10 Reasons Why a Career in Merchant Navy is Unlike Any Other

A career in merchant navy is a unique blend of variety encompassed in a single domain. By opting for a merchant navy career, individuals can combine a lot of different facets and gain a lot of exposure which would be difficult to gain otherwise. Detailed below is a list of 10 such points which make merchant navy careers so singular and completely unlike any:

I.   Lucrative Pay-Packages: A very big incentive for anyone to take up a profession is the allure of pay-packages and salaries. The merchant navy offers extremely high payment scales, even for fresh entrants in the profession, starting at about US$ 1,500 and extending up to about US$ 2,000 on a monthly basis. The payment scales are set as per the existing IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and ILO (International Labour Organisation) laws. 

Additionally, the salary in merchant navy also varies from company to company and on the basis of the qualification and the position held by an individual.

 

II.   Tax Benefits: Paying taxes is a responsibility that everyone is wary of. However, people involved in the merchant marines are exempted from paying taxes, if they meet the requirements necessary for exemption purposes. A merchant marine professional has to spend a minimum of six months on-duty aboard a vessel, following which the professional will be exempt from paying tax for the specified financial year.

III.   Destinations Galore: People involved in the merchant marines get to experience exotic destinations across the whole world. And since jobs in merchant navy require an individual to spend extended periods of time at sea, there is no dearth of time when it comes to exploring these singular destinations.

IV.   Confluence of Cultures: A professional involved in a merchant marine career gets to meet and mingle with people of different cultures and nationalities. This helps the individual to understand and function better as a team player and learn the nuances of different cultures and traditions at the same time.

V.   Enhances Professionalism: Working in the merchant navy enables individuals to function better as a unit. Merchant mariners are required to possess good communication skills and extreme resourcefulness, along with following and maintaining high discipline. These qualities are further honed when a person spends considerable amount of time functioning as a part of a novel team in the high seas. A person not only evolves professionally but also personally while working in merchant navy.

VI.   Extensive Exposure: Merchant navy careers offer a lot of exposure to unexpected events, situations and emergencies. By facing such unmitigated events, professionals gain a widespread knowledge about dealing and facing such problems, in the event of them arising again. The exposure one gets in this field is unlike anywhere else and which helps a person to grow in every aspect.

VII.   Inspiring Adventure:  A career in merchant marines is like having adventures on a day-to-day basis. It’s an adventurous life out there. Other routine jobs, involve people having to spend nine hours in an office. This is not for people who like nine-to-five jobs. Merchant mariners get to explore and view the excellent oceanic vista for days on end which, acts as inspiration unlike any. Not only this, the situations which one faces at sea provide experiences of utmost adventurous types.

VIII.   Less-demanding Qualifications: A career in merchant navy can be taken up immediately after clearing the high school examinations with subjects like physics and mathematics. For individuals who do not want to gain higher college education or cannot do so because of certain reasons, taking up a merchant marine career is the most feasible choice. Not only does it provide good pay but also help in moulding a better career. Having said that, there are career in merchant navy that requires high qualifications as well.

 IX.   Regulated life-style: Punctuality and discipline are two very important qualities that a person gains through a merchant marine career. Since the oceans are highly unpredictable, a seaman has to be highly cautious, focused and alert to counter any eventuality, thereby reducing the repercussions substantially. These two qualities are imbibed in maritime professionals right from their college training. The professionals are expected to follow a strict disciplined lifestyle according to navy rules and are also required to wear navy uniforms throughout their careers. In case you are uniform fan, maritime career is an exciting option for you.

 X.   Extended Vacations: Since the nature of the job requires long working periods, the vacations offered to merchant marine professionals are equally compensating. This enables these professionals to enjoy the best of both worlds – land and water. A 2-4 months vacation is definitely long enough to unwind and follow all your passions, isn’t it?

People with unbridled enthusiasm and zest for life can very well opt for a merchant marine career. It would be satiating without the person ever experiencing any regrets whatsoever in his profession of choice.


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Comments

  1. dibya says

    the list of resons given to join merchant navy are not factually right.
    1. the salary is not high as you only earn for the period u are at sea. when you are no home u dont earn anything. the spread of ur earning is almost same as the shore
    2. adventure and site seeing has become a thing of past. Loading discharging rates are very high and vessel hardly have time in port
    3. the pressure from the profession is so much that most of the people dont go out now days. remember and offence in shipping is treated as a criminal offence
    4. As it is mentioned there is no much to study is also wrong. You have to continously be in touch with new things and new regulation need the courses to be done
    5. last thing in this world people are worried about is the seafares. let it Somalia or any other country who arrested the seafares with out any reson. nothing has been done and nothing will be done in future
    6.i have been sailing from last 14 yrs and sincerly recommend people not to join sea. The pay at sea is for the life people lead not for the job they do.

  2. Himanshu says

    @Dibya-are u sure sir? If yes, then I will not join Merchant Navy ever..
    What is your salary right now?
    Do you also get paid leave?
    Please send me in detail about the life on ship and what are its impact on our family and wife?

    Email ID: Hshimanshu978@gmail.com
    Just for sake whether I am eligible for Merchant Navy.
    Sir, I want to join Merchant Navy. I am in the final year of Mech engg.
    When the pre-sea training starts?
    My marks: 72% in +2, 74% in 10th, 58 and 48 in Eng. in 10th & +2 respectively.
    B.tech: 77% average..
    What is the initial pay package?
    My sir used to get Rs60k in foreign ship but has now left the job and is doing MBA..

  3. raza says

    being a pakistani seafarer, i will must say that we have shortage of jobs. Pakistani and indians are very talented seaman all over the world. But the problem is there is no job for them.

  4. sanjay says

    hi guys ,i am a sea faer my self and feel that this job is best for a guy ,who have a positive attiude and by the way salary depend upon rank and company.The salary package is good than most other jobs by the way there are hurdles and trails in every profession so new coomers who want to join as a sailor if you bealive in fallowing up your dreams just dont give up but explore more.

  5. Rajendra says

    Do not get carried away by tall claims of salary. Its simply not worth it for the reasons already specified by Dibya. Few additional points I would like to add is as follows:
    1. You have to spend lot of money (at least INR 1,50,000/- (depending on the course) to do a course on “pre sea training”. After spending for this course you will then have to hunt for a job. Unless you are well connected you can just about forget it.
    2. You will be spending more money every time you have to appear for exams/ course etc.
    3. Family members are not covered under company’s insurance policy as are most of the employees working in shore office, banks, factories etc.
    4. You are also not covered by insurance when you sign off from the ship.
    5. Some times ship stays at anchor for a month or so & during this period you are stuck on board as companies are reluctant to provide you with launch service to cut back on costs. During this period even water is a scarcity & so water is rationed.
    6. If you are working on a super tanker then only time you are likely to step on land (after you have joined a vessel) is after you have signed off & on your way back home. (which may be 4 to 6 months later.

    There are probably many other reasons which I cannot think of for the moment. Most important ones I am sure have been covered. I am i this industry for about 30 years & I would not recommend this profession to any one.
    God bless all the sailors who are brave enough to sail.

    All the best & take care

  6. sujith says

    I am pursuing BE in CS ,I got selected to a alpha 9 marine during campus selection , they outsource student to merchant navy , plz if anyone knows give information about it

  7. Anish says

    Dear Sujith,

    Alpha 9 marine is not a company but a 3rd party. They will help you in getting admission but cannot guarantee Job.
    In which stream you got selected Marine engineering or Deck cadet?

  8. Rakesh Sharma says

    The salry in Merchant Navy is indeed high for freshers. At the age of 21 with three years training, how many other professions can offer you a salary of USD 3500 pm (round the year). In 12-14 years you can be captain or chief engineer and draw about USD 8500 pm round the year (current rate, after 15 years it will be obviously more). Here I am talking about oil tankers. In general cargo and bulk carriers the salary is a bit less, only a bit.

  9. deepak says

    is life in merchant navy s hectic as officer hs to stay away from home around 6 months.Are there any companies where on sea duration s less

  10. Anish says

    Dear Deepak,

    yes it is quite hectic due to both physical and mental involvement.
    Their are some companies which gives 3-4 months contract but to management level officers. Very few in count gives such contract to all officers onboard.

  11. deepak says

    dear anish,
    Thank you for information and alpha 9 is visiting my college and they demand 6 lakhs for training.should i gor for it .can i get sponsorship from companies for training.what are the other career available after quiting merchant navy?any offshore jobs.

  12. Arpit says

    Can i join the merchant navy in ETO course. plz give me detail about this course. and life in merchant navy.

  13. Suyash says

    1)Sir, is Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy a good one??
    The are promising a 100% placement.
    2)Is the 6 month Leave A Paid leave??

  14. Anish says

    1) Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy is good in terms as they have their own ship management company.
    2) The leave is not paid.

  15. says

    Thanks for this Wonderful Information.
    Now I want to make my career in Merchant Navy and want to shine it in Luxurious ways.
    It’s really a good opportunity for all youngsters! :)

  16. Kapil says

    IF U CANNOT DO ANY THING IN THIS WORLD, THEN JOIN MERCHENT NAVY. IT IS LEASET PREFERED JOB.

    NO FAMILY LIFE. NO RESPECT. NO ONE CARES ABOUT SEAFARES, JUST IMAGIN DROP OF OIL BY MISTAKE IN SEA YOU WILL BE IN JAIL LIKE MURDERES AND FINED MILLIONS OF DOLLERS.

  17. Jnyandeep says

    how is life as 4 or 3 grade engineer in merchant navy. ? and what are the other career available after quitting merchant navy. . ?
    plz do reply

  18. Akshya Bhiwani says

    I have done B.E. in Electrical and Electronics engineering (EEE). I am about to start off my pre sea training through Alpha9marine services. I would like to know detailed info regarding following issues:

    (a) Working hours, Salary structure and on board and of board time for a TME and a 4th engineer.
    (b) Expenditure and procedure regarding exams meant for promotion.
    (c) Your comments on joining Peter Dohle as a TME.
    (d) What will be the career opportunities if I wish to quit this job after 5 years or so.

  19. rajinder singh says

    sir, i want to do GME course. is there any guarantee of job after completion of course.?

  20. ABHISHEK SAJWAN says

    Sir, I am pursuing B.Tech in Information technology. this is my last year. my final semester exam completed at the end of may. I want to join Merchant Navy. Please tell me, how i can join Merchant Navy.I Get 77% in 10th, 62% in 12th & aggregate 67% in b.tech till 7th semester. Please Sir suggest me to join Merchant Navy.

  21. says

    At this discussion…I would like to share my experience…
    I had a dream to join such a profession that involves a great deal of adventure and travelling…although I also liked sport…so I went before joining defence…cleared NDA exam but wasn’t able to clear ssb…so I cleared Indian navy exam to join as a sailor and in wait of my call letter I just gave the IMU cent exam without having any knowledge regarding this field of m. Navy or any relative being in this field…by luck I got 57th rank all India…so I decided to go for d counselling in chennai…I had no idea but I opted for a govt company’s institute and easily got into it by getting the 2nd last seat…I must tell u d one year that I passed in my institute in Mumbai was d best time of my life…and now I have completed half of my sea time as a trainee…

    If u come into this field with a right path, u will face less difficulties and as far as I am concerned I feel gr8 that I chose this field as a career…
    Some points are there I too have felt like cargo operations today take less time n officers are under immence pressure so they don’t go for shore leave…but at the end one thing is sure if u want to earn early and wanna get a respectable job do join this profession,,,but also get ready for big challenges as sometimes we have to be awake continuously for 36 hours and then u can’t complain to MLC…lol…best of luck

  22. Vijay says

    Sir, i have been selected by the Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy as GME trainee. I have to join the academy by next june. For the training period I have to spend a sum of 4.4 lakh rupees.
    1) Is Anglo Eastern provides 100% job assurance?
    2) They are giving a starting salary of 25000. Is this the usual salary in this field?
    3) How long has to sail in an year?
    4) Is the leave a paid one?
    5) Are the exams are much tough to get pass? Is there any exam to get promotion to a 3rd Engineer?
    6) What would be the salary of a 3rd engineer?

    Sir, please reply me as early as you can, beacuse i have to take a decision whether to join this or not. Itz only one more week left to pay the amount and confirm my seat. Please sir

  23. says

    @ Vijay:

    1. Yes…only if you are a sponsored candidate
    2. Yes.It will be considered as stipend and not salary.
    3. Initially one contract duration will be minimum of 6 months in junior positions and 4 months in senior position
    4. Depends on the nature of contract (round the year contract). AE does not provide paid leave
    5. They are unlike any other technical exams. You need to study hard. No, you don’t have to appear for any exam to be a 3rd engineer.
    6. It varies from type of ships, sailing route (coastal or FG) and company salary structure. Approx- USD 2000 – USD 3500.

  24. Komal says

    Sir ,
    I’m currently doing my BE final year in Industrial and production engineering . I desire to join merchant navy after my engineering . But according to my research about joining merchant navy , I need to have a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering .

    Is this really the case of all the candidates who desire to join Merchant navy ? Do we need to have a degree in mechanical engineering ?
    Or can i join merchant navy with I&P degree ? If yes which are the institutes that entertain this ? and what the further steps that i need to take ?
    Sir please help me with this .Thankyou

  25. Rajat Singh says

    Sir,
    I ‘m getting addmission in MERI Kolkata ( earlier also known as DMET )
    1> Does MERI Kolkata is good coledge for B.TECH in Marine Engineering ? If not then which is the top most Maritime Coledge in india with 100% job guaranteed placements !

    2> Does, after passing out from MERI ! I’ll get a well paid job ?

    3> Does big Shipment companies provide paid leave to Juniour or 3rd engineers ?

    4> Does MEO CLASS 4 , 2 , 1 exams are tough enough to become hurdle in the path of an individual to succeed in this field ?

    5> And at last please advice me whether to choose this field or not.
    Aah i like to mention that ” I’m choosing this field because i love travelling and adventure & wana explore the whole world for free [ & as a marine engineer i think it’ll help me enough to fullfil my dreame ].

  26. says

    Dear Rajat,

    Please find below the answers for your queries:
    1. Yes. It is a Govt. College.
    Difficult to list college with 100% job placement record

    2. Depends on the placement cell of the college. DMET is a reputed institute.

    3. No paid leaves.

    4. Yes, they are tough enough. These Exams are not hurdles but steps to enhance for becoming certified engineer.

    5. It all depends on your choice and state of mind. It is important to have a positive attitude towards your job.
    Most of the candidates want to explore the world with this job, but do remember, you are getting paid for working onboard ship and not for traveling on it. 30-50% mariners quit sea jobs before going to management level position on ships.

  27. Rajat Singh says

    Thanks Sir, for your reply ‘ll appreciate your help….
    I’ve 2-3 more queries in my mind…
    1> Does Marine Markets in India are good enough to join it as an career ?
    I mean to say that, does an indvidual ( fresher ) who is new to this field ‘ll get job eassily if he/she has good knowledge of his/her job.
    ‘m asking this because ‘ve heard alot that marine market are not good enough in india.
    There are lots of fake consultasies who ‘ll promise you 100% job guarantee with US, UK …companies but at end result is 1 ‘ll loss his /her money [ & left fooled out ].
    So, how one can survive well in this field without having any family refrence [ i.e 1 who has no family member working in good position (i.e as a cheif Eng, captain etc ) in Marine Companies ]

    2> Does one can get another contract easily after fininishing his previous one.

    3 > Does sailing contracts are of short duration in a particular marine company or an individual can continue with that company in future also.

    4 > Does company give home leave to an individual or we can choose whether to sail continuosly after completing our previous sail or we can ask of our own to take leave ?

    Hope, u’ll not freak out…of my questions.
    & ‘ll reply soon.
    Thank you :D :)

  28. says

    @ Rajat:
    1. No. The current situation for freshers is in the bad shape. You are right about fake agents and companies taking advantage of this situation.

    2. IT is not that easy due to job crunch. Even Class IV engineers and 3rd officers are waiting for 6months to 1 year to get a job onboard.

    3. Sailing contract will be short once you are management level. No difference if you continue with the company for ing period.
    Only few companies are providing 4 months contract for operational level officers.

    4. Unless you are not in the round the year terms, it is a contract period job. You will sail for contract duration (Say 6 months) then you are signed off from ship. It depends on your and next ships availability to sail further. No restrictions from the company to sail continuously.

  29. Rajat Singh says

    Thanks Bro…
    For your well explained answers !
    If the job vacancy conditions of Marine Engineers are so pity then why Marine jobs are taged in the list of ” HEIGHEST PAYING JOBS “….
    Then according to current status of Marine Market !
    A Marine Engineer ( fresher ) can hardly earn 3000 USD [ 1,80,000 Rs. ] per annum & in 6 months of Sailing earning 500USD [ 30,000 Rs. ] per Month !
    its too low after spending 9 – 10 lakhs for a B.TECH. Marine Engineering Degree from a good Maritime Institute [ like – TS. Chanakya , MERI – Kol/Mum. etc ].
    Really , it is becoming very hard for me choose this line as a career…Well, I already explained above i want travel & adventure in my life . So, ‘m in a search of travelling job with a good pay…
    I got 135 in JEE Mains [ Gen Category ] left with no other option but to take drop this year, Because ‘m getting any good college.
    ‘ve also given IMU CET exam this year … In the hope of good career in Marine Engineering but ‘m very disapointed & confused ….
    Can you help me out whether to choose Marine Engineering as a career or not ? [ because ‘m still confused of its two sided different faces …
    1 side its compared to heighest paying jobs in the world with lucrative career.
    &
    another side the job condition are so poor k khaney k laaley padey hain girtey padtey job milegi with no future. ]

    I think u r also Mariner ?
    How’s your Job life going !

  30. sarfaraz says

    heyy anish sir i jst read u r various suggestion regarding merchant navy and i like it.i too had some queries regarding it i m going for gp rating course through phoenix marine servives pvt ltd with a course package of total 5.5 lakhs including institute fee there accomodation and vessels sponsorship amount they said i will get the placement guaranteed after 6 months institue course and than directly onboard of that sponsored company there traing for abt 8-12 months along with stipend after completing training giving promotionals xams they said i will move forward along with increment in salarayy so plzz guide me regarding this…..

  31. Akash kumar says

    Hi!
    Sir I m passed 10 2 & my subject is Physics, chemistry & mathematics but my marks is only 56% and I want to join merchant navy so please tell me sir about my joining.

  32. says

    hai sir i to want to join merchant navy but my 10 marks in sci were 54% can i join it. do some company give payments of 6 months leave also..

  33. utkarsh pandey says

    Hello sir, I’m selected for b.tech in marine engineering in tolani maritime Institute… I’ve heard it is the beat private college in India… Is this correct? Should i join the course? If i work Hard in that institute and get a good co. What could be my salary… I prefer adventurous job… I like hurdles and difficulty in life… And then rewards…

  34. Aditya Srivastava says

    Sir,

    i have got air 303 in IMU CET
    i am thinking of joining MERI Calcutta
    please give the following information

    1. Placement percentage
    2. Avg. package
    3. if it is a centrally funded univ. then why is the fee so high?

  35. Shaunak Das says

    Dear Anish sir,
    I have gone through each of your posts. I am a final year student and have cleared the examination for ETO courses in The Great Eastern Shipping company. They are to provide me with a training for the same and I am joining the institute in November. My question to you is whether I should proceed with this because I really am shocked reading about the job crunch situation that you mentioned earlier.

    Please reply

  36. says

    sir, what should i study after my 12 if i want to join merchant navy. i dont want to become marine engineer in the ship , do some company give paid leaves to their candidates,Sir please suggest me In which post i should apply to get good amount of salary.
    do some company also give12 months job. sir please do reply me.

  37. bindhu says

    hi sir,
    i would like to know more abt alpha9. few of my frndz tell dat itz fake. they said us that vll get job afta v write coc exam . s it true sir ? i really hv no idea abt dis . plz help me out sir.

  38. Rajat Singh says

    Thanks, Anish Sir !
    For clearing my each & every doubts with your well explained….answers.
    Sir, does builing your career as a engineer in Super/Luxury Yatch ‘ll be considered as a good option ?
    ‘ll a individual can get a decent salary on yatchs !

  39. Rajat Singh says

    sir,
    plz tell me about Luxury Yatches….
    Does engineers onboard in Luxury Yatches get decent salary ?
    Although, i came to know Engineers of Yatches are fixed [ round a year ]..?

  40. says

    @ Rajat,

    Yes, they do get decent salary. Yacht engineers are mostly on round the year contract but the contract type purely depends on the employer.

  41. Rajat Singh says

    Sir,
    Then how to get job as an Engineer on Yatchs ?
    I mean what is the requirements ?
    Does b.tech in Marine Engineer will help ?

  42. nagineni naresh says

    Sir
    I am diploma+graduate holder in eee. I have total colour blind ness with no sight. Am I eligible to join m.navy course? Till date any medicine for colour blindness?
    Sir Please suggest me the way to join m.navy.
    Thanks and reguards sir

  43. Martis says

    Hey Anish,
    I recently got placed in Anglo Eastern, I have to confirm my admission by paying a DD of 50,000. So before doing that I needed to know a few things.
    1) Do I get to sail for certain?
    2) How long do I have to wait after the 8 months training to sail?
    3) Is Anglo Eastern a trustworthy company?

  44. Aakash says

    sir
    I am in 12th std I want to ask
    can I do merchant navy from other
    country because I want to settle in
    other country.

  45. aneeshassan says

    sir i m a student …..i have passed my matric examination with A-ONE grade obtaining 874 marks out of 1050 about 83%……now i got 437 marks in 1st year exam pre engineering……SIR I WANT TO JOIN MERCHANT NAVY…..CAN I APPLY FOR THAT AND HOW?

  46. @Aneeshassan says

    Sir,
    Alpha 9 is coming to our college on 20th of August, should I confirm the selection or not? what is the probability that they will place me in good shiping sector.
    Inform me soon please.

  47. ashu says

    sir,i really join merchant navy but some problem in my ear but eyepiece is cleard can i join merchant navy. Also sir tell me trueworthy companies

  48. zaman says

    Hello people, could anybody tell me about Westline ship management pvt. Ltd, which is based in Ahmedabad? I’d be grateful if anyone can tell their record for providing jobs.

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