Saturday, August 22, 2009

Merchant Navy as a Career

Merchant navy as a career is not only challenging, adventurous but also offers handsome salary packages. Merchant navy ships are either operated by public or private shipping companies. Government of India through ministry of Surface Transport is responsible for providing training to the candidates. Merchant navy fleet consists of cargo carriers, passenger liners and oil tankers. Mostly the services in merchant navy revolve around three departments i.e. deck, the engine room and the service department.

If one wishes to join merchant navy he can enroll himself in 4 years BE in marine engineering or 3 years B.S.C Nautical Science course. The admission to BE course is through entrance test conducted by IIT-JEE. and 3 years B.S.C Nautical Science course is conducted by Government maritime training ship Chanakya by University of Mumbai. Apart from that there are other routes also to enter merchant navy.

A merchant navy officer after clearing certain exam or certificate of Competency is promoted to higher level. The exam is conducted by Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) in Mumbai and only after he clears the examination he acquires certain competency certificate. The first level of competency certificate is Second Mate which cadet officer takes after completing one year on the deck department. After clearing second mate the officer can be appointed as 2nd officer or 3rd officer and for further promotion he has to clear First Mate exam which is conducted after he acquires first mate competency and has serviced 18 months on the ship. The highest designation is caption or Master of ship which can be obtained after clearing certain exams and servicing certain period of time on board.

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