Able seafarer


An able seafarer is responsible for the operations and maintenance of vessels, including navigation, mooring, anchoring and cargo handling. They provide support to crew members and will be involved in various tasks relating to the offshore wind industry such as painting, asset inspections, and monitoring weather conditions.

Lifecycle stages

Installation, operations and maintenance.

Typical employer

EPCI contractor or subcontractor.

Place of work

Onshore at the port. Offshore on a vessel.

Typical working pattern

Full-time. Fixed term contract. At far-shore projects, able seafarers usually live offshore on vessels and typically work two-weeks-on/two-weeks-off.

Education, training and qualifications

Relevant experience is desirable but not essential. Technical training or certification, such as the Seafarer Certificate of Competency (CoC), and Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat (PSCRB) or similar is required.

Apprenticeship schemes are available, at NFQ level 3.

Offshore wind-specific training is provided by the employer.

For offshore work, the following is required (may be provided by the employer):

  • Seafarers Offshore Medical,

  • Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)

  • Global Wind Organisation Basic Safety Training.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include ordinary seamen.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as oil and gas, shipping and transport and, defence and naval operations. 

Career possibilities

Able seafarers can progress on as a qualified third officer, navigation officer, master mariner and related maritime roles.

Full time salary estimate

€30,000-€60,000 per year, depending on experience. This salary range is for this specific role.