National Statistics

Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: 2018

Statistics on UK seafarers active at sea and non-UK seafarers qualified to work on UK registered vessels in 2018.

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Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: 2018 data tables

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UK seafarers active at sea and non-UK seafarers qualified to work on UK registered vessels.

In 2018:

  • an estimated 25,750 UK seafarers were active at sea
  • just under half of the UK seafarers active at sea were working as officers (10,480 certificated and 1,460 uncertificated)
  • there were 1,760 officer cadets in training
  • the majority of UK seafarers active at sea were male (including 96% of certificated officers)

These annual statistics are compiled from certification data held by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and data collected via the UK Chamber of Shipping manpower survey. Further details of the coverage of the statistics, uses and limitations can be found in the statistical release.

Following user feedback, we have made some changes to the presentation of these statistics and accompanying data tables, including additional information on non-UK seafarers working in the UK shipping industry. The maritime statistics team would welcome any feedback on these statistics.

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Published 12 December 2018