Merchant Navy

The commercial shipping industry is the name given to Merchant Navy. Merchant Navy officers are employed by commercial shipping companies to work on all kinds of seagoing vessels, such as cruise liners, cargo ships, tankers and hovercraft.

Career Options

  • - 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.)

Educational Qualifications

  • 10+2

Personal Skills

  • - Keen interest in a life on the seas - Tough physical constitution - Practical and resourceful - Manual agility - Good administrative skills - Adventure lover - Strong mental abilities - Sporting
  • adaptive and adjustable - Aptitude for Maths and Physics - Flexibility - Responsible attitude - Willingness to be away from home for long periods

Courses to be pursued

  • - 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 After Class 10th - Near Coastal Voyage (NCV) - Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) - Commercial Diving - G.P. Rating

Top Colleges

  • CV Raman College of Engineering Address:Bidyanagar, Mahura, Janla, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 752054 Phone: 0674 2460093 Website:
  • Academy of Maritime Education and Training Address:135, East Coast Road, Kanathur, Tamil Nadu 603112 Phone: 044 32577030 Website:

Working Conditions

Even a minor mistake on the ship can cost your life. During any emergency like rough weather you are supposed to work for countless hours without break. A small mistake on ship can create a blunder. So one is needed to be very attentive during this work.

Top Companies

  • ATC Global Logistics Pvt Ltd Address: 901, Peninsula Towers, Lower Parel(W) Mumbai Maharashtra 400013 Phone: (022) 66513000 Website:
  • Chennai Port Trust Address: No. 1 Rajaji Salai, Chennai Tamil Nadu 600001 Phone: (044)25362201 25361139 Website:

Successful Persons

Radhika Menon

Radhika Menon is India's first female Merhant Navy captain. Also the first women to be awarded by the IMO for her exceptional bravery in dramatic rescue of seven fishermen.

K.M. Nanavatiwas

K.M. Nanavatiwas a Parsi Commander at Indian Navy from Maharashtra. He was born in 1925. He has worked as Defence Attaché to V.K. Krishna Menon.

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