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Transport written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK seafarer (a) ratings and (b) officers there were in each year since 1982.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

Statistical estimates for the number of UK nationals employed as seafarers are available for years from 2002 onwards. Statistical estimates for the number of UK nationals employed as seafarers are not available for years prior to 2002. Data for 2012 are not yet available. The following table gives the number of ratings and the number of officers (certificated and uncertificated) for each of the years from 2002 to 2011.

Number of UK nationals employed as seafarers: 2002-11
  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Ratings 9,500 10,500 10,400 9,400 9,800 8,200 9,300 10,400 11,300 11,900
Officers (certificated and uncertificated) 15,200 16,800 16,400 16,200 16,000 13,900 14,200 14,500 14,300 13,300
Total 24,700 27,300 26,800 25,500 25,800 22,000 23,500 24,900 25,600 25,200
Notes: 1. Statistics for ratings and uncertificated officers are based on numbers employed by members of the UK Chamber of Shipping: No adjustment has been made for UK nationals employed by companies which are not members of the UK Chamber of Shipping. 2. Statistics for Certificated Officers are based on certification data supplied by the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency). Because certificates are valid for five years from the date of validation, for the purposes of these statistics it has been assumed that officers holding certificates retire from service at sea at age 62, and that 16% of other officers with valid certificates are not actively employed at sea at any one time. 3. At any time the number employed will be larger than the number actually serving on ship because of the need to have “relief” employees to cover shore leave. Source: UK Seafarer Statistics 2011, DFT

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