Success Story: Tall Ship Engineer

SaltyJobs Success Story – Tall Ship Engineer

Success! SaltyJobs has made another match between a fantastic tall ship engineer opportunity and passionate seafarer.

During the Southampton Boat Show, we met hundreds of potential employers and jobseekers. We talked about ways into the marine industry, chatted with lots of you who are already qualified, and had exciting conversations with employers about marine job opportunities.

Tall Ship Earl of Pembroke

We also bumped in to our friend Sam who is the Operations Manager for the tall ship Earl of Pembroke. She is a 145ft barque with 9500 square feet of sail and a 405hp turbo diesel engine.

Due to last minute crew changes, Sam needed to find an engineer to help sail the boat boat back from Antwerp to London. They were due in London to host a Pirates of the Caribbean film event.

Last-Minute Engineer Required

It sounded like a fantastic experience, and the criteria was simple. They needed an experienced sea-goer with engineering experience, and importantly, STCW and AEC certifications.

STCW is the MCA’s internationally recognised basic five-day safety training course, required for any position on a commercial vessel over 33m. We offer this training through our partners at the South West Maritime Academy.

The AEC is the MCA’s Approved Engine Course, a four-day course developing more advanced engine maintenance skills. It builds on skills learned on the one-day RYA Diesel Engine course, and is also the first step on the MCA’s ladder to qualifying as an Engineering Officer onboard large commercial vessels.

Not only did the Earl of Pembroke need to find an engineer with these qualifications and experience, but they needed somebody to join the ship – in Antwerp – in two days’ time. This was a fantastic opportunity, paying £200/day for a seven-day voyage.

We posted it on our SaltyJobs Facebook Page and it immediately attracted a lot of interest… not surprising! This was a fantastic opportunity for someone with the experience and qualifications, to join a traditional ship for a week’s voyage across the Channel.


Successful Candidate – Shaun Eve

During the Southampton Boat Show, we met qualified sea-goer Shaun Eve.

Shaun has been working in the marine industry for a few years and has a really interesting CV already. He has most recently been working on wind farm boats off the North East coast of the UK. Shaun came to have a chat with us during the boat show, and liked our SaltyJobs Page on Facebook to find out about opportunities as soon as they arise.

So, when we posted the opportunity, Shaun was the first to apply. Whilst he’d never sailed on a tall ship before, he has the required qualifications and transferable experience that is valuable to employers and ships in situations like this.

After some last-minute travel arrangements, Shaun flew out to join the Earl of Pembroke and ended up having the most amazing voyage. They sailed from Antwerp in Belgium, across the Channel and up the Thames. The ship moored in London and they held a party on board to promote the new Pirates of the Caribbean, with a PR team from Disney.

Shaun gained awesome experience on a sailing vessel, and was able to use his engineering skills and experience at sea to play a valuable and much-needed part of the crew. His willingness to step in at the last minute and travel to the vessel in time was well rewarded.

Shaun’s Fantastic Experience

Towards the end of Shaun’s week onboard the Earl of Pembroke, we were delighted to receive this message from him about his experience…

“SaltyJobs led me to a Engineer job role on-board the Earl Of Pembroke. I’ve never sailed a tall ship or worked on one before, and even climbing the mast of a tall ship was a great experience. We had a great time on board promoting the new Pirates of the Caribbean film in London. It’s my last day today before traveling home tonight. Thank you.”

Shaun also sent us all of the photos used in this article – thanks Shaun, we are pleased you had such a brilliant time!

Want to do something similar?

Here are some steps you can take right now:

  1. Like our Facebook Page to find out about last-minute opportunities
  2. Submit your CV so we can contact you if something comes up that matches your skills & experience
  3. Build on your existing qualifications – have a chat with South West Maritime Academy

Looking to recruit?

If you need to recruit somebody for a last-minute opportunity, contact us now.

We can help – our engaged, experienced audience of passionate marine industry jobseekers are at our fingertips and waiting for their next adventure. From tall ship engineer to dinghy instructor, we can get you the reach you need.

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