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The tasks of a Ferry Officer is expected to perform include:

Directing arrival of boats, steams etc. at ferry crossings

Controlling and co-ordinating work of staff employed at ferry station

Displaying time schedules, instructions, changes in timings of ferry service etc. at ferry station

Preparing duty roster of boat crew

Arranging substitutes for absentees

Ensuring that service boats are provided with lifesaving equipment?s

Attending to all passenger enquires

Checking periodically certificate issued on safety survey of seaworthiness of vessel

Attending to embarkation and disembarkation of passengers

Receiving and issuing signal messages to guide boat through water-way

Despatching relief boats and other assistance on receipt of S.O.S. from boat on course

Collecting and remitting to treasury levies from private boats for services rendered

Maintaining prescribed statement of accounts and returns and forwards them to higher authority

Knowledge of ferry crossings

Knowledge of sea routes

Well-versed with safety equipment?s on ferry

Proficient in preparing and displaying time schedules, instructions, etc.

Ability to answer passenger queries

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Good communication skills

Diligent and hardworking

Highly motivated and self-driven

Problem solving skills

Time management skills

Motor skills

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

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

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, etc.

Health hazard include exposure to extreme weather, rising temperatures, high tides, etc.

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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

Ports across India

Government of India

Cities across India

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Orient Express Ship Management Ltd.

The Shipping Corporation of India

VELS University

Tolani Maritime Institute

Aquatech Institute of Maritime Studies

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