Career @ Sea

The 'Ship's Master' is in charge of the ship. The Nautical (Deck) Department, Engineering Department & Catering Department are shown in the chart below. A deck officer starts his career as a TNOC (Cadet), rising to Captain (Ship's Master). An engine officer begins as a Junior Engineer,rising to the Chief Engineer. Promotions are subject to the candidate completing "sea-time", vacancies arising, and passing the competency certificate examination.


Sl. No. Nautical Dept Catering Dept Engineering Dept
1. Chief Officer Saloon Ratings Chief Engineer
2. 2nd Officer - 2nd Engineer
3. 3rd Officer - 3rd Engineer
4. TNOC (Cadets) - 4th Engineer
5. Deck Ratings - Junior Engineers
6. - - Engine Ratings

Beware of Frauds:

BBSM engages cadets/ trainees directly through it own schemes and has not authorized any person to engage cadets/trainees on its behalf. BBSM recruits directly all crews(deck, engine, saloon and GP rating) on its main fleet and not through any person.

It has come to the notice of BBSM that certain persons are fraudulently issuing letters on our behalf regarding the selection of cadets/crew to candidates seeking employment in BBSM. Public are advised not to be misguided by such mails, messages or communication through any means.

Joining the Merchant Navy

You can work on Direct Contract with BBSM

Alternative 1

Candidates with 10+2 (PCM), age up to 25 years,

  1. Nautical Officer – 3 year B.Sc. (Natural Sciences). The candidate should be physically fit (as per Merchant Shipping Rules) 6/6 vision, unimpaired color vision.
  2. Engineer Officer – 4 year Marine Engineering degree course. Candidate should be physically fit as per Merchant Shipping Rules.

On successful completion of training they apply to join a shipping company. Shipping companies also approach candidates while under training and recruit them directly.

Alternative 2: One Year IMU Pre-sea course

  1. Nautical Officer - The candidate should be physically fit (as per the Merchant Shipping (MS) Rules). Eligibility 10+2 (PCM) 60% and English 50%, should qualify in the IMU entrance exam, or B.Sc. (PCM) 50%, or BE age 25 years with 6/6 vision in both eyes & unimpaired colour vision. Age relaxable by 5 years for SC/ST category applicants and 2 years for girl cadets. Approved one year Pre-Sea training is provided before posting them on board the ship. Please or contact for further details.
  2. Engineer Officers - For Junior Marine Engineers, SCI recruits B.E (Mechanical/Naval Architecture). Please consult the specific advertisements for eligibility criteria for direct recruitment.

Ratings: One may choose to join the sea career as a rating.
Deck Rating: 10th/SSC, 18-25 Years. Medically fit as per Merchant Shipping (M.S.) Rules. Eye Sight 6/6, with color vision.
Engine Rating: 10th/SSC, 18-25 years. Medically fit as per Merchant Shipping (M.S.) Rules.
General Purpose (GP) Rating Course: (For deck/engine): 10th / SSC, 18-25 years. Medically fit as per Merchant Shipping (M.S.) Rules. Eye Sight 6/6, with color vision.
Saloon Rating Course: SSC. Age limits: 18 to 25 years. Medically fit as per Merchant Shipping Rules.

Rating Training is carried out at MTI as and when required and at various institutes in the country. Kindly also refer to the Directorate General of Shipping website for details: