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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!


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 defense 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 after 10th or 12th with English must.
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 10th AND 12th


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

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


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


Entrance Exams for Merchant Navy


After completion of 12th class, interested candidates can appear for the Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test (IMU CET) or the All India Merchant Navy Entrance Exam. This exam is generally conducted in the month of May. The other exams that can also serve as a gateway for Marine Engineering are JEE, MERI Entrance Exam, TIMSAT.


Eligibility Criteria:


10th for GP rating .
For Deck cadet and Engine cadet: with minimum 40% in English .
Application for the exam can be done online. Along with the application form, applicants have to submit a brief summary of 100 words that states why they wish to apply for Merchant Navy.
This exam is an MCQ pattern test spanning over subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, General Knowledge and Reasoning.


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.30000 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 Training Centers


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 B
aba 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)

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