1.Can anyone leave the job in the Merchant Navy and join later after few years?
Ans- 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 undergoing some refresher training. In addition there are possibilities that you will be offered demoted rank for a period of time.
2.What is the maximum number of days a seafarer has to sail on ship?
Ans- Typically at times the voyage could be up to 30 days or more.
3.What is the continuous duration of stay on board a ship during the training period?
Ans- Duration would be 12 months during training.
4.Despite of high salary structure, why are there so much shortage of officers?
Ans- 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. Other reason could be, more ships built in a very short span of time not taking into account the availability of manpower resulting in acute shortages.
5.Can we take family on board?
Ans- At this stage, top 4 senior officers (Master, C/O, C/E, 2/E) are allowed to carry family onboard.
6.Are girls also eligible for joining these merchant navy courses?
Ans- Yes, girls are eligible for joining the merchant navy but GOMA is not structured to train girl cadets at this moment. This is under review and girl cadets will be trained at GOMA in future.
7.Will I get the salary when I am not sailing and on leave?
Ans- 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.
8.How much time does it take for a Deck Cadet/Engine Cadet to become a Master/Chief Enginner?
Ans- A Deck Cadet/Engine Cadet can become a Master/Chief Engineer in eight to ten years provided he appears and passes all his promotion examinations in time and also completes the necessary Sea-time and Post Sea Courses on time.
9.What is the retirement age?
Ans- 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.
10.What are the shore opportunities when I stop sailing?
Ans- 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 Harbor Master, Conservator of Ports etc.
11.How safe is it to be on board a ship and what is the compensation in case a person is injured or dies on board?
Ans- 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.
12.Can I visit the countries that the ship arrives without a visa?
Ans- 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 visa to go ashore.
13.Which international authority governs Merchant navy and takes care of seafarers?
Ans- The International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
1.What is the 16PF test?
Ans- Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire: a self-report personality inventory developed to measure the 16 personality dimensions that emerged from his factor analysis of a wide range of traits.
2.What type of interview will there be before I am selected?
Ans- You will have written test and interview by the interview panel.
3.Is there any fee to fill the admission form for the course?
Ans- There is no fee for filling the application form nor downloading the prospectus from the GOMA website. Rs.500 is charged if you want the hard copy of prospectus.
4.Do I have to pay for my medical test?
Ans- Yes, you will have pay for the medical test. The medical test has to be carried out only by a DG Shipping Approved Doctor
5.How do I apply for the loan?
Ans- Loan process will be your responsibility and you will have to choose the bank who will be willing to give you the loan. We will assist you in providing letters to assist in loan process.
6.What are the certificates and documents provided on completion of training?
Ans- On successful completion of training the trainee is provided the following certificates and documents:
– Pre-Sea Training Certificate
– Personal Survival Techniques
– Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
– Elementary First Aid
– Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
– Continuous Discharge Certificate (C.D.C)
1.What are the medical parameters for joining merchant navy?
Ans- Physically fit and meet the standards laid out by Director General of Shipping. More details can be found in DG Shipping website at www.dgshipping.com
2.Can anyone having minor physical deformities like knock-knees etc. join the merchant navy?
Ans- It depends on the extent of the physical deformity and as long as the deformity does not form any kind of disability to perform the duties assigned onboard a ship, one should be fit for sea service. However this will be confirmed only by the company Doctor.
3.Any health problems related to seasickness and staying away from the land?
Ans- It is usual for most of the seafarers to have seasickness when he starts his sea career but everyone gets used to the sea within a short period of time.
4.What is seasickness and does everybody get it?
Ans- Seasickness is a feeling of nausea and, in extreme cases, vertigo experienced after spending time on a craft on water. It is typically brought on by the rocking motion of the craft, but people who are particularly vulnerable to the condition can feel seasick simply by setting foot on a boat, even if the vessel is in dry dock. It is not necessary for everyone to get it.
5.I wear spectacles; does an eye operation enough to make me eligible for Merchant Navy?
Ans- Requirements are : 6/6 vision in both eyes (without visual aids); no colour-blindness for Nautical 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.