INDOS number stands for Indian National Database of Seafarers. It’s a unique identification number assigned by the Directorate General of Shipping in India to Indian seafarers. It helps in maintaining a centralized database of seafarers, ensuring their credentials, qualifications, and employment history are easily accessible and verified by statutory authorities such as Flag State, Port State, Immigration and Employers etc., to prevent the fraudulent issue of certificates. An INDos number consists of eight alphanumeric characters.Therefore, a seafarer without an INDos number will not be admitted to any DG Approved courses.
HIMT provides assistance in getting INDoS number for candidates who undergo the Basic STCW courses with us. The documents required for the same are copies of the original 10th Mark sheet, Passport, Passport size photo(white background). The INDOS number is required to be generated with the candidate’s physical presence. Hence, the candidates’ are requested to kindly come in person to our HIMT Tidal Park office along with the required original documents for the INDOS application.
The above documents have to be submitted physically by visiting the HIMT Tidal Park Campus on any working day between 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Near Holiday Inn & Apollo Proton Cancer Hospital) for the INDOS Application. Upon booking the BST & STSDSD courses, INDoS number will be generated and the same is complimentary and for VICT or GMDSS courses, the charges are RS. 2000/-
This is a one-time process only with lifetime validity. To book any course INDoS number is required.
Candidates who are finding discrepancy in their data available in the INDoS/Seafarer’s Profile personal details can update the information with the correct details themselves. Changeable information such as present address, mobile number and e-mail id can be changed by the candidate without any intervention, but specific information such as permanent address, First Name and Surname can be updated from the Request for Personal Details Correction in Seafarer Profile available after logging into the DG Shipping Seafarer’s Profile.
The candidate will have to undergo a course with us and INDoS number will be generated upon payment of INDoS charges.
The candidates will received the INDoS number from DG Shipping through email to their registered email ID.
The MTI No on the Approved Training Institutes list on the DGS website.
As per D.G. Shipping guidelines, a 3-tier system (E-learning, Physical class & Exit exam)  has to be completed to receive a certificate. 
180 days from the enrolment into the respective E- Learning Module
The exit exam can only be given in the MTI after completion of course.
The first attempt of Exit Exam is included in course fees. In case a candidate fails to
clear the Exit Exam in the first attempt, they have to pay for the additional attempts
through their HIMT Student Portal. 
The are maximum of 3 attempts. If you fail the 3 attempts, you need to redo the course again by making a fresh booking.
If the 3 Tier system is completed on the day of course completion, the Digital
certificate will be generated with-in 48 hours, and you can download it from your COP
Checker. Candidates who complete the 3 Tier System later, the
certificate will be generated in queue.
The details on the Digital Certificate will be self-populated from your DG
Profile during the batch upload as per their standard format of the LAST NAME
followed by FIRST NAME. The above is standard for all the candidates and cannot be edited.
The certificate of competency (COC) is a form of licence every mariner is granted to work on ships. The certificate ensures that the concerned person has the sufficient knowledge and skills to sail on ocean going vessels. Certificate of Competency (CoC) is issued by Mercantile Marine Department / Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), Government of India
The CoC is revalidated every 5 year. Kindly note in order to revalidate the 2010 COC, the candidate is required to undergo the RAFF, RPSCRB, and REO( for Engineers) and RUT (for Masters and Deck officers)
On completion the above courses,  the candidate can apply for CoC Revalidation through his Seafarer profile by submitting all the prerequisite documents which would include 1 year of sea service in the last 5 years. 
With UK COC student cannot appear for MEO II in INDIA
A candidate can do any modular course with an expired COC.
He can do the course if he is holding a COC.
No. Candidate holding foreign COC are ineligible for undergoing any DG approved competency courses in India.
A Seaman Book or Continuous Discharge Certificate (C.D.C.) is a seafarer’s identity document issued by his country. [1] This document certifies that the person holding this is a seaman as per The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended 2010. Every seafarer must carry this document while on board, which is also an official and legal record of his sea experience. The master of the vessel signs the document each time a seaman is signed off from the vessel certifying his experience on board.
Upon completion of the STCW courses, the candidates can apply for CDC through their Seafarer profile after receiving the STCW certificates. Please note that CDC cannot be applied by HIMT.
A  C.D.C.  granted  under these rules shall be valid for a period of ten years and may be renewed on expiry or within 6 months prior to date of expiry, on a request from the holder,  for  a  further  period  up to  ten years at a time if the holder is a serving Seamen and his C.D.C. has  not  been cancelled, withdrawn or suspended under these rules.        
Candidates needs to hold a valid STCW certificates and Valid DG Approved Medicals to apply for CDC.
The CDC will be dispatched by Shipping Office directly to the applicants residents.
Candidates can shift their course to the next available date thorugh the HIMT Student Portal by paying the applicable shifting charges.
No, a student cannot attend the course with Belize certificates
After booking of any course, the student where allowed to do shifting within a year from course booked date. However, if the course is not rescheduled within this timeframe, the course fee will be forfeited.
No, we do not provide Sponsorships
Candidates can send a request to [email protected] for cancellation of course. The refund of the course fee will be processed according to the cancellation policy, which can be reviewed on the booking website prior to course booking.
100% attendance is mandatory for all courses except competency courses(minimum 90% attendance required. Hence, the candidate would need to book and redo the course, if he misses a session.
Candidates are requested to ensure and finalize their program before booking a course. If by any means a candidate is unable to undergo the course on the stipulated date, the same can be shifted to any future date as per the availability with in the financial year. A shifting charge of 10% of the course fee is applicable towards shifting one or more courses not exceeding 6 months failing which 20% of the course fees shall be applicable for a maximum period of 12 months. (Interchange of course or Interchange of names is not permissible) 
To request duplicate certificates, please send your request to [email protected]. Please note that the charge for each duplicate certificate is Rs. 1000.
Many administrations accept these certificates, including Singapore, where they can be cross-verified with the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore. Similarly, for the UK, verification can be done through the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Non Indian participants can undergo the course upon holding a Student visa subject to meeting the eligibility criteria
STCW stands for the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.
The candidate should hold an INDoS number. The INDoS number will be generated at HIMT for candidates undergoing the STCW courses with us.
It is  a combination of STCW and HUET courses
Upon successful completion of this course, candidates should be qualified to work on Oil/Chemical/Gas Tankers in roles other than Master, Chief Engineer, Chief Officer, or 2nd Engineer. They will be able to fulfill designated duties and responsibilities associated with cargo and cargo equipment, excluding direct responsibility for loading, discharging, transit care, or cargo handling.
Yes, they can undergo the course subject to  meeting the eligibility criteria
This course aims to prepare a student to make efficient and effective use of radar as a navigational aid in congested, confined waters, recognise potential threats and make valid navigational and collision avoidance decisions in compliance of COLREGS. Further, on successful completion of this the student of this course would attain ability to plan, organise and manage a bridge team. This course will also provide ability to respond to, co- ordinate and execute a search and rescue operation.
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft. Recreational vessels do not need to comply with GMDSS radio carriage requirements, but will increasingly use the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radios. Offshore vessels may elect to equip themselves further. Vessels under 300 Gross tonnage (GT) are not subject to GMDSS requirements.
The eligibility criteria for the GMDSS course include:

Completion of 10+2 education with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
Cadets intending to attend for 2nd Mates examination.
Nautical Officers holding a Certificate of Competency (COC).
Radio Officers with a Certificate of Proficiency. 
Correct, there is typically no age limit for undertaking the GMDSS course.
Yes, if a candidate fails the GMDSS exam, they would need to undergo the GMDSS resit course. Additionally, there would be extra fees for re-appearing for the exam. Typically, candidates are allowed to re-appear for the GMDSS exam a maximum of three times.
The candidate can do GMDSS course if they had passed 12th Std with Physics, Chemistry and Maths.
Marine radar equipped with Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) capability can generate tracks based on radar contacts. This system is capable of calculating the course, speed, and closest point of approach (CPA) of tracked objects, enabling mariners to assess the risk of collision with other vessels or landmasses. The development of ARPA was prompted by the tragic accident involving the Italian liner SS Andrea Doria, which collided in dense fog and sank off the east coast of the United States. ARPA radars began to emerge in the 1960s, and with advancements in microelectronics, the first commercially available ARPA system was installed on the cargo liner MV Taimyr in 1969.
All Officers holding Radar Observer Course (ROC).
No, it must be done consecutively, starting with the Radar Observer Course (ROC), followed by the Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) course, and the dates must be continuous without any breaks. Hence, the ROSC and ARPA courses can be booked only as a package.
The candidates need to carry the following items:
Geometry Box,
Shipborne Radar by Capt. Subramaniam,
The student is not eligible to undergo the SFU (Second Mate Function) course. To be eligible, they must possess either a NCV course completion certificate or a letter from the Maritime Mercantile Department (MMD) indicating that they can undertake the SFU course without holding the NCV certificate.
The Transas equipment is used for ECDIS Course.
A Second Mate Officer, also known as Second Officer or simply 2nd Mate, is a licensed member of a ship’s navigation team. They typically hold a Second Mate License or Certificate of Competency, depending on the regulations of their flag state. The Second Mate is responsible for assisting the Chief Mate (First Officer) and the Master (Captain) in navigational duties, cargo operations, and other tasks related to the safe and efficient operation of the vessel. They often oversee the maintenance of navigation equipment, supervise the loading and unloading of cargo, stand watch on the bridge, and maintain navigational charts and publications.            
You need to undergo the following courses:
For Phase I, the individual should have worked as a 2nd Mate along with possessing 9 months of sea service experience. For Phase II, the requirement is 18 months of sea experience or having worked as a First Mate.                  
The student can attend PH2 course without clearing his PH-I Exams
If the AFF and PSCRB courses were done at  an approved institute, then he is eligible to undergo the DG Approved refresher courses.
The candidates should undergo the AFF, PSCRB, MFA and the ERS Operational level courses.
If a student dont have watch keeping certificate for revalidation course, than he has to get a letter from the company he works at mentioning his experience on watch keeping.
The revalidation course can be done 6 months before or after the expiry of the COC. If the course is completed within 6 months prior to the date of expiry of CoC then the validity of that CoC will be extended for a period of five years from the date of the expiry of CoC.
You can apply for the CoC revalidation online through the E-governance portal by submitting the required documents. Please be guided by the video regarding CoC revalidation:
Kindly note that the competencies of RPST and RFPFF are included in the RPSCRB and RAFF certificates as per the DGS circular 19 of 2021. Request you to be guided by the video regarding the same:
The certificate will have only RAFF and RPSCRB names mentioned, and the paragraph under the course name RAFF mentions the competency tables of RFPFF, and similarly, the paragraph under the course name RPSCRB mentions the competency table of RPST.

The certificate will NOT Mention a refresher course for RAFF & RFPFF or a refresher course for RPSCRB & RPST.
The MC course is not included in the Master revalidation course. Further, renewal of MC is not required for revalidation and is subject to company requirements
We recommend to book the courses online through the booking website. However, you can book the courses directly at our centres in Chennai by using UPI mode of payments.
If your transaction is successful but the course is not booked, or if you do not receive a confirmation page and encounter an error page, please check the course details from your HIMT student login to verify the booking status. If you cannot find the course details, we apologize for any inconvenience caused during the booking process. Please proceed to make a fresh booking to ensure seat availability. After rebooking, kindly email us at [email protected] with your transaction details to request a refund, and we will refund any excess fee found.
You have the option to make payment using any bank debit or credit card, including MasterCard or Visa, by selecting the available payment option. Once you choose a gateway, provide your debit or credit card details as requested and proceed with the payment process. Further, please note that card payments are subject to transaction charges. Hence, you are advised to using UPI mode for payments.
The course can be booked online through our booking website by paying the course fee.
Contact classes are held periodically, but attendance is not mandatory to accommodate candidates who may be sailing at the time. Additionally, we offer a GOTO MEETING LINK to enable candidates to participate in online classes conducted on the premises.
Internal examinations consist of assignment submissions, which should be sent to the designated email address. The specific email address for submission will be communicated to the batch at the commencement of the course.
The study material will be dispatched via courier to the address provided in the application. Regarding the certificate requirement for the course, a soft copy of the same can be sent via email. Similarly, upon completion of assignments and achieving the required pass percentage, the course completion certificate will be sent by courier. In summary, all communication will be conducted via email and courier as applicable.
Upon completion of registration and payment, the Course In Charge for the EFC course will engage with the entire batch via their designated email addresses.
Each subject’s faculty will communicate with candidates and provide clarification regarding doubts through the course in charge.
The new biometric SID has the provisions for the bar coding of the biometrics based identity of seafarers and a centralized data base maintained in the issuing country, which can be accessed globally through an interoperable & standard biometric template.
The BSID can be applied on the following website by submitting the copies of their Passport and CDC –
Please be guided by the video to apply for the BSID number:
As per the latest guidelines, the BSID number is not mandatory to undergo the DG Approved courses