Merchant navy is a commercial fleet which includes cargo ships, container ships, barge carrying ships, tankers, bulk carriers, refrigerator ships, passenger ships as well as roll off/roll on ships.
The main officers on the ship are Executives, Navigators and Engineers. Engineers take care of the running of the ship and Executive Officers look after all activities on the deck. In terms of functional hierarchy the officers have ‘ratings’ working under their supervision in each of the three major departments i.e. deck, engine room and catering.
The chief mate
The second mate
The Third mate
Chief Engineering Officer
Second Engineering Officer
Third Engineering Officer
Fourth Engineering Officer
Other professionals on the ship
Pursers and Medical officers are hired directly and their maximum qualifications and suitability are determined by the shipping companies employing them. Pursers are usually B.Com/BA and they need no professional training. They keep accounts on board.
|Pathway 1||Pathway 2|
|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
|Clear Class 10th with Math & Science|
|Stream||Clear class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics|
|Bachelors||· 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
Govt. projects biggest in history Sagarmala project developing and enhancing 200 major ports and 2000 other ports in India.
Merchant navy is one of the most ancient job sectors, trading more than 95% percent of world trade. Trading increase the economic growth of any nation. “More a nation trade more superior it becomes “and this is the only reason which made USA superior during world war.
As the population rises, demand of more products increase rapidly. Day by day more ships and vessels are purchased by private sector and government sector in order to increase trading. Hence, there is always demand of merchant navy officers and other crew members. Although foreign companies have started working on automatic ships which requires no crew members on board!! But that’s going to take a lot of years.
But never do merchant navy from any fraud or unrecognized institutes which aren’t DG approved by directorate General of shipping; also see the placement records for last couple of years. I have seen some people destroying their lives by joining unrecognized colleges which made them wait for 5–6 years and haven’t placed them anywhere. Please beware as this field is full of scammers, making fake promises.