Industry Organisations and Bodies

A number of organisations are involved in supporting the training, development and shipping industry activities. Here you will find useful web-links to industry bodies and organisations that can provide education, training, certification and careers information and in some cases training and development financial support too.

Careers at Sea

Those seeking information about entry into the industry, its training, qualifications and seafarer certification programmes and how to apply, should go to the MNTB’s dedicated careers website.

Visit the website:

UK Chamber of Shipping

The Chamber of Shipping is the trade association for the UK shipping industry, working to promote and protect the interests of its members both nationally and internationally.

For more information go to:

Marine Society

Maritime charity offering young people and professional seafarers educational and developmental opportunities.

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Maritime Skills Alliance

Sector body for maritime skills development covering the marine leisure, ports, sea fishing and shipping industries.

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Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)

An executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), with responsibility for seafarer standards and statutory qualifications.

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The Merchant Navy Training Board is the shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing sector specific education, training and skills.

Please visit the website:

Slater Fund

Are you a Merchant Navy rating considering career progression? The Slater Fund, administered by the Marine Society on behalf of Nautilus International, offers awards of up to £18,500 to help ratings study for a first certificate of competency.

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