Reference Quantity: ST0275

Particulars of normal


A maritime caterer works as a member of the hospitality/resort companies division on board ships and vessels of various varieties and sizes, making ready, cooking and baking numerous dishes, together with fish, poultry, meat, greens and dough merchandise, desserts and buffets, for passengers and/or crew. The position consists of meals buy and storage; budgeting and menu planning particular to the wants of crew and passengers; and with regard to the endurance of the vessel to be at sea, its meals storage capabilities and the contemporary produce accessible on board. Customer support is a vital a part of the position, together with a variety of shipboard security duties and duties.

A maritime caterer will work a shift rota, as decided by the vessel operations, usually working alongside different rankings and seafarers from a variety of various nationalities. Primary seafarer security and the work on board should adjust to worldwide and nationwide necessities.


Coupled with required intervals of go away, it’s anticipated that minimal completion time of the apprenticeship can be 24 months (together with time spent working at sea).

{Qualifications} and certification

  • Degree 2 Award in Maritime Research: STCW1 Security – which incorporates regulatory fire-fighting, first help, survival within the water, security and social duty, and safety

English and Maths

Apprentices with out degree 1 English and maths might want to obtain this degree and take the extent 2 English and maths take a look at for degree 2 previous to taking the top level evaluation

Information, Understanding and Expertise

  • menu planning to supply a balanced weight loss plan for the crew and passengers taking account of the endurance of the contemporary produce on board, the ship’s endurance to remain at sea and the dietary well- being of all crew members who should eat as a part of a central ‘messing’ mannequin over an prolonged interval, in addition to to supply for various dietary, cultural and spiritual necessities, shift patterns and night- time working
  • menu costing, catering accounting system and administration data
  • understanding the significance of budgeting and financial system
  • meals and provision receipt and storage procedures, high quality and amount checks and maximization of area to extend the endurance of the vessel
  • storeroom preparation and administration, hygienic inventory storage and inventory rotation to make sure protected working practices on board a vessel
  • stocktaking procedures and using primary software program and IT expertise to assist this
  • apply precautions to contribute to the safety of the vessel and prevention of air pollution of the marine setting together with protected disposal of rubbish and meals waste and the restrictions of waste consistent with MARPOL (Marine Air pollution) rules
  • meals preparation and cookery, with regard to situational consciousness of working onboard a vessel (i.e. a transferring setting topic to climate situations) – to
    • shares, soups and sauces (sizzling & chilly)
    • fruit and greens
    • meat and offal
    • poultry
    • fish and shellfish
    • rice, pasta, grain and egg dishes

    • sweets and pastry merchandise (cold and warm desserts)

    • dough and bakery merchandise

    • sandwiches and salads

  • put together a cold and warm buffet counter; current and serve a meal
  • adjust to present hygiene and meals security laws
  • be capable of use guide and electrical food-preparation and cooking gear and equipment safely and appropriately, together with protected and proper use of knives and different security vital gear and equipment inside the onboard
  • understanding the muse of customer support and talent and willingness to ship excellent customer support to crew and exterior passengers
  • perform hearth prevention and fire-fighting duties consistent with prescribed vessel muster preparations
  • administer emergency first help within the occasion of an accident or incident
  • be capable of use survival methods within the water
  • apply occupational well being and security precautions and protected working practices overlaying on a regular basis life on board, together with COSWP2 and COSHH3 and medicines and alcohol insurance policies
  • adjust to statutory and business rules for protected engaged on board vessels and with specific regard for getting into and dealing in enclosed areas.
  • understanding the hazards and procedures concerned in working in enclosed


In emergencies, apprentices are anticipated to observe orders instantly, safely and in a peaceful method while being ready to problem obvious unsure or unsafe observe.

In regular working situations, maritime caterers are required to:

  • observe protected working practices together with these overlaying enclosed
  • do what is important to handle their very own and colleagues’ fatigue
  • perform their duties effectively to the perfect of their capacity
  • adjust to firm guidelines and procedures
  • work as a part of a staff to encourage others and engender staff spirit
  • be thoughtful in direction of fellow seafarers, notably
    • those that have to sleep while others are awake
    • in being punctual when becoming a member of their vessel, coming back from shore go away, and reporting for working shifts and safety-related duties
    • in use of shared services
    • by way of equality, variety and respect for different cultures
  • take precautions to forestall air pollution of the marine

Entry necessities

Apprentices will want to have the ability to cross the medical entry necessities as outlined in MCA rules (i.e. the ENG14 Seafarer Medical Certificates) earlier than beginning the apprenticeship.

Particular person employers will decide their very own choice standards and can should be assured that potential apprentices have the aptitude and talent to assimilate the training and develop the required sensible expertise and competences, and to work in a multicultural setting on board a vessel, which can be away from dwelling for prolonged intervals of time.

Degree               It is a Degree 2 apprenticeship.

Evaluation           This normal can be reviewed in 3 years.

1 Worldwide Conference on Requirements of Coaching, Certification and Watchkeeping

2 Code of Secure Working Practices (UK Service provider Seafarers)

3 Management of Substances Hazardous to Well being

4 As specified by the Maritime and Coastguard Company

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