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The ship management company recruiting Sea-farer’s should be having a Valid RPS Licence (Recruitment and placement of Sea-Farer’s Licence) issued by D.G Shipping, Government of India to place the recruited seafarer in their managed ships.

Our RPS Licence no is MUM -381 which you can find in D.G Shipping, Government of India website.

Link: http://dgshipping.gov.in/Content/RPSAgencies.aspx

There are various types of ships but the main job of a ship is to transport goods or people from one place to another. Ships are responsible for transporting 96% of goods around the world and is the most important service helping to keep the wheels of the global economy moving smoothly. Shipping is a vital link in world trade and today it is one of the booming sectors of the industry. If you join the merchant navy you could choose to be a navigating officer (also known as a deck officer) or an engineering / Electrical officer.

  • Financial Independence at a young age.
  • Excellent pay that is better than most other profession.
  • Opportunities to travel all over the world.
  • Long vacations which are as per your choosing.
  • Not a 9 to 5 desk job
  • The Merchant Navy transports about 96% of goods worldwide and is one of the most important contributors to the economy of nations.
  • There are around 50,000 merchant ships trading worldwide transporting all kinds of cargo.
  • The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations and manned by over a million highly skilled seafarers

About one month at the end of every semester (every six months)

Mobiles are allowed, can be used only before or after class hours, in the hostels. Laptops are allowed, can be used only on the hostels.

Students are normally permitted to go out of the campus on Saturday evening, to return on Sunday evening, subject to performance, behaviour and undertaking from the parents at the time of joining the course.

  • Machineries on board ships include diesel engines, electrical generators, boilers, turbines, pumps, hydraulic machineries, refrigeration, air conditioning, electrical machineries, electronic equipment’s, etc., practically a mini city.
  • Mariners are involved in the running, operation and maintenance of all these machineries on board ships. Since they are in-charge of all the machineries on the ship, they get hands on experience on variety of machineries, which is normally not possible in a shore based industry.
  • Promotions to higher ranks are based on passing examinations and experience. So if you are hardworking, you may become a chief engineer / Captain / ETO of a ship after about five to seven years of joining a ship as a junior officer. This kind of promotion and holding high responsibilities in a shore based industry is normally not possible.
  • After completion of this on-board training you appear for an examination conducted by Mercantile Marine Department (MMD), Government of India. On passing this examination you start working as a rank officer on board the ship.


There are plenty of jobs available for Captains and Chief engineers ashore in marine related or engineering related fields.

  • To navigate the ship from the bridge in watches (shifts) while at sea.
  • Ensure safety regulations are observed.
  • Co-ordinate cargo loading and discharge operations.
  • Co-ordinate and supervise the activities of the crew.
  • Follow instructions from the captain with regards to ship operations.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all activities


Yes, you are right. Trainees who train in the deck department to become Navigating officers are called “deck cadet”, similarly trainee in the Engineering department is called a “Junior Engineer” and in Electrical departments are called as an Electrical Cadet.

The term sponsored candidate is used for as a candidate who will be sponsored of berth on completion of training and not sponsorship of tuition fees. A candidate who has met all the qualifying criteria will be sponsored for a sea berth by Westline.

The stipend received during the On-Board training period itself is higher than the starting salaries in many career streams ashore. At the age of 23 when a normal student graduates from any stream and starts looking for a job, the candidate who has joined Merchant Navy has already completed his/her training and starts working as an officer on board the ship.

You must remember that Pre-Sea training is not subsidized by the government, there are various requirements that have to be considered in order to conduct pre-sea training and the cost of carrying these out is very high and has to be borne by the Pre-Sea training Academy.

As per stipulations from D.G. Shipping every candidate desirous of joining as an officer or an engineer on ships has to undergo the required pre-sea training ashore. Pre-sea training can be undertaken in any one of the approved pre-sea training institute across India.

  • If you are adventurous person who likes to be outdoors and is not interested in a monotonous 9 to 5 job, then Merchant Navy is the best career option for you.
  • High income (Tax Free)
  •  Independence and responsibility at a young age 
  • Quick promotions
  • No expenses whilst on board (High class accommodation and cuisine)
  • Travel around the globe and experience the world with Adventure.
  • No two days on the ship are the same
  • Long Vacations
  • Time to pursue your hobbies 
  • Future opportunities to pursue a career ashore

Ships that carry goods, people or render services of a non-military nature constitute the merchant navy. Merchant Navy touches every body’s life in one way or other. Material for building a house may have been brought by a bulk carrier, the fuel used in your vehicle was brought by a tanker and fruits in the market from different countries were brought in a refrigerated container carried on a ship

Yes, if it corrects your vision to 6/6 without glasses.

The Medical Test is conducted after the candidate is declared selected and needs to be done by a DGS approved doctor only.

All the Candidates selected, have assured employment on the ship manned by WESTLINE.

  • Candidates would not be paid anything during Pre-Sea training.
  • Candidates will start getting paid as an stipend during their On-Board training which will vary between 200 to 500 USD per month, based on CBA norms (Collective Bargaining agreement of shipping companies with Unions)
  • And after a certified officer, after obtaining a certificate of competency, sailing as a Third Officer / Fourth Engineer / Electrical officer, would earn about 1500 USD per month initially, going up to 12000 USD per month as he moves up to senior positions, after writing more examinations of COC.


In majority of the countries, seafarers are issued a special pass to go ashore when the ship is in port. Some countries such as America, you will need a C1-D visa to go ashore.

Merchant Navy is one of the safest and most economical medium for transportation. Ships are built to operate in the safest way but the safety depends on the human being who operates the ship. Compensation varies from type and extent of injury but for death, compensation is around US $80,000. (Depending on Insurance)

It depends but if you stop sailing after becoming Master, Chief Engineer or a Electrical officer there will be many opportunities at shore for Marine Superintendent, Technical Superintendent, Electrical Superintendent, Manning Superintendent, Vetting Superintendent, etc.

As per Seamen’s Employment Office Order the retirement age of the person from seafaring profession is 60 years. This rule also provided discretion to the Director, Seamen’s Employment Office, to permit employment of seamen over 60 years of age, but not exceeding 65, provided the ship owner accepted the engagement of the seaman and the prescribed medical authority declared him ‘Fit’, prior to engagement.

No, you will not be entitled for salary when you are on leave

Only family members of the top ranking officials are allowed on board the ship.

Many of the shipping companies are not investing enough in training cadets and only expecting to employ experienced officers. This is one of the reasons for shortage. So we believe our Trainees to be our future officer assets.

Duration would be continuous 9 to 12 months during On-Board training.

Typically at times the voyage could be extended up to maximum 30 days or more.

Yes it is possible but you will have to ensure your certificates are valid at the time of re-joining and you may also require to undergo some refresher training. In addition there are possibilities that you will be offered demoted rank for a period of time.

Choosing the right Shipping Company is the key:

Join a company which provides you:

  • a career path and has a structured training programme
  • has a good safety and quality record
  • Stipend remuneration should be your least priority, if you are a well-trained officer the money will follow.
  • The period that you spend on board as a cadet is the time for learning, what knowledge and experience you gain during this period will stand you in good stead as an officer in the later years.
  • The company that provides extensive training is the one you should be looking for.

No. After 10 to 12 years the Mariners can settle down at shore. A lot of opportunities exist for Mariners.

The degree certificates are awarded by IMU & DG Shipping, Government of India

Yes, girls are eligible for joining merchant navy but Westline do not sponsor girl cadets at this moment. This is under review and girl cadets will be sponsored by Westline in future.

Yes. All Pre-Sea training is compulsorily fully residential.

All Pre-sea Training approved by D.G Shipping, Government of India are eligible for education loan. You may approach any bank of your convenience.

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