Merchant Navy is the backbone of international trade, carrying cargo across the globe. Without the merchant navy, much of the import-export business would grind to a halt. The Merchant Navy is operated by both public & private sector shipping companies.
The merchant ships are maintained by experienced navigators crews and marine engineers. As the job involves traveling for considerably longer duration, the life of those who work in Merchant Navy is distinctly different from usual. Only those who have a great flair for such type of journeys by sea, remaining away from their homes for months, an adventurous career, besides possessing the requisite level of intelligence and qualification and high senses of discipline are best suited for this field. Of course, the returns are quite lucrative. The development of manpower for Merchant Navy is in progress under the auspices of the Director General of Shipping, Government of India and had its full control over the training of personnel in India. The Merchant Navy can be joined through pre-sea training with the help of private or government institutes in India and abroad. The candidates can be worked as deck cadets or engine cadets on board private national or international ships after completing their pre-sea training.
Have you ever considered a career at sea?
S ailing as an officer with a salary of 14000 US $ per month within the global merchant shipping industry. Over 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. Without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary for the modern world would not be possible. Shipping is regulated globally by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).The harsh nature of the sea exposes ships to considerable physical risk, so a total commitment to safety pervade all deep sea shipping operations. Seaborne trade continues to expand, bringing benefits for consumers across the world through low and decreasing freight costs. Thanks to the growing efficiency of shipping as a mode of transport and increased economic liberalization, the prospects for the industry’s further growth continue to be strong. The robust world economy, fuelled by Chinese and Indian growth, is driving the demand for tonnage to unprecedented heights. Shipyards are flush with shipping tonnage orders for next 5 to 6 years and the level of scrapping old tonnage is at its historical low as the high freight rates continue to make even the old tonnage profitable. 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 favoured 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.
Generally students are lured by attractive salaries and luxurious life style without knowing the fact that they require interpersonal skills and a strong mental makeup.
L ife at sea is not a comfortable break from the routine life. A merchant navy entrant must involve in a rigorous course of the on-the-job learning. They have to pass stipulated examination to get promotions. Additionally, very strong will to withstand and be patient in case the industry itself faces a job scarcity due to recession of any kind in the maritime sector, a candidate must be prepared to accept these kinds of challenges in his life. No doubt those who think they can overcome these shortcomings can have immense opportunities in this field. At an early age they can explore the world at someone else’s cost with an attractive remuneration along with world recognition