5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Joining Merchant Navy


Planning to join merchant navy? Joining merchant navy is a very unique career choice, but then there are certain things that you should consider before making it your career. The list of why merchant marine is a very good career option (or not so good one),  is very long but with the help of these top five points, knowing why to opt for marine careers and what to look out for before joining the merchant navy will become genuinely easy.

Right Qualification

Not everyone can join merchant navy. The most important thing needed by a person to be a part of the marine careers is the right qualification from the right merchant marine academy. Different countries have their own merchant navy rules and academies so it becomes necessary to enrol in the appropriate academy as required by the nation’s merchant marine laws to get the required qualifications.

Choose the Right Job

Merchant marine offers a lot of job options – from technical to non-technical professionals. Radio officers, captains, pursers (people who are in-charge of managing the accounts), able-bodied seamen, chefs, first mate and second mate are the kind of jobs that are available to the interested people. You are the best judge of your capabilities, so choose your stream accordingly. Some positions come with high responsibilities and you should be ready to deliver your best.

Health and Fitness

You wouldn’t be selected if you are not fit. Health and fitness is the 3rd most important thing before you consider joining merchant navy. Since the merchant navy men have to be on the water for a major portion of the year, their health and fitness becomes a major concern. People with bad health cannot be a part of the marine careers as it could cause problems for not just themselves but to the entire ship as well. Life on ship demands great physical fitness, so don’t opt for the career if you feel you won’t be able to deliver physically.

Almost Negligible Social Life

The fourth aspect involved is about the amount of time spent offshore. If you are a social animal who likes to mingle with friends on every opportunity you can find, then better stay away from Merchant navy. Since merchant navy is all about business and commercial activities at sea, the merchant vessel spends a lot of time on the sea than on port. This is why, when a person is thinking about joining merchant navy, the person needs to think a lot about the time period. If the person is adventurous, then the time period could go to the person’s advantage but if the person has a shy personality and needs emotional anchorage from friends and family then marine careers could be disadvantageous as it could lead to homesickness and unnecessary problems due to the person’s inability to adjust to the job.

Personality and Attitude

The person’s personality and nature plays a very vital role when on ship. Being a part of the merchant navy will allow a person to not only meet new people but learn lots of new things about different cultures of the world. A person who is adventurous, as mentioned in the previous point could learn and grasp lot of point that could prove beneficial for the merchant navy ship. But for a person who does not interact with people that much, the job could prove to be difficult. Note that there will be only 20 faces or even lesser with whom you would be interacting for months each day. So even if you have some problem with any crew member, you have no option but to work with him, keeping the grudges aside. If you feel you are not the kind of person, who can compartmentalize his or her mind, then better give this career a miss. This is why it becomes important before joining merchant navy to know what type of a person one is and whether merchant navy will suit the person or not. Have some time with yourself and then decide.

Apart from all these points, it is also necessary that an applicant who wants to join marine careers does not have any past criminal record. If a person does have any such record, then he or she will not be eligible to join merchant marine.

Merchant navy is a lucrative career option and for the person who follows all the necessary steps needed to be primarily taken, it is one of the best career options of today’s times. However, as with every field, there are few drawbacks attached with this as well. So choose the career of merchant navy wisely in case you are planning to.

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  1. says


    My self MD ASIF RAZA, i am intrested in merchant navy becouse i want to
    travel all of world by ship so i want to join merchant navy. please guide
    me which is the best institute for merchant navy in india.
    i have 12th pas with phy+che+math+ 50% and english 38%?
    please gimme info about my carear.


  2. aayush says

    i gave my 12th exams from commerce stream with computer science this year…….and i dont have maths as a subject…..but i m good in communication skills…i.e-english…m i eligible to join this ?

  3. Anish says

    @ Aayush: Physics, chemistry and maths are the compulsory subjects for career as a Merchant navy officer.

  4. vishal sharma says

    plz tell me what i have to do , to be in merchant navy , i have completed my 12th this year

  5. Mayank says

    Dear sir,
    i want to make my career in Merchant Navy, as i think that i am adventurous and can give my best in merchant navy, i also completed my B.Tech degree in Information Technology in 2011, so plz tell me what are the different opportunities for me in merchant navy and which are the good colleges for merchant navy.

  6. Anand patel says

    hi sir ,
    my self anand patel, i m studing in electronic & communication degree engineering.
    so i ask that what should do for pre-preparation for joining merchant navy, tell me criteria for join MN.
    thanks a lot!

  7. Ehtesham says

    I wish to join and work on board my documents are in progress when CDC will be given to me
    i will apply for a job i,m also graduate in Commerce.

    I like this most interesting information about merchant navy.

  8. Hitesh Upreti says

    i have completed B.Tech from Computer Science Stream with 65% aggregate , I am so much interested in merchant navy so ,can i join merchant navy and which ranks/positions are open for me…my eyesight is weak but after wearing specs it is quite well can this can lead to disqualification in medical test…

  9. gaurav gaba says

    I have commerce student now doing 2 with commerce straem with no maths. Am i eligible to join merchant navy as a carrer. If yes, then in which field & how.

  10. Rishabh aggarwal says

    Respected sir,
    i m doing 12th dis year n i m confused dat merchant navy is good or not for my career so just pllz tell me wat to do…??
    N yes i also want to know each n every thing about merchant navy (best company, procedure, fee structures, about coures, etc, etc)
    so that in future if my interest develop towards it den i will join it….
    Thank u…!!

  11. Divyansh sharma says

    I am a divyansh sharma study in 9 class I interested in merchant navy I got 78 %in class 8 so I am to merchant.t navy my father dreams that my son is going to merchant navy

  12. rohit shetake says

    I am in science strim and not I will complete my 12th year so what can I do to join this navy.
    please tell me about me this at my g-mail login please…..

  13. Gaurav Kumar says

    Sir, if i have an emergency in my famly when on ship, will i be allowed to come back or not????

  14. yogesh kumar says

    myself yogesh presently persuingb.tech in mechanical engg.i am very much passionate about marchant navy ,pls tell me the possible entry mode to join m navy.

  15. chandan hari says

    i m very much interested in joining this job……..but i m from commerce stream..what to do… please help

  16. sangram nayak says

    pls tell me ,i have passed ssc & iti in disel mechanic can i eligible for merchant navy?

  17. benniz boban says


  18. kiran says

    Sir could you suggest how to apply and get job in any good shipping comp.
    i hv ind cdc. N im freshr.
    so if you can help me..then tell me.
    thankng you.

  19. Namneet singh says

    sir…..i have completed my BE in mechanical and scored 84%
    can i join merchant navy as a engineer
    pls suggest my some good marine insitute in india……….can i get good salary

  20. Akhil .L says

    i am B.E.mechanical engineering student.i like to work in merchant navy field.can i have get job without doing GME course.

  21. says

    Dear Akhil,

    Since you are an engineer and you are best suited for Marine engineer job on ship, you have to go through the GME course.

  22. anurag says

    i have compelite gp rating cource.nd i have Belize CDC.wht is my career in m.navy.pls tell me.

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