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What is TAR Book and its types? How to apply for it?

TAR Book stands for Training and Record book. 

After completing your pre-sea training and obtaining the certificates, the tarbook will be needed when you join a company for onboard training. 

It is basically for keeping a track record of your sailing activities. It is required for your on-board training, where the record of your work done is kept. When you begin your onboard training, you will perform certain tasks as per your designation and those tasks will be noted down in the TAR Book. After successful completion of these tasks, you will get the signature of your officer on the TAR Book. 

It is used to assess your capabilities of completing certain tasks onboard and is also required in case you want to appear for higher examinations and move further in your career.

Types of TAR Book:

1. TAR Book for Deck Rating

This tarbook is for those candidates who have completed their pre-sea training in G.P rating from a DG shipping approved institute. This book will keep a record of the activities that you undertake onboard such as Mooring operation, steering, watchkeeping, emergency tasks, etc.

2. TAR Book for Engine rating

This tarbook is for those candidates who have completed their pre-sea training in G.P rating from a DG shipping approved institute and want to pursue their career in the engine department. This book will keep a record of the activities that you undertake onboard such as assisting the officers in overall inspection and maintenance of equipment, grinding, buffing, etc.

3. TAR Book for Deck officer

This tarbook is for those candidates who have completed their pre-sea training either in DNS or B.Sc. from a DG shipping approved institute. For candidates who have completed DNS, 3 books will be issued, and for candidates who have completed B.Sc, 1 book will be issued.

This book will keep a record of the activities that you undertake onboard such as navigation, maintenance and inspection of life-saving equipment and personal survival appliances, emergency communications, course plotting, watchkeeping, etc. You might also have to undertake a few basic tasks related to the Engine department, which will be recorded in the book too. 

4. TAR Book for Engine officer

This tarbook is for those candidates who have completed their pre-sea training in B.Tech in Marine Engineering and GME (Graduate Marine Engineering) from a DG shipping approved institute. This book will keep a record of the activities that you undertake onboard such as tracing pipelines, overhauling inspection and maintenance of equipment, watchkeeping, familiarising with and keeping records of cargo related equipment, etc.

5. TAR Book for Electro technical ratings

This tarbook is for those candidates who have completed their pre-sea training in ETO from a DG shipping approved institute. This book will keep a record of the activities that you undertake onboard such as tasks related to starter routines, tube light fittings, insulation resistance of motors, changing dearings, watchkeeping, etc. You might also assist in other departments that require electrical assistance. 

6. TAR Book for GS (General steward)

This tarbook is for those candidates who have completed their pre-sea training in CCMC from a DG shipping approved institute. This book will keep a record of the activities that you undertake onboard such as tasks related to menu formation, taking care of hygiene, inventory management, housekeeping, etc.

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How to apply for TAR Book

1. For Deck ratings, Engine ratings, GS (General Steward), and ETR (Electro Technical ratings):

Documents required:

  1. Two Passport size photographs
  2. Photocopy of Full CDC (Self-attested)
  3. Watch Keeping Certificate No.- if any
  4. Degrees and Convocation certificates 
  5. Pre-sea training certificates
  6. INDOS number

You can apply for your TAR Book at the Board of Examinations of Seafarers Trust (BES). You need to submit all the required documents at their office and they will send your TAR Book through courier. 

The fees are as below:

  • Deck side @ Rs. 400/- per book (only for Cop Able seafarer Deck )
  • Engine side @ Rs. 250/- per book (only for Cop Able seafarer Engine)
  • Electro-Technical Rating @ Rs. 250/- per book
  • Rs. 80/- will be charged extra as courier charges.

Here is the address of BES:

303, Mayuresh Chambers,

Plot No- 60, Sector-11

Opp. Raheja Arcade,

CBD Belapur (W), Navi Mumbai,

Maharashtra, India,

Pin Code – 400 614.

2. For Deck officers and engine officers, TAR Book will be issued through your institute. 

Documents required:

  1. INDoS number
  2. CDC number
  3. Surname
  4. Given Names
  5. Date of Birth
  6. Pre-sea Institute
  7. Course Completion date
  8. University
  9. Name of the Company
  10. RPSL No.
  11. 1st ship name
  12. Sign-on Date
  13. Sign-off Date

Candidates who desire to collect ‘TAR/ Cadet record Book’ may send the requisition e-mail providing all the relevant details as per attached excel sheet through their Institute or Company to CMMI (The Company of Master Mariners of India).

You need to collect all the documents listed above and send them to your college/institute/company. They will then forward your application to CMMI. 

To sum up,

Now you have all the information required to apply for your first TAR Book. 

If you are looking to grow in your Merchant Navy career and want to pursue a course or begin your onboard training, contact us today at Rife Consultancy and we’ll guide you!