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Captains, Mates and Pilots of Water Vessels

The Indian shipping industry is vital to the country's economy. By volume, 90

percent of the country's trade is done by sea. Among emerging countries, India

has the largest merchant maritime fleet. The Indian shipping sector covers

national and international cargo transportation as well as a variety of

additional services such as shipbuilding, ship maintenance, lighthouse facilities,

freight forwarding, and so on. With the advent of globalization and

deregulation, the Indian shipping industry is poised to take on new dimensions

in terms of demand and infrastructure development.

Thousands of individuals in India are employed in the shipping sector. The

shipping industry is one of the oldest, and it offers charm, revenue, and a

unique way of life. In India, shipping employment are typically found in major

cities with many ports, as well as non-port cities such as New Delhi and


Ship captain, ship pilot

“The seas may be rough but I am the captain! No matter how difficult , I will

always prevail.”

- Captain Jack Sparrow

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Who are captains, mates and pilots of water vessels?

A sea captain, also known as a ship's captain, captain, master, or shipmaster, is

a high-ranking licensed mariner who is in charge of a commerce vessel. The

captain is in charge of the ship's seaworthiness, safety, and security, as well as

cargo operations, navigation, crew management, and legal compliance, as well

as the passengers and cargo on board.

Mates are also known as Deck Officers, and when a ship requires more than

one, they are commonly referred to as Chief Mate, First Mate, Second Mate,

Third Mate, and so on. When they are on watch, they direct the vessel's

routine activities for the Captain.

What are the basic qualifications needed for the

captains, mates and pilots of water vessels?

• Captains and ship pilots are expected to have vocational training or an

associate's degree, whereas mates are typically only in high school. All of

them necessitate prior shipboard experience.

• Results of medical tests and a health certificate

• Certificate of Good Morals from the previous school

Which stream will be best/ suitable/ relevant for

captains, mates and pilots of water vessels?

• PCM with minimum 60% marks

Which Course will be best for captains, mates and

pilots of water vessels?

• Bachelor's degree from a marine academy

What are the top institutes in India to become a

captains, mates and pilots of water vessels?

  • Orient Express Ship Management Ltd.

  • The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.

  • VELS University

  • Tolani Maritime Institute

  • Aquatech Institute of Maritime Studies

What are the top institutes in out of India/Abroad to

study captains, mates and pilots of water vessels?

  • NUC University

  • Apex Technical School

  • Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

  • Honolulu Community College

  • Union Technical Institute of Lincoln

  • Ivy Tech Community College

What are the entrance Exams for captains, mates and

pilots of water vessels?

To join armed forces as a Captain, mate or pilot; one has clear their respective

entrance exams.

Any Scholarship are available for captains, mates and

pilots of water vessels?

• Marine Technology Society Scholarships

• National Society of Black Engineers Scholarships

• WTS Advancing Women in Transportation Scholarships

• American Society of Naval Engineers Scholarships

Which skills are required to be a captains, mates and

pilots of water vessels?

• The ability to concentrate for long periods of time.

• Dedicated and hard-working.

• Follow-through on instructions.

• Communication abilities that are effective.

• Self-motivated and highly motivated.

• Physically capable.

• Mechanical prowess.

• Good management abilities.

Which type of personality is best for captains, mates

and pilots of water vessels?

People who appreciate activities that need them to solve practical, hands-on

problems, as well as those who prefer activities that require them to lead

others and make numerous judgments are the one’s best suitable to pick

captains, mates and pilot as their career path.

What are the best companies offering jobs as an ?

• Indian Navy

• Shipping companies across India

• Cruises liners

What are the pros & cons / Advantage & disadvantage

of working a captains, mates and pilots of water



• Captains are well compensated and enjoy various perks, including free

food and comfortable accommodations when at sea.

• It gives you a feeling of independence and power.

• It conveys a lot of power and respect.

• The chance to travel to far-flung locations around the world.

• Captains will look forward to long holidays.


• The job is classified as either somewhat risky or dangerous.

• Exhaustion, tiredness, stress, and sea sickness are examples of

occupational dangers.

• Extreme weather, rising temperatures, fire, collision and hull damage,

and poor air quality are all health risks.


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