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The Ship Management Company that is recruiting naval personnel should have a valid Recruitment and placement of Sea-Farer’s Licence (RPS Licence) issued by Government of India(D.G Shipping).

Westline Group is registered under the RPS License of D.G. Shipping, Government of India. Our details are as follows: MUM – 381. One can verify the details of our RPS License by visiting the website link: http://dgshipping.gov.in/Content/RPSAgencies.aspx

The shipping industry consists of various categories of vessels, but at the end of the day, the primary role of a ship is to deliver cargo or people from one point to the other. About 96% of the world’s cargo is transported by ships and is responsible for running the wheels of the global economy smoothly.

Various ranks are available for the applicant interested in joining the merchant navy. The most popular among the lot is to be a Navigating officer (deck officer). Other options include the ranks in the electrical/engineering departments.

  • To be financially independent at a very young age
  • Attractive pay scale when compared to that of the other employment sectors
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and see the world
  • Long paid leaves as per your convenience
  • Not a typical 9 to 5 desk job
  • The merchant navy is responsible for transporting about 96% of the world’s cargo
  • They are one of the biggest contributors in the economic stability & revenue generation for any country
  • At any given point of time, around 50,000 merchant ships are engaged in the transportation of goods worldwide
  • The merchant ships of the world are registered in over 150 nations and operated by highly skilled individuals that are involved in the manning and smooth operation of the ships.

One month leave after the end of each semester that lasts for about six months.

Smartphones are allowed but only after classes are over and when in the hostel. Laptops and tablets are allowed only in the hostel.

Yes, they are allowed to go out on the weekends. Candidates can go out on Saturday evening and come back on Sunday night. Individual performance of the candidate, along with disciplinary conduct on campus and hostel and undertakings from the parent’s side are some of the formalities.

  • The ships and marine vessels are carrying electrical generators, diesel engines, turbines, boilers, hydraulic machinery, air conditioning, refrigeration and all other amenities that make a living on the ship or vessel no less than living in a small township.
  • The mariner or seafarer is involved in the operation, running and maintenance tasks of the ship along with all of its onboard machinery. It provides the candidate with hands-on experience that enables them to familiarize themselves with all of the equipment onboard the ship.
  • Based on experience and academic performance, promotions are given in the maritime environment. It is possible for any candidate to become ETO/Chief Engineer or the Captain of a ship only if the candidate is hardworking and dedicated enough.
  • After the completion of the onboard training, the candidate needs to appear for an examination that is conducted by the MMD (Mercantile Marine Department), Government of India. On passing this exam, you start working as a rank officer on board the ship.

Yes, you can. There are plenty of employment opportunities onshore for a retired captain or chief engineer related to the marine engineering fields and other marine related operations.

  • Navigating the ship out in the sea from the bridge in shifts
  • Make sure that safety regulations are observed on board the ship
  • Co-ordinate discharge operations and cargo loading
  • Supervise and coordinate the crew activities
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate records for all operations

Yes, it is. The candidates who train in the deck department for the post of the navigating officer are called Deck cadet. On the other hand, trainees in the engineering department are called Junior engineer and an Electrical cadet in the Electrical Department.

A sponsored candidate is the term that is used for a candidate who will be given facilities like sponsored accommodation services. An applicant that is fulfilling all the requirements will be provided a sponsored berth by Westline Group.

The amount that is being handed over to the trainee as stipend who is undergoing training onboard the ship is higher than the salary that is being offered by any other career in the shore. To look at it from another angle, consider the flowing scenario. A person completes his graduation at the age of 23, and by the same time, trainees in the Merchant Navy completes his training and starts working as an officer on the deck.

It should be kept in mind that the Government does not subsidize the fee for the Pre-Sea Training and the cost of conducting such training sessions are not pocket-friendly. Whatever fees that are being charged by the Pre-Sea Training Academy for the training program it is being spent efficiently in the conduction of the training program.

It is made mandatory by the authorities at D.G. Shipping that every candidate that desires to join the Merchant Navy should undergo necessary Pre-Sea Training at the shore before being deployed on the sea.

  • A person who loves the idea of being out in the sea, while leading an adventurous life free from the monotonous 9 – 5 desk job, then the Merchant Navy is the right option for progressing your career
  • Tax-free high income
  • Responsibility and independence at a young age
  • Rapid promotions
  • High-class accommodation and cuisine (No expenses while on board)
  • Experience the world and travel around the globe
  • Every day is different onboard the ship
  • Personal time dedicated to pursuing your hobbies
  • Guaranteed career opportunities after retirement ashore

The fleet of Marine vessels that is associated with the ferrying of people, cargo, and other non-military services falls under the Merchant Navy. The service rendered by the Merchant Navy affects the lives of everyone in one way or the other.

For example, building materials for your house is brought in bulk quantities by a majority cargo carrier, the fuel you use in your vehicles are brought in by an oil tanker ship, the fresh fruits and vegetables that you buy from the market is imported from different countries and brought in via the waterways in refrigerated container ships.

If it results in the correction of your vision and restores your vision into 6/6 without the use of glasses, then yes!

The medical test is conducted only after the candidate is shortlisted. It should be done only by a DGS approved doctor.

All the Candidates shortlisted have assured employment on marine vessels manned by Westline selected, have secured work on the ship manned by WESTLINE.

  • No, you won’t be paid any stipend while undergoing pre-sea training. However, you will be paid a stipend of 500 – 200 USD per month as per the guidelines jotted down by the Collective Bargaining agreement between shipping companies with Unions (or CBA)
  • After the completion of your training for the post of third officer/ Electrical Officer/ Fourth officer and obtaining a certificate of competency for the same, you would be eligible for earning around 1500 USD per month initially. This can rise to 12000 USD as per the positions and the performance in the written test conducted by the COC.

Seafarers are given special passes to visit the country in most of the cases around the world while the ship is in port. There are some exceptions like America where you need to obtain a C1-D visa to go ashore.

Merchant Navy is an economical and one of the most reliable and most trusted medium of transportation in the modern world. Ships are mere machines that are built for safe operations. But there is a gray area. The safety of any vehicle depends on the crew that is associated with the functioning of the same.

In cases of death while on board, the compensation amount is around USD 80,000 (depends on insurance)

It depends on the designation on which you were performing your duties last.

For example, if you retire after becoming a Master, Chief Engineer or Electrical officer opportunities like Technical Superintendent, Vetting Superintendent, Electrical Superintendent, etc.

According to the Seamen’s Employment Office Order, the set age for retiring in the Merchant Navy is 60 years. Employment of seamen over the age of 60 but not exceeding 65 along with medical certification from DGS prescribed medical professional before work is also mentioned in a particular clause.

No, you are not entitled to paid leaves.

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

The lack of investments made in the cadet training institutions by the shipping companies along with the practice of hiring only the experienced officers in their firm is two of the major contributing factors in the shortage of personnel in the Merchant Navy.

The training period varies but is within the range of 9 to 12 months

A typical voyage could last for 30 days maximum

Definitely, but you need to make sure that all of your documents and certificates are in order while re-joining your duties. It may also come to a point where you need to undergo some refresher training for refreshing your skills along with a demotion for a particular period.

Choosing the appropriate shipping company is crucial. It is advised to join a shipping company that provides a candidate the following facilities:

  • A well planned & structured training program
  • An assured career opportunity
  • Holds remarkable quality & safety record
  • It is to be kept in mind that remuneration/stipend should be the least concern for any candidate. Money inevitably follows an officer of the Merchant Navy who is well trained and worthy
  • The period that you as a cadet spend onboard the vessel should be devoted to learning. The experience and knowledge a person gathers during this timeline will work towards benefiting the same and will be with you even after you reach the rank of y our choice.
  • Keep an eye out for the provisions, the structure of the training program and the quality of the facilities they provide for the rank that you are interested in.

Absolutely not. An official of the Merchant Navy, after the completion of 10 to 12 years out at sea, can settle down at the shore. Depending on your last rank, you will have plenty of job opportunities ready for you on shore.

The Pre-Sea certification/degree is awarded to the seafarer by D.G.Shipping & IMU under the authority of the Government of India.

Yes, female candidates are eligible for joining the Merchant Navy. For the time being, Westline Group does not sponsor female candidates. It is under review, and this facility will be available in the future.

Yes, it is mandatory for all candidates undergoing Pre-Sea training.

All of the grooming procedures for candidates undergoing Pre-Sea training are approved by D.G Shipping undertaken by the Government of India. The candidates who signed up for this program are eligible for education loan and can approach any banking institution as per their convenience.

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