Merchant Navy Recruitment

It’s often hard to know where to start when either choosing a job for the first time or looking to switch careers from another sector.

The merchant navy offers a broad range of opportunities across a range of industry sub sectors including shipping, ferries and offshore renewables . There are several routes you can take to begin a career at sea with them, as well as a range of companies you can work for, vessel types and roles on them.

Below are some links to some Merchant Navy recruitment providers. Some are agencies, some are opportunities direct with the companies themselves and others are crewing companies who specialise in sector specific recruitment.

Training Management Providers:

Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG)

Clyde Marine


Merchant Navy Operators:

Isles of Scilly Transport 

Africa Express Line

Calmac (Caledonian MacBrayne)


CSL Shipping

V Ships




Zodiac Marine

Pathways to funding for training:

Maritime Educational Foundation

UK Government SMaRT Funding

Maritime Skills

General career guidance and signposting:

Maritime Skills Alliance

Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) 

Maritime UK

Careers at

National Careers Service (UK)

We hope some of the above may help you find out information about, or a route into, a career in the Merchant Navy. if you have any questions or would like to enquire about training our friendly office and training teams are always happy to help advise. You can call us on 01454 260130 or email us at

Alternately, you can contact us here.