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Careers at Sea


At Whitaker’s, we believe that an exceptionally dedicated and committed workforce is the key to our success.

As part of our investment into quality crewing, we sponsor a small number of officer cadets per year.

Our cadetships run in conjunction with the Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG).
For SSTG enquiries relating to Whitaker’s please contact Mr Steve Abrahart Ship Safe Training Group Ltd. The Precinct Office, The Precinct, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1SR Email: steve.abrahart@sstg.org

In addition, we sponsor many of our own officers to improve their qualifications and therefore their promotion prospects within the company.
We strive to create a workforce that is professional, committed and forward-thinking.

What is the Merchant Navy?

The British Merchant Navy is the name for all civilian commercial ships and seafarers registered in the United Kingdom.

95% of everything that arrives in this country comes by sea and is brought in by the Merchant Navy.

A Merchant Navy Officer’s career comes with excellent career development opportunities and involves a diverse skillset.

Roles onboard a merchant navy vessel


Deck Officers navigate the ship at sea, and control the ships operations – most commonly cargo loading and discharge.

Skills include learning to handle a ship in confined waters, often with a minimal margin for error.


Engineers operate, maintain and repair the vessel’s machinery, and maintain a watch over the engine room. An engineer will ensure the ship’s machinery is operated to maximum efficiency.


Some larger merchant navy vessels also offer opportunities for electro – technical officers, hospitality and catering, and entertainment.

Academic requirements

Minimum of 4 GSCE’s: –

Maths, English and Combined Science


Personal attributes



Ability to use own initiative

Ability to work (and live) within a close-knit team

A good level of physical fitness

N.B. You must meet minimum standards relating to eyesight and hearing. Certain medical conditions may also exclude you.


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