UK seafarer statistics 2005
London, United Kingdom – The Department for Transport has 2006-05-18 published National Statistics on UK seafarer statistics. The report estimates the number of UK seafarers working regularly at sea by department (deck and engine, technical officers, ratings, trainees etc) in 2005, and gives recent trends in employment. The report also makes projections of the number of UK deck and engine officers to 2021.
The main results from the report are:
- In 2005 there were 26,500 UK seafarers working regularly at sea, 4 per cent fewer than in 2004.
- Of the 26,500 UK seafarers 13,200 were deck and engine officers (assuming a retirement age of 62), 700 technical officers, 2,200 catering officers, 9,300 ratings and 1,000 trainees in training. The proportions in each category in 2004 were similar to 2005.
- In 2005 there were around 500 new entrant officer cadets, 11 per cent fewer than in 2004.
- The number of UK deck and engine officers declined by 7% since 1997. The number of deck officers declined by 2% and the number of engine officers declined by 12% over the same period.
- The number of UK technical and catering officers increased by 6% since 2002, the earliest year for which estimates are available on the same basis. Technical officers increased by 54% but catering officers decreased by 4%.
- The number of UK ratings declined by 2% since 2002, the earliest year for which estimates are available on the same basis.
- Projections have been made to 2021 of the number of UK deck and engine officers, based on assumptions about wastage rates, retirement age and cadet intake. The number of UK deck and engine officers is projected to decline by more than a half by 2021, largely as a consequence of the relatively high average age of officers currently in employment.
- 1. The report on UK seafarer statistics was produced by London Metropolitan University, in association with the UK Chamber of Shipping and the Institute for Employment Research, Warwick University. The report is the second of three annual reports commissioned by the Department and brings together all the information currently available on UK seafarer numbers.
- 2. The information comes from several sources and estimates and assumptions have been made in the process of compiling the aggregates. There have been changes to the methodology this year which means that the historic figures have been revised since last year’s report was published. The year to year changes in the earlier years’ data are less robust than the longer term trends. The most recent annual change (2005 compared with 2004) is more accurate following recent improvements in the data.
- 3. The report can be viewed on the Department’s web site at: www.dft.gov.uk/transtat/maritime
- 4. Paper copies of the report are also available from LMU, free of charge, from the following address: Centre for International Transport Management, London Metropolitan University.