Career Path


After the Training and experience, you become the important key crew for the Merchant Navy. Therefore trained personnel are 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 on board ships at coastal and foreign going vessels.
• By various shipping companies at shipyard’s / dockyard’s jobs.


Opportunities exist in navigation, engineering, and catering & hospitality for enthusiastic and hardworking people. Once qualified you will be rewarded with generous pay and leave periods. Merchant navy fleet consists of cargo ships, container ships, a barge carrying ships, tugs, tankers, bulk carriers, refrigerators ships, passenger ships as well as many others.


The pay and perks depend on Company to Company, Type of the Ship, Experience, and Competency of an individual. The starting level salary varies between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 a month. A person gets a variety of benefits such as free food, accommodation, paid leave, two-way free passage and other facilities. In other words, the salary can be saved totally while one is on the ship. Foreign companies pay higher, and a starting salary of $ 300 to $ 500 can be expected. And the advantage of being salary paid in US dollar the salary is fully free from income tax.
Today, there is hardly any career which can fetch such high salaries at such a young age that the Merchant Navy offers. It provides a career like no other – a career at sea and opportunities ashore in the ever-growing maritime sector.


Sea cargo transportation takes 99% of the world cargo market and leaves about 1% only (by weight) for the air transportation industry. The recent boom in the global economy has driven the sea freight market high and the order books of most of the world’s shipyards are full through the next 5 years. There are 70,000 ships plying across the oceans, and numbers are expected to increase very fast. Each ship requires a Captain and three navigating officers. With the growing demand for new ships, there is expected to be a shortage of officers globally. Our course leads the students through a structured training program preparing them for their first professional career as Rating.

The Merchant Navy offers a career like no other. Not only does it offer excellent remuneration and promotional opportunities, but also tremendous scope for adventure and travel


There are three Department for ratings – deck, engine room and catering. Deck rating is responsible for cargo handling, mooring/ unmooring and general maintenance of the ship. Similarly, the engine room ratings assist the engineering officers in maintenance and operation of engines and associated equipment. The catering crew consists of Steward / Cooks and as the name suggests, they look after the catering and the housekeeping of officers cabin.

Different Ranks & Career Path in Merchant Navy and Salary Graph

1. Deck Department
2. Engine Department
3. Catering / Saloon Department