Educational Qualification (to join Merchant Navy):
1. Pass in 10+2 examination from a recognized Board / University with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM), with not less than 60% aggregate marks in PCM.
B.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry or Electronics with Physics as individual subject in one of the year, with an average of not less than 50% of marks in the final year of B.Sc., from a recognized University provided that the candidate must have passed 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) from a recognised Board.
B.E./B. Tech. or it’s equivalent degree from I.I.T. or from a college recognized by AICTE/UGC.
2. Should have passed with not less than 50% marks in English as a separate subject, at either 10th or 12th standard or in the Degree programme conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
Should not be more than 25 years and less than 17 years as on the commencement of course. The age limit is relaxable by 2 years in case of female candidates and 5 years for SC/ST candidates.
Physical and Medical Standards:
Medically fit as per the standards set by Merchant Shipping Medical Examination Rules, 2000 as amended from time to time.
6/6 in each eye without visual aids. Normal colour vision. Candidates will have to undergo a full eyesight test conducted by the Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) before being finally selected for the programme.
Eligibility (to join Merchant Navy):
Unmarried (male/female) Indian citizens (limited /foreign nationals may be admitted).
Merchant navy officer: Job Description
The Merchant Navy is the collective name for the commercial shipping industry. However, it is actually composed of individual companies who are responsible for their own recruitment and training. Merchant Navy officers are employed on the many types of vessels that make up the commercial shipping industry. These include ferries; cruise ships; cargo container ships; oil, gas and chemical tankers, and other bulk cargo carriers; and a wide range of vessels designed for specialised supply, support, and rescue roles. Merchant Navy officers are primarily leaders and managers. However, as well as managing staff, senior officers are still expected to perform practical tasks with their colleagues.
Typical work activities
Your rank and the size of the vessel you are working on will affect your duties. On a smaller ship, activities will be more hands-on, whereas, on a larger ship, the role tends to be more managerial. A deck/navigation officer’s typical work activities include:
- navigating the vessel using a range of satellite and radar systems and equipment;
- checking weather and navigation reports and taking appropriate action;
- coordinating the safe loading, storage and unloading of cargo;
- managing the care and safety of passengers (if working on a ferry/cruise ship);
- supervising the operation and maintenance of deck machinery, e.g. winches and cranes;
- managing ship communication systems;
- monitoring and maintaining safety, firefighting and life-saving equipment;
- overseeing the ship to ensure that the highest levels of health and safety are maintained;
- maintaining legal and operational records, e.g. the ship’s log;
- keeping up to date with developments in maritime legal, commercial and political matters.
The activities of officers also include:
- undertaking essential administration, including budgets, accounts and records of stock, cargo and passengers;
- managing the work of ratings and providing training and support for officer trainees.
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