ENGINEER OFFICER CASE STUDY

Conversation with Courtney Stanton – Engineer Cadet soon to be Engineer Officer of The Watch

ENGINEER OFFICER CASE STUDY

Conversation with Courtney Stanton – Engineer Cadet soon to be Engineer Officer of The Watch

Courtney was attracted to an engineering career in the Merchant Navy in part influenced by her childhood experiencing first-hand her father’s skills as a classic car engineer.

“My dad is a classic car engineer and I’ve grown-up around his business. For my school A-levels I did maths, physics and design and so by the time I was 16 I had made up my mind what I wanted to do – engineering. I applied to university and had a place at Exeter to do mechanical engineering but I realised that doing an apprenticeship instead because hands-on experience with a mix of academics is highly sought after. By chance I came across advertising from SSTG drawing my attention to merchant navy apprenticeships that I hadn’t been aware of. A three-year cadetship so paid-for on-the-job training and a life of engineering at sea. It looked perfect for me because I knew I didn’t want to do 9 to 5 normal lifestyles – and the thought of travelling the world whilst doing something in engineering appealed to me, and because technology changes so quickly in maritime as well you are constantly adapting.”

“It has really well kitted-out workshops with simulators and the lecturers are amazing too.”

“I chose Fleetwood because of the choices they had and the best reviews. It has really well kitted-out workshops with simulators and the lecturers are amazing too. Most of them have worked in maritime – and one that I had for advanced engineering science has a PhD in particle and medical physics – so they are really top-class. I have 11 people in my class, my cohort as I call them. We stick together, and help each other out to get through the modules because we all signed up for the same outcome so it is certainly a team effort. It’s going really well!”

“I’ve been on five Northstar ships and my first vessel was Grampian Dynamic. On that trip which was located west of Shetland we had quite a bit of heavy weather – so it was certainly an exciting first trip and I got on well with the crew!

“I’m going to be a qualified Engineer Officer of The Watch this summer.”

“I’m going to be a qualified Engineer Officer of The Watch this summer. My Chief Engineer trusts me with the engine room and my judgement on walkarounds, and lets me start the engines, raise the thrusters and balance all of the operations myself. It was a big learning curve and one that I think is really good for cadets.

“With Northstar each ship has a Crew A and a Crew B and they alternate one month on one month off. I’ve been on one ship with the same crew twice so I have worked with seven different sets of crew. When you join a ship you get to know new people very quickly because you are living with them and working with them. It is quite a learning curve to be able to get to know someone, work with them for a week and then leave in three weeks time. So it’s challenging but it’s great to learn these people skills as well. And to work with so many different people from all around the world with varying experiences is amazing. A lot of people I’ve worked with have been on deep sea vessels as well – to hear their experiences is something that I really enjoy.

“In my case with eight months sea time it does prepare you well along with the really good workshop skills package that Fleetwood provides over the two years at college. We did things like a whole unit replacement on a four-stroke diesel engine. We don’t have the time whilst at sea pulling and overhauling main units on engines. So to be able to have these opportunities in college makes a world of difference because it’s not feasible to see everything at sea.”

Courtney has had a good positive experience working and training as a woman in a male dominated industry.

“The overwhelming majority of the people you work with will be extremely accepting and you really have to work hard to prove yourself, but it can be extremely rewarding and you will be well respected for it. And most people are glad to have the profile of engineering sea crews changing to include women and it is nice to see that more women are taking the leap to enter a male dominated industry.”

“My SSTG training officer is only an email away from any queries or anything I needed help with. She is very quick and she has been really helpful.

The career opportunities that are there are extremely beneficial.

“I don’t think people understand how important the shipping industry is. The career opportunities that are there are extremely beneficial. Out of all my friends most of them have gone to university – and they are now thousands of pounds of debt. They are probably facing the fact that it will be a long time before they get a graduate job in something that they really want to work in. So to be able to travel the world whilst getting a degree I think is an opportunity that shouldn’t be overlooked because of the experience you get from doing the job and also in working with so many different people from around the world that have done so many different things is second to none.”

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Boston Putford Offshore Safety Ltd

Operates standby support vessels.

Careers at sea with Boston Putford Offshore Safety Ltd.

Based:
Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of Support Vessels in both the North Sea and other areas providing Emergency Response, Supply and Underwater Exploration/Construction services for the offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry.

Ship Types Operated:
Standby

Company website:
www.bostonputford.com

Britannia Aggregates Ltd

Operates aggregate mining vessels extracting sand and gravel.

Train as a deck cadet with Britannia Aggregates Ltd.

Based:
Northfleet, Kent.

Profile:
Operates a Marine Aggregate Dredger engaged in the mining of sand and gravel from the sea bed in licensed areas of the open sea around the UK & the Continent of Europe for delivery to UK and other European ports.

Ship Types Operated:
Aggregate Mining Vessels

Company website:
www.brett.co.uk

CEMEX Marine Ltd

Operates aggregate mining vessels extracting sand and gravel.

CEMEX, an SSTG Member for 10 years.

Based:
Southampton, Hampshire.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of Marine Aggregate Dredgers engaged in the mining of sand and gravel from the sea bed in licensed areas of the open sea around the UK & the Continent of Europe for delivery to UK and other European ports.

Ship Types Operated:
Aggregate Mining Vessels

Company website:
www.cemex.co.uk

CMA-CGM Ltd

Operates aggregate mining vessels extracting sand and gravel.

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Based:
London, UK.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of container vessels on worldwide routes transporting a wide variety of cargoes.

Ship Types Operated:
Container

Company website:
www.cma-cgm.com

Alcedo Shipping Ltd

Operates bulk carriers worldwide.

Alcedo Shipping Ltd.

Based:
London.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of Bulk Carriers on worldwide routes transporting a wide variety of cargoes.

Ship Types Operated:
Bulk Carriers

Company website:
https://www.alcedoshipping.co.uk

Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd

Operates container vessels for cargo transportation.

Deck Cadet Training with Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd.

Based:
London.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of container vessels on worldwide routes transporting a wide variety of cargoes.

Ship Types Operated:
Container

Company website:
www.evergreen-marine.co.uk

Gardline Ltd

Operates survey and research vessels.

Deck and engineer cadet training with Gardline Ltd.

Based:
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Profile:
Best in class provider of Marine Geophysical, Geotechnical and Environmental Surveys.

Ship Types Operated:
Survey

Company website:
www.gardline.com

Global Marine Systems Ltd

Global Marine Systems Ltd Operates a fleet of Cable Repair and Installation vessels.

Based:
Headquartered in Chelmsford, Essex.

Profile:

Global Marine is part of the Global Marine Group and is a market leader in subsea cable installation and maintenance solutions to the telecoms sector, with a history dating back to 1850. We have a fleet of five Dynamically Positioned vessels that operate worldwide with one Charted vessel that predominantly installs fibre optic cables.

Dynamically Positioned (DP) vessel means that they hold position under their own power utilising main propulsion and thrusters.

Each vessel is equipped with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which is used to locate and bury the cable once repaired or laid.

Our vessels are located in the Far East, Europe, Caribbean and the US with operations run out of Washington in the Northeast of England.

Through Safety Leadership, Operational Excellence & Stability we aim to continually drive industry acceptance and commitment to common goals and a path to a sustainable future for global subsea communications.

Ship Types Operated:
Cable Repair

 

Company website:
www.globalmarine.group

Hanson Aggregates Marine Ltd

Operates aggregate mining vessels extracting sand and gravel.

Hanson Aggregates Marine Ltd, an SSTG Member for 10 years.

Based:
Southampton, Hampshire.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of Marine Aggregate Dredgers engaged in the mining of sand and gravel from the sea bed in licensed areas of the open sea around the UK & the Continent of Europe for delivery to UK and other European ports.

Ship Types Operated:
Aggregate Mining Vessels

Company website:
www.heidelbergcement.com

John H. Whitaker (Holdings) Ltd

Operates oil tankers.

Careers at Sea with John H. Whitaker (Tankers) Ltd.

Based:
Hull, North Humberside.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of oil tankers in the European area transporting fuel and oil products for ships and storage depots.

Ship Types Operated:
Tankers

Company website:
www.whitakertankers.com

Saga Shipping Ltd

Operates cruise ships.

Saga Shipping Ltd, an SSTG Member Company for 15 years.

Based:
Folkestone, Kent.

Profile:
This company operates the following types of vessel. Click on vessel for more information:

Ship Types Operated:
Cruise

Company website:
www.saga.co.uk

Tarmac Marine Ltd

Operates aggregate mining vessels extracting sand and gravel.

Tarmac Marine Ltd, trains Deck and Engineer Cadet with SSTG.

Based:
Chichester, West Sussex.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of Marine Aggregate Dredgers engaged in the mining of sand and gravel from the sea bed in licensed areas of the open sea around the UK & the Continent of Europe for delivery to UK and other European ports.

Ship Types Operated:
Aggregate Mining Vessels

Company website:
www.tarmac.com

North Star Shipping (Aberdeen) Ltd

Operates support vessels for offshore oil and gas exploration.

North Star Shipping (Aberdeen) Ltd, an SSTG Member for 10 years.

Based:
Aberdeen.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of support vessels in both the North Sea and other areas providing emergency response, supply and underwater exploration / construction services for the offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry.

Ship Types Operated:
Standby

Company website:
www.northstarshipping.co.uk

P & O Ferries Ltd

Operates vehicle and passenger ferries.

P & O Ferries Ltd, trains Merchant Navy Seafarers with SSTG.

Based:
Dover, Kent.

Profile:
Operates a fleet of large Roll-on Roll-off Vessels between the UK and ports in Europe transporting passengers, their cars, and freight vehicles.

Ship Types Operated:
Ferries

Company website:
www.poferries.com

Seajacks UK Ltd.

Operates specialist jack-up vessels for offshore wind industry.

Seajacks UK Ltd, trains Merchant Navy seafarers with SSTG.

Based:
Great Yarmouth, UK.

Profile:
Seajacks UK are an East Anglian based offshore installation company committed to building the world’s most advanced and versatile fleet of self-propelled jack-up vessels equipped to service the demands of the offshore wind industry. Our on and offshore crews work in full conjunction with all of our clients, looking to provide the most cost-effective solutions in the safest environments possible.

Seajacks has a fleet of 5 GustoMSC designed vessels, all capable of installing and maintaining offshore wind farms in harsh conditions. Seajacks fleet includes; Seajacks Kraken, Seajacks Leviathan, Seajacks Hydra, Seajacks Zaratan and Seajacks Scylla.

Seajacks utilise DP2 positioning for fast and efficient rig moves, with no need for tugs means there is year round operating ability in the harsh conditions of the Southern North Sea. The DP2 systems make all of the vessels fully capable of driving their four legs into the seabed, providing them with a steady platform and ensuring they remain uncompromised by the conditions of the sea below.

Seajacks Scylla is equipped with a 1500t leg-encircling crane, incorporate useable deck space of up to 5000m², and has 8000t of available variable load. Sailing at speeds of 12 knots or over, Scylla is outfitted with 105m long legs that have the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65m.

Ship Types Operated:
Jack-up

Company website:
www.seajacks.com

CldN RoRo Ltd.


Operates freight vessels for Irish Sea crossings.

CldN RoRo Ltd, trains ETO Officer cadets with SSTG.

Based:
Heysham, Lancashire.

Profile:
As a UK cadet you will complete your sea service whilst under training on the UK based vessels serving between the UK and Ireland. The company has a fleet of modern vessels concentrating on the freight market.

Ship Types Operated:
Ferries

Company website: 

www.cldn.com

WISTA International

Based:

Profile:
International networking organisation whose mission is to attract and support women, at the management level.

WISTA are pleased to announce a joint venture initiative with the Maritime Educational Foundation for the sponsorship of up to three candidates to train and qualify as Merchant Navy Officers commencing in September 2024.

The training will involve studying at one of the specialist nautical colleges in the UK, and completing sea service on a range of ship types. The training will follow one of the established programmes and lead to a degree level-based qualification in addition to all the necessary professional training.

The available sponsorship will include all tuition fees paid, the cost of training at sea and a generous allowance paid throughout the training.

Successful candidates will need to support the aims and objectives of WISTA Intentional. Attendance at a small number of WISTA events interspersed throughout the training will be required to promote this initiative to the current membership and assist in the promotion that this opportunity will provide candidates in future years.

Interested candidates should apply here at SSTG in the first instance quoting WISTA as your choice of sponsor.

Company website:
www.wistainternational.com

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