National Statistics

Seafarer statistics: 2015

Statistics on the number of seafarers active at sea in 2015.


Seafarer statistics: 2015 report

Seafarer statistics: 2015 tables

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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. Updated annually and reflect numbers as at the end of June 2015.

In 2015:

  • the total number of UK seafarers active at sea was estimated to be 23,380, an increase of 2% compared to 2014
  • there were 10,930 certificated officers active at sea, a similar level to 2014, while the number of uncertificated officers increased by 4%, to 1,710
  • the number of UK ratings increased by 5% (compared to 2014) to 8,830, the first increase since 2011
  • there were 820 new entrants under the SMarT1 scheme, a 4% increase on the previous year

User engagement exercise

Department for Transport is currently undertaking a methodology review of the seafarer statistics series.

Through this review, we aim to:

  • consult informally with users and stakeholders to determine their requirements
  • review the publication’s existing methodology
  • determine potential alternative data sources and methodologies
  • investigate their feasibility and accuracy
  • assess and compare each option
  • determine the most suitable options for future publications

Section 12 invites users to respond to a number of specific questions relating to the publication. We encourage users to respond to these questions by completing the online survey or contacting us directly using the contact details provided.

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Published 27 January 2016
Last updated 1 September 2016 + show all updates
  1. Seafarer statistics user engagement exercise.
  2. First published.