Why mariners do not want you to join Merchant Navy ?
Why mariners do not want you to join Merchant Navy ?
Most mariners do not want you to join Merchant Navy & I too warn everyone prior joining Merchant Navy (the reason stated last).
I found people replying in facebook community what is wrong with Merchant Navy and why new joiners should stay away. Lets break that conversation into Parts :
- Merchant Navy is not honorable profession / no more lucrative wages
Both terms are relative. Its we who need to honour anything either its our profession or country ! What others think does not matter. Same goes for lucrative part too. For some 1 lakh /month is huge amount for some it is not !
- No dignity/ No appreciation
Sorry if you find me repeating same thing again, but dignity and appreciation also comes from within. I do not care what others think about Merchant Navy or about me as such, but I know that the world is moved by the mariners. The Laptop/computer/mobile on which you are reading this is shipped in a container (perhaps from China) on a ship safely by mariners. The automobiles which the world drives run on petrol/CNG transported by Mariners. We guys are the basic necessity of this world. Countries would collapse and people will die hungry in major continents, if food is not imported/exported.
- Bad food onboard Ship
Good food may be a questionable thing but I think it depends much on the captain of the ship than on Merchant Navy ! Thankfully after 10 years of Merchant Navy life I had problem only once and that was not because of Merchant Navy but because of uninterested Indian Chief cook. Food improved the moment he was replaced by passionate Vietnamese Chief cook (I am vegetarian and it is even more difficult).
Today Merchant Navy is spoiled by uninterested Mariners (Officers/crew) who are there just for money and do not want to learn or work. The reason they sail is because of EMI and not because they were ready for it !
- Rest hours, unsafe from being hijacked
Rest hours and Security guards are just few examples contradicting "Merchant Navy profession has not evolved". In a decade I too saw lot of things. 2nd mate getting tracings, ECDIS for all, Sat phones for all and few other things which are also evolving but at a slow pace (read internet on ships). I admit that ISPS, paperwork and lot other bizzare regulations did affect us badly but every profession is changing these days and red tapism is everywhere.
Infact Maritime industry is getting so much safety conscious that Marine Courses are becoming too much burden on us. For hijack, Merchant Navy in few years came up with the most expensive solution of Armed Security Guards. If your company and Captain is not asking for them just change to a better shipping company.
- MMD are s**t
MMD or Mercantile marine department is where we mariners go for the examinations and certificates. More than MMD its the SIR CLERK who are! Tell me do you know about the PIO of MMD/DG Shipping ? You can use RTI for your status of the CDC or any file. Trust me I have never seen anyone trying RTI but every mariner is ready to bribe SIR CLERK at MMD and curse Merchant Navy. I admit MMD is frustrating but that is a very small part of the Merchant Navy life.
- Merchant Navy is quick sand, you cannot get out
It amazes me again and again how people always mix up Satisfaction, happiness, profession, money etc. I avoid spiritual talks and will cut this short. PLEASE LOOK INSIDE THAN OUTSIDE !
As time passes you will certainly get to the top of this profession, rather the worse/best thing with Merchant Navy is that it is very generous to all. Competent/Incompetent everyone gets promoted. Once you are at the top there is nothing much to do/show/learn for many and they start to think "How to get out of this quicksand". I told lot of my friends also the right question to ask is "What will make me happy, lets do that". I feel sorry for someone who does not know what makes him happy as nobody could tell you that. You can change profession after profession and could never get out this quicksand.
While there are thousands of mariners with crores of property and drown in this "QUICK SAND" but their are also mariners who are changing the society, helping others or better still doing what they wanted. I heard of a captain in Kanpur who started a society to clean Kanpur he is doing really well and he is happy. I know a mariner who teaches in slums during vacations, a TME who completed his seatime and cleared exams but joined an NGO and left sea for 5K/month salary...today he is happier than the richest/smartest chief engineer I ever met. Do you see in social networking websites mariners doing strange things singing/cutting videos/tutorials/india tour on bike etc they do not think Merchant navy is quicksand but choose to be happy .
I am sorry if I sound like "Miyan mithu"(self-bragging) but when I started JAHAJEE.com it was not to make money and it still isn't. I did everything to end decade old style of passing MMD Oral exams and it makes me very happy when I see other websites focusing on MMD Orals simply coz now mariners have more better/smarter and community based way of helping each other. The sad part is 90% of mariners still ask me how much money I make rather than where and how to post MMD Oral question!
Trust me for some mariners Merchant Navy may be a quick sand but for some its the safest bridge to happiness ;-)
- Mariners post shore-leave photos on Facebook to impress
Well its the hard core truth of life, but it is with every profession, whether its software, I-Bankers or Merchant Navy. Social media has given us the power to tell whatever we want and everyone does that !
Software and I Bankers want to go onsight to make money and dream that they will see US/UK/ etc. They are also working like a dog, away from family, away from Indian food, friends and everything but yes whenever they go out they make sure that they tell everyone by "flashing them".
When a mariner gets shore leave he is happy (its human behaviour) allow him to share his pics. His pics do show a small part of Merchant Navy called shore leave (rare but still possible). Shore leave are so less because the infrastructure and shipping has EVOLVED so drastically that the port stay has reduced.
- Masters & Chief Engineers treated like s**t by superintendent and company
It is in every profession. In corporate life an employee is cursed by some MBA executive, MBA executive by some AVP, AVP by some VP and VP by some director. Yes they use english as their primary language for slang but they too are no better...In fact they are treated exactly the same during their vacations ...thankfully in Merchant Navy it is not the case and here mariners talk of cars, bikes, laptops and phones (do you see the difference)
Lastly about me, I am Rishi Kashyap or JAHAJEE and have seen 10 Years of Merchant Navy life. I was in IIT extended list and AIR Rank of 30 in IIIT...left everything to join sea (T. S. Chanakya) and sailed a lot till my marriage. I was really upset to leave my wife and so slowed down and sail with my wife these days. During my vacations I work on jahajee.com and improve it with features and posts so that it can help mariners and marine aspirants. I do not have any EMI. I am not a crorepati. I sail few months and happily pay my Tax ;-) Thank you for reading.
No Jobs for seafarer (Freshers). If Base is trembling, how can you expect to reach sky.
Sick social life, You turn 30 and One thing comes to your mind, who will take care of my family.
Last but not the least, Strict Rules like MARPOL.
These are my suggestions (As I am fresher only), rest depends on your views.
Its an honour for all of us to have you here for the guidance that is indeed very important, everything stated by you is very true. The field is not bad what is making it bad is the government and its attitude towards the seafarers, inspite of having such a large no. of seafarers our government is turning a blind eye towards us, we haven't been placed to where we belong to, in this new era every possible development is being done in all the fields related to science and technology,but unfortunately we the seafarers are being left to belong to nowhere, no government aids for us. In the days of Dufferin government was funding the institution to run a quality course, today if you observe in every nukkad of every city you will find a poster saying join merchant navy!, the youth of the country is getting misguided in the lagging situation of governments such a loose response to maritime training, nevertheless good companies have also recognised that india is loosing the quality in its officers, anyone who has passed 12th standard is set to join the field without even having the adequate knowledge and passion, its just a game of money for few.
To eradicate such problems i can only suggest a measure to get government of India involved and spread a word of real information regarding the field, the institution wihout approval or the ones who have gained approval with malpractices should be immediately shut down and cadets selected should be worth becoming an Officer this can only lead to turn the downfall of the Indian Officers market. Except a few private institutes no one is following the guidelines of the DG in any terms, nor the Govt. institutes which are said to set a benchmark in the maritime education. We can improve everything only if we improve ourselves, thousands of cadets are roaming on the streets of the cities, who will take the responsibilty of them, why don't the Government makes it tough enough to make it only for the ones who are realy competent enough, government wants the foreign exchange that we seafarers give to india , but they don't want us to be represented formally as the people who are really needed for india's growth and prosperity. Good companies will only be selecting indians only if we have good quality ,if don't have, its market they can select whoever they want.
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