MSC Shipping Line Interview Questions-for cadets

In this post you will find the questions that were asked in the interview questions of the MSC shipping line or Mediterranean shipping company. Question discussed here are mix of questions that were asked from the Deck cadets and engine cadets. Some of the questions discussed here are answered (Technical one). MSC shipping is a container shipping companies.
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MSC shipping interview questions

The interview went like this:
1) Interviewer: Hello, How are you doing? After little while, looking at the resume of candidate, he asked….
Interviewer: So tell me about yourself
Candidate: As per our suggestions you should include these things while answering this question:
Your education like school and college,
Your hobbies (Limit them to two)
What your father do and what your mother do
No siblings should be mentioned, until interviewer asks that.
2) Interviewer: Ok tell, what is the difference between a cargo ship and container ship? (As MSC mostly have container ships, so interviewer might be trying to confuse the candidate).
3) Interviewer: Do you know about ECDIS Navigation instrument?
(A little tough for engine cadet, but for deck cadet, this is quite easy)
4) Interviewer: Name four types of fire extinguisher used on board ship and also tell for which type of fire these are used. (The most important question is this; students were confused in giving answer to this question)
Read about it more here: All types of fire extinguishers
5) Interviewer: When fire breaks out on ship, what type of alarm is sounded? Also tell when someone gets overboard.
6) Interviewer: Do you know about enclosed space on ship? If yes, then what precaution you will take in going inside it? You can learn about it more here: All about the enclosed spaces
7) Interviewer: STCW 2010 has came recently; can you tell what extra has come in that?
8) Interviewer: There are some navigational lights on ship, so can your name some of them and what are their colors.
9) interviewer: In case of scavenge fire, what first step you will do, if you are on watch.
10) Interviewer: During cargo operations on Gas tankers, what precautions you will take when carrying out this process considering the static electricity complication in mind.
11) Interviewer: Tank cleaning is major process on ship, so why we do it and how we do it?
12) Interviewer: My last question, why you have joined merchant navy not Indian navy when you said you want to become sailor?

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Mark Eriscson

Love to write about topics related to maritime sector. Was born in sailor's family, so love to ride on those high seas. In free time i would like to go for a good sunbath and some soothing guitar music. Want to have my own boat one day.

12 thoughts on “MSC Shipping Line Interview Questions-for cadets

    • June 17, 2015 at 4:02 am

      Thanks for your feedback. Please do share with us if you have any such info related to this field.

    • September 15, 2015 at 11:04 am

      It is not that tough. Only good studies about main subjects are required.

  • June 10, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Sir,I have got 2700 rank in imu cet in june 2016 and i got 93.5% in intermediate.can i get a good college for marine engineering.please reply.may i know the institution names

  • September 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Informative blog…….thank you…there is the request…..i just want to know that what are the interview questions on import export documentation in liner shipping segment!!!!

  • April 29, 2018 at 10:33 am

    What are the portions for sponsership test


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