Other sources of funding

For other means of financial support we recommend Maritime Educational Foundation grants and SMart funding. 

Maritime Educational Foundation grants

- For unemployed Merchant seafarers – all ranks
- Eligibility: UK and EEA nationals resident in the UK
- Amount: Depends on circumstances and courses
- Contact: MEF Training

The MEF provides various rating and officer development opportunities, including grant-funding support to eligible unemployed seafarers to update their skills and/or revalidate specific certification requirements to increase their employability potential through defined training. Click here to find out more about eligibility.

SMarT Funding

- For unemployed Merchant seafarers – all ranks
- Eligibility: UK and EEA nationals resident in the UK
- Amount: up to £9,303
- Contact: Merchant Navy Training Provider

Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) Funding is a government pot of money available until March 31st 2018 to unemployed seafarers who want to claim back the cost of some eligible short courses, rating to officer conversion training, or OOW to chief mate/second engineer training. The Merchant Navy Training Provider (MNTP) administers the funding, full information on the scheme and how to apply can be found in MGN 455 and MIN 486

We recommend you contact them before applying to us if you are unemployed.

Applications should be made to:The Merchant Navy Training Provider, Merchant Navy Training Board, UK Chamber of Shipping, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ

Email: dstevens@ukchamberofshipping.com