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Irish Maritime Development Office
Last Updated: July, 2013
|* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.|
Responsible for the business, navigation and operation of all types of sea going vessels.
The Captain of a Ship or a Boat has the important job of commanding the vessel through domestic and deep-sea waterways, so that passengers and cargo arrive safely.
To do this, they need knowledge of the mechanical and electrical workings of ships, navigation, signaling, national and international legal rules in waterways, as well as strong leadership skills, since they also supervise the work of all other crew members.
Captains in the merchant marine have the most senior jobs. They typically attend officer training programmes, and qualify for their jobs through a series of examinations and qualifications over a period of years.
At sea, the Captain is on call 24 hours a day. While in port, a 40-hour workweek is standard.
The work can be hazardous with the risks of falls, fire, collision, and sinking always present. Harsh temperature variations and violent storms are possible at sea.
Captains travel extensively, but they seldom have time to explore the ports they visit. They are away from their home ports for long periods of time.
A Captain needs to have excellent vision and good physical condition, along with outstanding leadership, organisation, and communication skills, and a calling to the sea.
Captains in the merchant marine have the most senior jobs. Knowledge of the mechanical and electrical workings of ships, together with navigation skills, signaling, national and international legal rules in waterways are all part of their job.
Training required will include qualifications in the areas of seamanship and navigational studies, marine/nautical engineering, nautical science, maritime operations and technology, logistics, and marine transport management.
Entrants attend officer training programmes, and qualify for their jobs through a series of examinations and qualifications over a period of years.
Experience as a deck/crew member is a valuable starting point.
See the National Maritime College for details of related courses and professinal training programmes.
See also The Naval Service of the Defence Forces for details of related training opportunities.
Last Updated: October, 2014
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|Organisation:||National Maritime College of Ireland|
|Address:||Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork|
|Tel:||(021) 497 0600|