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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Deck Officer

Deck Officer

Deck Officers are responsible for the overall routine running of the ship, which includes navigation, communications, the crew, and cargo. They also watch over passengers and may take part in social events onboard. On smaller ships, deck officers may alternate watches and responsibilities with the captain. The ability to deal with emergencies in a calm and controlled manner is essential.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Using electronic instruments.
  • Maintaining sea safety equipment.
  • Supervision of loading and unloading cargo.
  • Updating charts and the ship’s log.

Industry facts

  • Seafaring professions offer many travel opportunities around the world.
  • Being one of the biggest industries in the world, the shipping industry relies on many different people working in roles which are both at sea and on shore.
  • Being a Deck Officer will involve being away from home for several weeks at a time.
  • Deck Officers carry out shift work in all weather conditions.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

Estimated Salary

$90,000 – $210,000 (Median $150,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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