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MERCHANT NAVY

   

Required Skills and Traits

The two main functional areas in the Merchant Navy are those of navigation and engineering.

To be a Merchant Navy engineering officer you should:

  • Have and aptitude for mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering
  • Have excellent maths, science, technology and IT skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively with staff at all levels
  • Be able to prioritise workloads
  • Be able to plan effectively including contingencies
  • Be able to accept responsibility
  • Be decisive
  • Have good teamworking skills
  • Be able to cope with being away from home, often for long periods of time.

To be a Merchant Navy navigation officer you should:

  • Be confident, able to assume responsibility and to inspire confidence in crew members
  • Be interested in, and able to understand and use, the latest vessel technology
  • Be able to cope with being away from home, often for long periods of time
  • Be able to work in a team
  • Have excellent mathematical ability - this is of great importance for making navigational calculations
  • Have good spoken and written communication skills
  • Be calm and decisive in emergencies
  • Be enthusiastic and self-reliant.

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