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STCW & U.S. Coast Guard Approved Merchant Marine Training at Various Locations in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut & South Carolina

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Downeast Maritime, Inc. (DMI) started in the late 1980s on Martha's Vineyards and has for many years been located in the oldest school house on Island. In middle 1990's the school shifted the headquarters to Freedom Maine. In the early 2000's the school became joint partners with Maine Maritime Academy offering first rate courses to the general public previously not available in this part of Maine.

Downeast Maritime, Inc. (DMI) has offices in Thomaston, Maine and Ridgeland, South Carolina. Other locations of training include:

Maine - Mount Desert Island, Maine Maritime Academy, Eastport Washington County Community College, various USCG Groups, Jonesport, Southwest Harbor, Freedom, Belfast, and Stonington.

Massachusetts - Boston, Gloucester and Martha's Vineyard 

Connecticut - U.S. Coast Guard Academy

South Carolina - Charleston and Beaufort

Vessels: These are some of the several training vessels used for the Coast Guard Training courses. The restored and repowered US Navy Officers motor whale boat is inspected and certified by the USCG

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Training Programs


USCG Approved Courses

  • Master/Mate 100 Ton Course (2 weeks): 100 Ton Master or Mate course is usually the first deck officers license that a mariner will receive. It is issued as a 100 ton license that maybe limited to 25 or 50 tons or may go as high as 200 gross tons (with the upgrade course) and rated for Inland or Near Coastal waters.
  • 100 Ton to 200Ton US Coast Guard Upgrade Course (24 hours): This course consists of 3 tests -Rules of the Road, Navigation Practical (Plotting) and a General Subjects examination.
  • 500 / 1600 Gross Tons (3000 ITC) 3rd and 2nd Mates (40 hours): This is usually a custom program designed to meet the students schedule and needs. Typically students the most work in terrestrial and celestial navigation.
  • Celestial Navigation for 200 /500-1600 Gross Tons (40 hours): Mariners should come to class with a strong understanding of terrestrial navigation so that valuable time is not lost relearning those skills.
  • Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation - OICNW: Any applicant who has successfully completed your Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation course will satisfy the Terrestrial Navigation and Coastal Navigation training requirements for certifications Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).
  • Able Seaman (5 days): The Able Seaman is an excellent starting point for one wishing to transition into the merchant marines. It will give you an opportunity to see what is out there and how much further you may wish to proceed, if at all, in the licensing game. All those wishing to become upper level deck officers will be required to hold an AB ticket.

STCW & Other USCG Courses

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Advanced Fire Refresher
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation
  • Advanced (Terrestrial) Navigation
  • Auxiliary Sail
  • Basic Training - STCW
  • Basic Training Refresher
  • CPR for the Community and Work Place
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • Elementary First Aid
  • Engine Room Resource Management
  • Flashing Lights (Visual Communications)
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Leadership and Management
  • Limited Masters - Launch Tender
  • Marine Radio Licenses
  • Medical Care Provider
  • Navigation and Deck General Supplemental
  • Original Radar Observer Inland & Unlimited
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC) “Lifeboatman“
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft - "Limited" PSC
  • Radar Re Certification (Any Tonnage)
  • Security Training for Seafarers w/ Designated Security Duties
  • Train the Trainer
  • Towing Endorsements

LAST UPDATED ON June 29, 2018

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