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Merchant Navy Professional Career Information

What a Merchant Navy Professional does

Abilities & Traits Required


To qualify a place on a Merchant Navy ship you should complete BSc in Nautical Science/Deck Cadet Officer course at any of the training academies. Alternatively, one of the shipping companies could sponsor your studies, but then you would be contractually obliged to serve the merchant navy for a certain number of years.

Eligibility for Deck Cadet Officer: HSC or B.SC with Maths and Physics as their main subjects from a recognised university. Age Limit: The age restriction is 20 years for HSC and 22 years for BSc candidates. This restriction is however, relaxed for some Foreign Shipping Companies and must be verified with the companies.

Medical Standard: Candidate should be physically fit for sea service under standard norms.

Engineering branch requirements are as follows: Degree in Marine Engineering/Mechanical Engineering from a university or institute recognised by the Ministry of Human Resources Development.

Medical Standard: Candidate should be physically fit for sea service under standard norms.

Age Limit: Maximum 25 years at the time of entry.

For Service department: Any background will do. However, background in hotel management with experience in the hospitality business will be a great help. In this field you need to upgrade your skills every nine months or so, through proficiency development or skill development courses in the maritime academies and pass examinations conducted by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS). This will be your key to new contracts with the merchant navy.


The money is good if you are working in Merchant Navy. You could start off with as much as Rs 27000 per month and work up to 150000 - 200000 a month.

If you work for foreign vessels then well you will earn in dollars. Your gross salary can be as much as Rs. 400000 a month at the top of your career. You are usually allowed 4-months leave every year. Items like imported liquor, cigarettes are all duty-free on board.

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