Case Studies of SSTG Deck Officer Trainees in the British Merchant Navy

Read about the experiences of SSTG deck cadets as they progress through their training and enter into full service at sea. Many thanks to all of our cadets for submitting their personal accounts of life in the merchant navy. 

SSTG Deck Officer
Merchant Navy Deck Officers

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I Certainly Intend to be on Dredgers for Many Years

Conversation with Sonia Mitchell – Second Officer on dredgers

“Everyone gets to know each other and they did really look out for me.”

“Not many people think about dredging as a career but once you get into it people tend to stay."

“You quickly have to learn good practice in ship handling especially when doing very slow speed manoeuvres.”

Read more from Sonia here

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A Career That I Really like

Conversation with Serena Fleming - recently qualified Third Officer

“I’m on a cable ship which is installing and repairing submarine cables.”

“I think it’s when I tell them I get to travel, it is paid for, and I get to work away from home.”

“It is a very interesting and unique career. I don’t think that the maritime industry is misunderstood but it is quite hidden from most people’s minds.”

Read more from Serena here

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On The Bridge around The World

Conversation with Lewis Wedderburn-Scott - Mate

“I really enjoyed putting what I was being taught into actual practice when on sea training.”

“At Ningbo in China it was like someone had banged at the sky making all the stars fall off!”

“The support I got from SSTG as a cadet was above and beyond."

Read more from Lewis here

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Since joining I have been really motivated because I’m learning so many new things...

Conversation with Hermione Parker – just before her exams at Warsash Maritime College

"I love learning new things and I’m not just doing the same thing all day long."

“As part of my training at sea I’ve worked on all of the technology on the ship’s bridge."

Read more from Hermione here

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Piloting the Biggest Ships

Submitted by Lee Marriott - Qualified Pilot

"Since becoming a teenager I have always wanted to become a marine pilot. I was lucky enough to witness pilotage through a family friend who was a pilot at the time and experience harbour towage through the Sea Cadets.

"Since boarding my first ship “River Blyth” with the family friend I was hooked and asked how do I become a pilot. He said I needed to go to sea… The rest is history."

Read more from Lee here

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My Story So Far

Submitted by Owen Morgan - Deck Cadet

"My en-suite cabin, my home for the next four months, was spacious with plenty of room to relax and study in comfort with good air conditioning and, of course, a sea view!

"As a qualified officer your conditions of service dictate that you will receive an excellent salary and earn at least four months leave per year.

"There are few careers that pay you while you study with fantastic career opportunities on graduation."

Read more from Owen here

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Life on Board with UASC

Submitted by Bryn Beaurain - Deck Extra Third Officer

Bryn Beaurain - deck officer
"I was treated with respect and left to get on with tasks on my own."

"Taking charge of people and learning how to manage them is something as a cadet I had never experienced but the captain and Chief Officer believed I took it in my stride."

Read more from Bryn here

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