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Mercmarine Training (Msti): Cadet Officer Programmes 2022


Applications are now Accepted

Needless to say that the modern day Sri Lankan youth leaves the school with a heavy mind burdened with feelings of uncertainty about their future. As they kick-start their next critical phase of life, the staggering task in their hands is to carefully weigh all options before them for higher education and make that all important decision that will determine the course of the rest of their lives.

The responsibility lies in the hands of higher education institutes, be it state owned or privately owned, to equip them with right knowledge and skills required for rewarding careers. Mercmarine Training (MSTI) stands out in this regard as the pioneering academy of seafaring professionals that launched successful careers for thousands of Sri Lankan youth in the merchant navy.

Mercmarine Training Students in the practical training Session using Navigation Simulator

Although careers in merchant navy as Deck Officers/ Engineering Officers rank high and way above most other options, it is also the less trodden path to success, with fewer individuals opting to pursue it.

Starting out as a cadet officer and climbing up the ladder to become a ship’s captain or a chief engineer not only rewards these individuals with 6 digit, luxurious salaries; it also opens a host of more opportunities. Especially as the seafaring trade is a global profession, merchant navy officers are highly respected and sought after around the world. The skill sets and knowledge they possess are in high demand for a wide range of shore-based professions, thus enabling them to retire from sailing at their will as other exciting career opportunities await them ashore.

Students are guided by Staff of Marcmarine Training Institute

As Sri Lanka’s first privately owned marine institute that, started in 1986, Mercmarine Training (MSTI) has been producing world-class Sri Lankan seafarers for 35 long years and the quality of these professionals has earned a golden name for the institute globally.

Mercmarine Training’s unwavering commitment has ensured their curricula update at the same pace with changing global technologies, and they instil this wealth of knowledge in trainee cadets through state-of-the-art facilities such as advanced simulators. The other major strength that propells Mercmarine’s success if their expert panel of lecturers, which consist of veteran seafarers with years of experience under their belt.

Group of Students at Mercmarine Training Institute

As Mercmarine Training prepares for the 1st intake of Cadet Officers for 2022, interested youth can now explore their chance of a successful seafaring career with the institute. Students who have studied their A/Ls in either Science, Maths or Technology streams can apply for Deck Cadet or Engineering Cadet courses and they may get in touch with the support staff of the institute to obtain further information or guidance with selection of courses.

Although it’s only a relatively smaller number of youth that seek this career path, it must be noted that an even smaller number of opportunities exist to enroll for a programme. Therefore, interested individuals are advised to take necessary action at their earliest.

Further information about the institute can be obtained from the website: and for guidance/advice you may reach the Mercmarine staff via E mail: or WhatsApp : 0771216772/3 or Telephone : 0117476100.

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