Whitaker Tankers crew are a friendly and hard working bunch!


At Whitakers we believe that a well trained, dedicated and committed workforce is the key to our success.

Due to the nature of our business, all applicants must be E.U. Nationals, or hold a valid permit to work in the U.K.

General Career Enquiries for Sea Staff (all ranks and ratings) please contact:

MRS. ELAINE WILSON: eb@whitaker-tankers.co.uk

We are committed to sponsoring two deck & two engineer officer cadets per year. Our next intake is as follows:
Next cadet intake will be 2020, three cadets required, deck or engineer applications accepted.
All cadetship applications should be sent directly to Ship Safe Training Group Ltd (SSTG), stating clearly on the application form that it is our Company that you are interested in. Please scroll down for SSTG contact details.



Marine Superintendent vacancy

Due to retirement we currently have a vacancy for an Engineering Superintendent based in our Liverpool office.

Applicants should have a solid engineering knowledge in tanker operations and ideally hold a 2nd Engineers unlimited certificate of competency or higher.

Although previous experience would be advantage, the company would be prepared to offer training to the right candidate.

The terms and conditions would be dependent on the experience of the applicant, but would include a company car in with the package.

We would be grateful if interested applicants could please email in the Managing Director at mw@whitaker-tankers.co.uk attaching a full CV.

Marine Operations Vacancy

Whitaker tankers are a Hull based shipping company who have been in existence since 1880.

We have an exciting opportunity based in our Hull office for a Nautical Operations Manager. The position will entail working within the existing operations team and you will be responsible for the safe & efficient running of our fleet of 11 coastal tankers. We are looking for an immediate start date if successful.

Ideally the suitable candidate will have:

  • extensive experience with oil tankers
  • Hold a Master's II/2 qualification, although a Chief Mate II/2 may be considered for the right person.
  • Some commercial experience would be advantageous but not essential.

Benefits include:

  • Company Car
  • Enrolment into company pension scheme
  • Competitive Salary
  • Private Health

Job Type: Full-time

General Applications

Applications are invited from seafarers with tanker experience to work on coastal oil tankers operated by John H. Whitaker (Tankers) Limited.

Masters, Chief Officers, 2nd Officers, Chief Engineers & 2nd Engineers who hold:
Advanced Tanker Training / Dangerous Cargo Endorsements for the carriage of Oil.
Type - Permanent / Temporary
Leave / Work - Variable
Salaries - will be discussed at interview stage

Please forward all applications to:
Mrs. Elaine Wilson, Personnel Officer,
Crown Crewing (UK) Ltd,
Crown Dry Dock,
Tower Street,

Email: eb@whitaker-tankers.co.uk

We are heavily committed to training and our ambition is to fulfil our manning needs into the future utilising personnel who have been trained in house.

We always welcome talented applicants with a view to future vacancies, sometimes employing them initially as relief staff.

We are also sponsoring many of our own officers to improve their qualifications and therefore their promotion prospects as part of our master plan to always promote from within. This means that we create a workforce that is loyal and very familiar with our culture and ethos.

For day to day management of our cadets, as well as our fleet training needs, we work in conjunction with our government approved training provider Ship Safe Training Group Ltd (SSTG).

For SSTG enquiries please contact:
Mr Steve Abrahart
Ship Safe Training Group Ltd.
The Precinct Office,
The Precinct,
Switchboard: 01634 820 820
Direct dial: 01634 820 827

What is the Merchant Navy?

The British Merchant Navy is the name for all civilian commercial ships and seafarers registered in the United Kingdom. It includes all kinds of ships, including cargo ships, tankers, passenger vessels and many others. 95% of everything that arrives in this country comes by sea - and it's all brought in by the Merchant Navy.

Why join the Merchant Navy?

A Merchant Navy Officer's career is unlike any other, and it comes with brilliant travel prospects, challenging work and excellent career development opportunities.

For a start, you'll be paid to receive free training, leading to either an HND or Foundation Degree - with the option to top either up to a full BSc. You'll gain these qualifications without needing a student loan!

After about three years training, you'll be able to gain the United Kingdom's Maritime and Coastguard Agency Officer of the Watch (OOW) ticket - which is recognised and respected internationally.

Your training will be unlike any other university course - it's incredibly varied. You'll learn fire fighting, lifeboat handling and advanced first aid, alongside academic subjects, such as astro-navigation, ship stability and maritime law. Your career development opportunities are as varied as your training. You could work on almost any ship, anywhere in the world - carrying cargoes, conducting research, supporting maritime structures like wind farms and oil rigs, or even supporting the Royal Navy on operations.

There are two major departments at sea, although some vessels have many more.


Deck Officers navigate the ship at sea, and control the ships operations - most commonly, cargo loading and discharge. They learn a wide variety of skills, both modern and traditional - such as the theory behind GPS, and how to navigate by the stars should it fail. They learn how to handle the 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. They are responsible for ensuring the ship has the fuel and the power to do its job, and make sure the ship's machinery is operated to maximum efficiency. They have to be able to maintain and repair every item of equipment on board - as the nearest service engineer may be over a thousand miles away.

Other departments found on different vessels include Electro-Technical, Catering, Entertainment, Security, Communications and Administration.

What do you need?

You must be able to be away from home, friends and family for prolonged periods - anything from a few weeks to 5 months or more, depending on your ship. You'll need a high level of commitment, and the ability to work and get along with others in a very tight-knit team.

Academically, you need a minimum of 4 GCSE's, which must include Maths, English and one Science at grade C or above. To do the foundation degree, higher entry requirements apply, including A levels - but both routes lead to exactly the same career!

Physically, you'll need a reasonable level of fitness, and you must meet minimum standards relating to eyesight and hearing. Certain medical conditions may also exclude you.

What do I need to do?

Whitakers sponsor a number of Deck and Engineer cadets through their cadetship, and provide sea-going training within their fleet.

Anyone who wishes to undergo their Merchant Navy training with Whitakers should first of all contact the Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG), who can be found at http://www.sstg.org/ . They will interview you, and if you are successful they will organise for you to attend one of the six Maritime Colleges around the country.

You don't need any maritime experience, but it will help your application to go to sea for a short while if you can - perhaps on a sail training ship, or you may ask local shipping companies for some work experience. Otherwise, do as much research as you can!