- May 05
Design your future with Merchant Navy
With the growth in the marine sector, career prospects in this sector are also increasing. It offers a range of career avenues, with convenience to work at sea or to work offshore. However, this path largely depends on the shipping company and the kind of vessels it operates with. While some choose the life at the sea others prefer onshore.
A varied range of operational departments exists in this sector like fleet, logistics, training, fire & safety, engineering and general admin, etc.
The basic prerequisite to cruise into this career of high prospects.
This sector, like no other, gives one a comfort of starting a career right after HSC scoring more than 60% and being less than 22 years of age. One can decide to pursue this career even after graduating from science stream scoring more than 60% having Mathematics and Physics as compulsory subjects, choosing between Chemistry and Electronics, with age less than 25 years. However, 50% marks remains cut off in English in both the options. Additionally, one needs to have 6 * 6 clear eyesight without glasses and color blindness to join the Navigating stream.
Interested candidates meeting this criterion can apply for the post of deck cadet during May - June or November-December every year.
Pre-Sea Training: A year-long pre-sea training at Maritime Training Institute is mandatory before one is set to join the ship at the sea. The expenses incurred for this training might go up to Rs.2- Rs.3 L; Loan facility can be availed from the Bank.
Training and Examinations: Subsequent to the successful completion of pre-sea training, one can start working on the ship at the sea. The training period ranges from 12-18 months on the ship earning a stipend of minimum Rs15000 per month. Post this training, the cadet can appear for competency exams that are conducted by Directorate General of Shipping Government of India. Qualifying these exams is to qualify to sail as a Third Officer.
Career Progression: Only competency exams qualify one, up each level, that includes reaching the topmost level to be the Captain of the fleet. Each of the grade is measured by sea time hours ( time spent on the ship). It usually takes 11-12 years of sailing to progress from a cadet to the captain of a ship.
Minimum 6 months sail can qualify a deck cadet to be a Junior Officer, 18 months to be a 2nd/3rd Officer, again 18 months at sea as Chief Officer to reach a Captain level, the master of the cruising vessel.
With a little hard work and all dedication and determination, no one can be a hindrance to a student aspiring this much appealing and merit able career of Merchant Navy.