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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Ship’s Officer

Ships Officer

A Ship’s Officer is responsible for the navigation and safe operation of ships while at sea, in port and at anchor. They control and supervise the activities of the crew and coordinate and supervise cargo loading and unloading.

A Ship’s Officer may have the following responsibilities:

  • Maintenance of sea safety equipment
  • Liaison between the Captain and the crew of the ship
  • Supervision of the mooring and unmooring of the vessel
  • Provide medical and first aid treatment to the crew
  • Ensuring safety regulations are observed
  • Updating charts, the ship’s log and other nautical publications

Maritime skills, such as those gained as a Ship’s Officer, are in demand. There are many opportunities for an interesting and productive career both on shore and offshore (such as in the oil and gas sectors).

Industry facts

  • A Ship’s Officer will work in all weather conditions, sometimes spending long periods of time at sea. Many shipping companies have implemented strategies that allow workers to keep in touch with life onshore, including information technology.
  • Around 25% of domestic freight task is carried by ships, with this number set to increase.
  • Ships are the least energy intensive of all the transport modes, contributing just 4% of the greenhouse emissions from the Australian freight transport system.

Entry Qualifications

Workers must hold a First Aid Certificate and a current certificate of medical fitness that certifies they meet required medical and eyesight standards.


  • AMSA Certificates of Competency apply to this role dependent on vessel type/size.

Training qualification:

  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

Estimated Salary

$80,000 – $120,000
(Median $97,000)*

*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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