The history of Maritime Training in India goes back to the year 1927, when Nautical Training started on H.M. Training Ship ‘Dufferin’. In the year 1935, Marine Engineering Training was also started on T.S. Dufferin besides Nautical Training.
Govt. of India, soon after the country becoming independent on 15th August 1947, realised the need of having large Merchant Navy. “The Merchant Navy Officers Training Committee” was then constituted and subsequently in the year 1949, Directorate of Marine Engineering Training (D.M.E.T.) was established by the Govt. of India with its head office in Kolkata and branch office in Mumbai to train marine engineers.
D.M.E.T. was renamed as Marine Engineering and Research Institute in the year 1995. With the formation of Indian Maritime University by an Act of Parliament on 14th November 2008, Marine Engineering & Research Institute, Mumbai has now become a constituent Unit of Indian Maritime University, Mumbai Campus.
Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI), Mumbai is not only a pioneer Maritime Training Institute in India but in the whole of South East Asia. MERI-Mumbai is accredited as an ISO 9001 : 2008 Institute and it is also Graded by ICRA as Grade - One Institute.
The Training system at MERI, Mumbai is completely residential with lot of stress on discipline and hands on practical training in marine workshops. Regimental residential training includes extra curriculum comprising of, indoor and outdoor games, aquatics and cultural activities besides academics.