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Marine and waterways transport operatives

£15,080 Average salary at age 20
£32,760 Average Salary
46 Average hours per week


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.

Main 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.


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.

UK Prospects

4100 Workforce Size
0.12% Predicted growth 2021 - 2027
2018 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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