If you are O Level qualified you have already opened the doors to an exciting career as a seafarer. Take the opportunity to train yourself in one of three disciplines in the marine industry. Starting off as a deck rating, engine rating or catering rating, you can progress up the ladder of your chosen field. Whether you are in navigation, engineering or catering, your ultimate goal would be to reach the top in each of these disciplines, ending up as a ship captain, chief engineer or chef.
If you have already obtained your A Level qualification you can take the fast track to an adventurous career. Join up as a Navigation Officer Cadet or an Engineering Officer Cadet, and prepare yourself for a profession that lets you travel the globe and live your dreams. As you rise up the ranks in your chosen field you can aspire to become a ship captain, or a chief engineer in charge of your own vessel, and earn the rewards that come with success in this challenging field.
As we welcome a new year full of promise and excitement, our motherland is also taking giant strides towards development, keeping pace with the fast moving world. Our hopes and dreams are part of our motherland’s future and our growth and success are tied to those of our dear motherland.
With Sri Lanka being strategically located in close proximity to the world’s most important sea routes, maritime industry is poised to usher in the new era of development to the country. With more than 90% of the world trade still being carried out via sea routes, the maritime industry is clearly laden with tremendous potential to uplift Sri Lanka to the next level of development. This also puts our talented Sri Lankan youth in an ideal position to embark on successful and lucrative careers at sea and benefit from the development prospects of the country.
Merchant navy profession, with its fair share of adventure and excitement, is regarded as one of the most lucrative professions in the world. Most of the youth are not aware of the excitements and benefits of a career at sea and tend to seek more commonly followed career paths in engineering, IT or management. The global maritime industry has a high demand for skilled and educated seafaring professionals and this puts Sri Lanka on the map as a source for qualified merchant seafarers.
For skilled seafarers, employment is guaranteed and a cadet officer’s starting salary is usually around $2000/- a month. This increases year on year as you climb up the career ladder and in a few years’ time, once you have completed your full training and become a ship’s captain or a chief engineer, your gross salary will be within the range of $ 8000 – $ 10000. This shows how much of a lucrative career seafaring can be. Thousands of Sri Lankans have embarked on successful careers as ship’s captains or chief engineers and conquered the seven seas, making their motherland proud.
Mercmarine Training is Sri Lanka’s oldest merchant navy training institute and is globally reputed for producing top notch seafaring professionals. For over three decades, Mercmarine Training has been continually producing the best seafaring professionals in the areas of Navigational Officer Cadets, Engineering Officer Cadets, Deck Ratings, Engine Ratings and Catering Ratings, providing an entry for young school leavers to a most rewarding career at sea.
Established in 1986 as the first privately owned maritime training institute, Mercmarine Training is the training arm of the German shipping giant, Mercmarine Group. As a globally reputed shipping group of companies, Mercmarine Group operates as a ship owner, crew manager and a maritime trainer. Riding on the group strengths and with a genuine passion for producing Sri Lankan seafarers of highest caliber, Mercmarine Training has been at the helm of Sri Lanka’s maritime education for 31years now.
At the core of Mercmarine Training’s success is the ability to keep pace with advances in shipping technology and educate their students in the most innovative training solutions in the industry. The Institute is the ideal technologically advanced training center to help prospective seafarers apply their acquired skills to the real-world challenges of the marine environment.
Mercmarine Training is focused in training the officer cadets uninterruptedly to sail the world as Merchant Navy Officers. The institute achieves this by fulfilling the two most important requirements of the cadet training. Uncompromised shore based training and the opportunity for practical sea training on board a ship without any delays. The opportunity to sail on board a ship for practical training is essential to complete the studies as a Merchant Navy Officer and to obtain the Certificate of Competency (COC) as required by the Director General of Merchant Shipping (DGMS). Providing this opportunity is the responsibility of the training institute and Mercmarine Training holds unparalleled reputation in this regard.
Mercmarine Training leverages on its reputation in the global industry and the Mercmarine Group’s strengths as a ship owner and a crew manager to provide their students with practical sea training opportunities without any delays. Because of this, Mercmarine Training is able to guarantee practical sea training required to complete your studies to the level of Certificate of Competency (COC) and Mercmarine Training studentsenjoy the opportunity to sail with the best shipping companies in the world.
MercmarineTraining’s lecture panel consists of some of the industry’s most experienced professionals who take pride in sharing and presenting their knowledge using the most technologically advanced equipment. Many of Mercmarine Training’s lecturers are Master Mariners & Chief Engineerswith extensive sailing experience. As the forerunning maritime training institute, Mercmarine Training is aware that the key to successful training is based on how current your sailing experience is and for this reason the instituteutilizes the services of Master Mariners & Chief Engineers who frequently sail in between their lecturing stints at the institute.
Mercmarine Training is also the leader in Sri Lankan maritime education, in adapting to the changing demands of the global maritime industry. Identifying the increasing demand for female seafarers in the global shipping industry and its’ benefits to Sri Lanka’s youth, Mercmarine Training introduced a special scholarship scheme to promote the profession among Sri Lankan women.
This unique scholarship programme is an unprecedented initiative and was launched in 2016 in line with the institute’s 30th anniversary. One of the first female cadets to win the scholarship, Cadet Gimhani Herath emerged as the batch top at the 23rd pass out of officer cadets at the Mercmarine Training, proving the institute’s efforts to be fruitful. The scholarship scheme provides two scholarships worth Rs. 1 million each for two selected female cadet applicants and will continue this year as well.
Those who wish to obtain more information regarding the courses and the scholarship programme can contact Mercmarine Training via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 011 7476100 / 0769 387477.
Mercmarine Training is proud to announce that we have been shortlisted as a Finalist in The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 in The Maritime Education & Training Award. We were the recipient of this prestigious award in the year 2014 . we take this opportunity to thank the Staff and the students for being a part of this achievement.
More information about The Maritime Standard Awards can be found by going to www.tmsawards.com
Mercmarine Training facility was visited by Sinoship, Shanghai - one of our principles who offer on-board training opportunities to deck and engine cadets.
Mario De Silva was invited by the editor of “8 bells” to write about his experience navigating through Baltic Ice. Mario is a vibrant Chief Officer who started as a Cadet with Mercmarine Training in 2006 and has accumulated a lot of knowledge and experience while climbing up his career ladder with the world renown Bulk operator Oldendorff Carriers. With expertise in vessel integrated systems, Mario routinely works both as a vessel trainer and a maritime lecturer in addition to his regular service at sea.
Navigating the Baltic Ice - by Mario De Silva
(Click the image to read about Mario's experience)
Captain Otto, our first Principal (centre-left) stands next to Mr. Post, the Director of our sister school BBS in Brake, Germany (centre) and Captain Rohan Codipilly (centre-right).
- Merchant Shipping Secretariat
Mercmarine Training Extends 2018 Intake Deadlines to Accommodate Technology Stream Students
Start your career as a Merchant Navy Officer at Mercmarine Training and sail through to success
With increasing development of the maritime sector and growing interest in global seafaring, Sri Lanka is grooming hundreds of young merchant seafarers to meet the demands of the industry.
With Sri Lanka entering a new phase of development, there has been much duscussion about the industries that are expected to usher in this new are. With the ending of the 30 year long civil conflict, it is the maritime industry that is poised with the greatest oppportunities for growth. Being strategically located in close proximity of important sea routes, blessed with abundant resources and with the right amount of state support, Sri Lanka's maritime industry is slowing but steadily thriving.