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.
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,
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,
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!