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Minimum qualifications for a seaman (Rule - 42)

42.
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1. No seaman forming part of a navigational or engine-room watch shall be engaged or carried to sea in any capacity in any ship unless he-
 
 
(i)
is of 18 years of age on the last date prescribed for receipt of application;
(ii)
has passed Matric or an equivalent examination from a board of Education established under law;
(iii)
has completed the approved pre sea-going training;
(iv)
meets the standards of medical and physical fitness as specified  in the Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules,1968 and the STCW Code;and
(v)
holds a certificate showing the date  of birth; and a valid passport.
 
43.  
 
1. No person shall engage or carry  to sea any seaman to work to work in any capacity of navigational  or engine-room watch unless he is certified by the Chief Examiner concerned to the effect that he is fit in all respects to be employed in a relevant capacity and meets the requirements of the Act, these rules and the STCW Code.  Before certifying as such the Chief Examiner concerned shall  satisfy the certificates produced by the seaman are genuine and valid.
 
44.  
 
1. Candidates are warned that they should not furnish any particulars that are false or suppress any material information in filling in the application in form 15. Candidates  are also warned that they should in no case correct or  alter or otherwise tamper with any  entry in a document or its attested or certified copy submitted by them nor should they submit a tampered or fabricated document. If there is any inaccuracy or any discrepancy between two or more such documents or their attested or certified copies, an explanation regarding this discrepancy should be submitted.
 
 
2. A candidate who is  or has been declared by the Director General Of Shipping to be guilty of-
 
 
(i)
obtaining support of  his/her candidature by any means; or
(ii)
impersonating; or
(iii)
procuring impersonation by any person; or
(iv) 
submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with; or
(v) 
making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information; or
(vi)
resorting to any other irregular or improper means in connection with his/her candidature for the examination; or
(vii)
using unfair means during the examination; or
(viii)
writing irrelevant matter including obscene language or pornographic matter in the script; or
(ix)
misbehaving in any other manner  in the examination hall; or
(x)
harassing  or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by the Director General of Shipping for the conduct of  their examination; or
(xi)
attempting  to commit or, as the case may be, abetting the commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses, may, in addition to rendering himself/herself liable to criminal prosecution, be liable-
 
(a) 
to be disqualified by the Director General  of Shipping from examination for which he/she is a candidate; or
(b)
to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period:-
(i)
by the Director General of Shipping from any examination or assessment held by him/her;
(ii)
by the Central  Government, from any employment under  them; and
(c)
if he/she is already in any service  to be disciplinary action under the relevant rules.
 
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1.
Any seafarer aggrieved by any order made under these rules by any officer below the rank of the Director General of Shipping may prefer an appeal  to  the Director General of Shipping may prefer an appeal to the Director General  of Shipping within a period of sixty days from the date of receipt of the order.
2.
Any seafarer aggrieved by any order made under these rules by the Director General of Shipping may prefer an appeal to the Central Government  within a period of sixty days from the date of receipt of the order.
3.
No appeal shall be admitted if it is preferred after the expiry of the period prescribed therefore:
Provided that an appeal may be admitted after the expiry of the period prescribed therefore if the appellant satisfies the appellate authority that he/she had sufficient cause for not preferring the appeal within the prescribed period.
4.
Every appeal made under this rule shall be accompanied by a copy of the order appealed against.
5.
The appellate authority, before disposing of an appeal, shall give a reasonable opportunity of being heard to the appellant.
6.
An appeal shall be be disposed of as expeditiously as possible but within a period of six months from the date of the order.
7.
The appellate authority may confirm, modify or reverse the order appealed against.
 
46.  
 
Where the Director General of Shipping is satisfied that the application of full requirements of the provisions of the STCW Convention are unreasonable or impracticable, he/she may, to such exceptions and conditions as he/she may consider necessary, by order in writing, exempt a seafarer from such requirements.
 
47.  
 
The Director General of Shipping shall supervise that all training and assessment of seafarers for certificate is-
(a) structured in accordance with written programmes including such methods and media of delivery, procedure and course material as are necessary to achieve the standard of competence as specified in Chapters II to VII of the STCW Code;
 
 
(b) conducted, monitored, evaluated and supported by persons qualified in accordance with paragraphs 4 to 6 of section A-1/6 of the STCW Code.
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48.  
 
1. Any person whose certificate has been damaged or lost, may apply for a duplicate of the same to the same to the Principal Officer, Mercantile Marine Department who delivered the certificate.
 
 
2. Every such application shall be in Form 16 and shall be accompanied by an appropriate fee as specified in schedule:

Provided that in case of loss of a certificate due to fire on board the ship or total loss of the ship such fee shall not be charged.
 
 
3. On receipt of an application under sub-rule (1) the Principal Officer shall refer the same to the Chief Examiner concerned, who shall,  after making such inquiry as he may deem fit, issue a duplicate certificate to the applicant through the Principal Officer as soon as may be practicable but in any case not later than the expiry of a period of six months.
 
49.  
 
A candidate who has been declared failed in any examination may apply  to the Principal Officer, Mercantile Marine Department for review of results within a period of thirty days from the date of declaration of the results. Such application  shall be accompanied  by a fee  as specified in the Schedule.  The Principal Officer shall forward the application to the Chief Examiner concerned who shall assign an Examiner other than who dealt with the examination originally to review the evaluation.  Results of review when approved shall be final and no appeal shall be against such review. In case the original result is reversed the fee shall be refunded to the candidate.
 
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1.  Every candidate shall pay fees in accordance with the scale of fees specified in the Schedule on occasion he applies for examination or enquiries, as the case may be, as to his eligibility for examination or exemption or both.
 
 
2.  Fees paid under these rules shall not be refunded.
 
51.  
 
1.  The Merchant Shipping (Examination of Masters and Mates) Rules, 1985 and  the Merchant Shipping (Examination Of Engineer Officers in the Merchant Navy) Rules, 1989 are hereby repealed.
 
 
2.  All appointments made, acts done or omitted to be done under the repealed rules shall be deemed to have been made or done or omitted to be done under the corresponding provisions of these rules.
 
 
3.  All certificates issued under the repealed rules shall be revalidated under the provisions of rule 10.
 
 
Schedule Fees
( See rule 50 )
 
Written examination (in rupees)
Oral 
examination
 
(in rupees)
1.  Second Mate of a foreign - going ship :


(a) Navigation
500/-
500/-
(b) Cargo handling and Stowage
500/-
500/-
(c) Controlling the operation of the ship and care for      persons on board
500/-
500/-
(d) Radio communications
500/-
500/-
     
2. First Mate of a foreign - going ship :
   
(a) Navigation
1500/-
1500/-
(b) Cargo handling and Stowage
1500/-
1500/-
(c) Controlling the operation of the ship and care for      persons on board
1500/-
1500/-
(d) Radio communications
1500/-
1500/-
 
3. Master of a foreign going ship  
6000/-
6000/-
     
4. Extra Master 
6000/-
6000/-
     
5. Navigational watch-keeping officer :
    (Near Coastal Voyages)
   
 
(a) Navigation
250/-
250/-
 
(b) Cargo handling and Stowage
250/-
250/-
 
(c) Controlling the operation of the ship and care for       persons on board
250/-
250/-
 
(d) Radio communications
250/-
250/-
     
6. Mate of a home-trade ship:
   
(a) Navigation
1000/-
1000/-
(b) Cargo handling and Stowage
1000/-
1000/-
(c) Controlling the operation of the ship and care for      persons on board
1000/-
1000/-
(d) Radio communications
1000/-
1000/-
     
7. Master of a home-trade ship
3000/-
3000/-
     
8. Marine Engineer Officer Class IV :
   
 
(a) Marine Engineering
500/-
500/-
 
(b) Electrical, electronic and control engineering
500/-
500/-
 
(c) Maintenance and repair
500/-
500/-
 
(d) Controlling the operation of the ship and care for       persons on board
500/-
500/-
     
9. Marine Engineer Officer Class II :
   
 
(a) Marine Engineering
1500/-
1500/-
 
(b) Electrical, electronic and control engineering
1500/-
1500/-
 
(c) Maintenance and repair
1500/-
1500/-
 
(d) Controlling the operation of the ship and care for        persons on board
1500/-
1500/-
     
10. Marine Engineer Officer Class I 
6000/-
6000/-
     
11. Extra First Class Engineer
6000/-
6000/-
     
12.  Marine Engineer Officer Class IV
       ( Near - Coastal Voyages) :
   
 
(a) Marine Engineering
250/-
250/-
 
(b) Electrical, electronic and control engineering
250/-
250/-
 
(c) Maintenance and repair
250/-
250/-
 
(d) Controlling the operation of the ship and care for       persons on board
250/-
250/-
     
13.  Marine Engineer Officer Class III
     (Second Engineer,Near Coastal Voyages) :
   
 
(a)  Marine Engineering
1000/-
1000/-
 
(b)  Electrical, electronic and control engineering
1000/-
1000/-
 
(c)  Maintenance and repair
1000/-
1000/-
 
(d) Controlling the operation of the ship and care for       persons on board
1000/-
1000/-
     
14.  Marine Engineer Officer Class III
      (Chief Engineer, Near Coastal Voyages)
3000/-
3000/-
     
15.  Rating forming part of a navigational watch
-
500/-
     
16.  Rating forming part of an engine room watch
-
500/-
     
17.  For issue of copy of Certificate of
       Competency
1000/-
   
18.  Review of results of Examination for
 
 
(a) Certificate at support level of a foreign-going
      ship or on ships engaged  in Near - Coastal Voyages.
500/-
 
(b) Certificate at operation level of a foreign-going ship
2000/-
 
(c) Certificate at management level of a foreign-going  ship
10000/-
 
(d) Certificate at operation level of a ship engaged in  Near - Coastal Voyages.
1000/-
 
(e) Certificate at management level of a ship engaged in Near - Coastal Voyages.
2000/-
   
9.  Writing of Hard Cover Certificates 
 
(a) Certificates at support level 
250/-
(b) Certificate at operation and management level of a   foreign-going ship
1000/-
(c) Certificate at operation & management level of a  ship engaged in Near-Coastal Voyages.
500/-
   
20. Enquires with respect of assessment of   eligibility or exemption or both for any part of examination at each occasion.
1000/-
   
21.  Issue of Endorsement for service on  oil/chemical/ liquefied gas tanker/ro-ro  passenger ship/passenger ship
1000/-
   
22.  Revalidation of Certificate of competency
2500/-
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