The Merchant Navy is a non-combatant commercial fleet, which deals with transporting cargo and, occasionally, passengers, by sea. The Merchant Navy fleet includes cargo ships, container ships, barge carrying ships, oil tankers, gas tankers, bulk carriers, refrigerator ships, passenger ships as well as roll off/roll on ships. The ownership of these merchant vessels could be by the government (national shipping) or by private shipping companies.

This process of transporting cargo on the merchant vessels across the globe requires a set of qualified, well trained and competent seafarers. Besides safely navigating these ships on the high seas, these seafarers also ensure that the cargo is loaded, stowed, cared for and discharged as per the internationally accepted procedures and norms and under the strict compliance of various regulations.

The Merchant Navy offers a career like no other. Not only does it offer excellent remuneration and promotional opportunities, but also tremendous scope for adventure and travel. A qualified seafarer is eligible to take up a sea going career with either national shipping companies or international shipping companies (both public sector and privately owned).

The commercial purpose of the fleet offers lucrative openings for Navigators (Deck Officers), Engineers and General Purpose Ratings.


"It's not the ship so much as the skilful sailing that assures a safe and prosperous voyage"

We, at Maritime Foundation are committed to ensure that a prospective seafarer is imparted with the requisite knowledge, competence, attitude and skills to be an efficient hand on board a merchant vessel.

Towards this goal, Maritime Foundation specialises and conducts Pre-Sea courses for Deck Officers, Engine Officers and Ratings. Besides the Pre-Sea courses, we also conduct selective STCW Modular courses and a few Value Added courses for the maritime industry.

Established in the year 2000, Maritime Foundation has come a long way from the modest beginnings.
Today, Maritime Foundation stands tall with a world class maritime training facility.

Maritime Foundation is promoted and operated by Maritime Foundation Charitable Trust and is a registered Charitable Trust under the Trust Act of Tamilnadu, India.

Mr.YJ Shamsuddin, Chairman

Mr. Y.J.Shamsuddin has over 20 years experience in Engineering Industry in the field of manufacturing and material sourcing. As Managing Director Afloat Engineers., he is also experienced in ship repairs.

Mr.V.Mohanan: Chief Executive Officer

Mr.V. Mohanan is a Marine Chief Engineer with over 38 years of experience in maritime field. He is the Technical Director of "Afloat Engineers.," a well known marine repair unit in Chennai. He has specialist knowledge in the dry docking and repair of Merchant Navy Vessels, Naval and Coast Guard ships.

He has more than seven years of teaching experience and in well versed with the training needs. He is currently the Hon. Secy. of the Institute of Marine Engineers ( India ). He is an active member in organising Seminars and Technical Meetings in Chennai.

Capt.Ajay Gangaadharan: Captain Superintendent

Capt.Ajay Gangaadharan has a vast sailing experience of 16 years. He started his sea career with Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd and went on to sail with Executive Ship Management, BP Tankers and AP Moller Maersk. He has a command experience of over 5 years.
Besides being the Captain Superintendent of the institute, he is constantly involved in promoting Maritime Foundation to the maritime industry.

He is authorised by Directorate General of Shipping, Govt. of India, to conduct Oral Assessment for the Certificate of Competency for the grade of Second Mate of Foreign Going Ship.

He is also a maritime training consultant for Maersk Training Centre India (MTCI), Chennai on SIRE / Tanker Vetting Courses, ECDIS and Crew Resource Management.


"Maritime Foundation has on its rolls excellent and experienced faculty comprising of Master Mariners, Chief Engineers and other senior members of the maritime industry. The institute also employs qualified non-marine professionals and workshop instructors.

Attention: All Seafarers (Present & Prospective)