This statistical release provides estimates for the number of UK seafarers active at sea, including demographic analysis. The release covers some statistics on non-UK seafarers who are qualified to work on UK registered vessels. These statistics are updated annually and reflect numbers as at the end of June 2012.
- The total number of UK seafarers active at sea in 2012 was estimated to be 24,100
- The total number of UK seafarers fell by 10% compared to 2011, the second consecutive year of decline following the peak in 2010. The reduction was due to a decline in ratings (numbers fell 21%) and uncertified officers (numbers fell 27%).
- In 2012, there were 10,930 UK certified officers active at sea, broadly stable compared to 2011 (11,000 officers), but following the downward trend seen since 2006.
- The number of ratings steadily increased between 2007 and 2011, with a 46% rise over the four years. However, between 2011 and 2012 numbers fell from 11,880 to 9,330, which was partly due to a large company moving their operations out of the UK.
- The total number of cadets in training for the financial year 2011/2012 peaked at 2,160. This was a 19% increase since 2010/11. Numbers have more than doubled in the decade since 2001/02.
- In 2012, there were 903 new entrants under the SMarT1 scheme, close to the previous peak of 925 in 2009.
Information on seafarer statistics, including the pre-release access list, and related technical documentation