Cadet Training – India

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The IMEC India Cadet Training Programme launched in September 2023 is a 2.5 year course which provides Indian nationals with Deck and Engineering opportunities. IMEC has partnered with three of the top training institutions accredited by the IMU, and formally endorsed by FOSMA and MASSA to provide IMEC scholars with the best maritime training in India, focusing on sustainable and responsible education principals and professional excellence.

Come and show us that you’re the best by being awarded an IMEC Scholarship!

What makes an IMEC scholar different is that you will have the opportunity to be interviewed and selected from a pool of multiple shipping companies who as part of their own IMEC membership are advocated as employers who have sustainable operating practices. This means that you are part of a collective of forward thinking and innovative professionals who are focused on doing what’s right for the industry. IMEC Scholars not only train to be competent seafarers but are selected because of their potential to be next generation of senior managers at sea or shoreside. Our courses are designed to create well-rounded individuals who are fully prepared for an ever changing and dynamic maritime industry.


The course is split into two phases with the first year spent with your chosen academy. After successful completion of year one, your sponsor will organise the required amount of sea time onboard one of their vessels, during which time you shall complete your onboard training record book. After successful completion, you shall return home and pass your Officer of the Watch examinations. Upon successful qualification, you shall then be endorsed to your sponsor for employment.

If you think you have what it takes to best the best of the best in your field, check the entry requirements below and APPLY NOW!

Deck Officer (OOW)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Age: up to the age of 25
  • IMU Completion Certificate
  • A Level subjects: Physics, chemistry, Mathematics, English – Aggregate pass mark of 60%
  • Medically Fit – as per Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules 2000
  • 18 months at sea.


Engineering Officer (EOOW)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering – pass mark of 60%
  • Max age – 24 years
  • Medically fit – as per Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules 2000.
  • All candidates will be expected to pass the IMEC entrance examination and selection interview to be considered for scholarship. 

If you are someone who is interested in taking part in the programme as a cadet or would like to know more about the cadet opportunities available, please see below the contact details for the Indian Maritime Training Institutions below who will be able to provide further details for you about this exciting opportunity.

Photo Credit: Senior Navigation Officer Training a Junior Officer

IMEC Member Interest

IMEC Members who are interested in the programme please complete the following form highlighting the numbers of cadets you would be interested in and send that through to both Rob Gale ( to start the process.

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