Hello everyone, Its well clear "Delivery" of COC is exactly means if u have the Mate COC in your hand, Seatime will be counted for ASM after delivery of COC, well confirmed with Kolkata MMD, Thanks
After my mates CoC I have sailed 7 months as second mate and 9 months as mate . Will you pl let me know if I can apply for ASM. My total sea time is 34 months. Also when I open the DG shipping guidelines I did not got the 3rd point mentioned by you. There is only second point mentioned.
Hi friend, thanks for your query and reminding that the seatime-calculator link was not working. We got lot of query regarding the same doubt and so later we created Sea-time Calculator. Hope it helps you out.
As per feedback of Rahul Prakash above and Praveen Ojha please note that ASM time gets calculated after delivery of Mates COC. We are overdue to update that page, hope to resume work within coming months. Let us know if you still have any doubt. Best of luck
Hi, please help me with my peculiar situation.
I had 25 months before Mates.
After delivery of Coc : I sailed 4 months as 2/0 and 8.5 months as C/O.
Please confirm that i meet the requirements.
Hi Arunabh , we highly recommend you to complete your profile and then check STCW 2010 seatime calculator. It will not only show you how the calculation for required Master Exam is done but guide you of other STCW 2010 Courses and much more.
With whatever details you have told, it seems like you can go for Captain Examination now ! Best of luck friend.
Dear Friends...the following is my experience while preparing for Merchant Navy Master's COC.
Just for records I am presently doing my Masters ASM from Kolkata and am giving these information to help others in this process.
The forum is NOT about the doubts and discussion for Merchant Navy Masters Orals or written examination but to the courses, procedures, assessment and booking for the Master's examination.
When we went for assessment there was lot of confusion for online assessment form. We actually were still confused till today and so I am writing my experience again:
You need to first submit the fees in the MMD and obtain the NUMBERED CHALLAN as the challan number need to be fed in the Online system for the application of assessment.
We were given the following link for filling the online form :
however the same can be found by going to the www.dgshipping.com and clicking on the eSamudra link on the right top menu of the page, but there is a catch here too. In this case everything looks same but you need to add ":8000" after the "http://188.8.131.52"...If you do not do this then the "examination" link will not be accessible (Came to know about this after 3 days of wasting time)
While I was very happy when they told me that I need to apply for assesment online, it was only start of all the confusion, trouble and extra rounds which we needed to make to MMD.
The previous experience for the online assessment (to remove a little confusion) was just one of them. At Kol MMD they needed the printout b4 the end of a particular date. That date was even before the completion of ASM and SMS course. So as told before, we skipped the ASM and SMS details. Took the print out and submitted. Later waited for almost 10-15 days to get the application rejected.
Initially we were told that the processing will be done by Mumbai MMD. Later when the month end approached and nothing happened, all the Merchant Navy Master candidates complained about the delay and we found that Kol MMD only rejecting our Forms online. I will write few more problems,including this which we faced and hope it helps others during their application procedure :
 While Merchant Navy Master aspirants(FG) were able to apply online for assessment without the ASM and SMS just to take a printout, the submitted form can only be re-applied or any other application for booking can only be done, once the previous assessment form is either accepted or rejected online. This is the normal procedure but for us it took them really long to process our forms.
 We were told initially at MMD Kol that MMD Mumbai will process the form but later found MMD Kol authorised to do the processing of the submitted form.
 I personally thought that the system would be made in such a way that the system will check the eligibility and avoid any chances of human error. Well this is certainly not the case!!
One of my batchmate did not do SMS and applied only for Writtens. His form was rejected telling he need to complete the SMS course. No need to say that he had to run 2 days to MMD and then got his form accepted. This simply means that there is "someone" still deciding whether some course needed to be done prior written/oral booking. I also observed the same confusion between different MMDs that is that "Someone" at Mumbai MMD saying something and accepting/rejecting accordingly while the other "Someone" at Kol MMD saying something else and doing accordingly. I am not in touch with any candidate of Chennai so no idea what so ever about Chennai MMD.
 It is only when your assessment form is accepted online then can you apply for Writtens, Orals and Eye test.
 Eye test was told to us to be completed before writtens. Later again it was informed to us that Merchant Navy Master candidates can appear for writtens without eye test. Most of us did not took chance and had already done eye test.
 Those who paid in different challan for eyetest,orals and written found it difficult to get the print out of the admit card. One candidate was not getting the printout of the writtens Admit card from the system and had to go to MMD an extra day for it.
 Even when the application got accepted the links might be broken or not working sometimes. One candidate waited till the last day for printing his admit card for writtens. 2-3 hrs prior exams he found that the link was not working and had to rush to MMD. Admit card was given personally in the non-online format after confirming the authenticity of the candidate.
 Even though the applications were done online but still the payment needs to be done in the MMD Bank only. Not only that you need to personally submit that Challan to MMD. This simply means that you need to personally go to MMD for any booking, just to submit the Challan.
 The link is too hard to remember and the webpage works only on Internet Explorer.
Having said that it is not all bad news. To me it seems a new start and a welcome initiative by MMD, though with initial hiccups. The bright side of the picture which I could see is:
 While presently the payment is only off-line mode but the system is so developed that online payment can easily, and probably will be, intigrated in near future.
 The seatime calculation is done by the system and human error is avoided. No confusion in this regards now.
 The seatime requirements can easily be checked while applying for assessment.
 Probably the system might be upgraded to remove lot of above mentioned problems and other problems which other Merchant Navy Master aspirants experienced.
Well though I have never been known to be an optimist but I have to end this note saying that this effort of DG Shipping and MMD is a much awaited requirement of the time. Sure few bugs and problems will need to be borne by initial batches like us but with our feedback (read problems) and with time system can only improve and future batches will be better-off than us.
OK..... so MMD corrected that link problem. Now the link for online assessment and booking can directly be accessed from the www.dgshipping.com and clicking the eSamudra Link. No need to add that "8000" as told before.
The new direct link is
If you cannot find the eSamudra link then check again that you are using Internet Explorer Browser and not any other browser.
Sure please check MMD / MCA Orals for collection of questions . Lately have started another forum where I was posting and leaving some of my collections/notes and other info/links for Master's MMD Orals Preparation . Hope it is helpful....
Finally the much awaited thing did happen and I have somehow managed to pass the Maritime MMD Oral Examination !!! I have applied for the Master COC and am starting a topic for applying and documentation for any Certificate and Endorsement at any MMD.
Details for the MASTER'S COC Application can be found at :
Total Expenses for Master (ASM) Exam/COC
PRICE - REASON
9,000 - Fees for ASM
22,525 - Fees for SMS
1,000 - Assessment at MMD
6,000 - Writtens Booking (1 attempt)
6,000 - Orals Booking (1 attempt)
1,000 - COC Application
45,525 + Living and other Expenses as required.
Getting Master COC.....priceless :-)
Just found this link at DG Shipping.
It details the syllabus for MASTER FG (WRITTEN). While not complete but gives a brief idea
With reference to your explanation regarding M/s A, B, C, D below, I totally agree that in India there is no use of doing more sea-time as a junior officer.
However One of my Master did his exams at Australia where he went for his mates after 37 months as junior off. When he went for his orals, he was asked if he wants to appear for Master's Orals, which he did and got his master's COC.
I believe this is the same in UK also where you only need to have mate COC and if your total sea-time is 36 months (as specified in STCW) you can appear for master's.
However Indian MMD has to prove that they are better at harassing their mariners and have come up with all sorts of complications in issuance of Licences to mariners.