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LNG Marine Fuel; Training for Mariners & Pilots; USCG Approved / STCW Compliant Courses at USMRC (Formerly Maritime Simulation Institute - MSI) in Middletown, RI

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Located in Middletown RI, United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization with a niche focus specializing in navigation safety, maritime risk mitigation, human capital development and raising awareness of international shipping, maritime trade and transport. The organization is recognized as one of the world’s leading providers of marine operations research using real-time, man-in-the-loop simulation. From helping partners identify and mitigate security threats, to understanding how ports, vessels and crews can mitigate physical risk on board, the research team works with domestic and international partners to advance the field of maritime operations around the world.

USMRC training division (formerly Maritime Simulation Institute - MSI) training and assessment programs for mariners and pilots are designed and led by a marine operations team comprised of professionals with a wide variety of real-world maritime experience, from Master Mariners of all tonnages and vessel types, highly experienced maritime pilots, to engineers of varying horsepower and propulsion types. The programs provide unique opportunities for knowledge-sharing, skill development, peer-to-peer learning, confidence-building, assessment and candidate evaluation.

USMRC has collaborated with many organizations as part of the marine operations and maritime risk mitigation research work including - Cybrex, ClassNK, Liberian Registry & BIMCO. USMRC also has ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification and ClassNK Quality Evaluations Certificate. USMRC also regularly host internships for students from University of Rhode Island and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Internship assignments focus on research of contemporary issues facing the maritime industry.

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Training Programs

Training & Assessment for Mariners & Pilots

  • Basic and Advanced ASD Tractor Tug Operations
  • Advanced and Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots
  • Tethered Escort Operations
  • Nautical Competency Assessments for Tug Masters, Deck Officers and Pilots
  • Ship-to-Ship (STS) and Mooring Master Training
  • Bridge Resource Management for IMO High Speed Vessel Operations
  • Candidate Evaluation Assessments for Pilots, Tug Masters and Senior Officers
  • Underway Watchkeeping, Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Program
  • Portable Pilot Unit (PPU) Familiarization for Pilots
  • Advanced and Emergency Shiphandling for Tug/Barge Operations
  • Bridge Team and Pilot Familiarization Training for New Projects


LNG Marine Fuel Programs

  • Basic and Advanced Low Flash Point Fuel Operations (LNG Bunkering or LNG Marine Fuel) Courses (5 days)

Online Program

  • Cyber Awareness for Mariners (online)

USCG Approved / STCW Compliant Courses

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation
  • Advanced Low Flash Point Fuel Operations
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Advanced Shiphandling
  • Advanced Stability
  • Advanced Watchkeeping (Management Level)
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)
  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Basic Low Flash Point Fuel Operations
  • Basic Meteorology
  • Basic Training (Formerly Basic Safety Training)
  • Basic Training Refresher   (Formerly Basic Safety Training Refresher)
  • Basic Training Revalidation
  • Basic Shiphandling
  • Bridge Resource Management  
  • Bridge Resource Management (37-hour)
  • Bridge Resource Management (Ship/Tug)
  • Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level)
  • Celestial Navigation (Operational Level)
  • Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Crisis Management & Human Behavior
  • Crowd Management
  • Deck Officer Refresher
  • Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS)
  • Engine Room Resource Management  
  • Fast Rescue Boat
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills
  • Leadership and Teamworking Skills
  • Master 100 Tons
  • Meteorology (Operational Level)
  • OICNW Assessment (Azimuths)
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Radar Observer (Inland Waters and GIWW)
  • Radar Observer (Rivers)
  • Radar Observer (Unlimited)
  • Radar Observer Recertification   (One-Day Recertification)
  • Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch Assessments
  • Ship Construction & Basic Stability
  • Shiphandling (23-hour)
  • Shiphandling (5-day)
  • Simulator Instructor Training
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation I
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation Ii
  • Vessel Security Officer
  • Visual Communications (Flashing Light)
  • Watchkeeping (Operational Level)


  • Marine Operations Modeling and Simulation
  • Maritime Cyber Assurance
  • Maritime Trade & the Global Supply Chain

LAST UPDATED ON Feb 13, 2019

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