Career | Careers: Accelerating the Blue Economy – Part 1

The Government of India has prepared a comprehensive plan to make the maritime sector more capable and dynamic by 2030. In the next decade, India is set to develop as a superpower in this field. Considering all these factors, numerous opportunities like captain, engineer, ship builder, designer, port manager, logistics expert can be available to
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Career |  Careers: Accelerating the Blue Economy – Part 1


The Government of India has prepared a comprehensive plan to make the maritime sector more capable and dynamic by 2030. In the next decade, India is set to develop as a superpower in this field. Considering all these factors, numerous opportunities like captain, engineer, ship builder, designer, port manager, logistics expert can be available to the ambitious youth in this field.

India has a rich coastline of 7500 km. There are 12 major ports along this coast and more than 250 other ports. The water transport chain in India is very extensive. This factor plays a major role in the economic development of the country. 95 percent of the country’s cargo is transported by sea. 65 percent of the total merchant’s trade is done through this route.

Maritime trade and transport are often referred to as the blue economy. In 2020, the NITI Aayog decided to make greater use of marine resources to further accelerate this blue economy. The commission pointed out that the next phase of development is possible when the blue economy gains momentum.

Apart from that, new types of employment and self-employment opportunities can also be created. The private sector and coastal communities will be involved in this blue economy. Marine management, coasts and marine areas will be used sustainably with modern technology, materials and equipment. Apart from that, the priority of utilization of marine resources will also be determined.

The maritime component of our country has played an important role in promoting social and economic development. India ranks 21st in shipbuilding in the world. It ranks 5th in the world in providing trained manpower in this field. The Government of India has prepared a comprehensive plan to make the maritime sector more capable and dynamic by 2030.

In the next decade, India is set to develop as a superpower in this field. Considering all these factors, numerous opportunities like captain, engineer, ship builder, designer, port manager, logistics expert can be available to the ambitious youth in this field.

The field offers immense opportunities to the youth who are willing to work hard and have the ambition to embark on an adventure at sea. Such opportunities can be accessed through Indian Maritime University.

Indian Maritime University

Indian Maritime University (IMU) has six campuses in the country. Apart from that many private institutes are affiliated to this university. IMU has taken the lead in producing skilled manpower required for this sector. That is why the students who have done the courses of the institute have got better placements.

This university was established in the year 2008 by the Government of India. The following six locations have campuses (1)IMU Navi Mumbai (2)IMU Mumbai Port (3)IMU Kolkata (4)IMU Chennai (5)IMU Visakhapatnam (6)IMU Kochi. Apart from this, 17 institutes across the country are affiliated to this university.

Common Entrance Test (IMU-CET) is conducted for admission to various courses of this university. All institutes controlled by Director General Shipping have made it mandatory to give admission on the basis of IMU-CET marks. So the students who want to take admission in B.Sc-Nautical Science, BE/B.Tech-Marine Engineering courses are required to give this exam.

course in the institute

B.Tech in Marine Engineering. This is a residential course. Duration four years. The course is taught at Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai Port campuses. Eligibility- 60% average marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 12th standard required. 50% marks in English required in 10th and 12th. Only unmarried candidates are eligible for the course. Age Limit (a) Boys- 25 years. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes – 30 years, Non-Criminal OBCs – 28 years. (b) Girls – 27 years. Scheduled Castes and Tribes- 32 years, Non-Criminal OBCs- 30 years. All candidates seeking admission to this course must be medically fit.
This course provides theoretical and practical knowledge of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Engineering. This facilitates the handling, maintenance and repair of merchant ship machinery. A marine engineer has to do the maintenance and repair of the ship’s machinery, engine, smooth running of the ship, etc.

Career opportunities

After completing this course the career of the concerned candidate starts as a Junior Engineer on merchant or merchant ship. After spending a certain period on this ship and passing an examination conducted by the Directorate General of Shipping. This engineer then qualifies to become the Chief Engineer of the ship.

A trainee engineer gets a starting salary between Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000. After six months of actual shipboard experience and completion of internal shipboard course, he has to work as fourth or third engineer. At this time he can get a salary of 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh rupees per month. This can be followed by 12 months of actual shipboard work and passing certain courses and internal examinations to be promoted to Second Engineer.

At this time he gets a salary of four to five lakh rupees per month. This can be followed by 18 months of actual shipboard work and passing certain courses and internal examinations leading to promotion to Chief Engineer. At this time he earns more than six lakh rupees or more per month.

what will you learn

The course covers roughly the following subject components- (1) Officer Like Qualities, (2) Applied Mechanics, (3) Applied Thermodynamics, (4) Workshop Technology, (5) Applied Electricity and Electrical Measurements, (6) Engineering Mechanics, ( 7) Mathematics, (8) Communicative English, (9) Electronics, (10) Materials Science, (11) Electrical Machines, (12) Geometrical and Engineering Drawing, (13) Applied Thermodynamics, (14) Theory of Machines, (15) ) Strength of Materials, (16) Electrical Machines, (17) Machine and Marine Drawing, (18) Ship Construction, (19) Fluid Mechanics, (20) Marine Auxiliary Machines, (21) Marine Internal Combustion Engines, (22) Elementary Design, (23) Ship Stability, (24) Marine Auxiliary Machinery, (25) Marine Boiler and Steam, (26) Marine Machine and System Design, (27) Marine Electrical Technology, (28) Ship Fire Prevention, (29) Commercial Geography, (30) Marine Control Engineering and Automation, (31) Seamanship, (32) Maintenance, Repair of Machinery, (33) Tanker Operations, (34) Engine Room Resource Management Ent and Leadership. (first half)

Suresh Vandile

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