Ranks in merchant navy are explained in a detail manner. This is kind of informative article and will be mostly useful to the new people who wish to make a career in the merchant or commercial shipping. We will be covering three department of merchant navy and we will be mentioning some other important information as well like wages etc. The idea is to mention the standard ranks that are used all over the world. While, there might be some changes as per the flag or the company. But mostly it is more or less same.
Ranks in Merchant Navy
We will start with ranks in Engine Department
1st Engineer or 2nd Engineer
Electrical Engineer or ETO officer
4th Engineer or Junior Engineer
5th Engineer or Trainee Marine Engineer
Fitter or Repairmen
Pump Man or Motor Man or Oiler
Wiper or Painter
Captain or Master
Chief Officer or 1st Officer
Bosun or Dayman
Ordinary Seaman (OS)
2nd Cook or Steward
On ship the ranks are under two groups. One is officer rank and other is Rating rank. Whenever a work is to be carried out in any of the department, an officer in charge is always made. They are accompanied by some ratings to help them carry out the work. For example during mooring stations, one officer on each station is accompanied by a several ratings. Same when there is a job in the engine room, required number of helping hands are given to the engine officer.
One the deck department, CHIEF Officer is responsible for carrying out any work and they are the person in charge. While in engine department, 1st engineer is the main boss for carrying out the work. Both the ranks allocate work in their respective department. Both of them also talk to each to coordinate the work.
The final authority on a ship is with a MASTER. But a master works closely with Chief engineer. One cannot work alone without help of each other.