Pay for ship's officers varies depending on rank, experience and the type of vessel they work on. However, they usually earn between $60,000 and $130,000 a year.
Source : International Maritime Institute of New Zealand.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Ship's officers may do some or all of the following :
navigate and control ships
take charge of ships when on watch
arrange repairs, fuel and supplies
supervise the loading, unloading and storage of cargo
organise crew activities on deck
organise ship security.
Skills and knowledge
Depending on their rank, ship's officers need to have knowledge of :
the requirements of running and supplying a ship
how to navigate and control a ship
how to read charts and identify hazards
the logistics of working with cargo, ballast and fuel
maritime laws and Maritime New Zealand requirements
safety procedures and methods such as firefighting, rescue, and collision prevention.
Ship's officers :
usually work shifts and are on call 24 hours a day while at sea. When working for international shipping companies, ship's officers often work three months at sea followed by three months' leave, though this depends on the company and ship
work in all weather conditions
usually travel to ports around New Zealand or travel internationally to foreign ports.
You can follow a number of routes to become a ship's officer, but all require you to have relevant Maritime New Zealand-
approved experience and qualifications.
In general, you must have served time at sea :
on a vessel that is above a defined size or weight
working as a cadet or apprentice, or in a position of greater responsibility.
You also need to :
have approved qualifications in first aid, radar, firefighting and survival
pass seafarer medical tests
pass eyesight and colour vision tests
be able to prove you're a 'fit and proper person' with no criminal convictions
do a course approved by Maritime New Zealand, and pass written and oral exams.
NCEA Level 2 English, maths and physics are recommended.
Ship's officers need to be :
disciplined and responsible
able to work well independently and as part of a team
excellent communicators with leadership skills
Useful experience for ship's officers includes :
Sea Cadet / Scout training
deck cadet training with a shipping company
Ship's officers need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and normal colour vision.