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Master Mariner, Merchant Marine, Maritime Resource and Cargo Management Training in Finland


Founded in 1813, Aboa Mare (formerly Sydvast Maritime) has long traditions in Maritime Education in Turku. Today Aboa Mare trains Master Mariners and Marine Engineers at Novia University of Applied Sciences and watchkeeping officers and watchkeeping engineers at Axxell.

In addition to the degree-oriented education, Aboa Mare also arranges weekend courses on which you can study to become a boatmaster, skipper in domestic traffic or engine attendant. In addition to this, Aboa Mare arranges a variety of continuing education courses for professional seafarers, boaters and other interested parties.

Aboa Mare has ship simulators in Turku and Espoo. Certain parts of the education are carried out together with, Meriturva, Wärtsilä and the Maritime Safety Center. In order to be able to offer a wide range of courses and satisfy the needs of the clients, Aboa Mare has created a large network of experts on diverse fields within seafaring, able to teach a large variety of courses and all STCW-courses. In addition to STCW-courses Aboa Mare offers a large number of continuing-education courses, which update and add to your skills and preparedness.

Training Programs

Novia University of Applied Sciences Programs

  • Master Mariner - Maritime Management (English)
  • Master Mariner (Swedish & Finnish)
  • Marine Engineer (Swedish)

As a master mariner you can work as a highest-ranking officer on both Finnish and foreign merchant vessels. The maritime field is full of opportunities on different types of vessels and in all parts of the world. The industry offers an interesting work environment also after a career at sea.

Marine engineers work as the highest-ranking engine officers on both Finnish and foreign vessels. The studies also give proficiency to work in various inspection, expert, planning and management positions for the industry. In addition to this, persons with engineering training work can work in a managerial capacity for the Finnish Defence Forces.

Axxell Programs

  • Watchkeeping Officer (Swedish)
  • Watchkeeping Engineer (Swedish)

Courses for Domestic Traffic Area

  • SRC
  • Medical First Aid Provider Course (STCW A-VI/4-1)
  • Simulatorcourse for Boaters
  • Boatmaster’s Certificate
  • Navigation in the dark
  • Radarcourse for Boaters
  • Skipper’s certificate for domestic service
  • Engine Attendant’s Certificate

Nautical Courses

  • Bridge Team Training (BTT)
  • Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)
  • Integrated Bridge Systems (IBS)
  • Advanced shiphandling
  • Azipod® vessel operation
  • Simulator Training in Critical Situations

Environmental Courses


Ice Navigation Courses


GMDSS Courses

  • GOC and ROC Refresher
  • SRC
  • Restricted Operator’s Certificate
  • General Operator’s Certificate

Courses For Boaters

  • SRC
  • Simulator Course for Boaters
  • Navigation in the dark
  • Radar Course for Boaters

Dynamic Positioning (DP) Courses

  • DP Basic Course
  • DP Simulator Course

Cargo Management Courses

  • Basic Tanker -kurssi
  • Advanced Oil Tanker Courses

Courses For Instructor Training

  • Training Course for Simulator Instructors
  • Assessor Course for Instructors
  • Training Course for Instructors
  • Training Needs Analysis

Courses in Medical Aid

  • Elementary First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3)
  • Medical First Aid Provider Course (STCW A-VI/4-1)
  • Medical Care Person-In-Charge Course (STCW A-VI/4-2)

Resource Management Courses

  • Maritime Resource Management (MRM)
  • Ship Security Officer (SSO)
  • Crowd and Crisis Management (CCM)

Search and Rescure (SAR) Courses

  • SAR/OSC Training Day
  • Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • On-Scene Coordinator (OSC)

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS)

  • VTS Operator Basic Training
  • VTS On-the-Job Instructor Course

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