FULFILLING: The combination of a challenging lifestyle, attractive salaries and perks, and free travel make the merchant navy a good option for those who are willing to forfeit the comfort of home life for months at a time

Goans are smart, educated and talented, but remain woefully unemployed. Often this is due to lack of career counselling and ignorance about opportunities available. This is the first in a series of articles the GOAN OBSERVER will be publishing on career opportunities available to Goan youth

By GO Desk
THE opportunity to travel around the world and the lure of adventure on the high seas, besides the possibility of high remunerations attracts many youngsters to make a career in the merchant navy. The merchant navy is different from the navy in the sense that it offers commercial services, as opposed to the navy, which is largely involved in the defence of a nation.

The merchant navy is the backbone of international trade, carrying cargo all over the world. Merchant ships employ a huge number of workers to carry and deliver goods from one country to another. Without the merchant navy, much of the import-export business would come to a grinding halt!

A career in the merchant navy is not only monetarily rewarding but also satisfying and a quite challenging. Also, a merchant navy career is considered glamorous — especially by people who have been bitten by the travel bug. It offers an opportunity to visit new and exotic places all around the globe.


THERE are enormous employment opportunities in this field. Candidates who have finished the basic course in merchant navy can get jobs very easily through various consultants and placement agencies. Merchant navy fleets consist of cargo ships, container ships, barge carrying ships, tankers, bulk carriers, refrigerators ships, passenger ships, as well as roll off/roll on ships.

Employment opportunities are more in cargo ships compared to the others.

Companies that run these merchant ships require trained people who can operate and maintain the ships. These include companies like: Chevron and Mobil of USA, Wallem Ship Management of Hong Kong, Denholm of UK, K Line, Bibby Ship Management, d’Amico etc.

India too has its shipping companies, such as the Shipping Corporation of India, Great Eastern Shipping, Essar and Chowgule Shipping. Trained people are required for the three main departments of the ship: the deck, the engine and the service department.

In India, job opportunities are also available in government and private shipping companies like Shipping Corporation of India, clearing houses, del credere agents etc.


  • Deck officer (navigation officer)
  • Electro-technical officer (ETO)
  • Engineer
  • Ratings – ratings are skilled seafarers who help all the officers with daily tasks
  • Catering & hospitality crew (pursers, stewards, chef, housekeeper etc.)


IN THE merchant navy, the salary can range from anywhere between `12000 to `8 lakhs per month though the pay structure differs from company to company, city to city, and based on the export-import needs, seniority etc. All crew members and officers are given free meals on board and senior officers can take their wives along for the voyage.

A Junior Engineer on a ship can earn around `30,000 per month with free boarding and lodging while signed on board the vessel. The next level is of Second Engineer and finally, Chief Engineer on a ship. As you keep getting promoted, your salary increases substantially. A Chief Engineer at sea earns `1.5 lakhs per month or more net of taxes. It takes about 6-7 years for a Junior Engineer Officer to get promoted to the rank of Chief Engineer, depending on individual capabilities and job opportunities available.

A Third Officer’s salary is around `50,000 per month plus free boarding and lodging while on board. Next levels in increasing order of seniority are Second Officer, a Chief Officer and Captain of a ship. A Captain’s pay package is `2 lakhs per month or more net of taxes. It takes about 8 years for a Third Officer to get promoted to the rank of Captain, depending on individual capabilities and the job opportunities available.

Besides this, imported liquor, cigarettes, canned foods, cosmetics are available on board duty free. They are also entitled to four months leave every year.

Another interesting fact is that there is no income tax return imposed on the earnings of a merchant navy professional.

Life in the merchant navy can be adventurous for all those with wanderlust. The long periods of solitude notwithstanding, the opportunity to see the world and get paid while doing so, just cannot be argued with.

Courtesy: India Education)

Listed on the facing page are 146 Indian institutes approved by the Directorate General of Shipping (an attached office of the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India) offering courses in the merchant navy:


  • The eligibility for joining the merchant navy is generally finishing class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • Candidates have to be unmarried Indian citizens (male or female).
  • Normal vision is required but glasses up to plus or minus 2.5 may be allowed.
  • Admission is through an entrance followed by a screening test and a main written examination.
  • After clearing the test, there is an interview and a medical test.
  • You also need to complete a ship-training course prior to the employment. The course is generally short-term where the candidates are taught basic security concerns of voyaging.

There are some private institutes, which offer training for merchant navy as well. These institutes prepare students for jobs such as deck cadets and marine engineering jobs.


After class 12, you are eligible to study the following merchant navy courses:

  • B.Sc. Nautical Science
  • B.E. Marine Engineering
  • B.E. Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering
  • B.E. Petroleum Engineering
  • B.E. Mechanical Engineering
  • B.E. Harbour & Ocean Engineering
  • B.E. Civil Engineering
  • B.E. Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • B.Sc. Marine Catering
  • Electro Technical Officer Course


Merchant navy courses that you can pursue after Class 10 include:

  • Near Coastal Voyage (NCV)
  • Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS)
  • Commercial Diving
  • G.P. Rating


C.V. Raman College of Engineering — Bhubaneswar

AMET University — Chennai

Balaji Seamen Training Institute — Chennai

Chennai School of Ship Management — Chennai

Chidambaram Institute of Maritime Technology — Chennai

CMC Maritime Academy — Chennai

Cosmopolitan Technology of Maritime — Chennai

Hindustan Institute Of Maritime Training Post Sea Training Centre — Kilpauk, Chennai

HIMT College Hindustan Institute Of Maritime Training Pre-Sea Training Centre — Kalpakkam (Chennai)

School of Seamanship & Nautical Technology — Kancheepuram (T. Nadu)

GKM College of Engineering & Technology — Chennai

GKM Institute of Marine Sciences & Technology — Chennai

Indian Maritime College — Chennai

Indus Seafarers Training Academy — Chennai

International Maritime Academy — Chennai

Maritime Foundation — Chennai

MASSA Maritime Academy — Chennai

Indian Maritime University (National Maritime Academy) — Chennai

Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Maritime Science  & Engineering — Chidambaram

S.B.Vignesh Marine Training Centre — Chennai

Southern Academy of Maritime Studies — Chennai

School of Maritime Studies (Vels University) — Chennai

School of Maritime Studies (Vels University) — Chennai

Coimbatore Marine College — Coimbatore

Park Maritime Academy — Coimbatore

SeaSkills Maritime Academy — Coimbatore

Marine Training Academy — Daman

Centre for Maritime Education and Training — Dehradun

Mumbai Maritime Training Institute — Dehradun

Oceanic Maritime Academy — Dehradun

Agnel Maritime Academy — Goa

Francon’s Marine Academy — Goa

Institute of Maritime Studies — Goa

Institute of Petroleum Safety, Health & Environment Mgmt — Goa

NUSI Maritime Academy — Goa

Seascan Marine Services Pvt Ltd — Goa

Natcom Education & Research Foundation — Gurgaon

Haldia Institute of Maritime Studies & Research — Haldia

Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy — Karjat

Indian Maritime University  (Kandla Campus) — New Kandla

Amer Maritime Training Academy — Kanpur

Noorul Islam University — Kanyakumari (T. Nadu)

  1. V. Patel College of Engineering — Kharva (North Gujarat)

MMTI’s Education & Research Trust — Khopoli

Mohammed Sathak Engineering College — Kilakarai(T. Nadu)

Cochin Shipyard Limited — Kochi

Euro Tech Maritime Academy — Kochi

Institute of Marine Engineers (India) — Kochi

Indian Maritime University (National Maritime Academy) — Kochi

Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering of Cochin  University of Science and Technology — Kochi

Univan Maritime Training Academy — Kochi

College of Maritime Studies & Research — Kolkata

Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd — Kolkata

Indian Maritime University, Kolkata Campus [Indian Inst. of Port Mgmt] — Kolkata

Kolkata Port Trust — Kolkata

Marine Education Charitable Trust — Kolkata

Indian Maritime University (MERI) — Kolkata

Maritime Academy of India — Kolkata

Mercantile Marine Academy Foundation — Kolkata

S.E.I. Education Trust — Kolkata

Seacom Marine College — Kolkata

Sensea Maritime Academy — Kolkata

Centre for Maritime Education & Training — Lucknow

Subbalakshmi Lakshmipathy College of Science — Madurai

RL Institute of Nautical Science — Madurai

Mangalore Marine College and Technology — Mangalore

  1. Sons Merchant Navy Institute — Meerut

Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Centre — Mumbai

Arya Marine Academy — Mumbai

Bonzer Academy of Maritime Studies — Mumbai

Don Bosco Normar Maritime Academy — Mumbai

Gurship Education Trust Maritime Training Institute — Mumbai

Indian Register of Shipping — Mumbai

Institute of Marine Engineers (India) — Navi Mumbai

International Marine Academy — Mumbai

International Maritime Training Centre — Mumbai

Indian Maritime University (LBS College of AMS) — Mumbai

Mangalore Marine College (MMC) [Mumbai Campus] — Mumbai

Indian Maritime University (MERI) — Mumbai

Marine Medical Clinic — Mumbai

Marine Training Academy — Mumbai

Maritime Training Institute — Mumbai

Mumbai Maritime Training Institute — Mumbai

Mazagon Dock Limited — Mumbai

Naval Maritime Academy West — Mumbai

OERC Academy — Mumbai

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies — Mumbai

Seafarers Marine Institute — Mumbai

School of Synergic Studies — Mumbai

SCMS Maritime Training Institute — Mumbai

St. Xavier’s Technical Institute — Mumbai

Suraksha Marine — Mumbai

Tolani Maritime Institute — Mumbai

TS Rahaman — Mumbai

Univan Maritime Training Academy — Mumbai

ABS Industrial Verification (India) Pvt Ltd — Navi Mumbai

Fleet Management Training Institute — Navi Mumbai

BP Marine Academy — Navi Mumbai

MASSA Maritime Academy — Navi Mumbai

Pentagon Maritime Training & Research Institute — Navi Mumbai

Ramana Academy of Maritime Studies — Navi Mumbai

Sagar Gyan Academy — Navi Mumbai

Setrac College of Offshore Training — Navi Mumbai

SNS Maritime Training Institute — Navi Mumbai

Indian Maritime University (TS Chanakya) — Navi Mumbai

United Marine Academy — Navi Mumbai

Yak Management & Marine Education Centre — Navi Mumbai

Yak Educational Trust — Navi Mumbai

Applied Research International — New Delhi

Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Centre — New Delhi

Aquatech Institute of Maritime Studies — New Delhi

Fosma Maritime Institute and Research Organization — New Delhi

Oceans XV Educational Trust — New Delhi

Sriram Institute of Marine Studies — New Delhi

International Maritime Institute Ltd — Noida

Orissa Maritime Academy — Paradip

National Inland Navigation Institute — Patna

Institute of Marine Education & Research Pvt Ltd — Patna

Neotia Institute of Technology, Management and Science — 24-Pargans(S) (W.Bengal)

Maritime Education Training & Research Inst. — 24-Pargans(S)(W.Bengal)

Trident College of Marine Technology — 24-Pargans(S)(W.Bengal)

School of Higher Academic & Professional Education — Panchkula (Harayana)

Indian Maritime University [Karaikal Campus] — Pundechery

Pondicherry Maritime Academy — Puducherry

Sri Chakra Maritime College — Puducherry

Marine Officers Training Academy — Pondicherry

RVS College of Maritime Science and Engineering — Pondicherry

Sai Ram Shipping Science Institute — Pondicherry

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Govt. Polytechnique — Port Blair

Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies — Pune

Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education & Training — Pune

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies — Pune

Tolani Maritime Institute — Pune

Vishwakarma Maritime Institute — Pune

Commander Ali’s Academy of Merchant Navy — Secunderabad

Srivenkateshwara College of Engineering — Sriperumbadur (T. Nadu)

Columbus Maritime Training Institute — Thane (Maharashtra)

Baba Marine Institute — Thane (Maharashtra)

Mariner’s Academy — Thane (Maharashtra)

Tamilnadu Maritime Academy — Thoothukudi

PSN College of Engineering & Technology — Tirunelveli (T.Nadu)

Maritime Training Institute [SCI] Tuticorin Campus — Tuticorin

Asha International Institute of Marine Technology — Varanasi

Sri Nandhanam Maritime Academy — Vellore (Tamil Nadu)

Praveenya Institute of Marine Engineering & Maritime  Studies — Visakhapatnam (AP)

National Ship Design & Research Centre — Vizianagaram (AP)

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