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The ship’s crews are the personnel who sail on board a ship and are responsible for its operation, primarily when the ship is at sea (with some responsibility when at port). For the purpose of ship operation and traditionally, the crew of a commercial ship is divided into three departments :

Deck department

  • Captain
  • Chief mate
  • Second mate
  • Third mate
  • Deck cadet


Deck cadet rating

  • Bosun
  • Welder / Fitter
  • Able Seaman
  • Ordinary seaman
  • Trainee


Engineer / technical department

  • Chief engineer
  • Second engineer
  • Third engineer
  • Fourth engineer


Steward / catering department

  • Chief cook
  • Cook
  • Chief steward
  • Steward

Helder Maritiem makes maritime jobs accessible

If you are seriously thinking about working at sea, we are here to help you. We can give you the information about all the different areas within the maritime industry - not to mention all the different types of vessels - it really is something you need to think about very carefully before taking the plunge and dedicating your life to the ocean. We can help you with more information and which education is needed for the different kind of functions onboard.

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