Public authorities

Be the safekeeper of seafarers’ rights and work for the maritime public authorities. Your responsibility would be to ensure that all regulations are adhered to by the shipping companies or to go on search and rescue operations.

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Working as a pilot - only one option

Many public authorities are involved in maritime operations. Ports are still often publicly owned, but operational tasks are effectively left to private companies or public-private partnerships.

Manifold chances

The port state control regime has become a central part of the quality assurance system of maritime operations. Dealing with this system involves an exchange of information between ports in relation to vessels, ship-owners and flag states that might represent a potential quality hazard. In most cases this control regime is undertaken with the help of classification societies, who carry out such tasks as physical inspections, control documentation and certificate checks.

Working in coastal administrations, within search and rescue operations, or as a pilot are other exciting career opportunities within the maritime public authority sector. Coastal administrations typically have responsibility for certification of seafarers, maintaining fairways, surveillance of environmental aspects of shipping operations, infrastructure planning and implementing international regulations. This means that there are career opportunities for people with a wide variety of skills within the public sector.


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