RANK AND PROMOTION PROCEDURE IN MERCHANT NAVY
There are several ranks in merchant navy. I will start from deck side then go to engine side. This blog will give you step by step procedure of promotion in merchant navy. It also includes details of sea time (sailing time) required for each rank to get upper rank.
Let’s start the knowledge tour.
From 3rd officer to 2nd officer promoted on the basis of performance and appraisal.
18 MONTHS SEATIME+4 MONTHS FUNCTION COURSE (WRITTEN PREPRATION) +WRITTEN AND ORAL EXAMS(5 WRITTEN PAPER FOR phase1 exam)+(5 written paper and 3 oral exams for phase2)
Captain is last rank on ship in merchant navy. But if someone wants to do more studies then they can EXTRA MASTER exam. But this exam is not going to benefit you on ship. You will be captain only because there is no rank above it on ship.
CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP:- It is the top most rank on a ship. It is also called MASTER. HE/SHE is responsible for whole ship in term of safety, operation, management etc.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE A CAPTAIN: - No one can tell you the exact time for becoming a captain because it is totally depend on candidate. You will be promoted on the basis of your exams only.
ENGINE CADET/JUNIOR ENGINEER
6 MONTHS SAILING TIME+MEO WRITTEN+ORAL EXAMS CONDUCTED BY GOVT. OF INDIA
As per performance overall onboard you will be promoted as
12 MONTHS SEA TIME+ WRITTEN EXAMS+ ORAL EXAMS
This post is last rank in merchant navy in engine department. Chief engineer is responsible for engine department in term of operation, management and safety.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE A CHIEF ENGINEER:- Indeed it requires lot of hard work and patience. This also is the same case as captain, nobody can give you the exact time for becoming a chief engineer. By clearing your exams fast you can achieve this rank.
I hope this article will help you in making your career. All the very best guys and god bless you all.