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Overview

Merchant Navy offers a very lucrative & adventurous career & it is known as an international career. It offers the following advantages:

There are around 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations, and manned by over a million seafarers of virtually every nationality. The Indians play an important part in providing third party ship management solutions to the Ship owners. The global shipping is increasingly relying on India as a favored source of its current and future seafarer demand, because it acknowledges that India has the means to satisfy the number shortage and the Indian recruitment system provides the strongest foundation for building high standards of skills, initiatives, professionalism and leadership required by the modern seafarers.

Rank With Responsibility For Navigation Department

Master (Captain)In overall command of the vessel. Full responsibility of the crew, ship handling, the cargo, passengers and the safety of the vessel. The Master manages the ship and all on board administration and normally keeps the ship’s records. The Master is responsible for dealings with the shore authorities and ports on matters such as health and safety.Master may get a salary of 9000 $ to 14000 $ approx per month with various facilities.


Chief Officer (Chief Mate)Understudy to the Master and holds a II/2 Certificate of Competency. Directly responsible for all deck operations including cargo storage and handling, deck maintenance and deck supplies. The Chief Officer is responsible for the deck officers and allocates tasks to the deck officers. Undertakes bridge watches.Chief Officer may get a salary of 6500 $ to 9000 $ approx per month.


2nd Officer (2nd Mate)Understudy to the Chief Officer. Specifically responsible for the navigation of the vessel and keeps charts and publications up to date. The 2nd Officer produces the passage plan for the ship, for approval by the Master. Other duties include monitoring the navigation and radio equipment on the bridge, undertaking the watch when at sea and the cargo watch when in port. If there are cadets on board, the 2nd Officer may also be the designated training officer. The 2nd Officer (but sometimes one of the other officers) may also be the designated security, safety, environmental or medical officer.2nd Officer may get a salary of 4300 $ to 6500 $ approx per month.


2nd Officer (2nd Mate)Understudy to the Chief Officer. Specifically responsible for the navigation of the vessel and keeps charts and publications up to date. The 2nd Officer produces the passage plan for the ship, for approval by the Master. Other duties include monitoring the navigation and radio equipment on the bridge, undertaking the watch when at sea and the cargo watch when in port. If there are cadets on board, the 2nd Officer may also be the designated training officer. The 2nd Officer (but sometimes one of the other officers) may also be the designated security, safety, environmental or medical officer.2nd Officer may get a salary of 4300 $ to 6500 $ approx per month.


3rd Officer (3rd Mate)Responsible for making sure that fire-fighting equipment and Life Saving Appliances are in order and for learning job of the 2nd Officer. Undertakes bridge watches.*On some types of vessels such as passenger or large vessels, there may also be 4th and 5 th officers.

3rd Officer may get a salary of 2500 $ to 3700 $ approx per month with various facilities.


Cadet (Trainee Officer)On a training programme lasting approximately 18 Months. Working to gain sea time. Receives structured training and experience on board. They assist and understudy deck officers.Deck Cadet may get a stipend of 350 $ to 600 $ approx per month.

Rank With Responsibility For Engineering Department

Chief Engineer OfficerIn charge of the engineering department and responsible to the Master for its efficient operation. Has overall control and decision making powers for the engineering department. Responsible for ensuring that all planned mechanical and electrical maintenance takes place. Co-ordinates operations with shore-side port engineer.Chief Engineer may get a salary of 8500 $ to 12000 $ approx per month with various Facilities.


2nd Engineer OfficerDirectly responsible to the Chief Engineer Officer. Responsible for the management of the engine room and the engine room maintenance team. Oversees the training of engineers. Have watch-keeping engineering responsibilities.2nd Engineer may get a salary of 6000 $ to 8500 $ approx per month.


3rd Engineer OfficerResponsible for the maintenance of certain engine room equipment e.g. auxiliary generators. May look after the electrics if there isn’t an electrician or ETO on board. Has a watch-keeping engineering responsibility.3rd Engineer may get a salary of 3500 $ to 6000 $ approx per month.


Junior Engineer/4th EngineerSupports the 3rd Engineer. Responsible for the fuelling and also the maintenance of certain engine room equipment e.g. purifiers. Have watch-keeping engineering responsibilities.Junior Engineer may get a salary of 1500 $ to 3500 $ approx per month.


Electrical OfficerSpecialist officer with particular responsibility for the maintenance of on board electronic and electrical systems including radio communications and electronic navigation aids. Usually acts as a replacement for the Electrician or IT Officer.Electrical Officer may get a salary of 2000 $ to 5500 $ approx per month.


Trainee Electrical OfficerResponsible for all aspects of the electrical & electronics systems on the vessel. May get a stipend of 400 $ to 900 $ per month.

Life Onboard

Life at sea is full of adventure & interesting experiences. Even though shipboard life is fast-paced and the work hours can be long, there’s also time to have fun and relax. The life aboard a merchant ship is really a unique and unforgettable experience, very difficult to compare to a land job.

Few jobs offer the chance to see so many places in the world, exotic views and meet so many people from so different countries. Obviously, after such experience, you´ll become a well-rounded and worldly person, and get a better understanding about global problems, people from around the world and their culture and way of life.

Nevertheless, it must be considered that this activity connotes some problems and difficulties, to which applicants must pay attention, and requires doubtless a genuine interest. Sometime sailors had to accept cramped conditions & away from home for long period.