This publication presents estimates of UK seafarer numbers, also including some statistics of non-UK seafarers qualified to serve on UK registered vessels, and indicative projections of the future number of UK certificated officers. Statistics are updated annually.
- In 2011, an estimated 27,000 UK nationals were working regularly at sea
- Of these, about 15,000 (56%) held qualifications related to handling ships or their engines, while the remainder were employed for other technical or customer service duties
- The number of UK certificated officers active at sea was about 11,000, 28% lower than in 1997 after taking into account changes in the certification system
- The average number of officer cadets in training during 2009 to 2010 was 1,820 compared with 1,000 in 1998 to 1999
- The number of UK officer cadet new entrants was 850 in 2010 to 2011 compared with around 500 in 1999 to 2000 and 754 in 2009 to 2010 (under the SMarT1 scheme)