Career in Merchant Navy

Career in Merchant Navy

Career in Merchant Navy not only provides opportunity to travel around the world on the seas but also has the potential to give high remunerations and which is why the career attracts many youngsters to join the Merchant navy. On the contrary to the Indian Navy, this is the part of the Indian defense force of the nation. The Merchant navy deals with the commercial services such as cruise ships and cargoes.

The Merchant Navy cruise lines are considered the most glamorous jobs as you get the opportunity to travel across the globe, see exotic and beautiful locations and at the same time earn a good salary. With its own challenges and satisfaction it’s the most rewarding jobs of all.

The Merchant Navy cargo line is the backbone of the international trade; it carries the cargo all over the world. More than 75% of the cargo goods are transported via sea which makes the cargo line major job opportunity providers. Without the cargo ships the world business would come to a halt.

Career in Merchant Navy

How To Join Merchant Navy in India After 12th

For aspirants after completing their 12th standard they are eligible to study the following merchant navy courses.                                        

  • B.Sc. Nautical Science
  • B.E. Marine Engineering
  • B.E. Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering
  • B.E. Petroleum Engineering
  • B.E. Mechanical Engineering
  • B.E. Harbour & Ocean Engineering
  • B.E. Civil Engineering
  • B.E. Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • B.Sc. Marine Catering
  • Electro Technical Officers’ Course

How To Join Merchant Navy After 10th

There Merchant navy Courses that you could join after 10th include.

  • Near Coastal Voyage (NCV)
  • Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS)
  • Commercial Diving
  • G.P. Rating

What Are The Job Prospects?

The opportunities are vast and one could easily get jobs in the field also there are various consultants and placement agencies which helps the candidates who have successfully completed the merchant navy courses. The fleet of ship consists of cargo ships, container ships, barge carrying ships, tankers, bulk carriers, refrigerators ships, passenger ships, as well as roll off/roll on ships. The possibility of finding employment in cargo ships is more as compared to the others.

There are big giants companies both national and international though which people have enormous job opportunities, these companies require trained people to who can operate and maintain the ships. Some of these companies are: Chevron and Mobil of USA, Wallem Ship Management of Hong Kong, Denholm of UK, K Line, Bibby Ship Management, d’Amico etc. India too has it shipping companies, which is Shipping Corporation of India, Great Eastern Shippping, Essar and Chowgule Shipping. Trained people are required for the three main departments of the ship; The engine, The deck and the service department.

Career in Merchant Navy

Merchant navy job profiles

  • Deck officer (navigation officer)
  • Electro-technical officer (ETO)
  • Engineer
  • Ratings – ratings are skilled seafarers who help all the officers with daily tasks
  • Catering & hospitality crew (pursers, stewards, chef, housekeeper etc.)

What will I earn after joining Merchant Navy (Pay Package?)

The salary could be anywhere between Rs. 12000 to Rs. 8 lakhs per month depending on the pay structure and job profile of the company you are joining. With experience and seniority you could reach to a good salary package. The other benefits would include free meals on board and senior officers could take their wives with them on their voyage.

A Junior Engineer on a ship can earn around Rs. 30,000 per month with benefits like free boarding and loading while signed on board the vessel. The next level is of Second Engineer and finally, Chief Engineer on the ship. As you are promoted with your experience and skills you are benefited with the higher salary increase and other benefits. As engineer at sea earns Rs. 1.5 lakhs per month or more net of taxes. It takes about 6-7 years for Junior Engineer Officer to get promoted to the rank of Chief Engineer, depending on individual capabilities and job opportunities presented.

The most interesting fact and benefit of the merchant job is that it there is no income tax return imposed on the earnings, beside it imported liquor, canned foods, cosmetics and other good are available duty free on board. Spending a long time on the ship could be very hectic so the professional are entitled for a 4 month leave every year.

Indian institutes approved by the Directorate General of shipping (Ministry of Shipping, Government of India) which offers courses in merchant navy are: 

List of Merchant Navy Institutes

 1  C.V. Raman College of Engineering Bhubaneswar
 2  AMET University Chennai
 3  Balaji Seamen Training Institute Chennai
 4  Chennai School of Ship Management Chennai
 5  Chidambaram Institute of Maritime Technology Chennai
 6  CMC Maritime Academy Chennai
 7  Cosmopolitan Technology of Maritime Chennai
 8  Hindustan Institute Of Maritime Training Post Sea  Training Centre Kilpauk, Chennai
9  HIMT College Hindustan Institute Of Maritime Training  Pre-Sea Training Centre Kalpakkam (Chennai)
 10  School of Seamanship and Nautical Technology Kancheepuram
(Tamil Nadu)
 11  GKM College of Engineering & Technology Chennai
 12  GKM Institute of Marine Sciences & Technology Chennai
 13  Indian Maritime College Chennai
 14  Indus Seafarers Training Academy Chennai
 15  International Maritime Academy Chennai
 16  Maritime Foundation Chennai
 17  MASSA Maritime Academy Chennai
 18  Indian Maritime University (National Maritime Academy) Chennai
 19  Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Maritime Science  & Engineering Chidambaram
 20  S.B.Vignesh Marine Training Centre Chennai
 21  Southern Academy of Maritime Studies Chennai
 22  School of Maritime Studies (Vels University) Chennai
 23  School of Maritime Studies (Vels University) Chennai
 24  Coimbatore Marine College Coimbatore
 25  Park Maritime Academy Coimbatore
 26  SeaSkills Maritime Academy Coimbatore
 27  Marine Training Academy Daman
28  Centre for Maritime Education and Training Dehradun
29  Mumbai Maritime Training Institute Dehradun
 30  Oceanic Maritime Academy Dehradun
 31  Agnel Maritime Academy Goa
 32  Francon’s Marine Academy Goa
 33  Institute of Maritime Studies Goa
 34  Institute of Petroleum Safety, Health & Environment  Management Goa
 35  NUSI Maritime Academy Goa
 36  Seascan Marine Services Pvt Ltd Goa
 37  Natcom Education & Research Foundation Gurgaon
 38  Haldia Institute of Maritime Studies & Research Haldia
 39  Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy Karjat
40  Indian Maritime University  (Kandla Campus) New Kandla
 41  Amer Maritime Training Academy Kanpur
 42  Noorul Islam University Kanyakumari (Tamilnadu)
 43  U. V. Patel College of Engineering Kharva (North Gujarat)
 44  MMTI’s Education & Research Trust Khopoli
 45  Mohammed Sathak Engineering College Kilakarai(Tamilnadu)
 46  Cochin Shipyard Limited Kochi
 47  Euro Tech Maritime Academy Kochi
 48  Institute of Marine Engineers (India) Kochi
49  Indian Maritime University (National Maritime Academy) Kochi
 50  Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering of Cochin  University of Science and Technology. Kochi
 51  Univan Maritime Training Academy Kochi
 52  College of Maritime Studies & Research Kolkata
 53  Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd Kolkata
 54  Indian Maritime University, Kolkata Campus [Indian  Institute of Port Management] Kolkata
 55  Kolkata Port Trust Kolkata
 56  Marine Education Charitable Trust Kolkata
 57  Indian Maritime University (MERI) Kolkata
 58  Maritime Academy of India Kolkata
 59  Mercantile Marine Academy Foundation Kolkata
 60  S.E.I. Education Trust Kolkata
 61  Seacom Marine College Kolkata
 62  Sensea Maritime Academy Kolkata
 63  Centre for Maritime Education & Training Lucknow
 64  Subbalakshmi Lakshmipathy College of Science Madurai
 65  RL Institute of Nautical Science Madurai
 66  Mangalore Marine College and Technology Mangalore
 67  J. Sons Merchant Navy Institute Meerut
 68  Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Centre Mumbai
 69  Arya Marine Academy Mumbai
 70  Bonzer Academy of Maritime Studies Mumbai
 71  Don Bosco Normar Maritime Academy Mumbai
 72  Gurship Education Trust Maritime Training Institute Mumbai
 73  Indian Register of Shipping Mumbai
 74  Institute of Marine Engineers (India) Navi Mumbai
 75  International Marine Academy Mumbai
 76  International Maritime Training Centre Mumbai
 77  Indian Maritime University (LBS College of AMS) Mumbai
78  Mangalore Marine College (MMC) [Mumbai Campus] Mumbai
 79  Indian Maritime University (MERI) Mumbai
 80  Marine Medical Clinic Mumbai
 81  Marine Training Academy Mumbai
 82  Maritime Training Institute Mumbai
 83  Mumbai Maritime Training Institute Mumbai
 84  Mazagon Dock Limited. Mumbai
 85  Naval Maritime Academy West Mumbai
 86  OERC Academy Mumbai
 87  Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Mumbai
 88  Seafarers Marine Institute Mumbai
 89  School of Synergic Studies Mumbai
 90  SCMS Maritime Training Institute Mumbai
 91  St. Xavier’s Technical Institute Mumbai
 92  Suraksha Marine Mumbai
 93  Tolani Maritime Institute Mumbai
 94  TS Rahaman Mumbai
 95  Univan Maritime Training Academy Mumbai
 96  ABS Industrial Verification (India) Pvt. Ltd. Navi Mumbai
 97  Fleet Management Training Institute Navi Mumbai
 98  BP Marine Academy Navi Mumbai
 999  MASSA Maritime Academy Navi Mumbai
 100  Pentagon Maritime Training & Research Institute Navi Mumbai
 101  Ramana Academy of Maritime Studies Navi Mumbai
 102  Sagar Gyan Academy Navi Mumbai
 103  Setrac College of Offshore Training Navi Mumbai
 104  SNS Maritime Training Institute Navi Mumbai
 105  Indian Maritime University (TS Chanakya) Navi Mumbai
 106  United Marine Academy Navi Mumbai
 107  Yak Management & Marine Education Centre Navi Mumbai
 108  Yak Educational Trust Navi Mumbai
 109  Applied Research International New Delhi
 110  Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Centre New Delhi
 111  Aquatech Institute of Maritime Studies New Delhi
 112  Fosma Maritime Institute and Research Organization New Delhi
 113  Oceans XV Educational Trust New Delhi
 114  Sriram Institute of Marine Studies New Delhi
 115  International Maritime Institute Ltd Noida
 116  Orissa Maritime Academy Paradip
 117  National Inland Navigation Institute Patna
 118  Institute of Marine Education & Research Pvt Ltd Patna
 119  Neotia Institute of Technology, Management and  Science 24-Pargans(S) (W.Bengal)
 120  Maritime Education Training & Research Institute 24-Pargans(S)(W.Bengal)
 121  Trident College of Marine Technology 24-Pargans(S)(W.Bengal)
 122  School of Higher Academic and Professional Education Panchkula (Harayana)
123  Indian Maritime University [Karaikal Campus] Pundechery
 124  Pondicherry Maritime Academy Puducherry
 125  Sri Chakra Maritime College Puducherry
 126  Marine Officers Training Academy Pondicherry
 127  RVS College of Maritime Science and Engineering Pondicherry
 128  Sai Ram Shipping Science Institute Pondicherry
 129  Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Govt. Polytechnique Port Blair
 130  Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies Pune
 131  Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education & Training Pune
 132  Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Pune
 133  Tolani Maritime Institute Pune
 134  Vishwakarma Maritime Institute Pune
 135  Commander Ali’s Academy of Merchant Navy Secunderabad
 136  Srivenkateshwara College of Engineering Sriperumbadur (Tamilnadu)
 137  Columbus Maritime Training Institute Thane (Maharashtra)
 138  Baba Marine Institute Thane (Maharashtra)
 139  Mariner’s Academy Thane (Maharashtra)
 140  Tamilnadu Maritime Academy Thoothukudi
 141  PSN College of Engineering & Technology Tirunelveli (T.Nadu)
142  Maritime Training Institute [SCI] Tuticorin Campus Tuticorin
 143  Asha International Institute of Marine Technology Varanasi
 144  Sri Nandhanam Maritime Academy Vellore (Tamil Nadu)
 145  Praveenya Institute of Marine Engineering & Maritime  Studies Visakhapatnam (AP)
 146  National Ship Design & Research Centre Vizianagaram (AP)

Career in Merchant Navy

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students who have cleared class 12th exams with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are eligible.
  • The aspirant should be unmarried Indian citizen (male or female).
  • The vision is normal but glasses up to plus or minus 2.5 may be allowed.
  • The admission is through the main written examination which is followed by the screening test.
  • The aspirants have to face an interview and a medical test post qualifying the written test.
  • Just prior to the employment you have to complete a ship training course. The course trains the candidates with basic security concerns of voyaging.

There are plethoras of private institute that offers training for merchant navy jobs such as deck cadets and marine engineering but you need to be very careful before taking up course in any institute even a private institute should be accredited or endorsed by the government regulatory body. You will see many advertisements even in the leading news papers for recruitment in merchant navy beware and use your wisdom before applying. Once you are satisfied with the institute or the company only then you should proceed.
Once you are through with training you could be recruited directly  through on campus interviews, from there you can start your journey as a professional sailor. After a few years of experience you will know which shipping companies offer best salaries & are good employers. Now a day’s shipping company also allows your spouse to travel with you with provisions of lodging and food facility. It might happen that you can see the world with your spouse and work at the same time. One of the key factors that attracts aspirants to merchant jobs is the salary package they pay and the chance to see the world without getting to pay for it, another attraction is that you work for six months and rest for six months. Although life at the ship is strenuous but rewards are incomparable. For those of you who loves adventure and want to make it a career then merchant navy is your thing.

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