This is to inform you that Merchant Navy Club has resumed its services to the seafaring communities. The accommodation facilities and canteen are open now. Presently Accommodation is available for shipping companies & Agents for their crew change purpose, students attending MMD Examinations. All Seafarers visiting Kochi can also avail the accommodation facilities. The present room tariff is appended below:-
The Merchant Navy Club Hostel facility is available for seafarers attending the examinations in MMD Kochi. Presently the online booking is not available. Kindly contact the below number or email for Rooms/Hostel booking:-
Merchant Navy Club has been converted as a Quarantine centre for the ships CREW Members SIGNING OFF at cochin Port, in compliance of the SOP in this regard, promulgated by the Director General of Shipping, GOI. Accordingly, the club has been providing following rooms w.e.f 15th May 2020, details as follows:-
Suite Rooms – 2 Nos
Deluxe AC Room – 7 nos.
Single AC Rooms – 10 Nos.
Non AC Single Rooms – 8 Nos.
(All rooms with toilet attached)
The Quarantined crew members should follow the procedures and guidelines laid down by the respective Administration.
Please refer the DG shipping Order No.12 of 2020 on standard operating procedures/Protocols (SOP) for controlled crew change dated 22-04-2020 and the Guidelines for Quarantine facilities Covid-19 by the National Centre for Disease Control, Govt. of India, Ministry of Health and family welfare.
Interested Shipping companies and Seafarers may contact directly or email to [email protected] for booking.
Anand Ackare Manager Merchant navy club Willingdon Island Mob: 9497735822 Email: [email protected]
Indian classical dance has a distinct character that reflects the great cultural and traditional endeavour. The forms of Indian dance have transcended beyond the fences and socio-cultural hindrances. Exponents of the Indian classical dances, despite of their background and forms, have played a crucial role in presenting India to the forefront of the World stage.
By watching, enjoying and encouraging such god-blessed, talented, artists of our great nation, we are not only recognising them individually and collectively, but, also re-inventing our rich cultural heritages and passing on them to our gen-next. I believe, this is one of our social obligations as well.
It was against this background, that the maritime community of Kochi has always tried to introduce such exceptional talents to our fraternity. A few months back, we had a unique performance by renowned Mohinayattam exponent Methil Devika in connection with the inauguration of the new building of the Merchant Navy Club. I am sure, those who enjoyed that performance will agree with me that Devika’s performance stand out not only for its well researched and thought-provoking themes rooted in mythology, Indian tradition and philosophy, but also for its freshness and vivacity.
Friends, this time, along with the 54th National Maritime Day Celebrations at Kochi, we are bringing to you another visual treat – a world class dance drama- “Meghdootam”, by the internationally acclaimed Odissi exponent Debamitra Sengupta of Kolkata Mayur Lalit Dance Academy. I am sure this could give some rare moments to keep in memory for all of us……
Once again inviting you all for the National Maritime Day Celebrations at 5:30PM on 5th April 2017 at Merchant Navy Club, Kochi and thereafter for this exquisite dance choreography which would bring alive on stage the passion of ‘Yaksha’ as he pines for his beloved with the exotic descriptions of the rivers, cities, women, forests, mountains which the Cloud passes through, with English narration and very vibrant and soulful music.
A Seafarer welfare initiative from the Ministry of Shipping, Govt of India. Under the aegis of the Director General of Shipping, Govt of India.
“A club where seafarers of all countries would have the opportunity of meeting together and cultivating mutual acquaintance and promoting good fellowship.”
It is internationally recognized that the seafarers, after weeks and months of isolated life onboard ships need shore
based recreational and welfare facilities within their reach to refresh and recuperate themselves and ‘seafarers’ Club’ is therefore an inseparable part of any international Port facility, as has been expressly provided under various statues, inter-alia, the Merchant Shipping Act and the Indian Port Act.
Shipping is an international industry governed by international maritime conventions developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The International Labour Organisation (ILO) issued the recommendations to the Seafarers’ Welfare Recommendation, 1970 and later framed the International Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, to specifically deal with the welfare of the seafarers.
It is socially obligatory to the member states to implement the provisions of the said Convention, including those for the welfare measures such as Seafarers’ Hostels and shore based recreational facilities and it was against this background that the Government of India developed the infrastructure for the welfare of seafarers in the Port of Kochi, popularly known as the “Merchant Navy Club”
Contact : Merchant Navy Officers’ & Seamen Association (MNOSA), Bristow Rd, Willingdon Island, Kochi-682003,
Years back in 1991, after joining shipping, my first voyage abroad was to Vancouver, Canada. As usual, for most new seafarers, my first destination after stepping on to a foreign port was the Seafarer’s Club- to make a phone call to my mother. But, the ambiance of the Club, the facilities they provide and the warmth and compassion with which they entertain the seafarers- it was truly amazing!!!. In my ten years of seafaring, I must have visited atleast fifty seafarer clubs across the world; and I have always wondered when can we have a similar facilities for our seafarers in an Indian port.
Having left the sea life and after 15 yrs of association with Maritime Administration, it is my pleasure and honour to announce the inauguration of the new building of the Merchant Navy Club, Kochi on 21st October 2016, by the Director General of Shipping. And believe me- the facilities there for our maritime community will be comparable with any of its counterparts across the world.
It is internationally recognized that the seafarers, after weeks and months of isolated life onboard ships need shore based recreational and welfare facilities within their reach to refresh and recuperate themselves and ‘seafarers’ Club’ is therefore an inseparable part of any international Port facility.
Merchant Navy Club at Cochin was established in 1943, under the British regime, and when the British withdrew in 1947 they left behind an indispensable and significant meeting hub for the mariners of Kochi. In 1972, it was brought under the management of a Charitable Society, under the custodianship of the Director General of Shipping, Government of India. The Principal Officer, Mercantile Marine Department, Kochi, a subordinate office of the Ministry of Shipping is the ex-officio Chairman of the Association.
The Merchant Navy Club, Kochi, today, provides a host of facilities for the maritime community- Seafarer Hostel with A/C & Non-A/C accommodation, modern swimming pool, A/C convention centre, Party halls, multi-cuisine restaurant, Business centre, Lounges, Snooker & other recreation facilities etc.
To cater to the needs of the fast growing Port of Cochin, Govt of India was kind enough to construct a new building for the Merchant Navy Club, which will have two more Lounges, multi-purpose halls, Billiards & Indoor recreation centre, Suites & Executive rooms etc.
The building will be inaugurated on Friday, the 21st October 2016, by the Director General of Shipping, in the presence of Capt. A.K. Sharma, CMD, Shipping Corporation of India. The public function will be followed by a dance concert by renowned Classical dancer Dr. Methil Devika and dinner as usual.
On behalf of the Management Committee of the Merchant Navy Club, Kochi, I take this opportunity to invite to grace this occasion, each and everyone connected with shipping at Kochi, not to mention our beloved seafarers and their families….
Please do share this with your friends as a proud show-piece of the maritime community of Kochi…..