Trade and barter between different parts of the world has been going on for centuries. But before the advent of navigation, trade was possible only through land routes. As inter continental human interaction increased, the need for faster and more efficient and practical means of transportation of men and materials grew. Considering the fact that one third of the earth's surface is covered with water, bridging distances through oceanic routes became the most viable solution. This marked the birth of the shipping industry, as we know it today, with fleets of tankers, freight and transport ships, and ocean liners capable of carrying thousands of tons of cargo across oceans.
Indian history is replete with examples, which speak of its long and advanced maritime traditions. The word navigation itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word 'Navgathi'. The subcontinent being rich in various natural resources has always had plenty to offer to other nations of the world, and its natural peninsula with vast coastline has helped immensely in establishing oceanic trade and maritime traditions. Despite tremendous advancements in other modes of transportation such airplanes and heavy haulage surface transportation systems, seafaring remains the primary choice in trade, due to the advantages it offers in terms of haulage, economy and connectivity. And with international trade constantly increasing, the demand for international shipping is only expected to rise.
Indians have always had a special place in the global shipping community. However, with the imposition of more stringent international standards, the profession of seafaring now demands exacting standards. But once these standards have been met, an aspiring trainee is launched into a career, where he enjoys a handsome salary and superior living standards, not to mention the additional perks of being able to travel around the world. The competition has increased, but very few institutions have been able to raise themselves, to the high standards required in training the workforce. Commander Ali's Academy of Merchant Navy has grown in strength since its inception, and today rides a wave of success due to its discipline and dedication in providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive training, keeping in step with the ever-changing syllabi and methodology of imparting marine education, which has been constantly evolving due to advancements in technology and human resource management.