The UK Department for Transport has issued Seafarers Statistics for 2012. This statistical release provides estimates for the number of UK seafarers active at sea, including demographic analysis. The release covers some statistics on non-UK seafarers who are qualified to work on UK registered vessels. These statistics are updated annually and reflect numbers as at the end of June 2012.
- The total number of UK seafarers active at sea in 2012 was estimated to be 24, 100.
- The total number of UK seafarers fell by 10 per cent compared to 2011, the second consecutive year of decline following the peak in 2010. The reduction was due to a decline in ratings (numbers fell 21 per cent) and uncertified officers (numbers fell 27 per cent).
- In 2012 there were 10, 930 UK certified officers active at sea, broadly stable compared to 2011 (11, 000 officers), but following the downward trend seen since 2006.
- The number of ratings steadily increased between 2007 and 2011, with a 46 per cent rise over the four years. However, between 2011 and 2012 numbers fell from 11, 880 to 9, 330, which was partly due to a large company moving their operations out of the UK.
- The total number of officer cadets in training for the financial year 2011/2012 peaked at 2, 160. This was a 19 per cent increase since 2010/11. Numbers have more than doubled in the decade since 2001/02
- In 2012 there were 903 new entrants under the SMarT1 scheme, close to the previous peak of 925 in 2009.
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Source: UK Department for Transport