UK Ship Register and Royal Navy sign MOU to retrain seafarers to gain employment in the wider UK maritime sector

Published: 25/05/2018

Today the UK Ship Register (UKSR), part of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Royal Navy. This will help to create better links between the Royal Navy and the wider UK maritime sector in the fields of both Engineering and Deck Watchkeeping standards.

In-line with a recent government initiative, the MOU aims to increase the number of qualified seafarers going into commercial shipping when they leave the Navy, by creating tailored routes that recognise their previous skills and experience.

Naval Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers interested in continuing a career at sea, may require some retraining to enter commercial seafaring as there are some differences between Royal Navy and commercial shipping requirements. The MOU will smooth the pathway between the differing qualifications.

Sir Alan Massey, CEO of the MCA said, ‘There is a strong bond between the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the Royal Navy.  Today’s MOU between UKSR and the Royal Navy is all about recognising the skills, knowledge and experience that Royal Navy personnel can offer commercial shipping and the UK’s maritime sector.  We are delighted that the MCA is able to play a part in their upskilling and retraining which will greatly benefit all parties.’

The Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Ben Key said, “It is especially important in the Year of Engineering 2018, that we recognise and value the transferable skills of professional seafarers.  The signing of this agreement will allow Royal Navy Engineers and Bridge (Deck) Watchkeepers to make a positive contribution to the commercial shipping sector when they choose to leave the Service.  After years of keeping ships and their crews safe at sea, they have a defined path to transfer these skills to the commercial sector.  The Royal Navy’s strong relationship with the MCA is enabling this transition and reflects the Royal Navy’s commitment to professional excellence.”