Q1. What is Merchant Navy?
Ans: The Merchant Navy is commercial aspects of Shipping Industry and Indian navy is the defence aspects. So there is a clear distinct difference between Merchant Navy and Indian Navy. Merchant navy fleet which basically deals with the transporting cargo by sea, to destinations around the world. Life in the Merchant Navy may be full of fun and adventure, but it is also hard work that requires the knowledge of navigation, maintenance and safe operation of a variety of vessels which travel long distances across the seas. The Merchant Navy fleet is mainly composed of cargo liners, tankers, cruisers, passenger vessels and other special types of seafaring vessels. Although modern vessels today are equipped with sophisticated gadgetry to deal with all emergencies, professionals employed on these vessels.
Q2. Why should you pursue a career in Merchant Navy?
Ans: Apart of a promising career, Merchant Navy ensures: you are paid while you learn, you get the chance to travel the world at your company's expense, time off is quality period measured in weeks and months - not just days , your life at sea is challenging and rewarding. You can quickly rise to the top and gain responsibility, respect and a salary to match there is a lifetime of personal development opportunities post life at sea.
Q3. What is PHOENIX SEA SERVICES PVT LTD?
Ans: Phoenix Sea Services Pvt. Ltd. is a Ship Management Company which provides services to Shipping Companies and Merchant Navy Academies all over the globe. We Recruit Students after 10th, 12th Sci (PCM), Diploma , B.E. , B Tech. for different companies according to their requirements and Eligibility Criteria . All candidates must compulsorily undergo for Pre-Sea specialist training to achieve professional seafaring certification and educational qualifications. This takes place at sea and on board shipping companies' vessels, and in specialist colleges and universities approved by Government of India , IMU or any other Foreign Govt. Monitored by IMO Rules and Regulations, and on successful completion they are absorbed by one of our Principle companies with the highest packages the Industry can offer.
Q4. Does PHOENIX SEA SERVICES PVT LTD. select us for a training course only? OR is PHOENIX an academy?
Ans: PHOENIX SEA SERVICES PVT LTD is not an Academy / Training Institute and does not select anybody for training.
Q5. Can we apply for Education Loan?
Ans: Loan process will be your responsibility and you will have to choose the bank who will be willing to give you the loan. We will assist you in loan process. Our all Courses are professional Courses. After Successful completion of the courses students join the Shipping Companies. A Pre-Placement / Sponsorship letter is given to every student at the time of joining. There are two important reasons why one can get loan with easily:
1. Pre - Assured Job.
2. Highest Packages any Industry can offer.
3. Letters pertaining to the approval of courses
4.References of Sanction of loan proposals for all banks.
For the List of Bank visit Education Loan on our website.
Q6. Can we take our family on ship?
Q7. Can we come home during On-Board Course? What are the Holiday Schemes after it?
Ans: Students are not allowed to go home during On-Board Course except for any genuine reason and is sanction by the Master of the Ship. After the Course Completion there are 5 months working 2 months off, 4 months working 2 months off, 2 months working 2 months off Schemes with Respective Shipping Companies.
Q8. At what Circumstances Does the Admission get cancelled?
Q9. What about Bank Loan and Installments?
Ans: Every Student will get Pre-Appointment letter after passing his medical Test, after passing the Test we will provide two letters from our end .Final Appointment Letter and Provisional Admission letter (Against your Submission of DD which is not refundable and non-transferable in any case.)After this you'll contact your Local Bank ask them for Educational or Professional Loan, You'll get bank loan easily. But one guarantor is required from your end. The person should be the Payee of IT returns /Govt. or Semi Govt. Employee/having sufficient Property for Mortgage and he must be your keen relative. Candidate will be personally responsible for the sanction of bank loan, if the candidate fails for sanction bank loan his admission/selection will be cancelled.
Q10. When we pay Next payment /Installment ?
Ans: The DD, which submitted by candidate is a part of Fees. After passing your BE /Diploma/10+2/10th examination you need to submit remaining amount and generally you'll need to pay your bank Instalment after completion of Course +11/2 year period ( its depends upon bank policy) for more details please visit your local bank and ask them criteria for education loan . Please refer our websiteBut if you pay the amount from your own you'll get two instalments from our end.
Q11. What is the Institute names where we can go for training ?
Ans: We are not in position to disclose the name of Institute , because its depends upon availability of seat . It will informed you accordingly. But we assured you that all Institute is D.G. Of India Approved or approved by IMU or any other Foreign Govt. Monitored by IMO Rules and Regulations.
Q12. Alumni Name?
Ans: For this purpose contact Placement Officer of your Colllege or visit Our Placements at website.
Q13. What will be further procedure?
Ans: It will commence after submitting of your completation of your BE/Diploma/10+2 /10th exam.
Q14. Admission in same Institute?
Q17. Time to complete whole course?
Ans: As per your branch Please refer the Leaflet given by Phoenix Sea Services Pvt. Ltd. Or visit our website for more details
Q18. Stipend may vary?
Ans: It's depend upon company to company & market Situation.
Q19. Do we have a risk for that?
Ans: You don't have any risk for joining Marine industry because your job is 100% assured so there is no risk for job purpose. If you are talking about risk / accident, % of accident is very few in maritime industry in whole world than road accident happen at your city. According to India Today-Nov-2009 issue 1,00,000 people lost their life in Road Accident per annum in India. We are not mentioning here the people who permanently or temporarily injured in road accident so the risk is more on road than Shipping Industry. Accidents happen because of human negligence and error only. It can happen in any part of your life.
Q20. Is the Training fees is Fixed or it will vary?
Ans: Fixed and include what we've given in leaflet.
Q21. If our bank does not provide us bank loan then can you help us for bank loan?
Q22. Experience Certificate? Will it be considered?
Ans:Shipping industry is most advanced and well managed so that experience is counted everywhere in the world.
Q23. Chances of coming back once we left the job?
Ans: Yes it is possible but you will have to ensure your certificates are valid at the time of re-joining and you may also require undergo some refresher training. Before joining again you need to face the medical test again.
Q24. How much time does it take for a Deck Cadet/Engine Cadet to become a Master/Chief Engineer?
Ans: Typically at times the voyage could be up to 30 days or more.
Q26. What is the Retirement Age?
Q27. What are the shore opportunities when I stop sailing?
Ans: It depends but if you stop sailing after becoming Master or a Chief Engineer, there will be many opportunities at shore for Marine Superintendent, Technical Superintendent, Manning Superintendent, Vetting Superintendent, Port Pilot or Harbour Master, Conservator of Ports etc.
Q28. Despite of high salary structure, why are there so much shortage of officers?
Ans: Many of the shipping companies are not investing enough in training cadets and only expecting to employ experienced officers. This is one of the reasons for shortage. Other reason could be, more ships built in a very short span of time not taking into account the availability of manpower resulting in acute shortages.
Q29. How safe is it to be on board a ship and what is the compensation in case a person is injured or dies on board? Ans: Merchant Navy is one of the safest and most economical medium for transportation. Ships are built to operate in the safest way but the safety depends on the human being who operates the ship. Compensation varies from type and extent of injury but for death, compensation is around US $1,00,000.
Q30. Can I visit the countries that the ship arrives without a visa?
Ans: In majority of the countries, seafarers are issued a special pass to go ashore when the ship is in port. Some countries such as USA you will need a visa to go ashore..
Q31. Which international authority governs Merchant Navy and takes care of seafarers?
Ans: The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent marine pollution from ships. It is also involved in legal matters, including liability and compensation issues and the facilitation of international maritime traffic shipping on clean oceans.
Q32. Are girls also eligible for joining these Merchant Navy courses?
Ans: Yes, girls are eligible for joining the merchant navy but PHOENIX is not structured to recruit and train girl candidates at this moment.
Q33. Will I get the salary when I am not sailing and on leave?
Ans: No, you will not be entitled for salary when you are on leave. During the on-board training period the trainees are paid stipend and not salary.
Q34. What types of interview will be there before I am selected?
Ans: You will have written test, Personal Interview by our panel and subject to your medical fitness carried out only by a DG Shipping Approved Doctor
Q35. Do I have to pay for my Medical Test?
Q38. What is seasickness and does everybody get it?
Ans: Seasickness is a feeling of nausea and in extreme cases, vertigo experienced after spending time on a craft on water. It is typically brought on by the rocking motion of the craft, but people who are particularly vulnerable to the condition can feel seasick simply by setting foot on a boat, even if the vessel is in dry dock. It is not necessary for everyone to get it.
Q39. If any candidates wear spectacles does an eye operation enough to make eligible for Merchant Navy?
Q41. Any health problems related to seasickness and staying away from the land?
Ans: It is usual for most of the seafarers to have seasickness when he starts his sea career but everyone gets used to the sea within a short period of time.
Q42. What do you call people who are in the Merchant Marine?
Ans: Mariners, Seamen, Seafarers, Sailors, Never marines! Mariners is the preferred designation, just like the Seattle professional baseball team. The term Merchant Marines is incorrect, but sometimes used by some old time mariners.
Q43. What kinds of certificates are required to serve in Deck or Engineering positions?
Ans: This varies with the position. All technical crew should have a current certificate of Basic Safety Training (BST) according to STCW standards or you can obtain from an approved training location. For licensed crew members, a valid Certificate of Competency is required, along with a valid maritime medical certificate.
Q46. What is the GMDSS?
Q49. Which is highest maritime authority in India?
Ans: After India has gained independence in 1947 and government has formed its ministry and various departments for administration and management of country. The Director General of Shipping is the statutory Maritime authority of government of India who work through the Ministry of Surface Transport, which comes under the merchant shipping act 1958. The directorate is responsible for administration and management of activities taking place in Indian sea waters. The institute is also responsible for international affairs in relevance to under water activities and hence responsible for developing good relations with other countries that are involved in similar activities.
Q50. What is a C.D.C and how do I get it?
Q52. How I get promotion in Merchant Navy?
Q53. What is INDOs Number?
Q55. If I hold one country COC, Can I apply for other country COC?
Ans: Yes, you can if you have a Australia COC today you can also apply for U.K. COC that means your COC is highly appreciated and accepted worldwide.
Q56. Which one guarantees my job COC OR CDC?
Ans: CDC stands for continues discharge certificate, is a travel document like passport, for example if a person is sailing ,A UK registered ship he needs to have a U.K. CDC and similarly it goes for others also. Indian CDC can be applied from govt of India by a Indian national after attaining of COC from any white-listed country, It is COC which assured your job and not only CDC.
Q57. What is in Pay back offer?
Ans: As a general rule in Merchant Navy no Shipping Company can make any bond with his employee. Hence after providing such expensive training if any of employees will leave the company it is a huge loss. So generally candidate pay for his training program which includes his Tuition Fees ,Lodging and Boarding charges ,Food charges ,STCW Training ,Clothes and Dress materials (Uniform ) ,Entire study materials ,Work-shop ,Port / Ship visit ,D.L.P. Fees .Along with that the specific on board training for 09-18 months charges is also include. It includes his Air ticket, visa, documentation and rest of charges. This training fees paid by candidates refunded him in way of stipend called as pay back training program.
Q58. While on ship can we communicate with our Family?
Ans: Now a days shipping industry is most advance so you can communicate with your parents/friends by way of internet, Satellite phone.
Q59. What is STCW courses?