Merchant navy is one of the world's most thriving industries as 90% of all goods used worldwide are transported by sea routes. One significant incident that reminded most of us of the importance of maritime trade and our dependence on it was the recent cargo carrier blocking the Suez Canal, causing billions of dollars of damage to the global economy with every passing day.
Mercmarine Training, the maritime training institute of the Mercmarine Group, is now ready to welcome its latest batches of students who are looking to pursue an exciting career at sea. Interested students can now submit their applications for a wide range of courses if they have passed the O/L and A/L examinations.
Courses at Mercmarine Training include Marine Engineering, Navigation Officer Cadet and Rating Training, which covers Deck Rating, Engine Rating (Motorman training) and Catering Rating training. Mercmarine Training also offers short courses for a wide variety of topics, including STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers) and non-STCW training, such as simulator training on engine simulators and navigation simulators as well as various customised trainings.
Mercmarine Training Business Development Manager Manjula Vitharana stated: “The merchant navy profession provides students adventure and excitement and is also regarded as one of the most lucrative professions in the world. The global maritime industry has a high demand for skilled, educated seafaring professionals and Sri Lanka is definitely a well-known source for qualified merchant seafarers.”
Established in 1986, Mercmarine is the first private maritime training facility in Sri Lanka. Mercmarine Training’s ultra-modern training facility is one of the best facilities in Sri Lanka offering courses for deck, engine and catering at all levels and qualifications, while the training is headed by master mariners and chief engineers. In addition to its extensive experience, Mercmarine has also upheld German standards in establishing its training facility which simulates real-ship environments. As a result, Mercmarine Training has continually produced top-notch Sri Lankan seafaring professionals, and all their courses are specially designed to meet the demands of the prestigious career as a seafarer.
The Mercmarine Group of Companies comprises of major sectors – ship owning, ship management, crew management and maritime training, with each specialising in specific fields of shipping complementing each other and providing a range of services under a single brand.