Join The Merchant Navy Why?

India is traditionally a maritime nation and has a rich maritime heritage. History documents trade links of India had with other nations of the world from the ages of Harappa civilization. With a long coast from the State of West Bengal on the East to State of Gujarat on the West. India today moves 95% of its traded goods by volume to the rest of the world. Ports and Shipping form the integral part of the maritime sector contribute greatly to the economic growth of the country.

The basic requirement for such a young person is that he should

  1. Be reasonably physically fit,
  2. Be willing to work hard both physically and mentally,
  3. Be fond of outdoor life, and
  4. Have a liking for travelling across the world.

Naturally, by virtue of having to work on-board the ships, he would be away from his family for long duration and would probably be cut off from the mainstream of society ashore. However these drawbacks are compensated to a considerable extent by modern mode of communications which has now been incorporated on board every ship and which enables him to keep in touch with all his near and dear ones regardless of where his ship is in any part of the world.

Future Prospects

All navigating officers and marine engineers do have the facility that if they wish to settle down in a shore job then they can opt for various marine related jobs as follows:

  1. Surveyors and Examiners employed by Government of India
  2. Trainers in various training institutions both in Government and private sector
  3. Surveyors employed by various Classification Societies
  4. Pilots employed by Major Ports for bringing in and taking out ships
  5. Surveyors employed by various private organisations for settlement of insurance claims, damage assessment and cargo calculations, etc.
  6. Chartering and brokering for fixture of ships to carry cargo as well as for sale and purchase of ships
  7. Technical Superintendents employed by Shipping Companies to oversee the proper operation of their ships
  8. Officers employed by agencies who look after all the requirements of foreign ships coming to India.

Being shore based employment; the wages are not as high as on board the ship. However, there are various promotional avenues and perquisites and terminal ashore benefits which the seafarers would definitely find it attractive enough. Many qualified officers have secured shore employment in foreign countries because the Indian qualification comply with the highest International Standards prescribed by IMO and these officers can compete favorably with the best in the world.