives supervise and carry out a variety of deck duties and operate and maintain engines, boilers and mechanical equipment on board ships, boats and other marine vessels.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may expect entrants to possess GCSEs/S grades. Candidates are expected to pass a medical examination and have good eyesight. Training takes place at nautical college and lasts between 11-13 weeks.

Typical tasks

  • ensures that necessary fuel supplies are on board and inspects engine, boilers and other mechanisms for correct functioning;
  • removes and repairs or replaces damaged or worn parts of plant and machinery and ensures that engine and plant machinery are well lubricated;
  • stows cargo, assists passengers to embark and disembark, watches for hazards and moors or casts off mooring ropes as required;
  • steers ship, under the supervision of a duty officer, checks navigational aids and keeps bridge, wheel and chartroom clean and tidy;
  • performs other deck duties, including servicing and maintaining deck gear and rigging, splicing wire and fibre ropes, greasing winches and derricks, opening up and battening down hatches, securing gangways and ladders and lowering and raising lifeboats.

Common job titles

Steerer
Man, launch
QM (shipping)
Lighter, lamp (Trinity House,
Bosun
Engineer, chief (fishing)
Trimmer (shipping)
Tugboatman
Hand, boat
Helmsman
Stoker, engine (shipping)
Tindal, first (shipping)
Lifeboatman
Greaser (fishing)
Keeper, boat
Mate-in-charge
Master, derrick
Donkeyman (shipping)
Driver, tug
Freeman
Fuelman
Runner (shipping)
Driver, engine (shipping)
Engineer, second (fishing)
Engineer, third (fishing)
Waterman (water transport)
Greaser, refrigerating (shipping)
Pumpman (shipping)
Mate on barge
Yachtsman
Hand, deck (shipping)
OS (shipping)
Quartermaster (shipping)
AB (shipping)
Mariner
Hand, barge
Man, motor (shipping)
Owner, boat
Bo'sun
Greaser, electric (shipping)
Attendant, leg, marine
Steersman
Fireman, marine
Engineer, dredger
Attendant, engine (shipping)
Mate (docks)
Attendant, room, engine (shipping)
Trimmer, coal (shipping)
Man, lightship
Boatman, foy
Man, room, engine (shipping)
Ferryman
Mate
Engineer, second
Stoker-mechanic (shipping)
Greaser, donkey (shipping)
Rating, engine-room (shipping)
Rating (shipping)
Seaman (shipping)
Driver (shipping)
Flatman
Stoker (fishing)
Bargeman
Hand, launch
Oilman (shipping)
Hand, salvage (wreck raising service)
Seaman, merchant
Pumpman (fishing)
Electrician, chief (shipping)
Engineman (shipping)
Cobbleman
Lighterman
Fireman-greaser (shipping)
Trimmer, lamp (shipping)
Greaser (shipping)
Engineer, nos (fishing)
Driver, launch
Sailor (shipping)
Engineer, nos
Wherryman
Stoker (shipping)
Master at Arms (shipping)
Fireman (fishing)
Watchman
Greaser, fan (shipping)
Trimmer (fishing)
Winchman (shipping)
Mechanic, senior (shipping)
Bargee
Mate, boatswain's
Stoker, drifter
Fireman (shipping)
Seafarer
Boatswain
Lightsman
Master, quarter (shipping)
Mechanic (shipping)
Attendant, boat
Keeper, store, room, engine
Rating, Navy, Merchant
Hand, tug
Cleaner, engine (shipping)
Engineman, donkey (shipping)
Fireman and trimmer
Hirer, boat
Stoker, engine
Look-out and AB
Boatman
Tugman