Merchant Navy

About Merchant Navy:

The Merchant Navy is a non-combatant commercial fleet, which deals with transporting cargo and occasionally, passengers, by sea. Its fleet is therefore composed of passenger vessels, cargo liners, tankers, carriers, as well as other special types of vehicles. A career in this field is full of adventure and long voyages to exotic places. Above all this, the excellent pay and promising promotional opportunities make the career lucrative and exciting in spite of all the hard work life and long absence from family and home.

The main positions open in the merchant navy are for navigating officers, radio officers and marine engineers. They are usually employed by shipping companies on a contractual basis, which is generally of six to nine months’ duration. Earlier a career in this field was considered purely for men. Women were not generally known to take up jobs in Merchant navy but the past few years have seen a positive change with many women taking up jobs as ship doctors and radio officers.

In Merchant Navy, major tasks performed are in three basic areas of a ship. The Deck, the Engine and the Saloon Department. There are thus, many career options that are available for any youngster who has dreams to join the merchant navy. The deck officers include the captain, chief officer, second officer, third officer and other junior officers. The engine department consists of the chief engineer, second engineer, third engineer, fourth engineer, electrical officer and junior engineers. The service department manages the kitchen, laundry and other services.


Educational qualification:

The minimum eligibility for courses in nautical science and Marine-engineering is 10+2 or an equivalent examination with physics, chemistry and mathematics. He should also pass a medical fitness test for sea service under standard norms and with eyesight 6/6 with no colour blindness.

Job Prospects:

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. Therefore trained personnel is required for various departments of the ship and this widens the scope for employment in this field.

They are offered jobs in the following major areas :

By various shipping companies in the government and private sector.
Foreign shipping companies also offer good job prospects.


The starting salary varies between Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 a month. A person gets a variety of benefits such as free food, accommodation, paid leave, two-way free passage and facilities for families. In other words, the salary can be saved totally while one is on ship. The perquisites include bonus, holiday travel and other annual benefits. Foreign companies pay higher, and a starting salary of $ 1,500 to $ 2,500 can be expected.

Courses Eligibility Age Salary
Trainee Seamen 8th /10th 17 to 25 15000-30000
G.P Rating 10th Pass/Fail 17 to 25 15000-30000
Cruise Ship Host/Hostess 10th Pass/Fail 17 to 25 20000 to 40000
Deck Cadet 12th Pass/PCM 17 to 25 25000 to 40000

Ship Host/Hostess:







Medically fit, No color blindness, (+) or (-) 2.5 vision allowed, Eye Glasses permitted. 


10th Pass /above Above 17 years


During the course the candidate will be updated with the knowledge in various customer care operations like cabin crew, cruise & service staff in ship & in the front office, customer service desks etc. In addition to this candidate are imparted with both theoretical & practical training related to Merchant navy, front office, Housekeeping, F&B services, Additional Language, personality development, physical training, swimming etc. 



After completion of the training, the course certificate will be issued by the academy approved by Director General of Shipping, Ministry of surface and Transport govt. of India. Also candidate will get 1 certificate affiliated by PTU, UGC & AICTE govt. of India. In addition to this candidate will also get Experience certificate from Hotel Industry.


After successful completion of Ship Host / Hostess training course, candidate is eligible to join as Cruise staff / Purser [Sal: 500$ - 1000$] -> Can rise to the level of Cruise director/ Chief Purser [Sal: 4500$ - 5000$]


Various customer care operations, front office equipments & procedures, room divisions, guest handling procedures, accommodation operations, house keeping organization Dining service methods & procedures, role of beverages etc.