Marine and Waterways Transport Operatives

Marine and waterways transport operatives supervise and carry out a variety of deck duties and operate and maintain engines, boilers and mechanical equipment on board ships, boats and other marine vessels.


New workers

New workers start around £22,782. Normal pay is £50,970 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £81,154.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 6,339 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Performs other deck duties, including servicing and maintaining deck gear and rigging, splicing wire and fibre ropes, greasing winches and derricks, opening up and battening down hatches, securing gangways and ladders and lowering and raising lifeboats.

  • Steers ship, under the supervision of a duty officer, checks navigational aids and keeps bridge, wheel and chartroom clean and tidy.

  • Stows cargo, assists passengers to embark and disembark, watches for hazards and moors or casts off mooring ropes as required.

  • Removes and repairs or replaces damaged or worn parts of plant and machinery and ensures that engine and plant machinery are well lubricated.

  • Ensures that necessary fuel supplies are on board and inspects engine, boilers and other mechanisms for correct functioning.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Marine Engineering

  • Naval Architecture

  • Project Management

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Structural Engineering

  • Risk Analysis

  • Oil And Gas

  • Machinery

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering Design Process

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

  • Planning

  • Leadership

  • Innovation

  • Detail Oriented

  • Teamwork

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.