Maritime English and General ShipKnowledge

Course Topics

  • 1.Introduction to GP Rating
  • 1.1 Introduction to Maritime English
  • 1.2 General aspects of shipping
  • 1.2.1 Importance of shipping in the National and International Trade
  • 1.2.2 International Routes
  • 1.2.3 Types of Ships and Cargoes
  • 1.2.4 Shipboard Organization
  • 1.3 Computers (Familiarization)
  • 1.4 Discipline, Etiquettes and Gender Sensitization
  • 1.5 Health and Hygiene
  • 1.6 Maritime English
  • 1.7 Nautical Terms
  • 1.7.1 Hull
  • 1.7.2 Ships Decks
  • 1.7.3 Fore Castle
  • 1.7.4 Poop Deck
  • 1.7.5 Accommodation
  • 1.7.6 Bridge
  • 1.7.7 Monkey Island
  • 1.7.8 Cargo Spaces (Cargo Holds, Tanks)
  • 1.7.9 Cargo Handling Gear (Derricks, Cranes, Grabs, Pumps)
  • 1.7.10 Machinery Space (Engine Room/Pump room)

1.Introduction to GP Rating

The General Purpose (GP) Rating:


  • The General Purpose (GP) Rating Course was introduced on request from the Shipping Industry, in order to ensure enhanced & multiple utility of ratings, on board vessels belonging to shipping companies, worldwide.


  • Accordingly, the erstwhile Deck Rating and Engine Rating courses were adapted to the new guidelines and concept of "General Purpose Rating" was introduced by the Directorate.


  • This ensured higher employ-ability of the Indian seafarers in world market. 




Course Name: 6 months pre-sea course for General Purpose Rating


Course Duration: 6 Months


Minimum Academic Qualification: Pass with aggregate 40% marks in 10th Standard from a recognized Board with Science, Mathematic as subjects and with minimum 40% marks in English language either in 10th, 12th or diploma / degree exam.


Maximum Age limit: Between 17.5 to 25 years.


Medical Fitness : Candidate for admission to marine courses (DG, Shipping-approved courses) are required to produce certificate for medical fitness by authorities authorized by Director General of Shipping.


Eyesight :Candidates vision should be 6/6 (normal) in each eye separately,Medically fit including eye sight and hearing as prescribed in the Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules, 2000; as amended.


Career Path:


After the completion of the course, the cadets will be issued with the CDC, INDoS No. and Course Completion. The Candidate will join the ship as a Trainee Seamen and may work as Deck or Engine crew aboard ships will be promoted based on the performance on board ship.


For Deck Side:





For Engine Side: