Constructs, fits out and repairs ships. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time - No data available -
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Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 100

What does a Shipwright do?

  • studying plans and specifications, and preparing templates and scale plans for fabrication and cutting of hull sections
  • marking reference points and lines on dry docks and slipways
  • checking position and functioning of slipway apparatus
  • assembling shells of boats and erecting hull sections of ship
  • erecting and preparing launching platforms, conducting pre-launch tests and supervising launching procedures
  • installing masts, frames, decking, fittings, machines, shafts and safety equipment
  • building and installing structures such as cabins, machine mountings, propeller supports and rudders
  • determining repair requirements and procedures


  • Loftsman/woman (Marine)
  • Ship's Carpenter

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