Siroi Maritime Academy is a world class Merchant Navy Training College of high
repute and standards,in collaboration with the Technical and Further Education
Commission of South Wales Australia. Which is Australian Maritime Safety Authority
approved Registered training organisation. Siroi Maritime Academy is an ISO 9001-2008
Certified institute which can be verified
Siroi Maritime Academy of Merchant Navy, Dehradun provides Pre-Sea Deck-Cadet
Training from all over India. The Training period is of four months. There is no
entrance test for the selection of a candidate. Only a perfect vision is needed to join
the course. Therefore, a valid eye report is needed from the applicant . On the day of
admission he has to pay fees 1,20,000 in form of a DD . Or he can choose yo pay in 3
installments. He has to live for four months in Academy. The fees includes lodging
facility in a very peaceful and spacious environment ; dress material; food material;
swimming training; spoken English classes; personality development classes; ship visits
and so on.
WHAT IS DECK CADET
Deck Cadets learn to load ships, store cargo, handle gear, stationary
rigging, and running gear, and learns ship stability, ship maneuvering and ship
management and perform a variety of operations and maintenance tasks to preserve
the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. In the
process, they earn qualified sea time hours. In short, a deck cadet performs all
navigational and maintenance duties on a water based vessel under supervision of a deck
Once you have passed all of your classes, paid all your dues and spent your 3 years
of training time aboard a ship, you can then apply to become an entry level seaman or
officer. From there, you can continue on and work your way up the career chain.
Navigation today uses both satellite and other electronic means but a fundamental
understanding of more traditional techniques is still vital to cope with all possible
situations. Seamanship and safety are also of great importance for in spite of all the
safeguards allowed by modern technology the sea will forever be a hostile environment.
All of these skills will be learned by a mixture of training and practical experience.
The ultimate goal of the Deck officer is to become Master of his/her own ship;
leadership skills and man management are, therefore, also essential ingredients here.
A career at sea offers a wide experience and challenging work environment. Experienced
mariners are in great demand in various shore assignments because of their ability to
handle all types of jobs, their resourcefulness, sense of responsibility and ability to
work under most demanding circumstances. A deck officer is very valuable and
responsible member of ship's team. He has to navigate the ship from one port to another
in all circumstances with caution and safety at all times and maintains the equipment
operated him in good working order. This gives him watch experience and tremendous
However, it must be understood that the life of an officer is tough, and not suited
for the weak hearted. But there are compensation as well a class III certificate of
competence holder starts as a third officer (approx Salary: US$ 3000) with prospectus
of becoming a master in about 8 years (approx salary US$ 7000-14000) plus leave and
The Master is the overall in charge of the ship and is more popularly known as the
Captain. But one has to join at the bottom rung of the marine ladder and spend years of
training to become an officer. What is a Cadet? The merchant navy is the backbone of
international trade. More than ninety percent of cargo in the world is transported by
sea. Trained people are essential in this demanding field. A cadet starts at the bottom
of the maritime job ladder. Much like in the armed forces, a cadet is, simply put, a
future officer under training. Although rules about training and certification (the
examinations a cadet and later, an officer takes regularly to be eligible for a higher
rank) vary from country to country, the basics are the same.
The Deck officers Deck officers are in charge of the navigation of the ship. In
addition, they are incharge of the cargo that a ship carries. The Captain or the Master
of the ship is the overall in charge. He is responsible for the safe navigation of the
vessel and is incharge of the ship, all the officers and crew, the safety its crew and
the cargo. He has, working under his command, the first mate, second mate and third
mates, all of whom have navigational and cargo duties. The Chief Engineer and the
Engine Department also report to him for all operational matters, and so do all other
Departments on board.
The First Mate / Chief officer is the second in-command. He is in charge of cargo,
maintenance of the Deck Department and crew discipline. The Second Mate / Second
officer, assistant to the First Mate is in-charge of navigational equipment and charts.
He is the 'Navigating Officer'. He reports to the Chief Officer on cargo matters. The
Third Mate / Third officer is responsible for keeping lifeboats, liferafts and other
safety and firefighting equipment in order. He reports to the Chief Officer on cargo
matters and assists the Second Officer in the upkeep of nautical publications.
The Start Trainees, or cadets, must join the ā€˜Deckā€™ or
Navigation department to progress towards a Masterā€™s
(Captainā€™s) rank. The options the student who wants to join the merchant
navy as a deck cadet will include either - a 3 year degree course in Nautical Science
for (10+2) students . After completing of the 3-year course, a student is awarded a
Degree in Nautical Science and is required to go on board ship for sea training or
around a year or in some cases a little more.. or --a 3 month course for Deck Cadets
for (10+2) students. After completion of the course, the student has to get sea
training for anything between eighteen months and 3 years, depending on the country.
The student will be usually paid a stipend while under sea training in either case.
Room and board is free, of course, and medical benefits and some others are common.