Career at Merchant Navy

The Merchant Navy mainly deals with transporting cargo and occasionally, passengers, by sea. It has different fleets composed of Passenger Vessels, Cargo Liners, Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Car Carrier, containers as well as the other special types of vessels. Merchant Navy is the backbone of international trade, carrying cargo across the globe for Import & Export business.

The Merchant navy career option mainly includes the following category ;

Navigating officers (Deck side officers)
Marine engineering Officers (Engine side officers)
Crew members (To assist the officers)
Specialized officers (Electrical officer, Radio officers)

Shipping companies offer these positions on contracts for a period of 6 to 9 months. After finishing the contract period, the officers can enjoy leave and whenever they want to join back, the company will absorb them immediately. Presently the demands for Marine Engineers and Deck officers are high worldwide. The shipping companies are facing great shortage for the Deck and Engine officers. Hence the trained persons are getting immediate job opportunities all over the world.

They are responsible for the navigation of the Ship, the loading / discharge of cargo, radio communication and the control / safety of the crew, and passengers. The chief navigator of the ship is the master, who decides the course of the voyage and maneuvers the vessel. He exercises complete control over the officers, crew and any passengers on board the ship. From the trainee cadet level, one will be promoted to captain of the ship with proper sea-experience and further exams.

1. Captain
2. Chief Officer
3. Second Officer
4. Trainee Cadets

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.

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

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 kitchen activities. The specialized fitters & welders are very much needed for various types of vessels.

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

The fleet of ships in the Merchant Navy comprises vessels of varying sizes and categories. These include passenger ships, cargo ships, oil/gas/chemical tankers, oilrig and other specialized vessels. These ships are owned, managed, and operated by various private and public shipping companies. Trained, technical personnel from various nationalities across the world man these ships. Merchant Navy, as a career, provides a unique opportunity for visiting foreign lands and experiencing varied culture and all this, while getting paid for it! Remuneration wise, Merchant Navy is one of the best-paid professionals in the world. What more could one ask of a career?