FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions


Q1. What is Merchant Navy?
THE MERCHANT NAVY basically work in transporting cargo and passengers by sea. It has different fleets composed of passenger vessels, cargo liners, tankers, Bulk carriers, Car carriers, containers. Merchant Navy is the backbone of worldwide international trade, carrying goods and cargos across the globe for Import & Export business.
Q2. Why Merchant Navy?
You can choose Merchant Navy as career because in this career you will get highest salary package form any career. Moreover, salary is totally tax-free. You can save the total salary since all your expense is borned by the Shipping Company.
Q3. Can we apply Education Loan?
Loan Process will be your responsibility and you have to choose the bank who will be willing to give you loan.
Q4. How we can apply for Merchant Navy?
You can apply for Merchant Navy by two ways "Online and Offline"
Q5. What is Examination syllabus?
The exam consists questions of Basic General Knowledge, Reasoning, General English, Mathematics, Gen. Science. The paper consists of multiple choice questions.
Q6. Is there any negative marking in Examination?
There is no any negative marking.
Q7. Can we take family on ship?
Most companies provide facilities to take families after a certain rank.ie: At this stage, top 4 senior officers (Master, C/O, C/E, 2/E) are allowed to carry family on-board.
Q8. At what Circumstances Does the Admission get cancelled?
Here at OSA. we follow a very clear policy of transparency. Admission can be cancelled if the student is Medically Unfit by Doctor (Approved by D.G. Shipping) or Wrong Document's Submitted.
Q9. What is the Institute name where we go for training?
You will get your Pre-Sea Training at Offshore Shipping Academy. OSA is Approved by Ministry of Corporate Affairs Govt. of INDIA. ISO 9001-2008 or 9001-2015.
Q10. Alumni Names and Placement details?
For this purpose, contact Offshore Shipping Academy placement officer or Visit www.offshoreshipping.co.in
Q11. If there is back in subjects?
Three chances will provide by us to clear your Exam after that you lose your chance for joining merchant navy through OSA and amount submitted by you is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Q12. What about Placement?
We provide 100% placement assistance and provides Sponsorship Letter on the day of Admission.
Q13. Stipend may vary?
It's depend upon company to company & market situation.
Q14. Do we have a risk for that?
You don't have any risk for joining Marine industry because your job is 100% assured so there is no risk for job purpose. If you are talking about risk / accident, % of accident is very few in maritime industry in whole world than road accident happens at your city. According to India Today-Nov-2009 issue 1,00,000 people lost their life in Road Accident per annum in India. We are not mentioning here the people who permanently or temporarily injured in road accident so the risk is more on road than Shipping Industry. Accidents happen because of human negligence and error only. It can happen in any part of your life Once written completed, the selected candidates are called up by a selection letter in about 10 to 15 days for counselling and those who are in waiting list they have to wait for.
Q15. Are the training fees is Fixed or it will vary?
The Training Fees will be fixed and include what we have given in leaflet.
Q16. Chances of coming back once we left the job?
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 undergo some refresher training and medical tests before joining again.
Q17. How much time does it will take for a Deck/Engine Rating to become Master/Chief Engineer?
A Deck/Engine Rating can become a Master/Chief Engineer in eight to ten years subject to appears and passes all his promotion examinations in time and also completes the necessary Sea-time and Post Sea Courses on time.
Q18. What is the maximum number of days a seafarer has sail on ship?
Typically, at times the voyage could be up to 30 days or more.
Q19. What is the Retirement Age?
As per Seamen's Employment Office Order the retirement age of the person from seafaring profession is at 60 yrs. 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.
Q20. What are the Shore opportunities when I stop sailing?
It depends but if you stop sailing after becoming Master or a Chief Engineer, there will be many opportunities at shore for Marine Superintendent, Technical Superintendent, Manning Superintendent, Vetting Superintendent, Port Pilot or Harbour Master, Conservator of Ports etc.
Q21. Can I visit the countries that the ship arrives without Visa?
In majority of the countries, seafarers are issued a special pass to go ashore when the ship is in port. Some countries such as USA you will need a visa to go ashore.
Q22. Are Girls also eligible for joining these Merchant Navy courses?
Yes, girls are eligible for joining the merchant navy but we are not structured to recruit and train girl candidates at this moment.
Q23. Will I get the salary when I am not sailing and on leave?
No, you will not be entitled for salary when you are on leave. During the on-board training period the trainees are paid stipend and not salary.
Q24. If any candidates were spectacles does an eye operation enough to make eligible for Merchant Navy?
Requirements are: 6/6 vision in both eyes (without visual aids); no colour-blindness for Deck-Officer's and for Engineering Officers use of corrective lenses permitted but the maximum permissible limits, at entry are 6/12 in each eye or 6/9 in the better eye and 6/18 in the other eye, for Distant Unaided Vision. It will be an individual's decision to do whatever is required to meet the requirement and as long as one meets the above requirement, he will be eligible for Merchant Navy.
Q25 How I get promotion in Merchant Navy?
On gaining the certificate for Second Mate, the officer is eligible to be posted as 2nd or 3rd officer on board a good merchant ship, with good salary. Further sea service renders the officer capable of giving the First Mate (Foreign Going) and Master (Foreign Going) examinations. Passing of the latter exam gives him the certificate of competency to become the Captain of a merchant ship.
Q26. What is INDOS Number?
INDOS (Indian National Database of seafarers), is a computerized national database of Indian seafarers which is of use for quick reference by statutory authorities such as Flag State Port State, Immigration and Employers etc., to prevent the fraudulent issue of certificates. The database includes data like the seafarer's address, photographs, signature, telephone, etc. An INDOS number consists of eight alphanumeric characters. Henceforth, no seafarer without an INDOS number will be admitted to any course other than a three-month pre-sea training course in India.
Q27. While on ship can we communicate with our Family?
Now a days shipping industry is most advance so you can communicate with your parents/friends by way of internet, Satellite phone. 
Q28. What is STCW Courses?
STCW (Standards for Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers) rules 78/95/2010/16 as an international convention specifically setting standard for seafarer’s mandatory for every candidate, who want to join maritime industry includes Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Basic Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid courses.
Q29. Typically work activities on ship?
Your rank and the size of vessel you are working on will affect your duties. On a smaller ship, activities will be more hand-on, whereas on a large ship, the role tends to be more managerial .A Deck/ Navigation officer's typical work activity includes: Navigating the vessel using range of satellite and radar systems and equipment’s, Checking weather and navigating reports and taking appropriate action ,cording the safe loading, storage and unloading of cargo ,managing the care and safety of passengers, Supervising the operation and maintenance of deck machinery, e.g. : winches and cranes, Managing ship communication systems, Monitoring and maintaining safety, firefighting and lifesaving equipment’s, Overseeing the ship to ensure that the highest levels of health and safety are maintained ,Maintaining legal and operation record, e.g. the ship log, keeping up to date with developments in maritime legal, commercial and political matters. An engineering officer's typical work activity includes: Directing others in the operation and maintenance of the mechanical and electrical equipment’s on board, managing power, fuelling and distribution systems, Repairing and upgrading systems and equipment, e.g. air compressors, pumps and sewage plants, implementing regular equipment inspections and maintenance programmes, keeping up to date with developments in the marine engineering field. The other activities includes: Undertaking essential administration, including budgets, accounts and records of stock, cargo and passengers, Managing the work of ratings (seamen) and providing training and support for officer trainees.