Government jobs in the field of Merchant Navy
Nautical Sciences and marine engineering are the courses that pave way for a challenging career in the Merchant Navy. A career in merchant navy is a dream of many candidates since it is widely accepted as an interesting and challenging career. This is because people getting job placement in this field will not only be able to visit beautiful places in different parts of the world, but will also be offered with a very good pay package.
Nautical Science in concerned with the ship handling and navigation, shipboard administration and handling, safe operation of ship and loading of cargo.
How to join merchant navy?
A person wishing to pursue a career in Indian Navy can either join as an officer or a rating in two specialized areas namely nautical (deck) and marine engineering. To become a seafarer, Indian citizens can enter through any of the following streams of courses that are offered both by government and private institutions in India. These institutions must have earned recognition from the Director General of Shipping of Ministry of Shipping:
Courses available for entering as officers:
• Three month course for Deck cadets for 10+2 students
• One-year course for Mechanical Engineering graduates
• Two-year course for diploma holders
• Four-year course in Marine Engineering for 10+2 candidates
• Three-year degree course in Nautical Science for 10+2 candidates
Courses available for entering as rating after completion of class X:
• Four-month Pre-sea course for saloon rating
• Three-month pre-sea course for engine rating
• Three-month pre-sea course for deck rating
• Four-month pre-sea course for general purpose (GP) rating
In addition to these courses, a candidate can also joint as petty officers or utility hand after completion of courses like PST, PSSR, EFA and FPFF. Even candidates can join navy as rating on boardship for which minimum educational qualification is class 10 with science and mathematics subjects. The age limit to join in this method is 24 and half years and after completing the course, candidates will have to go on ship for minimum six months to get the watchkeeping certificate. Once watchkeeping certificate is earned, candidates can sail on ships as rating for petty officers/saloon/engine room/deck and can earn a very good pay scale.
Government training institutions:
In India, four government training institutions are offering post-sea and pre-sea training courses that are offered in international standard and the names of these four institutions are given below:
• Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research, Mumbai
• Marine Engineering & Research Institute, Mumbai
• Marine Engineering & Research Institute, Kolkata
• Training Ship Chanakya, Navi Mumbai
Government Jobs in Merchant Navy:
Merchant Navy being a backbone for carrying cargo and international trade all over the globe, candidates with training are required in larger number for various departments of the ship thereby widening the employment prospects in this field. Therefore, candidates can find employment opportunities in government shipping companies in any of the following departments:
• Deck department
• Engine department
• Service department
Thus, Merchant Navy is a field that offers a lucrative job prospects to the aspiring candidates.
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