Advice & Guidance

Advice & Guidance Links

Our Advice & Guidance links give access to partner websites that provide information and services relating to advice, education and training throughout the maritime sector

Canal & River Trust is the organisation entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.


Maritime & Coastguard Agency work to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea. We produce legislation and guidance on maritime matters, and provide certification to seafarers.


Maritime UK brings together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors in the UK to speak with a single voice on key strategic and practical issues of joint interest.


National Historic Ships UK gives objective advice to UK governments and local authorities, funding bodies, and the historic ships sector on all matters relating to historic vessels in the UK.


Sea Fish Authority the authority on seafood, from catch to plate helping to secure a profitable and sustainable future for the UK seafood industry.


The Baltic Exchange is the world’s only independent source of maritime market information for the trading and settlement of physical and derivative contracts.


UK Marine Industries Alliance brings together all aspects of a diverse sector with the goal of working together to secure the maximum opportunity for the industry to flourish.


UK Naval Engineering Science & Technology UK NEST promotes a Forum that enhances the Engineering, Science and Technology interests of UK Naval Defence.


Oil & Gas UK: Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. It is a not-for-profit organisation, established in April 2007 but with a pedigree stretching back over 40 years.


Nautilus International: Nautilus International is an independent, influential, global trade union and professional organisation, committed to delivering high quality, cost-effective services to members, and welfare support to necessitous seafarers, their dependants and other maritime professionals.


Environment Agency: The Environment Agency is a non-departmental public body, established in 1995 and sponsored by the United Kingdom government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with responsibilities relating to the protection and enhancement of the environment in England.


Port of London Authority: The Port of London Authority, for navigational safety on the tidal Thames, covering commercial cargo shipping, inland waterways freight, commuter services, tourism, sport and leisure uses of the river, also marine services, vessel navigation and maritime safety.

Blackpool and The Fylde College: At a time of skills shortages in the UK we work closely with industry to co-create technical and professional education and training which develops the skills, knowledge and attributes which employers need to drive their businesses forward and provides you with rich employment opportunities.


City of Glasgow College: We have transformed the delivery of college education in terms of our physical estate, our performance levels and our reach. The quality of our learning and teaching is sector leading – we are heralding a new era in college education.


Greenwich Maritime Institute – University of Greenwich: The purpose of the GMC is to promote a greater understanding and social awareness of the relationships between sea and society, and to be a platform for developing sustainable solutions for maritime issues.


Hull Trinity House School: Trinity House School in the 21st Century still honours the traditions placed by their forefathers, the ringing of the bell, the three Sunday Services to Holy Trinity Church per year, annual prize giving awards and the annual sports gala.


Liverpool Maritime Academy: In 1823 a small institution was founded that was to revolutionise education in Liverpool and provide opportunities for the working people of the city.


Lowestoft College: East Coast College will hone your skills and expand your talents whilst helping to nurture your wellbeing and employability skills. Top quality student services and careers guidance will help develop you as an individual and achieve your full potential.


Maritime Institute – Plymouth University: We deliver high quality research-led and professionally-relevant teaching. A stimulating student experience ensures challenge, personal development, and employment success.


National Maritime Training Centre: The National Maritime Training Centre is a leading provider of maritime education and practical training, providing up to date equipment and expert training using dedicated specialist classrooms, a Fire Training Ground and Thameside Jetty.


South Tyneside College: With so much choice available selecting a course to study can be a huge decision. Rest assured choosing South Tyneside College as your place of study is a big step towards changing your life.


The London Nautical School: Our nautical ethos underpins all that we do and enables our boys to not only to be successful in their studies but also provides the platform, to grow personally, develop morally and socially, enhance their sporting talents and to further their artistic gifts.


The Marine Society College of the Sea: We aim to be the first in learning and professional development for the maritime community and we do this through our many partnerships.


Warsash Maritime Academy: Warsash Maritime Academy provides first class education, training, research and commercial services to all maritime sectors worldwide.


Whitby & District Fishing Industry Training School: Our staff have continued to work to ensure the school’s progression in a difficult climate. It is our intention to continue, going from strength to strength, to support our trainees and the whole of the fishing industry and to remain recognised as a flagship for UK fishing training.


Ship Safe Training Group: We organise and supervise cadet training programmes to provide high quality and progressive training and support throughout their college and sea-based phases.


Merchant Navy Welfare Board: Supporting the provision of quality welfare services for seafarers and their dependants.


Maritime Skills Alliance sets and promotes skills standards for the UK’s maritime sector.

BKSA (British Kite Surfing Association): British Kitesports is the National Governing Body, or ‘NGB’ for kitesurfing and other kitesports in the UK. We are the only UK body to invest in the long-term growth and sustainability of all kitesports in Britain.


British Marine Federation: British Marine is the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. Our 1,600+ members come from a broad range of businesses including boat builders, chandlers, brokers, marinas, passenger boats and engines.


British Ports Association: Created in 1992, the British Ports Association represents the interests of its 100 full members, and numerous associate members, to the UK and devolved Governments, the EU and national and international bodies.


British Tug Association: Founded in 1934, the BTA represents the interests of port towage operators from large corporates to smaller privately-owned companies in addition to a number of Port Authorities. BTA members’ tug fleets cover ports handling 90% of Britain’s sea-borne trade including all of the leading ports.


Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland: CLIA UK & Ireland is a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.


Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers: The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is the only internationally recognised professional body in the commercial maritime arena and it represents shipbrokers, ship managers and agents throughout the world.


International Jack Up Barge Association: We want to create a credited career path for barge operators, to improve safety and training and to continue to build the association to ensure it encompasses barges worldwide in many different legislative authorities. We have just passed the final external accreditation stage of the IJUBOA Award in Jack Up Barge Operations.


International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA): The IMCA aims to improve performance in the marine contracting industry worldwide.


Maritime London: The promotional body for UK-based companies providing professional services to the international shipping industry. Funded by nearly 100 companies and organisations from a wide range of disciplines, Maritime London ensures that the UK remains a world-beating location to base a maritime related business and to conduct maritime trade.


National Workboat Association: The Trade association for Workboat Owners and Operators. Whilst most are based in the UK we have members with vessels operating throughout the North Sea basin, in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf as well as in Australasia.


Oil & Gas UK: Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. It is a not-for-profit organisation, established in April 2007 but with a pedigree stretching back over 40 years.


Port Skills & Safety: We exist to make UK ports safer and more skilled. Our parent organisations, the British Ports association and UK Major Ports Group, cover most of the UK commercial ports and we draw upon their networks and expertise. PSS is recognised by Government departments and agencies, including the Department for Transport, Health and safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.


Renewable UK: Renewable UK is the UK’s leading renewable energy trade association, specialising in onshore wind, offshore wind, and wave & tidal energy. Formed in 1978, we have a large established corporate membership, ranging from small independent companies to large international corporations and manufacturers.


Royal Institution of Naval Architects: RINA, is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over ninety countries.


RYA: The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, canal and river boat cruising, and personal watercraft.


Society of Maritime Industries: The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil and gas, maritime security and safety, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy.


Subsea UK: Representing more than 300 members, Subsea UK is the not-for-profit, industry body that champions the country’s subsea supply chain both at home and abroad. It acts as a focal point to promote the sector and maximise its opportunities as well as provide a national forum for collaboration, diversification and technology development.


IMarEST – The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology: IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.


The Nautical Institute: The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships. We provide a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world.


UK Chamber of Shipping: It is our mission to deliver for our members trusted specialist expertise, lobbying and influence at a UK level on maritime issues across national, European and international government and governmental bodies. By combining the strength of our members with this expertise we will advance the competitive strength of the industry ensuring that the UK remains as a leader in the global maritime business.


UKMPG – UK Major Ports Group: The United Kingdom Major Ports Group Ltd (UKMPG) is the trade association representing most of the larger commercial ports in the United Kingdom. It has nine members who, between them, own and operate over 40 ports, accounting for more than 70% of the total tonnage handled in UK ports. UKMPG represents the interests and concerns of its members to policy makers and opinion formers in the UK and Europe, on those areas of Government or EU policy which affect the industry.

Seafarers’ Advice & Information Line: SAIL is the only Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) service for seafarers and their families. We work by phone and email, providing specialist telephone advice to working and former seafarers, their families and dependants.


Mission to Seafarers: We work in over 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through our global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers we offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers’ centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.


Sailors’ Society: Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity working in ports across the world. Our chaplains help seafarers and their families, from all faiths and none, with welfare and practical support.


Fishermen’s Mission: Providing a lifeline of welfare and support to Fishermen and their families.


Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest: We provide accommodation for merchant seamen and for former members of the royal navy, the fleet air arm and other units with maritime links.


International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network: The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is a membership organisation which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world.


Seafarer Support: Serving and former seafarers (Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Merchant Navy and fishermen) and their families as well as people who work to improve the lives of seafarers and their families.


Seafarers: A charity that has been helping people in the maritime community for over 100 years, by providing vital support to seafarers in need and their families.


Merchant Navy Training Board the shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing sector specific education, training and skills.

Women in Maritime Promotional Video: Among others, view Anne-Marie Mountfield & Alison Lockyer speaking about the drive to recruit more women into the Maritime sector.


Women in Maritime Taskforce: Maritime UK has established a Taskforce to address fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector. The Taskforce brings together leaders from across the maritime sector to identify the number of women in maritime, and crucially within senior roles across its shipping, ports, marine and business services industries.


The Charter: The Charter creates a framework to challenge companies to make progress on diversity and will be supported by a suite of ‘toolkits’ or resources o help companies realise those targets.


The Pledge: Organisations that sign the pledge will be encouraged to take practical steps and set themselves measurable and ambitious goals towards meeting this Pledge.


Resources: Providing a lifeline of welfare and support to Fishermen and their families.


Careers: With sea trade expected to double in the next 20 years, the need for a highly skilled workforce has never been greater. The Uk is committed to providing world class seafarers, port workers, engineers, naval architects, shipbrokers, financiers, accountant, consultants, insurers and lawyers, so that – together – they can meet the long term needs of this global sector.


Toolkits: Toolkits are resources designed to help companies make progress against the commitment made when joining the Women in Maritime programme.

Blackpool and Fylde College (Fleetwood Nautical Campus): Regarded as one of the UK’s top nautical institutions, the Fleetwood Nautical Campus offers top quality further and higher education, underpinned by Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding status and commendations form the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).


Glasgow College of Nautical Studies: City of Glasgow College, like Scotland as a nation, is a real melting pot of diversity, equality and excellence. Our innovative approaches to teaching and learning enable personalised development for all our students – and our college is designed for 40,000 of them – across a range of nearly 2,000 courses from Access Level to Masters.


Liverpool John Moores: The Liverpool Mechanics Institute was founded by people of power and influence who recognised the transformative effects of education and the impact that learning and aspiration could have on individuals, communities and society. It was the first such institution to be founded in England.


Lowesoft College: East Coast College was formed from the merger of two successful colleges in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, East Coast College is an established further education college offering fantastic breadth and depth of subjects and vocational training – turning your passions into professions.


NAFC Marine Centre: The NAFC Marine Centre is an educational and scientific institute, located in Shetland. The Centre delivers training and education, carries out research and development, and provides consultancy, advisory and other services for the maritime industries. The Centre is operated by a charitable trust (the Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust) and employs about 40 people.


National Maritime Training Centre: The National Maritime Training Centre is a leading provider of maritime education and practical training, providing up to date equipment and expert training using dedicated specialist classrooms, a Fire Training Ground and Thameside Jetty.


Scottish Maritime Academy (North East Scotland College): The Scottish Maritime Academy offers maritime training across the Merchant Navy and Fishing sectors. We offer courses for new entrants and for experienced seafarers who wish to refresh knowledge and/or progress to the next level. The Academy is an approved training provider for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency; Merchant Navy Training Board; Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges; Royal Yacht Association and Seafish.


South Tyneside College: With so much choice available selecting a course to study can be a huge decision. Rest assured choosing South Tyneside College as your place of study is a big step towards changing your life. We are renowned for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere we offer to all of our students, but there is so much more to South Tyneside College.


University of Plymouth: The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation. We make a positive difference to people’s lives. With a truly global outlook, we are an inclusive and inspiring university community. Our students are our partners on their journey of discovery.


Warsash Maritime College: We are the world’s premier maritime education and training provider and part of a prestigious innovation hub, which includes other schools and services within Solent University, and our reputable training and business services partners.


John Percival Marine Associates: We offer an extensive and comprehensive range of both RYA and MCA courses. Our School is set in the heart of Hoylake, on the beautiful Wirral peninsula in Northwest England.


UK Sailing Academy: UKSA is a charity which believes in harnessing the power of the sea to make a positive difference. We offer the very best professional maritime training courses alongside youth development programmes to transform young people’s lives. As a charity, the funds raised from our donors, sponsors and professional training programmes help enhance the lives of the 10,000 individuals we welcome every year. From nervous six year olds to experienced yacht professionals and from water sports students to school and youth development groups, we are passionate about launching thousands of careers and turning lives around every day.


Warsash Super Yacht Academy: Warsash Superyacht Academy is a pioneering initiative from Warsash Maritime Academy, a global centre of maritime excellence, and its parent organisation, Solent University.

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