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Deck & Engineering Cadet Training Programs and STCW & Professional Development Courses in Bahamas

ljm maritime academy

Established in 2014 and located at Maritime Cay in Bahamas, the LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) is one of the leading tertiary-level maritime training institutions in the Caribbean region and produces exceptional seafarers and industry leaders. The top quality education and training programs offered at LJMMA will enable seafarers to exceed international industry standards and be well-equipped with essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills to compete as a maritime professional globally.

The million LJM Maritime Academy located on Maritime Cay, formerly Crystal Cay, consists of functionally designed spaces outfitted with cutting-edge technology, equipment and tools. The entire environment is designed to foster a culture of excellence and through the use of advanced simulations, workshops and laboratories; students receive an exceptional education and are well-trained to enter the global maritime sector.


The programs follow the framework of model courses from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and have been approved by the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), the governing body in The Bahamas under the IMO and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Additionally, LJM Maritime Academy is registered under the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.

LJM maritime training facilities include - full mission ship maneuvering simulator, officer of the watch training simulator, steering simulator, ECDIS simulator, GMDSS simulator, full mission liquid cargo handling simulator, full mission fire fighting simulator, marine engineering workshops, and a library.

ljm maritime academy campus

Training Programs




Cadet Officers Training

  • Diploma in Nautical Science or Marine Engineering (3 years): At the end of the Diploma studies, cadets will sit examinations through the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) for certification as an Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (STCW regulation II/1) or Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch (STCW regulation III/1).

Ratings Training

  • Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) - STCW A-II / 4, 5
  • Engine Room Watch Rating (EWR) - STCW A-III/4, 5
  • Spread over four (4) months, the approved Ratings program aims to develop professional skills and impart knowledge, to those who will become part of navigational or engineering watch in a support capacity.

STCW Training

Professional Development Courses

  • Engineering Dimensional Control & Workshop Skills (30 hours)
  • Small Engines (0.5 day)
  • Fabrication Processes & Skills (1 week)
  • Preparing and Using Manual Metal Arc (MMA) Welding Equipment (1 week)
  • Metal Inert (MIG)/Metal Active Gas (MAG) Welding Skills (1 week)
  • Maritime Tourism and Recreation Management (24 hours)
  • Maritime Law for Ship-Owners, Masters, Crew and Port Personnel (6 weeks)
  • ‘B’ Captain License (6 weeks)
  • ‘A’ Captain’s License Training