Second Officer

Second Mate

Minimum Certificate competency in form 1

Will be updated

The tasks of a Second Officer, Ship is expected to perform include:

Assisting Captain, Ship in navigation

Assisting Chief Officer, Ship in supervising loading and discharge of cargo

Performing night duty in port while important cargoes are being loaded and unloaded

Taking turn with third officer on cargo while in port

Maintaining all navigational equipment on board in good order

Starting and stopping gyrocompass and winds chronometer daily

Keeping watch on bridge during specified hours of day and night for ensuring safe navigation

Fixing position of ship at sea by taking morning, noon and afternoon readings with sextant and reports to Captain

Keeping watch on anchor, when ship anchored outside port

Knowledge of terrestrial and coastal navigation

Knowledge of celestial navigation

Knowledge of meteorology

Knowledge of bridge watch keeping, emergencies and BRM

Familiar with signals and communications

Well-versed in cargo handling and stowage inspect

Ability to report defects and damages to cargo spaces, hatch cover and ballast tank

Knowledge of ship construction, safety, ship stability, etc.

Knowledge of environmental protection

Ability to monitor compliance with legislations

Ability to look after sick on board in absence of Medical Officer

Ability to focus for long hours

Diligent and hardworking

Ability to follow instructions

Good communication skills

Highly motivated and self-driven

Physically fit

Mechanical ability

It is a not a desk job

Need to handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job

Part-time work is not available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Ship usually sails for 5/6 days a week and works for 14/15 hours every day. This may vary from ship to ship

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include exhaustion, fatigue, stress, sea sickness, etc.

Health hazards include exposure to extreme weather, rising temperatures, fire, collision & hull damage, ambient air quality, etc.

For Second officer - INR 1,50,000 to INR 2,00,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Shipping Industry in India

Indian shipping industry plays a crucial role in Indian economy. As 90% of the nation?s trade by volume is done via sea. India has been the largest merchant shipping fleet among the developing nations. Indian shipping industry supports transportation of national and international cargos and also provides various other facilities such as ship building, ship repairing, lighthouse facilities, freight forwarding, etc. Indian shipping industry with emergence of globalisation and liberalisation is firmly ready to acquire new dimensions in terms of demand and infrastructural development. While in knowledge based economy, soft intangible parameters like human capital, information technology and expertise are becoming increasingly important for increasing innumerable opportunities. Today India has become the source of quality seafarers to global ship owners. Indian shipping firms normally rely on the inherent IT skills of Indians to play a pivotal role in IT activity involved in international shipping and the country can come up with a business centre for information processing requirements of the international ship owners.

Job Opportunities in Shipping Industry

Shipping industry offers job opportunities for thousands of people in India. Shipping job is one of the oldest careers offered with charm, income and a unique lifestyle. Usually shipping jobs in India are found in major cities with various ports and even non-port cities like New Delhi and Bengaluru. The jobs include merchant navy, cruise ship, freight, bulk carrier companies and oil tanker jobs. And even in many international cruise ship companies which are connected to India there are other jobs like nursing, cruise ship nurse, cargo ship, marine medical jobs and cruise ship summer jobs in India.

Indian Navy

Shipping companies across India

Cruise Liners

Cities across India

Will be updated

Orient Express Ship Management Ltd.

The Shipping Corporation of India

VELS University

Tolani Maritime Institute

Aquatech Institute of Maritime Studies