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Ship Safe Training Group

Thirty years recruiting and training for the Merchant Navy

The Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG) was founded over 30 years ago. We provide a recruitment and training service for over 30 member shipping companies operating a wide variety of different ship types and a wide range of careers at sea.

Our success as a not-for-profit organisation is founded on our expert knowledge of the Maritime Industry; the close relationship with our large and diverse group of Member Companies; and in the unrivalled support that we give to all of our Officer Trainees whilst at college and at sea.

Unrivalled support for trainee officers at college and at sea

The SSTG recruits new entrant deck and engineer officer cadets for a career at sea onboard our members' vessels operating worldwide. We organise and supervise their training programmes to provide high quality and progressive training and support.

The college phases of your study will be offered through universities or colleges of further or higher education. We normally arrange your accommodation in a college hall of residence or in college-approved accommodation off-campus.

In conjunction with the sponsoring companies and colleges we provide guidance during both the college and sea based phases. We monitor and supervise your progress to ensure that you are receiving the support you need to succeed in the completion of your training programme. This includes a strong emphasis on ensuring that you are given the appropriate support to assist you in acclimatising to life, work and training at sea.

In return, trainees are expected to conform to all training, disciplinary and employment rules and regulations whilst on board ship and at college. In this respect stringent drug and alcohol policies are in force. Trainee officers are usually expected to wear uniform whilst studying at college. We also manage the training for existing seafarers who are actively seeking to progress their careers by achieving higher qualifications. This training enables junior officers to gain higher certificates of competency qualifying them for the more senior positions on board ship. Experienced seafarers also have considerable opportunities for developing rewarding careers in associated maritime sectors ashore.

SSTG providing effective recruitment and training services for shipping companies

The Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG) is a non-profit marine training management company. We are directly owned, funded and controlled by our member companies on a mutual basis.

Since it was conceived over 30 years ago the size of SSTG has grown to meet the ever-increasing complexity of the training requirements of its member companies. However, we have strived to remain small enough to be able to respond quickly to the changing needs of the member companies.

The group operates extremely closely with our member companies enabling us to have a close understanding of the individual companies' requirements and to be well placed to advise on career opportunities and career progression within the industry.

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SSTG provides a recruitment and training service for shipping companies operating a wide range of sophisticated vessels and is unrivalled in the support we give to all of our officer trainees whilst at college and at sea.

  • Location: Rochester, Kent
  • Staff: 11-100


  • Address:
    Ship Safe Training Group Ltd
    The Precinct Office
    The Precinct
    Kent ME1 1SR
  • Telephone: 01634 820 820
  • Email:
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