During your Navigation Cadetship you will study the safe navigation and operation of the vessel, both at sea and in port.

Your Navigation Cadetship will be based across two centres, giving you access to a wide range of education, welfare and social facilities. The specialist marine lectures will take place at Humber Maritime College, while having access to 24-hour learning resources at the Ofsted Outstanding Grimsby Institute, a short distance away from Humber Maritime College and also near to our halls of residence.

Your Navigation Cadetship is fully sponsored by employers which means you gain your university level qualification without the worry of fees. You will also earn while you are learning which is a great opportunity for those aiming to become Deck (Navigation) Officers.

We are based on the River Humber in North East Lincolnshire and are part of the TEC Partnership, a dynamic, collaborative and entrepreneurial group of further and higher education colleges. Our aim is to be recognised as a leading maritime college which brings new ideas and innovation to the training of Merchant Navy Cadets and others working in the maritime industries.

Join us at our open event:

Tuesday 15th October 

Humber Maritime College, Middleplatt Rd, Immingham, DN40 1FN

navigation cadetship

Joining the Merchant Navy

A Deck Officer is responsible for the safe navigation and operation of the vessel, both at sea and in port.

Cadet Programme

From Phase 1 - The Foundation Phase through to Phase 5 - Continuation of academic programme, additional short course, exam and oral preparation.

The Industry

The Merchant Navy is the international commercial shipping industry, transporting both cargo and people to destinations worldwide.

About us

We have a history in delivering maritime education and training through our nautical college and are well positioned to offer our cadets a comprehensive training programme.

Entry Requirements

All cadets are required to gain 12 months’ combined seagoing service and workshop skills training. There will be a range of assessment methods used throughout the cadetship.

Cadet Benefits

There are many benefits for cadets, both during training and once qualified. Once qualified as a Deck Officer, cadets will normally begin as a Third Officer and can progress to becoming Captain.

Halls of Residence

While studying at Humber Maritime College, cadets will stay at our halls of residence for the first phase and may choose to return for subsequent phases or rent local housing.


Please apply directly to us, we will then pass on your application form to your preferred training management company.