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So you want to join the merchant navy as an officer

? You’ve heard all those stories about being paid to visit foreign countries, haven’t you? What about the girl in every port stories? And you must have been told about the exciting life we sailors lead, right? Are these stories true? Do you think you have it in you to sail the high seas? Well, I am here to tell you about the REAL merchant navy – some of the stories you’ve heard are true, some are not. I have been sailing for the past 30 years including 13 years as Captain so I am giving you an inside view.

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DECK CADET watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment.

GP Rating candidates are those who have been trained in both Deck and Engine Room duties.

The G.P.Rating candidate will be able to work in all seamanship activities on-board at deck side and other work at Engine side. With further Sea-service, they will be promoted as DECK SERANG, BOSUN, Able-Bodied Seamen / Engine Fitter etc.

Deck cadet is a training officer.He basically completes his 1 yr pre sea course through IGNOU or 3 yrs Bsc nautical science. Then he can complete his required on board training and passes competency exams and becomes a 3rd officer then 2nd officer, chief officer and finally captain.

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GP rating is for the crew who will work as a seaman or oiler. seaman becomes an ordinary s’man then able s’man then Bosun.

Check DG shipping website for eligibility requirements.

Be very cautious while selecting any training institute. in the same website u can find DG approved institutes. The training institute should be an approved one and should have a good reputation.

deck cadet performs his duties under navigation officers. a deck cadet with a minimum training of 1yr on board is further promoted to 3rd officer and so on. however a gp rating cadet is someone who performs all seamanship duties on deck. The level and salary of a deck cadet is much more higher than that of a gp rating cadet. so i suggest you to go for deck cadet course i.e Bsc. nautical science. m doing the same!

GP rating is based off the monitor rating system it basically monitors the accuracy of the metr

es. telling you the exact depth, width & span of the water body surrounding you.

Cabet is an older model. started in the 20s. it was primarily used to monitor the safety of crew on board. especially after the Titanic incident.

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Merchandisers are responsible for deciding which goods to stock in which shops and how they should be displayed. In large retail companies, merchandisers are likely to be dealing with one range of products. In a smaller retail company they may be responsible for both the buying and merchandising (see Buyer profile).

Merchandisers predict trends and fashions and decide which products are most likely to appeal to customers. They analyse sales information, work out sales targets and plan how to increase profits. They visit suppliers or manufacturers to select goods. This is like ly to involve working closely with retail buyers. They negotiate a price, order the goods, agree a delivery date, complete all the necessary paperwork, and keep in touch with suppliers to make sure that the goods arrive on time.

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Merchandisers work closely with visual display staff and department managers to decide how goods should be displayed to best attract customers’ attention. This might involve planning and setting up sales promotions and advertising campaigns. In some organisations this is a separate role carried out by a visual merchandiser (see Visual Merchandiser profile).

Merchandisers may also travel to different stores to discuss how well the stock is selling, and make decisions about whether to withdraw, increase or move the stock to another store. Computers play an important part in the work – they are used to handle sales statistics, produce sales projections and present spreadsheets and graphs.


No problem you say, I can handle everything, just as long as I get paid well. That’s just fine, as long as you are aware of what you are getting into. Expect to work with a multinational crew. Expect multinational cuisine. Expect cultural differences, your Captain could be from U.K. while the other officers / crew could be from Philippines, India, Croatia, Bangladesh or some other country. This variety means that you may not have much in common with them. You might have to spend time alone in your cabin. Can you handle being by yourself? Of course, it might be possible that you are lucky and you get along with everyone, in which case you will enjoy yourself soaking in the various cultures. Or you could be luckier and get to sail with a majority of your nationality. It all depends on the company you work for. During your leisure time you can watch movies, play indoor games (cards, carom etc), work out in the gym (most ships have one) or just relax in your cabin. Most companies allow officers to send emails home and receive them. Of course, there are restrictions on the number and size of emails after all, satellites are used for transmitting/receiving emails. You will get snail mail (conventional paper letters) when the ship touches port but usually not more than once a month. Lately, bigger companies offer internet facilities on board so sailors aren’t as isolated as before. Mobile phone sims can be picked up locally as well so you can call home whenever you are in a port.

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