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Marine and Waterways Transport Operatives

Marine and waterways transport operatives supervise and carry out a variety of deck duties and operate and maintain engines, boilers and mechanical equipment on board ships, boats and other marine vessels.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £12676. Normal pay is £29837 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £48833.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

  • Performs other deck duties, including servicing and maintaining deck gear and rigging, splicing wire and fibre ropes, greasing winches and derricks, opening up and battening down hatches, securing gangways and ladders and lowering and raising lifeboats.
  • Steers ship, under the supervision of a duty officer, checks navigational aids and keeps bridge, wheel and chartroom clean and tidy.
  • Stows cargo, assists passengers to embark and disembark, watches for hazards and moors or casts off mooring ropes as required.
  • Removes and repairs or replaces damaged or worn parts of plant and machinery and ensures that engine and plant machinery are well lubricated.
  • Ensures that necessary fuel supplies are on board and inspects engine, boilers and other mechanisms for correct functioning.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft Skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Learning Strategies


  • Active Listening


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Speaking


  • Critical Thinking


  • Active Learning


  • Monitoring


  • Mathematics


  • Writing


  • Science


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