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 2013.
- the total number of UK seafarers active at sea was estimated to be 22,830.
- there was a 5% decrease in the total number of UK seafarers active at sea between 2012 and 2013. This occurred principally due to a decline in the number of ratings (an 8% decline) and a decline in the number of uncertificated officers by 270 (a 16% decline).
- there were 10,840 UK officers active at sea, down 1% compared to 2012 and still following the downward trend seen since 2006.
- the number of UK ratings fell for the second consecutive year to 8,590, an 8% annual fall. The number of ratings steadily increased between 2007 and 2011, with a 46% rise over the four years.
- there were 1,990 officer cadets in training, the highest level for over a decade. This was a 5% increase since 2011 to 2012 and a 99% increase from 10 years ago in 2002 to 2003.
- there were 780 new entrants under the SMarT1 scheme in the financial year 2012 to 2013.