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UK Companies Best for Seafarers
Working as a seafarer in the UK has its perks, especially where safety and welfare are concerned. The existence of a registered charity, the Seafarers UK, for instance, helps ensure that the lives of seafarers and their families are improved.
More importantly, there are plenty of UK companies where seafarers can find plenty of job opportunities.
AP Moller-Maersk is one of the leading and largest shipping companies in the UK that also operates worldwide. Their massive operations require a huge number of modern and diverse fleet and a crew that consists of both experienced seafarer and cadets.
Employees are hired through Maersk Crewing Ltd, on behalf of Maersk Offshore (Guernsey). The company has over 500 container vessels, 50 power supply ships, special purpose vessels, rigs and modern tanker vessels.
Zodiac Maritime Ltd
Zodiac Maritime Ltd is an international ship management company headquartered in London and representative offices in Tokyo, Mumbai and Shanghai. The company specialises in the management of a variety of vessels – container ships, chemical tankers, capsize, crude tankers, handyman and handysize bulk carriers, LPG tankers, Panamax, and product tankers.
R.Chapman & Son
The company was originally formed in 1878 as Chapman & Miller by Ralph Chapman and Thomas Miller, sailing ship owners in Newcastle. When the partnership was dissolved the name was also changed. R.Chapman & Son operates a different fleet, including sailing ships, steam/motor ships, and managed ships.
Briggs Marine &Environmental Services
Based in Burntisland in Fife, the company supplies a wide range of services across industries involved in offshore jobs and in the marine sector, such as diving projects, emergency response and salvage. The company offers marine, environmental services, and oil & gas careers. Some of the job vacancies in onshore and offshore facilities are assistant project manager, marine supervisor, maintenance engineer, tug master and maintenance planner, among others.
LOC Marine & Engineering Consultants
As an international marine and engineering consultancy, LOC has been providing advice and support to the offshore energy and shipping industry. Some of the services they offer include investigation and resolution of marine casualties, marine warranty surveyors, and marine engineering services & consultancy. The company accepts applications for full-time or part-time positions and freelance assignments.
British Marine PLC
As an international ocean freight transportation group, British Marine plc manages and operates Supramax, Handymax and Panamax type of vessels that are either owned or chartered-in. The company is headquartered in London, England with subsidiaries in Singapore, Mumbai and India. British Marine owns one of the largest and most modern fleets, namely: Aquitania, Clementine, Diamond Jubilee, Gloriana, Marylebone and Primrose.
Rigel Ship Management handles a wide range of vessels, provide expert Ship Management Services, and operate in a range of countries, from the UK to India. The company has a reputation for safety and quality, making them one of the best employers for seafarers. Their fleet includes Al Jaber Shipping, AMSM, Blue Fleet Group, BURAK GmbH & Co. KG and Terra Navis Shipping. The company is also a member of the UK CHAMBER of SHIPPING.
The list above is not exhaustive. A look at the website of the UK Chamber of Shipping will show you a huge number of members related to the maritime industry, whether it is service-related or consultancy. With this many companies under the seafaring sector, seafarers are sure to have plenty of job opportunities to apply for. Moreover, there are plenty of recruitment agencies that specialise in the supply of seafarers.