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Career in Merchant Navy

Career in Merchant Navy

The opportunity to travel around the world and the lure of adventure on the high seas, besides the possibility of high remunerations attracts many youngsters to make a career in the Merchant Navy. Merchant Navy is different from the navy in the sense that it offers commercial services, as opposed to the navy, which is largely involved in the defence of a nation. 

Merchant Navy is the backbone of international trade, carrying cargo all over the world. The merchant ships employ a huge number of workers to carry and deliver goods from one country to another. Without the merchant navy, much of the import-export business would come to a grinding halt!

A career in the merchant navy is considered a glamorous job, especially by the people who have been bitten by the travel bug. It offers an opportunity to visit new and exotic places all around the globe. Merchant Navy career is not only monetarily rewarding but also satisfying and a quite challenging.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The eligibility for joining merchant navy is finishing class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Candidates have to be unmarried Indian citizens (male or female).
  • Normal vision is required but glasses up to plus or minus 2.5 may be allowed.
  • Admission is through an entrance followed by a screening test and a main written examination.
  • After clearing the test, there is an interview and a medical test.
  • You also need to complete a ship-training course prior to the employment. The course is generally short-term where the candidates are taught basic security concerns of voyaging.


There are some private institutes, which offer training for merchant navy as well. These institutes prepare students for jobs such as deck cadets and marine engineering jobs.


How to Join Merchant Navy After 12th

After class 12, you 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 Officer Course

How to Join Merchant Navy After 10th

Merchant navy courses that you can pursue after 10th include:

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

Merchant Navy - Job Prospects

There are enormous employment opportunities in this field. Candidates who have finished the basic course in merchant navy can get jobs very easily through various consultants and placement agencies. Merchant navy fleet consist 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.

Companies that run merchant ships require trained people 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 its shipping companies, such as the Shipping Corporation of India, Great Eastern Shipping, Essar and Chowgule Shipping. Trained people are required for the three main departments of the ship: the deck, the engine and the service department.

In India, job opportunities are also available in government and private shipping companies like Shipping Corporation of India, clearing houses, del credere agents etc.

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.)

Merchant Navy - Pay Package

In Merchant Navy, the salary can range from anywhere between Rs.12000 to Rs.8 lakhs per month though the pay structure differ from company to company, city to city, the export-import needs, seniority etc. All crew members and officers are given free meals on board and senior officers can take along their wives for the voyage.

A Junior Engineer on a ship can earn around Rs. 30,000 per month with free boarding and lodging while signed on board the vessel. The next level is of Second Engineer and finally, Chief Engineer on a ship. As you keep getting promoted, your salary increases substantially. A Chief Engineer at sea earns Rs. 1.5 lakhs per month or more net of taxes. It takes about 6-7 years for a Junior Engineer Officer to get promoted to the rank of Chief Engineer, depending on individual capabilities and job opportunities available.

A Third Officer's salary is around Rs. 50,000 per month plus free boarding and lodging while on board.Next levels in increasing order of seniority are Second Officer, a Chief Officer and Captain of a ship. A Captain's pay package is Rs. 2 lakhs per month or more net of taxes. It takes about 8 years for a Third Officer to get promoted to the rank of Captain, depending on individual capabilities and the job opportunities available.

Besides this, imported liquor, cigarettes, canned foods, cosmetics are available on board duty free. They are also entitled to four month leave every year. The interesting fact is that there is no income tax return imposed on the earnings of a merchant navy professional. 

Life in merchant navy can be adventurous for all those with wanderlust. The long periods of solitude notwithstanding, the opportunity to see the world and get paid while doing so, just cannot be argued with.

Merchant Navy Institutes

Indian institutes approved by the Directorate General of Shipping is an attached office of the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India and offering courses in merchant navy are:

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

99

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)

International Institute offering course in merchant navy is

  • Association of Marine Electronics and Radio College (AMERC)
Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
Glasgow,
United Kingdom

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