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Merchant Navy

A merchant navy or merchant marine is the fleet of merchant vessels that are registered in a specific country. On merchant vessels, Seafarers of various ranks and sometimes members of maritime trade unions are required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to carry Merchant Mariner's Documents.

Career Options

  • • Executive Officers • The chief mate • The second mate • The third mate • Engineering officers • Chief Engineering Officer • Second Engineering Officer • Third Engineering Officer • Fourth Engineering Officer • Electrical Officer • Radio officers • Steward department • Deck ratings • Engine room-rating • Catering rating • Other professionals on the ship

Educational Qualifications

  • Minimum qualification 12th with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)

Personal Skills

  • • Have and aptitude for mechanical
  • electrical and electronic engineering • Have excellent maths
  • science
  • technology and IT skills • Be able to communicate effectively with staff at all levels • Be able to prioritise workloads • Be able to plan effectively including contingencies • Be able to accept responsibility • Be decisive • Have good teamworking skills • Be able to cope with being away from home
  • often for long periods of time.

Courses to be pursued

  • • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering • Bachelor’s degree in Technology Engineering

Top Colleges

  • IIT Roorkee Roorkee - Haridwar Highway, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667 www.iitr.ac.in
  • IIT, Guwahati (IITG)B.Tech in Civil Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Guwahati – 781039, India Phone: +91-361-2583000 Email- pro [AT] iitg.ernet.in
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras Beside Adyar Cancer Institute, Opposite to C.L.R.I, Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036 Ph- 044 2257 8280 www.iitm.ac.in

Working Conditions

Ship is a place where even a minor mistake can cost you life. At times of emergency like rough weather you are required to work for countless hours without any break. On board, emergency simply means your and your vessel's life are at stake, so no care free attitude will do. Ship is the place for serious work as your fault can cost somebody real hard.

Top Companies

  • 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.)

Successful Persons

Radhika Menon

India's first female Merchant Navy captain Radhika Menon is the first woman to be awarded by the IMO for her exceptional bravery in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous Bay of Bengal waters last year.

Inspector General KR Nautiyal, PTM,TM Commander Coast Guard Region (North East)

Inspector General KR Nautiyal, PTM, TM (0070-J) has served the organisation in various assignments over the past three decades and is presently appointed as Commander Coast Guard Region (NE) at Kolkata.

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