What is a Steward’s Assistant?

An entry-level merchant mariner credential allows for a new mariner enter the stewards’, deck and engine department.  A steward’s assistant (SA) works in the galley underneath the chief steward. As a galley assistant, they may be involved in the meal prep, purchasing the food from groceries ashore, cleaning dishes and sorting garbage. The steward’s assistant is tasked with ensuring that metal plastic and cardboard objects are not thrown into the compostable garbage which is ground into fine particles and disposed of overboard. Steward’s Assistants will find themselves cleaning dishes and scrubbing the galley frequently. They will also occasionally make dishes per the Steward’s instruction.