Maritime

Maritime

Over 15,000 kilometres of coastline and Kiwis’ great love of the water offer many opportunities to build a career in the maritime sector

Careers information

What does it involve?

People involved in the New Zealand maritime industry work on or support New Zealand’s fleet of commercial and naval vessels. Vessels include passenger vessels, superyachts, commercial fishing vessels, charter boats, coastal freight ships, tankers, and navy ships.

What kind of jobs could I do?

The maritime industry offers many career options. Jobs include:

How could I get into the industry?

There are many entry-level roles in the industry. These include working as a deckhand on a charter, passenger, fishing or other commercial vessel, or in the hospitality sector of the industry. If you want to enter the industry, doing a course through a training provider can also help open the door.

How much could I earn?

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Per Year (newly qualified)

$30k - $50k

 

This increases with experience.

 

Industry facts

  • 15,000+ kilometres of New Zealand coastline
  • 450,000 to 500,000 recreational boats
  • 1,500 licensed passenger vessels
  • 700 coastal ships, 63 oil tankers and 35 passenger and freight vessels
  • 1,500+ commercial fishing vessels registered in NZ

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How we support your industry

We partner with industry associations like the Maritime and Seafood Educators Association and members of your industry to build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, ensuring your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, supporting industry events like conferences and regularly celebrating your learners’ success.

National qualifications

Most of these qualifications have been designed to meet the requirements of Maritime New Zealand’s seafarer licences. Maritime New Zealand is the Crown entity responsible for protecting New Zealand’s maritime environment and maintaining safety and security on and around the water.

Level 2 maritime qualifications cover entry-level positions. They offer a pathway into higher level qualifications in the maritime industry.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required to operate as a safe and effective deck crew member under limited supervision on vessels of less than 24 metres in length, operating in restricted and near coastal waters. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who are able to take charge of, and maintain, the safety of vessels operating within coastal and offshore limits under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills necessary to take charge of, and maintain, the safety of vessels of less than 24 metres in length operating within restricted limits under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

The purpose of this level qualification is to provide the fishing industry with personnel who are licensed under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) to work as crew on fishing vessels. They will be able to work under general supervision in the coastal, offshore and unlimited operational limits as specified in the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain engine room and auxiliary equipment to entry-level Marine Engineer Class 6 (MEC 6) standards under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who are able to perform deck crew duties on a vessel under direct supervision. 

This entry-level qualification is intended to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to work with limited supervision as crew on vessels operating in unlimited waters. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to work independently and with only broad guidance as crew on vessels operating in unlimited waters. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to act independently under broad guidance as mate on a fishing vessel or watchkeeper on a commercial vessel. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by relevant international conventions to manage coastal or off-shore vessel operations as skipper on a fishing vessel or master on a commercial vessel. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the fishing industry with personnel who are licensed under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) to manage the operation of fishing vessels in unlimited waters. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have advanced maritime electro-technical skills to electro-technical officer standard under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain engine room and auxiliary equipment to Marine Engineer Class 3 (MEC3) or Class 4 (MEC4) standards under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to work as Officer of the Watch (Deck) on foreign-going ships. Graduates work directly under the Chief Mate or Master and have a very high level of responsibility for the safety of the vessel. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the knowledge and skills to work as chief mate or master on yachts over 24 metres to the standards required under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.