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UK seafarer numbers fall

The total number of UK seafarers in 2012 fell by 10% on 2011 - the second consecutive year of decline following the peak in 2010.

The total number of UK seafarers active at sea in 2012 was estimated to be 24,100. The 10% reduction was due to a decline in ratings (down 21%) and uncertified officers (down 27%).

There were 10,930 UK certified officers active at sea - broadly stable compared with 2011 (11,000 officers), but following the downward trend seen since 2006.

The number of ratings had steadily increased during 2007-11, with a 46% rise over the 4 years. But between 2011 and 2012 numbers fell from 11,880 to 9,330 - partly due to a large company moving operations out of UK.

The total number of cadets in training in 2011-12 peaked at 2,160 - a 19% increase over 2010-11. Numbers have more than doubled in the decade since 2001-02.

And, in 2012, there were 903 new entrants under the 1998-established Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) -1 scheme - close to the previous peak of 925 in 2009.

Full details from the DfT below.

  • 05 February 2013
  • MTNG

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