Merchant Navy History

The merchant navy is the collective term for the many commercial companies engaged in maritime trade.

It is part of a wider maritime industry comprising shipping, ports and maritime business services. This strong, vibrant industry is vital to our nation security, well-being, and prosperity.

The size of the merchant navy has increased significantly in the last decade. It continues to expend. Today it directly employs 960000 people approx.

The wider maritime services sector is an extraordinary success story, contributing $25 billion to the nation’s economy and supporting 500,000 jobs.

New entrant officer trainee numbers are at a record high.

There are exciting opportunities for capable and enthusiastic people to train to manage and operate modern and technically sophisticated ships. The prospects for development of a worthwhile and rewarding career as navigating, engineering or electro-technical officer are excellent.

95% of U.K. imports and exports are carried by sea and we have a growing reliance on energy imports.

Our shipping industry depends upon a core of highly competent and professional seafarers who are respected worldwide for their judgment.

The first class opportunities available to young people for a career in shipping have been so good.

The marine society has a remit to encourage young people to consider a career with the sea services.

We offer impartial guidance on the opportunities available at sea and free advice to give a feel for what is involved in a career at sea.

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