The Merchant Navy – Career For Life
More than 90% of the world cargo is transported through the sea route on merchant ships. This is executed by the Shipping Industry which is also known as the Merchant navy. The Merchant Navy deals with transporting cargo and occasionally, passengers, by sea. Its fleet is therefore composed of passenger vessels, cargo liners, tankers, bulk carriers, as well as other special types of ships. A career in this field is full of adventure and long voyages to exotic places. Above all this, the excellent pay and promising promotional opportunities make the career lucrative and exciting in spite of all the hard work and long absence from family and home. In Merchant Navy, major tasks performed are in three basic areas of a ship – Nautical, Engineering and Saloon Departments. There are thus, many career options that are available for any youngster who has dreams to join the merchant navy.
The Nautical, department include the Captain, Chief Officer, Second Officer, Third Officer and other junior officers. The Engine department consists of the Chief Engineer, Second Engineer, Third Engineer,Fourth Engineer, Electrical Officer and junior engineers. Jobs are available with Indian and foreign (with Govt. approved agencies in India) shipping companies. They usually employ seafarers on a contractual basis, which is generally of six to nine months’ duration.
Career Path For Marine Engineers
CHIEF ENGINEER [ Monthly Salary : More than `2,00,000/-]
Pass MEO Class I Certificate of Competency(COC)
2nd Marine Engineering Officer [ Monthly Salary : More than `1,25,000/-]
Pass MEO Class II Certificate of Competency(COC) Examination
Class IV Marine Engineering Officer [ Monthly Salary: More than `75,000/-]
Pass MEO Class IV Certificate of Competency (COC)
Sea Service for 6 months as Trainee Marine Engineer [ Monthly Salary: `25,000/- to `50,000/-]
Award of Marine Engineering Degree
4 years Marine Engineering Degree Programme at RLINS
Pass Higher Secondary Examination (+ 2)