Ship's Officer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
1d ago

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.
  • Entry requirements

    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.
  • Secondary education

    NCEA Level 2 English, maths and physics are recommended.

    Personal requirements

    Ship's officers need to be :

  • disciplined and responsible
  • adaptable
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team
  • excellent communicators with leadership skills
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for ship's officers includes :

  • Sea Cadet / Scout training
  • deck cadet training with a shipping company
  • work as a deckhand
  • service in the Navy.
  • Physical requirements

    Ship's officers need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and normal colour vision.

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