A career at sea is both arduous and rewarding. It offers a high level of job satisfaction; a wide experience and challenging work environment. Experienced Mariners are in great demand in various shore assignments because of their ability to handle all types of job, their resourcefulness, sense of responsibility and ability to work under most demanding circumstances.
A Deck officer is a very valuable and responsible member of a shipping crew. He has to navigate the ship from one port to another in all circumstances with caution and safety at all times and maintains the equipment operated by him in good working order. This gives him watch keeping experience and tremendous confidence. However, it must be understood that the life of an officer is tough, and not suited for the weak hearted. But there are compensations as well. A class III Certificated of Competency holder starts as a third officer (approx. Salary US$ 3500) with prospects of becoming a Master in about 8 years (approx. Salary US$ 10000 - 14000) plus leave and allowance.