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Freight & Logistics, Port & Vessel Simulation, ICS, Professional Development, Security, STCW, Tug, and VTS Courses in Abu Dhabi, UAE

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An initiative by Abu Dhabi Ports for the advancement of the maritime industry, Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy provides world-class maritime education and training for the next generation of maritime industry leaders in the UAE and the region.

The courses are locally and internationally approved by UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), UAE Federal Transport Authority (FTA), International Association Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), and Lloyd’s Register.


The academy is the first approved by IALA, to conduct Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), and Aids to Navigation (AtoN) Courses in the region and also deliver International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Model Courses, all of which meet the requirements of the latest edition of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers.

In addition, the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has accredited the ECDIS and Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) courses, as well as the associated certificates, which make it the first training center in the region to offer such courses with worldwide recognition.

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Training Programs




Freight & Logistics Courses

  • Scope of Freight Forwarding & Logistics Services (3 days)
  • Safety & Security in Freight Forwarding and Logistics (3 days)
  • Packing, Packaging, Marking & Labeling (3 days)
  • Multi-Modal Transport (3 days)
  • Maritime Containers (3 days)
  • Marine & Cargo Insurance ( days)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain (3 days)
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Freight Forwarding and Logistics (3 days)
  • Dangerous and Hazardous Goods (3 days)
  • Customs & Port Procedures (3 days)
  • Carriage of Goods by Inland Waterways Transport (3 days)
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea (3 days)

Port & Vessel Maneuvering Simulation Courses

  • Vessel Modelling
  • Area Database Modelling
  • Tug Boat Master Theory (IMO MSC/Circ. 1101; MEPC/Circ.409; FAL/Circ.100 8 September 2003 -Ship/Port interface, availability of tug assistance)
  • Basic Tug Handling
  • Basic Harbour Towage
  • Advanced Harbour Towage
  • Escort Towage (Advanced)
  • Basic training in the approach to ports and anchoring
  • Channel Navigation
  • Berthing and Un-berthing, with and without Tugs/Thrusters etc.
  • Underway alongside manoeuvres
  • Emergency Scenarios
  • Single Screw, Twin Screw, Azimuthing propulsion systems
  • Conventional, Becker, Schilling, and Azimuthing steering systems
  • Tunnel and Azimuthing Thrusters
  • Port Development & Manoeuvring Studies

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Courses

  • Tanker Chartering (2 weeks)
  • Shipping Law (2 weeks)
  • Shipping Finance (2 weeks)
  • Shipping Business (2 weeks)
  • Ship Sale & Purchase (2 weeks)
  • Ship Operations & Ship Management (2 weeks)
  • Port and Terminal Management (2 weeks)
  • Port Agency (2 weeks)
  • Offshore Support Industry (2 weeks)
  • Multi-Modal Transport (2 weeks)
  • Marine Insurance (2 weeks)
  • Liner Trade (2 weeks)
  • Legal Principles in Shipping Business (2 weeks)
  • Introduction to Shipping (2 weeks)
  • Economics of Sea Transport & International Trade (2 weeks)
  • Dry Cargo Chartering (2 weeks)

Maritime Professional Development Courses

  • Commercial Shipping Practice (60 hours)
  • Workplace Competence Assessor (5 days)
  • Understanding Port State Control Inspections (1 day)
  • GMDSS Short Range Certificate (2 days)
  • Ship to Ship Manoeuvring Simulator Training (5 days)
  • Ship Handling – Offshore (2 days)
  • Ship Handling – Azipod – Basic (2 days)
  • Ship Handling – Azipod – Advanced (5 days)
  • Risk Management and Incident Investigation (1 day)
  • Pleasure Boat under 24m (12 days)
  • Risk Assessment & Risk Management (30 hours)
  • Pilot Training Program (18 months)
  • Pilot Boat Training (5 days)
  • Pilot Training – Basic/Intermediate/Specialized (2-5 days)
  • New Musaffah Channel Familiarisation (1 day)
  • Khalifa Port Familiarisation (1 day)

Maritime Security Courses

  • Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) (4 days)
  • Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) – Refresher (3 days)
  • Security Awareness Training for All Seafarers (1 day)
  • Security Awareness Training for Port Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties (2 days)

MICE Courses

  • Trading Excellence: Becoming the Maestro of Trade Finance for Shipping (2 days)
  • TMSA 3 – Assessments and Preparations (2 days)
  • Navigation and Bridge Watchkeeping: Audits and Inspection Planning for a Positive SIRE (2 days)
  • Shipping Container Cargo Freight Handling, Damaged Goods, Stuffing (Packing) and Inspections of Containers (3 days)
  • Masterclass in Ship Superintendency (3 days)
  • Rigging and Lifting Appreciation for On & Offshore Operations (3 days)
  • Primavera Risk Analysis (PRA or Pertmaster) Schedule and Cost Risk Analysis Software Training (3 days)
  • Operations Risk: Active Management Across Maritime and The Oil & Gas Industries (2 days)
  • Masterclass in Marine Warranty Surveying (3 days)
  • Marine Engineering for Non-Engineers (3 days)
  • Marine Cargo Surveying Masterclass (3 days)
  • Maritime Accident Investigation & Safety Culture (3 days)
  • Liquefied Gas Carrier Safety and Operations (4 days)
  • Masterclass in Hull & Machinery Surveying (3 days)
  • Elements of Marine Pilotage (3 days)
  • Crane Appreciation (3 days)
  • Container Swap Trading (2 days)
  • Bunker Risk Management (2 days)
  • Advanced LNG Vessel and STS/FSRU Operations, Methods and Handling (3 days)

STCW Courses

  • Radar Navigation, Radar Plotting and Use of ARPA – Radar Navigation at Operational Level (10 days)
  • Radar, ARPA, Bridge Teamwork and Search and Rescue - Radar Navigation at Management Level (5 days)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (2 days)
  • Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM) at the Operational Level (3 days)
  • Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM) at the Management Level (5 days)
  • General Operator’s Certificate for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS - GOC) (10 days)
  • Elementary First Aid (2 days)
  • Efficient Deck Hand (5 days)
  • Operational Use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) (5 days)
  • Bridge Team Management (4 days)
  • Bridge Resource Management (5 days)

TTC Tug Training Courses

  • Tug Handling – Basic (5 days)
  • Towage & Tug Knowledge (5 days)
  • Escort Towage (5 days)
  • Basic Harbour Towage (5 days)
  • Advanced Harbour Towage (5 days)
  • Tug Online Theory Training (1 day)

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Courses

  • VTS Revalidation (3-5 days)
  • VTS On-the-Job Training Instructor (3 days)
  • VTS Supervisor (10 days)
  • VTS Operator (10 days)

Upcoming Courses

  • Cadetship Programs
  •  Navigational Watchkeeping Officer
  •  Marine Engineer Officer
  •  Electrical & Electronic Engineer Officer
  •  Maritime Pilots
  • Nautical Science
  •  Marine Engineering
  •  Mechanical Engineering
  •  Electrotechnical Engineering
  •  Maritime Logistics
  •  Port Management
  •  Safety and Security