Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Hope everyone one of you is aware of the new regulation related to security training for seafarers as per STCW-10.As per the circular issued by DG shipping any level of ships crew from trainee seaman to master should have proficiency in security training meant for seafarers with designated security duties and have certification to the same.Those who are currently on board have a deadline till December 2014 while those who newly join wouldnt be given any relaxation. There is a rumble going on in Mumbai as most of the mariners were informed of it only in the eleventh hour and almost all the centers are booked for a month at least.Some companies do provide it to their crew while some prominent players have kept away from it.
          Here are some of the DG approved institutes in Mumbai who has seats available:-

  1. International Marine Academy - 19 Papa Estate, Behind Eagles Flight Near L & T Health Centre, Suren Road, Andheri East, Mumbai - 400093. Tel-(022)26832597,26845333.
  2. Mumbai Maritime training institute- Victor House, 1st Floor, Veera Desai Road, Next to Chitrlekha House, Andheri(W), Mumbai-400 053. Tel- 022-6313884
  3. Tolani Maritime institute- 149-151 , Sher-e-Punjab society, Guru gobind singh road, Mumbai-400093. 
  4. B.P Marine Academy -  7th Floor, SAI Pooja Chambers, Sector No 11, Cbd Belapur, Navi Mumbai - 400614.Tel-(022) 49179846.
  5. Massa Maritime Academy - Great Eastern Submit A Wing,1st Floor,Plot No 56, Sector 15 Cbd Belapur, Navi Mumbai. Tel-(022) 27562755, 27574320, 27574279
  6. Pentagon Maritime - Plot No 60, Pentagon House, Cidco Service Industries, Sector 1, Nerul, Navi Mumbai - 400706. Tel-(022) 27711012, 27708711.
  7. YAK institute - 301-Gauri Complex, Sector-11, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai-400614. Tel-+91-22-27580009 / 65162288.
  8. Setrac institute- Sector 15, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai, India.Tel- 022 27564299.

Thursday, 4 July 2013


Yesterday someone I know went to a reputed maritime training /DG approved coaching center in Belapur CBD to enquire about the proficiency in security training course and came back with rather gloomy news.He saw cadets both deck and engine who passed out from the institute,standing outside the office and abusing the principal and the director in all the languages they knew while all those who came there for various purposes stood n watched.They alleged that the academy cheated them and didnt give them placement charging lakhs of rupees as course fee.They were left to roam along the streets of andheri looking for a job in vain.Here is the crazy yet cruel part.The person in charge of the institute came outside and told the boys in a calm voice, 

"Dears, you should keep calm, its not our fault that you guys didnt get a job.You people must have given a thought about the present market scenario while enrolling for a merchant navy course.You guys are dismissed."The helpless guys showered abuses and left.
          When I joined such an institute five years ago I wasnt much aware too.But my college did give me a chance in the name of Fleet management Ltd but unfortunately I couldnt succeed.Meanwhile 30 guys didnt even get a chance at all.When the same guy who related this tale to me told that everyone of his batchmates in Tolani got placed, when a senior said everyone in Great eastern get placed well isnt the fact clear like crystal? Its all but our own mistake isnt it? Shouldnt we all be a little more aware n equipped? Samudra institute and AMET( to an extend) keep their word.None of their cadets remain jobless, not even the lesser genre. The company sponsored programmes are the best go.The same applies to GME and electrical officer courses as well.
         We could avoid years of agony if we give this a thought up front. Raise your voice against colleges without placement.They should all be closed down.Warn your friends and kins.May this cursed field of Indian merchant navy run by politicians and agents have a better future...

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Yellow fever vaccines found to have disappeared completely from all over India.
   A Batchmate of mine got screwed two days ago when he approached the DG approved clinic in Wellington Island Kochi for yellow fever vaccination, the verdict being an unexpected shortage of medicine which may take months to get settled down.He who is all set to join tried all over India, Delhi, Vizag, Bengaluru, Chennai and ofcourse Mumbai.Well it was first up his mistake to have ignored the vaccination till the eleventh hour.When I took mine he casually exclaimed that vaccination isnt important, Job is.If that is there everything could be done.When he swallowed his words, pride and folded his tail underneath his behind and called me regarding this I thought about letting all you fellow mariners know about the scam.
    Here is the official take on this:-
          There is a severe shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine in India in the government as well as private sector leading to a lot of difficulty for travelers going to Africa & South America.We had been getting reports of shortage from Ahmedabad, Chennai & Bangalore, but now the vaccines seems to have disappeared completely from all over India.We have been unable to procure the vaccine in private sector from the vaccine manufacturer (Sanofi Pasteur) as well. According to highly placed sources in the comapny who declined to be identified, the shortage is the result of government of India delaying the sanction of the new batch of Yellow Fever Vaccine. According to them, the vaccine is likely to remain unavailable till at least July end.
Well the point is get all the vaccinations on time and be ready for sea any moment.Hope this post is useful to atleast one of you....