How to Earn Sponsorship in Merchant Navy?
Sponsorship in the merchant navy means that you will get a work assurance letter from an organization and work on their ship upon the completion of your course. You get an opportunity to gain some sea service experience while receiving stipend during your training tenure. Nowadays almost all maritime colleges and institutes is providing sponsorship as they have a tie-up with many leading shipping companies.
Recruitment and Placement Services License also recognized as RPSL in the shipping industry is mandated for authorized employers and agents in India as directed by the Directorate General of Shipping. All such organizations and individuals have been provided RPSL number. Many leading shipping companies like Maersk, Anglo Eastern provide sponsorship to the deserving candidates who have cleared common entrance test (CET).
To get sponsorship in the Merchant Navy, it is important that you have complete information about the work requirements and eligibility criteria’s of the shipping company you are looking to apply your sponsorship. Those who have completed 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) as major subjects with 60% marks and medically fit are eligible to appear for sponsorship test conducted by the Indian Maritime University (IMU).
B.E. Marine, B.Sc. Nautical Science and DNS are some of the maritime courses in which you get an opportunity to earn sponsorship. For first two courses, sponsorship generally happens during final semester whereas the process to apply sponsorship for DNS start from early March as the IMUCET is conducted in June after which admission process take place in July and the course starts from August onwards. It is important for candidates who clear CET to get 18 months sea service in order to get receive the sponsorship.
Sponsorship is provided only on the merit basis and therefore it is vital for students and guardians to stay away from fake companies who give you assurance and ask money for it. The best possible way to know about the legal organizations is to check if they are following DG Shipping guidelines or not.