What is Merchant navy

The career provides you an opportunity to visit and acquaint with nationals of various countries and learn many things. In Merchant navy highly demand for Indian seafarers in international market.

Merchant Shipping means trading in commercial commodities such as general cargo Industrial goods,Oil Tanker, Chemical Tanker, liquid cargo, container ship, gas tanker etc. Which are transported by sea going ships on International waters between various countries of the world. Merchant Shipping is one of the most secure Industries in the world market. A career in Merchant navy is very attractive,as also safe and secure. The entire set up is under the care of Governmental Departments to ensure welfare of seafarers. The Merchant shipping sector offers golden opportunities’ for educated youth to make a wonderful career for life.Merchant navy will give you high salary without income tax…!!

The Merchant navy career mainly includes the following category:
  1. Navigational officers (Deck side officers)
  2. Marine engineering Officers (Engine side officers)
  3. Crew members (To assist the officers)
  4. Specialized officer (Electrical officer)

Shipping companies offer these positions on contracts for a period of various months or short contracts. After finishing the contract period, the officers can enjoy leave & whenever they want to join back, the company will call them immediately. Presently the demand for Marine Engineers & Deck officers are high worldwide. The shipping companies are facing great shortage for the Deck & Engine officers. Hence the trained persons are getting immediate job opportunities all over the world.

  1. Captain
  2. Chief Officer
  3. Second Officer
  4. Third Officer
  5. Deck Cadets

They are responsible for the navigation of the Ship, the cargo operations, radio communication and the control / safety of the crew, and passengers. The over all incharge of the ship is the master, who decides the course of the voyage and manoeuvres the vessel. He exercises complete control over the officers, crew and any passengers on board the ship.Master is the company representative on the vessel. From the trainee cadet level, one will be promoted to captain of the ship with proper sea-experience & further exams. 3rd Officer looks after the life saving appliances, 2nd Officer the passage planning and the navigation equipment, medicine and health related issue, the Chief Officer looks after the loading and discharging of cargo and the Master is the overall in-charge of the ship.

  1. Chief Engineer
  2. Second Engineer
  3. Third Engineer
  4. Fourth Engineer
  5. Engine cadets

These are the officer who is qualified in Marine Engineering. They join as 4th Engineer and step by step, get promoted to 3rd, 2nd and Chief Engineer, subject to their passing the competency exams and performance onboard the ship.The ship's engineers have complete responsibility of the ship's engine room i.e., the main engine, boilers, pumps, hydraulic fuel systems the ship's electrical generating plant and distribution system. From the trainee engineering officer level, one will be promoted to Chief Engineer of the ship with proper sea-experience and further exams.The 4th Engineer is responsible for operation and maintenance of engine room auxiliaries. The 3rd Engineer for fuel, water and the boiler room equipment. The 2nd Engineer for lubricating the system, engine room auxiliaries, and electric equipments.The Chief engineer is over all in charge of Main Engine & Auxiliary Machinery, other related machinery & the cooling system on the board of the Vessel. He is also responsible at the time to monitor Propulsion system while vessel is sailing.

  1. GP (general purpose) Crew ( Deck & Engine crew)
  2. Catering crew (Saloon Department)
  3. Fitters, Welders, Etc.,

The GP crew involve with all kind of day to day activities to assist either to Chief officers in Deck side or Second Engineer in Engine side. One can get Promotion from GP crew position to Captain level or Chief Engineer level with proper exams and sea experience. The catering crew will perform the food preparation and Mess activities. The specialized fitters & welders are very much needed for various types of vessels.

Specialized officer:

Electrical Officer is responsible for the functioning and handling of all electrical equipment onboard the vessel such as maintenance of Generators, Deep freezers, Air condition and total Electrical system on deck, accommodations and engine room.

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