Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: 2019

Statistical Release 11 December 2019

An estimated 22,440 UK seafarers were active at sea in 2019, with overall numbers being broadly stable in recent years.

► Around half of the total active at seafarers were ofcers (10,320 certifcated and 1,310 uncertifcated) with a further 1,670 ofcer cadets in training during the fnancial year 2018/19.

► There has been an overall downward trend in the number of UK seafarers over the past 15 years. However, between 2012 and 2019 numbers have been broadly stable with the exception of 2018.

► The exception to the stable trend is a 23% increase in ratings between 2017 and 2018, followed by an equivalent drop in 2019. This is largely explained by a change in the coverage of the data provided by the Chamber of Shipping. For this reason fuctuations should be treated with caution.

► The majority of UK seafarers active at sea were male (84%), with most female seafarers working as uncertifcated ofcers or as ratings. Females accounted for 3% of certifcated ofcers in 2019.

► Similarly to 2018, in 2019 there were 41,010 seafarers holding certifcates to work on UK vessels issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with around 14,350 of these being UK nationals.

UK seafarers active at sea by type 2019 (SFR0101) Ratings 9,140 Certifcated ofcers 10,320 Ofcer cadets 1,670 Uncertifcated ofcers 1,310 About this release This statistical release provides estimates for the number of UK nationals working as seafarers, including some demographic breakdowns.

The release also covers some statistics on non-UK national seafarers who are qualifed to work on UK registered vessels.

These statistics are updated annually and refect numbers as at the end of June 2019 for Chamber of Shipping data and September 2019 for MCA data.

In this publication Things you need to know...Pg.2

Overview of UK seafarers..............................Pg.3

Certifcated ofcers and cadets in the UK ........Pg.4

Seafarers active at sea......Pg.7

Other information ..............Pg.9

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