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Carry out activities required to effectively respond to maritime emergencies

A maritime operations officer works for the Coastguard, which is responsible for initiating and coordinating maritime search and rescue in the UK, as well as pollution response, vessel traffic management, maritime safety and security, and emergency and disaster management. In this role, you’ll work in an operations room and be responsible for carrying out activities required to effectively respond to maritime emergencies and other activities. You’ll handle emergency and routine calls, gather and analyse information in order to respond to incidents and emergencies, and provide the mariner, coastal user and partner organisations with maritime safety information. You’ll ensure that all equipment is fully maintained and functioning correctly, assess requests for air support and make recommendations to senior officers with regard to other appropriate resources to dispatch to incidents. You’ll monitor alerts related to maritime security, assessing and passing information to the most appropriate authority, and take responsibility for data and information management, maintaining accurate, up-to-date resource information and databases.


Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Geography

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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