Start your career as a Deck Officer in international shipping.

A Deck Officer is responsible for the safe navigation and operation of the vessel, both at sea and in port.

The cadetship is fully sponsored by employers which means cadets gain the university-level qualification without the worry of fees. Cadets will also earn throughout their training which is a great opportunity for those aiming to become a Deck (Navigation) Officer.


What you will study

The programme is made up of a number of phases, split between training at sea with a shipping company and onshore at Humber Maritime College. The first phase will be based at college and will prepare cadets for their first trip to sea, providing the basic skills to work on board and contribute as a trainee Deck Officer. Cadets will also complete basic courses in firefighting, first aid and personal survival.

For detailed information on the five phases, head to Cadet Programme.

Where you will study

Your Navigation Cadetship will be based across two centres, giving you access to a wide range of education, welfare and social facilities. The specialist marine lectures will take place at Humber Maritime College, while having access to 24-hour learning resources at the Ofsted Outstanding Grimsby Institute, a short distance away from Humber Maritime College and also near to our halls of residence.

Joining the Merchant Navy

A Deck Officer is responsible for the safe navigation and operation of the vessel, both at sea and in port.

Entry Requirements

All cadets are required to gain 12 months’ combined seagoing service and workshop skills training. There will be a range of assessment methods used throughout the cadetship.


Please apply directly to us, we will then pass on your application form to your preferred training management company.

Cadet Programme

From Phase 1 - The Foundation Phase through to Phase 5 - Continuation of academic programme, additional short course, exam and oral preparation.

Halls of Residence

While studying at Humber Maritime College, cadets will stay at our halls of residence for the first phase and may choose to return for subsequent phases or rent local housing.

About us

We have a history in delivering maritime education and training through our nautical college and are well positioned to offer our cadets a comprehensive training programme.

The Industry

The Merchant Navy is the international commercial shipping industry, transporting both cargo and people to destinations worldwide.

Cadet Benefits

There are many benefits for cadets, both during training and once qualified. Once qualified as a Deck Officer, cadets will normally begin as a Third Officer and can progress to becoming Captain.