Maritime Industry Network

Career Guide

Getting a shore job after sailing

What are the job opportunities when you decide to step ashore to continue your career in marine industry? Your job prospect depends on whether you are from engine or deck department, your professional qualification attained and the last appointment held.

Engineer Officer

For Chief Engineer or Engineer with Class 1 Certificate of Competency (COC), the following options are open to you.

  • Technical Superintendent in a shipmanagement/shipowning company;
  • Surveyor for various Classification Societies e.g. ABS, BV, CCS, DNV GL, NKK, LR, etc.;
  • Surveyor or Officer in maritime port authority;
  • Surveyor or Officer for flag registry e.g. Panama, Malta, etc.;
  • Surveyor in marine survey and consultancy firms;
  • Ship Repair Manager in a shipyard;
  • Lecturer in schools with marine engineering course;
  • Senior Engineer in various marine engineering and equipment service companies supporting the marine industry.

For Engineer Officer with COC Class 2 or lower, some of the appointments mentioned above are also open but starting as an assistant or more junior position.

  • Technical Superintendent managing smaller home-trade or port-limit vessels, tugs and barges, crew boats, etc.;
  • Technical Executive in a shipmanagement/shipowning company supporting the superintendent;
  • Procurement Executive or Purchaser in a shipmanagement/shipowning company supporting the superintendent;
  • Sales Engineer in various marine engineering and equipment service companies;
  • Project Engineer in a shipyard or in various marine engineering and equipment service companies.

Deck Officer

For Master Mariner or Deck Officer with COC Class 1, you can consider the following options.

  • Marine/Operations Superintendent in a shipmanagement/shipowning company;
  • Surveyor or Officer in maritime port authority;
  • Surveyor or Officer for flag registry e.g. Panama, Malta, etc.;
  • Surveyor in marine survey and consultancy firms;
  • Port Pilot for guiding ships in and out of ports;
  • Lecturer in schools with nautical studies;
  • Docking master in a shipyard.

For Deck Officer with COC Class 2 or lower, like the engineer some of the appointments mentioned above are also open but starting as an assistant or more junior position depending on your experiences.

  • Marine/Operations Superintendent managing smaller home-trade or port-limit vessels, tugs and barges, crew boats, etc.
  • Operations Executive in a shipmanagement/shipowning company supporting the superintendent;
  • Operations Executive or Port Agent in a shipping agency;
  • Cargo Planner especially for container ship's loading in shipmanagement/shipowning company;
  • Crewing Executive in shipmanagement/shipowning company or crewing agency;
  • Charterer or shipbroker in ship chartering or shipbroking company;
  • Sales Executive in various marine equipment service companies supporting the marine industry.

The above list gives an overview of the shore job prospect for deck and engineer officer coming ashore and is not meant to be comprehensive.

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