Merchant Navy

Career in Maritime Industry

It’s said “the voice of the sea speaks to the soul”. A career in the maritime industry, especially at sea, is not just financially rewarding, it is also tonic for the soul. Officers on merchant ships are chosen professionals from across the globe. They are the lucky ones who have the good fortune to work in tangent with the sea. To work on a ship you are required to be highly skilled. Because It’s your responsibility to transport commuters and freight safely around the world.

There are many prospects in Maritime Industry. The job requirements for each vary. Other than navigation or engineering skills one needs to be in constant touch with changes in information technology. It also requires considerable leadership and managerial skills to warrant the safety and well being of those living and working together at sea.

If the work is hard, the remuneration is worth the effort. Seafarers receive extremely generous salaries compared to those ashore. Wages are tax free. Boarding and lodging, travel and food are all paid by the employer. Officers who stay at sea can be promoted quickly, in due course becoming Captains or Chief Engineers.

People who have already decided and started a career in merchant navy are earning around US$ 2500 per month as wages or more soon after getting license to drive ships in just 2-3 years along with a degree.

For guidance and counselling concerning various career opportunities available in the maritime industry, students can approach TMC Shipping Pvt. Ltd. It has been guiding students towards sponsored as well as non-sponsored maritime and non-marine courses since 2003.

Additionally if you are a sailor or a sailor spouse and would like to share your story, pictures, views etc. with the world, write to us at For any information, feedback, queries or suggestions feel free to email us at

Looking forward to your comments!


Neha Gupta

A Professional writer with over 10 years of experience, I love writing and learning about new areas during the process. Writing about merchant navy has given me a close look at the sacrifices made by the seafaring community and it is a pleasure to bring to light, through my blogs, for all to see and view, the hard work and dedication of these unsung heroes i.e. the seafarers.

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