Merchant Navy has become one of the glamorous and demanding career option in India, mainly because of the big amount of salary it offers. For a junior level officer the starting salary would range from 1.2 to 2 Lakhs. Very appealing right? But don’t think it pays you this much very easily. It is for those who are willing for a tough and challenging career. You will be away from home most of the time i.e., six months on- board ship and then two or three months vacation (non-Paid) depends on the company you work with. It is good for those who loves travelling, adventure, interested in seeing new places and meeting people from around the globe. There is a misconception of relating it to the Navy, but Merchant navy has nothing to do with Navy. Merchant Navy fleet include Passenger ships, different types of Tanker’s, Bulk carriers, Reefer ships, Container ships, Roll on/roll off ships and the DP(Dynamic positioning) Vessels( which are becoming a new destination for high salary). And with growing economy and the need for faster goods transportation more tonnages are added yearly, thus increasing the Job opportunity. Indian sailors are in demand because of their ability, performance and their power over English compared to other Nationals.

 Eligibility for Merchant Navy:

  •  10th pass if you wish to join as a ordinary Seaman or Crew.

  •  Pass in (10+2) or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English  as separate subjects with a PCM average of not less than 55% if you wish to join as a   Nautical(Deck Side) Officer. Age limit: 25 Yrs.

  •  Candidate should have Passed in (10+2) or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry,  Mathematics and English as separate subjects with a PCM average of not less than 60% if  you wish to join as a Marine Engineer (Engine Side). Age Limit: 25 Yrs.

 Medical Fitness:

Candidates should be physically and mentally strong, declared fit for sea-services under medical examination.

 Eye-Sight :

 6/6 without glasses, No color Blindness. (The candidate is subject to medical examination).

 Courses to Join Merchant Navy:

 There are various courses to join after 10th or 12th in private and Govt training institutes recognized and approved by Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping.These are;

  • Diploma in Nautical Science (Leading to B.SC Nautical Science)

  • Degree in Nautical Science.
  • B.Tech in Marine Engineering.

Admission Procedure:

 The admission for this program is offered twice a year i.e. in February and August. Indian Maritime University (IMU) will invite applications from prospective learners through advertisements in national & regional dailies. Candidate will be selected on the basis of all India Entrance exam conducted by IMU. Application forms can be obtained from the regional centers of IMU or could be downloaded from the IMU website: http://www.imu.tn.in

Then you will have to apply for sponsorship from a shipping company.If you don’t do that you will not be able to get a job upon not getting selected from campus placement.Some of the institutes do help in securing a job but most of them don’t.

 Program structure and delivery:

  stage      Semester       Duration     Teaching method              Award of qualification

Stage1       Sem 1&2           1Year        (pre sea)Contact program          Diploma in Nautical  Science

Stage 2       Sem 3,4,5     18 Months   on Board ship(DLP)                     Higher Diploma In NS

Stage 3         Sem 6           4 Months    (Post Sea)with any DGS approved institution         BSc.Nautical Science Degree by IMU, COC By DG Shipping

  • Pre Sea GP Rating Course (General Purpose)

 Standard marine Navigational Vocabulary and use of English Language. Knowledge of ships and shipping industry. Contribute to Monitoring and controlling sea watch. Steer the ship as per the Helm Orders. Keep a proper look out by site and by Hearing. Operate Emergency equipment and apply Emergency Procedure. Survival at sea in the Event of Ship abandonment. Minimize Risk of Fire, Fight and Extinguish Fires. Take Immediate Action Upon Encountering an Accident or Other Medical Emergency. Comply with Emergency Procedure, Pollution Prevent and environment protection. Human Relationship on Board Ship. Machinery in Engine Room, Service maintenance of a engine room machinery. Carry Out Watch Keeping Duties ion Deck as well as in Engine room, Safe Working Practice to be observed.

 Course Type           : Residential

Course Category     : Regular

Duration                  : 6 months Fees : Rs.2, 35,000/- inclusive of Tuition fee, Board & Lodging, Uniform and books (Approx may differ as per Institutes). Medically fit as per M.S (Medical Examination of seafarers) Rules 2000.

  • B Tech Marine Engineering Degree Course:

 A Modern ship consists of a host of complex and sophisticated machinery like large diesel engines, boilers, steam engines, steam turbines, gas turbines, alternators, pumps, winches, compressors, refrigeration & air-conditioning plants etc. The role of the Marine engineer is to perform the task of operating and maintaining these intricate gadgets efficiently and effectively which requires a high degree of skill and expertise. 4-year B-tech Marine Engineering will open the door to the most rewarding and challenging career of a lifetime- to become a marine engineer- the one who propels the ship through the turbulent sea, adventure moments, the hard ships and enjoy the sailings of a mariner with determination.

 Course Type               : Residential

Course Category         : Regular

Fee                              : 215000 per year approx(May differ as per Institutes). Duration : 4 Years( 8 Semesters)

The candidate has to clear the Medical standards set by M.S. Medical Examination Rule,2000. Upon successful completion of one of these above mentioned courses the candidate will be awarded with a CDC( Continuous Discharge Certificate) and INDOS( Indian National Database of Seafarers) which are mandatory for working on-board a Ship. Besides, before joining the vessel candidate have to do some mandatory Courses called STCW Courses which includes EFA (Elementary First Aid), FPFF (Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting ), PST (Personal Survival Techniques) PSSR (Personal Safety & Social responsibility) & STSDSD (Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties). And last but not the least even if you dont get sponsored don’t fall in trap of some agents who will offer you placement in ship by giving them advance payments. You will most probably end up in loosing your money and time. As well as it is against the law if they take money from you for a job in Merchant Navy, which should be reported to the DG shipping immediately to end this malpractice in future. For any complaints, queries, doubts related to the Courses, Merchant Navy, shipping companies, Rules and regulations visit the official DG shipping site www.dgshipping.gov.in/‎.

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Merchant Navy has become one of the glamorous and demanding career option in India, mainly because of the big amount of salary it offers. For a junior level officer the starting salary would range from 1.2 to 2 Lakhs. Very appealing right? But don’t think it pays you this much very easily. It is for those who are willing for a tough and challenging career. You will be away from home most of the time i.e., six months on- board ship and then two or three months vacation (non-Paid) depends on the company you work with. It is good for those who loves travelling, adventure, interested in seeing new places and meeting people from around the globe. There is a misconception of relating it to the Navy, but Merchant navy has nothing to do with Navy. Merchant Navy fleet include Passenger ships, different types of Tanker’s, Bulk carriers, Reefer ships…

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