Worldwide, the marine transportation industry continues to face a shortage of skilled seafarers. Algoma has a vested interest in overcoming these challenges to support the overall growth of the industry.

We will push to secure diverse talent and offer several initiatives to assist in the recruitment, training, and development of emerging seafarers.

The marine industry offers a unique work environment where individuals can discover new places, new people, and new experiences all while being rewarded with a competitive salary, benefits, and a high potential for growth.

There are two main streams. Which one works for you?


Start as an unlicensed crew member and gain marine experience to be able to move forward in writing the Transport Canada challenge exams to obtain the next level of certification.

Unlicensed Navigation Positions:

  • Ordinary Seaman
  • Able Seaman
  • Chief Cook
  • Second Cook
  • General Purpose Watchkeeper

Unlicensed Engineering Positions:

  • Mechanical Assistant
  • Cargo man
  • Mobile Utility Crew

At Algoma, we hire through a union hall. To be eligible for employment you will need to enroll with either the Seafarers International Union or UNIFOR, Local 4401.

Seafarers International Union

905-227-5212 (Ontario)
418-529-6801 (Quebec)

UNIFOR, Local 4401



Attend one of the major post-secondary institutions, listed below, that offer cadet programs and combine academics with co-op sea time placements to sit the Transport Canada examinations for certifications as a Watchkeeping Mate or a Fourth Class Engineer.

Navigation Officer Positions:

  • Captain
  • First Mate
  • Second Mate
  • Third Mate

Engineering Officer Positions:

  • Chief Engineer
  • Second Engineer
  • Third Engineer
  • Fourth Engineer

Post Secondary Institutions:

Please contact the post-secondary institution for admission requirements.

For further information on regulatory requirements for shipboard positions please contact your local Transport Canada Marine Safety Office or the Union offices listed above.