Merchant Navy ships consist of bulk carriers that carry corgo, tankers that carry oil and luxury liners that carry passengers. Navigation of ships, loading and unloading of cargo, ensuring the safety of passenger and cargo , marinating discipline in the vessel, adherence to national and international laws, etc, are the concerns of the caption. Engineering responsibilities are handled by the Chief Engineer. Another specialized job in the ship is that of the Radio Officer who manager the communications network of the vessel.
Job Market :
The trained person can seek employment with international and domestic shipping companies.
Training Programme :
Training ship Chanakya (TS Chanakya,) Navi Mumbai and Marine Engineering Research Institute (MERI) Kolkata are the primary pre - seatraining institutions for marine education.
TS Chanakya Conducts a 3 year course leading to a B.Sc degree in Natural Science. Following this, a year on deck training completes the programme for obtaining has to undergo a series of examination to go up in the hierarchy on the navigation side. Another route to become a navigating officer is by performing as deek cadet for 3 years after which he can write the requisite examinations for becoming navigating officer. On the Engineering side, MERI conducts a 4 years Marine Engineering programme which equips the candidate can choose between a shore job and working on a sailing vessel.
Pass in the 10 +2/ equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Upper age limit for the programmes is 20 years (25 years for SC / ST). The candidate also has to fulfill certain medical norms.
Selection is based on performance in the IIT- JEE. The admission to the programmes commence during October - January every year.
List of Institutions Offering Merchant Navy Courses In India :
1. Marine Engineering & Research Institute (MERI) P - 19m Taratolla Road, Kolkata - 700 088.
2. Marine Engineering & Research Institute (MERI) Hay Bunder Road, Mumbai - 400 033.
3. Ministry of Surface Transport (Govt. of India) Directorate General of Shipping, "Jahaz Bhavan", Ballard Estate, Opp. Indira Dock (Red Gate),Watched Hirachand Marg, Mumbai - 400 038.
4. TS Chanakya, Karaus, New Bombay - 400 706.
The chamber of shipping carhusian Court, 12 Carthusian Street, London EC1 M 6EB
For information on merchant marine careers, training and licensing requirements.
Maritime Administration, US Department of Transportation, 400 7th st., SW Washington , DC 20590.
For attending Merchant Marine Academy contact :
Admission Office, US Merchant Marine Academy, Steamboat Raod,
Kings Point, NY 11024.
Admission Office, Califonia Maritime Academy, PO Box13292, Vallejo, CA