Efficient transport by sea is extremely important, particularly for a country like India, which has a long coastline and glorious maritime traditions. Indian Merchant Shipping comprises of Passengers vessels, Cargo liners, Tankers, Carriers, Container vessels and many other types of specialized ships. These ships are operated by public and private sector shipping companies and manned by trained navigators, marine engineers and crew members. To cater to such specialized training, School of Maritime Studies offers an integrated and comprehensive facility for deck officers in the Merchant Navy. Candidates who successfully complete training at this institute will be eligible for taking jobs as Navigating Officers on board any ship sailing in the vast oceans of the world.
The Trainees passing out from School of Maritime Studies, on the completion of mandatory sea-time requirements and Competency Examinations, will be responsible for the navigation of ships, proper loading and discharging of cargo, maintenance of ships, safety of passengers and crew and observance of various national and international codes of conduct. The trainees progress to being junior navigating officers and on completion of successive competency exam, ascend in rank and responsibility until finally taking command of a ship as a Captain.
School of Maritime Studies is situated at Vel's Pallavaram Campus. The School is headed by a Captain Superintendent and amongst its Faculty are highly proficient Lecturers (who are ex-Mariners) and Instructors, with years of experience on board ships and ashore, who take meticulous care to train the cadets to be future deck (navigating) officers. The School has three sophisticated workshops, a state-of-the-art “Full-mission Navigation Simulator and three laboratories for providing cadets the necessary training. As a part of the curriculum, cadets are taken on board ships in Chennai harbour for shipboard familiarization.
The School offers the following courses:
Department of Nautical Science
Department of Marine Engineering
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* Approved by the Directorate General of Shipping, Govt. of India.