Merchant Navy Career - Overview, Admission, Training - Institutes

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Merchant Navy - A career in the Shipping Industry offers the chance of a unique and adventurous lifestyle packed with exciting career prospects. With the ocean as your backdrop and the most advanced and sophisticated ships in the world as your workplace, there really is nothing to compare with a life at sea.

Opportunities Opportunities exist in navigation, engineering and catering & hospitality for enthusiastic and hard working people. Once qualified you will be rewarded with generous pay and leave periods. Merchant navy fleet consist of cargo ships, container ships, barge carrying ships, tankers, bulk carriers, refrigerators ships, passenger ships as well as many others

To meet the requirement of trained man-power there are pre-sea and post-sea training institutes under the Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of Surface Transport.On successful completion of training at these institutes the candidates are eligible to take up jobs on board Indian/foreign vessels.

Maritime Training Institutes

(i) Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research, Hay Bunder, Tank Road Mumbai-400033. is one of the largest institutes in Asia in terms of student turn over;offers post-sea training to the Marine officers of both deck and engine in 32 various courses;

the training conforms to Standards for Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW’) 95 standards; Has state-of-Art training equipment and infrastructure facility to keep pace with modern trend in shipping industry;

(ii) Marine Engineering and Research Institutes (MERI),P-19 Taratola Road Calcutta –700088./Hay Bunder Tank Road Mumbai-400033.

The institute at Calcutta, which has a capacity of 120 students per year provides 4 years degree course in Marine Engineering;

MERI, Mumbai, which also has annual capacity of 120 students per year provides 6 months courses in Mechanical Engineering to candidates possessing degree in mechanical engineering prior to sailing on board;

Both the institutes are equipped with State-of-art, training equipments and facilities to meet the requirements of Marine Engineering Training.

(iii) T. S. Chanakya, Karave Navi Mumbai-400706.

The shore based academy was earlier known as T. S. Dufferin and later as T. S. Rajendra;
The institute conducts two types of courses :-

1. 3 years degree course in Nautical Science with an intake capacity of 80 cadets per course under aegis of University of Mumbai.

2. 3 months pre-sea training course with an intake capacity of 120 cadets per course.

Admission Requirement

Admission to MERI and T. S. Chanakya are through a joint entrance examination conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at national level.

For the 3 months pre-sea cadets course, the candidates have to be sponsored by various shipping companies.

For 6 months Trainee Mechanical Engineering course, candidates possessing degree in mechanical engineering have to be sponsored by shipping companies.

For post-sea training course at LBS College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research, the marine officers themselves approach the institutes for updating their technical competency according to the needs of STCW’ 95 and other stipulation laid down by IMO and Government of India.