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Take the first step towards joining the esteemed MSC Cruises seafaring family by applying today through Shosholoza Ocean Academy. As the exclusive Recruitment, Manning, and Training Agency for South African citizens working on the global MSC Cruises fleet, Shosholoza Ocean Academy holds a unique position.  It's important to note that no other agencies represent MSC Cruises, and we act solely on their behalf.


In line with the Recruitment and Placement standards set by the Maritime Labour Convention, it is vital to adhere to the principle that no fees or charges for seafarer recruitment, placement, or employment should be borne directly or indirectly by applicants. However, please be aware that in order to join a vessel as a seafarer, International Maritime Law requires you to obtain certain STCW 2010 certifications and Seafarer Medicals which can cost you up to fifteen thousand rand. We will assist and guide you through these processes after a successful interview is completed.


At SOA, we prioritise integrity, ethics, and quality, and we strictly adhere to these principles. Rest assured, we will never charge any fee for providing recruitment or training services to our applicants.

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If you don't find your desired position at the moment, please feel free to revisit our careers page for future openings that may align with your skills. We update our job listings quarterly.
  1. Search for and select the job position you are interested in applying for.

  2. Carefully review the job description to ensure that you meet the outlined requirements and apply. 

  3. Our dedicated recruitment team will carefully review all applications.

  4. If your CV and qualifications align with the position, you may be contacted for a remote interview.

  5. To facilitate the interview process, please ensure that you have a stable internet connection for a virtual interview via platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Skype.

  6. If your interview is successful, our local Shosholoza Ocean Academy talent acquisition team will reach out to you to provide guidance on the next steps required to begin your exciting journey onboard.

  7. Due to the very large number of applications received, we are unable to individually respond to all applicants regarding the result of your application. If you do not hear from us within 6 weeks of your application date, please consider your application unsuccessful. 

  8. Applicants are able to re-apply for positions after a 12-month period after the unsuccessful application.


At Shosholoza Ocean Academy, we are dedicated to providing support and guidance throughout the application process and beyond. 


Prepare yourself for an incredible opportunity to embark on a rewarding career onboard.


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