Career In Shipping & Maritime

Career in shipping is perfect for the individuals who are fascinated by the sea, love traveling in foreign ports and want to experience different cultures.

Shipping and Maritime are the two terms inter-connected to each other. Let us discuss about maritime and shipping separately.

Maritime is connected with the sea in relation to navigation, shipping or trading activities done by the sea.

Generally, Shipping is the transport of goods by sea or some other means. It includes the transport of goods as well as people from one place to another.

Due to increase in international trade, demand of shipping is expanded tremendously. Shipping plays a very important role in the growth and development of country.

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Shipping & Maritime play an important role in international trade & commerce. Almost 90% trade is done through sea route which increase the need of the professionals in this area.

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Scope in Shipping and Maritime

There is a vast scope in the Shipping & Maritime profession. All courses under this field is very much demanding and in trend. You can make your career in this field if you are interested in travelling world tour & want to gain knowledge of various places and cultures. There is a wide range of scope in logistics and shipping.

After completing your degree, you can join government/ private shipping companies and various port agencies in India or in abroad. Shipping industries are one of the best sectors to make your career. Marine engineers can also join the merchant navy.

Courses & Duration

Many Universities/colleges offer education in the field of shipping and maritime. In the curriculum of these courses,  marine education with special emphasis on fundamentals of marine subjects and practical aspects of profession will be taught to the students. Various distance learning as well as regular courses are available in this field. Most sought courses in maritime and shipping are as follows:

Diploma Courses:

  • Diploma in Marine Engineering – 3 years
  • Diploma in Logistics and Shipping – 1 year
  • Diploma in Naval Architecture And Offshore Engineering – 3 years
  • Diploma in Nautical Science – 1 year
  • Diploma in Marine Engineering – 1 year

Bachelor courses:

Master Courses:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Shipping and Logistics2 years
  • MBA in International Transportation & Logistics Management – 2 years
  • MBA in Port and Shipping Management – 2 years
  • MBA in International Transportation & Logistics Management – 2 years
  • M.Tech in Marine Engineering – 2 years
  • M.Sc in Shipping Trade and Finance – 1 year
  • M.Sc International Shipping and Logistics – 1 year

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Admission Process

In order to pursue courses in the field of shipping and maritime, candidates are required to appear the entrance test. Admission to the management course in shipping will be done through MAT 2020/CAT 2020/XAT 2020/ATMA 2020 entrance examination. To pursue engineering courses in maritime, you are required to appear the JEE Main 2020 for undergraduate courses and GATE 2020 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) for admission to the postgraduate courses.

You can also apply for IMU CET 2020 (Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test).

Some best colleges are listed here that offers education in Shipping & Maritime:

  • Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy
  • Department of Ship Technology, Cochin University of Science & Technology
    Cochin/Kochi , Kerala
  • Department of Marine Engineering, AMET University
    Tamil Nadu – Other , Tamil Nadu
  • Indian Maritime University, Chennai

Jobs & Career

Exciting career paths are offered in the field of Shipping & Maritime. There are enormous job opportunities for the candidates who have completed the basic course in this field.

The need of skilled professionals has been increased due to the increasing importance of international trade.

Job opportunities exists in private and government shipping companies like Shipping Corporation of India del credere agents etc. One can also join merchant navy after the completion of aforementioned diploma and degree courses. Deck officer is one of the excellent post in merchant navy.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent Verbal & Written communication skills
  • Decision making Ability
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Ability to work well with all levels of staff
  • Self-Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Commercial Awareness

Shipping industry plays a vital role in international trade and due to this it offers interesting and diverse career opportunities.

You can work in the shipping and navy departments.

The shipping & maritime industry offers an excellent opportunity to the youngsters who wish to carve & achieve a self-disciplined, motivated & an adventurous career.

In the field of shipping, one can become:

  • Marine Engineer
  • Deck Officer
  • Deck Cadet
  • Steward
  • Marine Cook
  • General Crew
  • Port Captain
  • Chief Engineer
  • Associate Director
  • Manager-Port Logistics
  • Documentation Executive


  • GMMCO Limited
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • TMC Shipping Pvt Ltd.
  • ITT Shipping (P) Ltd.
  • American Cruise Lines
  • Ocean Shipping Service PVT.LTD
  • Bridgeview Maritime Pvt.Ltd.
  • Anglo-Eastern Ship Management
  • The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd.
  • Northern Marine Management (India) Pvt. Ltd.


Individuals working in this field gets the rewarding pay with many other benefits.

Salary in this field is extremely high. Remuneration will depends upon the post you are holding or from which course you are belong to. Deck officers receive excellent salary package. In Indian ships, deck cadet can earn 20,000-30,000 per month and around 50,000-60,000 in foreign ships. A deck officer will receive upto  Rs 1,50,000 per month.

The figures of your salary varies in abroad. In abroad, you will get the salary of around 85000$ per annum.

Anyone can gain lucrative job opportunities and best salary after doing shipping & maritime courses.

Books & Study Materials

Some best books are listed here that helps you in the study of Shipping & Maritime:

  • The Maritime Engineering Reference Book
    by Anthony E. Molland
  • Shipping and Logistics Management
    by Y.H.V. Lun, K.-H. Lai, T.C.E. Chen
  • Advances in Maritime Structure
    by C. Guedes Soares, W. Fricke
  • Design Principles of Ships and Marine Structures
    by S.C. Misra
  • A guide to collision avoidance rules
    by A.N. Cockcroft & J.N.F. Lameijer
  • Seamanship Techniques: Shipboard and Marine Operations
    by David J House
  • Ship Stability for Masters and Mates
    by Bryan Barrass
  • The Seamanship Examiner: For STCW Certification Examinations
    by David J House & Farhan Saeed

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  1. Kamal Alahjeli says:

    i want information about MBA in shipping 1 year to my email please

  2. Anita says:

    hI I am bcom graduate can I get jobs in ship with some additional course or something please let me know

  3. Vasu says:

    I am complete one year diploma fire safety engineering course..any job in ship

  4. Abin saju says:

    I am a student now iam in third year next year i would like to join in ship which course is better to me

  5. J ARUN KUMAR says:

    Sir, what are our chances if get imu pg certificate?

  6. Tiabou Junie says:

    What does it take for an international student to do Masters in Port and shipping management

  7. Parth mistry says:

    Is this maritime Marine field best ?

  8. Alamezie Chisom destiny says:

    Apart from the maritime course es listed are they no other engineering courses to read in other to achieve these maritime goals. Thank you sir

  9. Prajwal R says:

    Better 3 year course
    1 year course
    After sslc

  10. Loreen says:

    Please am a senior high school graduate can I apply for port and shipping

  11. Sir.. says:

    I am a ba economics first year student..IAM very interested and one of my dream is to get a job in ship ..I am a girl ..sir..can you please tell which course better for me?

  12. Praveen says:

    Sir,I have completed b.a.english is there any in shiping

  13. pranav says:

    I completed my BE mechanical in 2018. Now can I do shipbuilding and repair (SBR) course in college in ship technology.

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  16. Yash Marchande says:

    Hello sir,I completed my 12th com.let me know which course will do in merchant Navy to get job smoothly

  17. Elsy Antony says:

    Sir ,

    I am doing masters in chemistry and looking forward to have a career in merchant navy . Give me a right path to pursue my dream .

  18. Your Name...Yadu krishna v says:

    Sir,i am a ITI welder holder.It is a 1 yera course and i am interested to work in merchant officer plz give my a right solution to apply.

  19. Toufiq Rabbani says:

    Sir I m Doing ccmc course can I get the job in passenger ship in abroad

  20. .poorvi says:

    can we do marine technology by doing directly the diploma without cmpleting +2 after 10th? or by doing commerce?

  21. chetan says:

    is any course in marine after age 33

  22. Jomon says:

    Fire and safety diploma have any vacancies in ship. I very much like this field please give me a answer.

  23. Dainik sukani says:

    Sir I’m complete my 12sci I get 56% so can i join this course??? And please tell me about fees and salery

  24. Suraj banger says:

    Sir my self suraj banger iam studying final year can i apply for shipping job

  25. Srijal says:

    I am a student of 12(science) I am very much interested in this feild. Kindly show me a way towards my goal.I want a promising career.

  26. Rahul sharma says:

    I am passed (+2) and completed Iti by fitter.what is scope for engineering in the ship

  27. Suyash pratap singh says:

    How to become a ship captain in merchant navy
    Wht course is to be selected

  28. Ajay Bakde says:

    What is scope for girls ?

  29. Oluwafemi Ogundipe says:

    what are the prospect of Msc in International Transportation Management with Advance certificate in supply chain management and certificate in International shipping chartering from Suny Maritime college with Marketing background(Bsc in Marketing)

    where and where can i work? how can i get a good job and what salary range in USD $.

  30. Raj says:

    Actually I’m a graduate in commerce. Will I be able to do diploma in nautical science now ?

  31. Shouvik Mandal says:

    I am physics graduate .what will be my best option in this field and the say about institution.

  32. muhammed mirshan says:

    I’m just finished +2 I’m interested in shipping so plz kind what will I do for that

  33. Saketram VaranasiYour Name... says:

    Good aim..yes you can join in college for BBA & MBA Integrated course(5years). Then you will get campus interview from top most company.. salary depends on post you hold.. my kind request to you is to join in reputed college…

  34. AJITH JOSE says:

    recently i completed my degree in B.Tech i want to start a career in ships . please give some advice for that

  35. Dhananjay says:

    Sir recently I had passé my from mechanical branch so will u plse assist me which master course is an good option for me for better carrer

  36. Neha Sharma says:

    I’m a bcom graduate and i am girl so can you please let me know whether shipping field is safe for girls? Which are the courses i can go for? Currently i am working as a back Office executive in classnk shipping company! Will appreciate your kind advice!

  37. subhra chandan says:

    sir,actually m very much interested in merchant navy .now m going to pass my 12board so after that how can i proceed to my goal.And after how many year m able to get a job .please help !!!

  38. Varchasva Bhardwaj says:

    Sir I am a commerce student.I have done my 12th this year .Can I take admission in shipping and maritime course?

  39. Alok Jadhav says:

    Sir,I have completed diploma in mechanical engineering so can I join merchant navy..

  40. sarath says:

    Iam completed mba in shipping and shipping field where i have to start.

  41. ajay pathania says:

    im doing apperentice in kitchen department of 2 can i apply in shipping industry

  42. Tettey Samuel says:

    I want to be a marine engineers and I’m in Ghana and I don’t know where to study it.Please help me.Thank you

  43. Anonymous says:

    sir i have completed my bcom. can i join shiping , sir how i can join this and what things are needed fot this ?

  44. Mohan Thapa says:

    Sir, I have completed my BA in I eligible for any other course to do in marine ? Please suggest me.

  45. Satyam singh says:

    Which one is better dns or bsc in nautical science

  46. Mohammad masood says:

    Sir.. I’m passed degree bcom.. I would like ship course and I want complet details about the course..

  47. Jyotsna says:

    Sir I completed MBA marketing and HR is I’m eligible for the PG programmes.

    • Kiran NairYour Name... says:

      Yes the basic requirement for pg is graduation with 50% and also you need to clear IMU CET exam. Currently I am doing MBA here

  48. Amal pillai says:

    Sir im a hsc holder with commerce background, please suggest me the cource which will lead me to deck officer.

  49. vijay karthick says:

    I have finished BE(ECE).which area is very suited for me in marine

  50. ISHAQUE AFSAL says:

    Sir lam passed +2 (biology science) in vocational higher secondary iam interested join to your field

  51. Yash says:

    I am completed my BE MECH and i want to join in merchant navy with GME cource….so which is the best college in india and i want name of college into mumbai also.

  52. suklambar halder says:

    age 45,12 passed, want to a cource on shiping & job

  53. Afsal says:

    I am finished my plus two in biology science can I get a job in this field?

  54. sreeraj P R says:

    Sir, I am a fresher in mechanical engineering.May I know how could I get a job in ships and is there any new course I had to do to get a job easierly.

  55. Manmeet says:

    What is the job for a candidate who do diploma in nautical science and what is the type of work in that job?
    Please mention the salery package too.

  56. danny says:

    dear sir
    i’m interested in doing mba in international transportation and logistic management but i would like to know more about the carrier aspects in this field

  57. Albin Shine says:

    Sir, I’m a plus2 commerce student can I apply shipping and marine course plz help me advice me for a better career

  58. saran says:

    I want to know about the salary and jobs and courses about marine

  59. AshishMallah says:

    i m intreseted to join merchant navy but dont know when form are available and currently i am in class 12 pcm passing year 2017 march so plase guide me and contact me…….thank you

  60. Sharvin josy says:

    Dear. Sir/mam
    im student of 12 computer Science i also like this job can i join maraine engineer im the student of march 2017 Please help me sir

  61. laxman says:

    How can join this plz call me later..i wanna join

  62. pavi says:

    im student of twelth commerce can i join maraine plz hlp me im the student of march 2017 plz hlp me …..

  63. piyush kumar singh says:

    i m intresetd to jion merchant navy but dont know when form are available and currently i m in class 12 pcm passing year 2017 march so plase guide me and contact me…….thank you

  64. Akoh Nelson Idoko says:

    Pls am an Engineering student i want to do four courses in maritime academy that will enable me work in the ship.the courses are motor man,safety precaution,oil tank familiarization etc.and hw much will each of the course cost me?

  65. prerana says:

    how much marks should be needed in jee main to get admsn in Indian navy officer ??
    is their any reservation for st cast students ?
    hw much salary for this?

  66. Himani Sardana says:

    Sir..please tell how much a student should score in JEE Mains to get admission in maritime engineering ? Thanks

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