Career in Merchant Navy in India

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How to Become a Merchant Navy Officer

Merchant Navy is a commercial fleet handling cargo to far off countries located in different directions of the globe. The life of merchant navy officers is quite different from the usual as it requires long duration of traveling in a stretch.  People who like travelling & journey by sea, remaining away from home for months, an adventurous career, besides possessing the required level of intelligence & qualification and a high sense of discipline are best suited for this job. As it requires a different level of commitment, the rewards also remains different and quite lucrative as compared to other professionals. Apart from Salary, one can expect perks like free food, entertainment, sports, etc.

To be employed as a navigating officer on a merchant ship, it is necessary to obtain a “Certificate of Competency” under the regulations in force in India, relating to the examinations of Masters and Mates in the Mercantile Marine. After completing 3 years degree programme in Nautical Science on Training Ship, the cadet officer has to complete 1 year in the deck department on merchant ship before becoming eligible for the grant of second mate certificate of competency.

List of Top Institutes in India for Merchant Navy:

  1. School of Nautical Science- Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata
  2. School of Marine Engineering- Kolkata
  3. School of Navy Architecture & Ocean Engineering- Kochi, Vishakhapatnam

Candidates for admission in marine course has to provide a medical fitness certificate from authorities recognized by DG shipping.


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