GUIDE TO JOIN THE MERCHANT NAVY AFTER GRADUATING CLASS X

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GUIDE TO JOIN THE MERCHANT NAVY AFTER GRADUATING CLASS X

As promised here’s our guide to open realms for aspiring students to join the fascinating and adventurous world of the merchant fleet. This article is in continuation to our previous article on the outlook of this field. Useful information is provided about the origins of the industry. You can have a look at the topic here before diving into the content.

For those who love to command the oceans, who love travelling, adventure, visiting exotic locations and making new contacts, Merchant Navy is a great career choice after class X or even class XII. You get to travel the world free of cost. Merchant Navy is simply a commercial fleet of non -combatant ships commissioned mainly for the purpose of transportation of cargo and other goods by sea in bulk especially to overseas. This is the most economical means of transportation of bulk goods compared to road, rail or air ways. The fleet may also include passenger ships, Tankers, cargo and container vessels, bulk and freight carriers, etc. Currently, India ranks 22nd in the world rankings in terms of total DWT and supplies about 12.8% of Officers and around 14.5% of ratings to the world seafaring community. This is one of the highest for any country. So you can be sure of a lucrative career ahead of you.

Eligibility Criteria:

One can join Merchant Navy right after completion of class X. One can enter the fleet as a seafarer after successfully qualifying pre-sea courses or after completion of class XII as an officer or an engineer. By obtaining a degree or diploma course in Nautical (Deck) and Marine engineering, one can join as an officer. Both male and female candidates (unmarried) are eligible.

Age Limit: 16 – 25 Years

Medical Standards:

Candidates should be physically and mentally strong and fit for sea – services under standard norms.
Caution: Initially working on a ship subjects you to headaches, vomiting and sea nausea.

Eye-Sight:

Perfect vision is preferred with eye sight of 6/6 without glasses and no blindness to color subject to medical examination.

How to join the Merchant Navy?

There are a number of courses offered by both private and government institutions. Please make sure that these courses are recognized and approved by the Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping.

Pre – Sea Training: This is a General Purpose Training course. With basic entry requirements (min. aggregate percentage of 40% with math, science and english as compulsory subjects, one can obtain proper training in the maintenance of engines and the deck. The course duration six months and the age limit is 17 – 25 years.

Some other short term courses available are pre-sea training in Deck rating and Engine rating both of duration of three months each and a four month pre-sea training in Saloon rating.

• Deck cadet

Successful completion of the course entitles you to a diploma in Nautical Science. Minimum educational qualification is class XII (10+2 scheme) with M.P.C (Math, Physics and Chemistry) as main subjects with a minimum score of 50% in aggregate and at least 50% marks in english.

• STCW

STCW is primarily a safety course compulsory for all seamen. The course consists four basic modules: EFA (Elementary First Aid), FPFF (Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting), PST (Provisional Survival Techniques) and PSSR (Personal Safety & Social responsibility). The total duration is fifteen days.

• Pre-sea Training on N.C.V (DECK)

This course is for personnel, dredgers, Tugs, OSVs, etc. The minimum qualification required is completion of class X. the course is approved by the Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping.

• Pre-sea Training on N.C.V (ENGINE)

This course is for personnel, dredgers, Tugs, OSVs, etc. The minimum qualification required is completion of class X. the course is approved by the Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping.

• Pre-sea Diploma in Nautical Science

Completion of this course leads to B.Sc in Nautical Science affiliated to Indian Maritime University. The course duration is one year. Eligibility criteria are class XII (10+2) with M.P.C subjects. Also graduates with a degree in B.Sc or a B.E. /B. Tech. degree can also pursue this course.

• Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science and / or Marine Engineering

The minimum qualification requisite for pursuing these courses is successful completion of class XII (10+2) with M.P.C subjects as main subjects. All these courses are approved by the Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping. For more details one can visit the official website of the Director General of Shipping.

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