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US Coast Guard Approved Merchant Marine Vocational Training in Norfolk, VA

mid atlantic maritime academy

Established in 2007 and located at located in Norfolk Virginia, Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) is a vocational training center for merchant mariners and those who seek professional training to become one. MAMA offers more than 90 USCG approved deck and engineering courses. It provides hands on and simulated training by experienced professionals.

The facilities include Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 Full Mission Bridge simulator, Transas Full Mission Engine Room simulator, ECDIS , ARPA, GMDSS and Radar classroom simulators, Transas ERS-4000 Engine Room Simulator. MAMA also has full-sized gravity davit and 12 man lifeboat installations located on the waterfront in Cape Charles. MAMA also has advanced fire-fighting facilities on its premises and lab trainers including Fluid Pumps, Hydraulics, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Various Types of Electrical Motors.

mid atlantic maritime academy campus

Training Programs

License Preparation Programs



  • Engineering Career Advancement Program (ECAP): Our Engineering Career Advancement Program is for students who desire assistance in preparing for the Engineering license exams. It involves multi-faceted training methods to include lectures, hands on training aids, illustration review, quizzes and practice examinations. The lectures emphasize the design and purpose of engineering equipment, systems and fundamentals. The hands on training aides are intended to allow the student to reinforce classroom training through practical application.
  • Deck Career Advancement Program: Our Deck Career Advancement Program is for students who desire assistance in preparing for the Deck license exams. It encompasses multi-faceted training methods which include; hands-on training in full mission Simulator, Deck Officer Illustration review, quizzes, and practice examinations. Hands on training allow students to reinforce classroom training through practical application. 

Maritime Boot Camp Program

  • The Maritime Boot Camp program is designed to produce fully credentialed and professionally trained mariners that are qualified to join any US Merchant Vessel at the entry level.
  • Students will obtain their Transportation Worker’s Identification Card (TWIC), their US Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), and will be rated by Standards of Training and Certification for Watchkeepers (STCW).
  • Also includes an on-the-job internship of up to 160 hours (average 40 hrs/ week over 4 weeks, but schedules depend on individual company operations). During classroom training, individuals are expected to successfully complete several courses.
  • Basic Training - USCG certification course (40 hrs / 5-days)
  • Deck Familiarization (32 hrs / 4 days)
  • Engine-Room Familiarization (16 hrs / 2 days)
  • Vessel Personnel with Designated Duties (8 hrs / 1 day)
  • Crowd Management (4 hrs / half day)
  • Maritime Industry & Career Prep (36 hrs / 4.5 days)

Deck Courses

  • Able Bodied Seaman
  • Advanced Cargo Handling/Stowage
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Advanced Shiphandling
  • Advanced Stability
  • Advanced Watchkeeping (Management Level)
  • Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade
  • Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Western Rivers Navigation
  • Apprentice Mate (Steersman)
  • Assistance Towing
  • Automatic Radar Plotter Aidd
  • Auxiliary Sail
  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Basic Shiphandling & Steering Control Systems
  • Basic Training
  • Basic Training Refresher
  • Bridge Resource Management (Simulator)
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level)
  • Celestial Navigation (Management Level)
  • Celestial Navigation (Operational Level)
  • Celestial Navigation 200 Tons
  • Chief Mate / Master Assessments
  • Company Security Officer
  • Crisis Management & Human Behavior
  • Crowd Management
  • Deck Familiarization
  • Deck Self Study
  • Designated Examiner for Towing Officer
  • Electronic Charting Display and Information Systems: Transas Software
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Emergency Procedures (Operational Level)
  • Facility Security Officer
  • FCC Exam Element 1 Marine Radio Operator
  • FCC Exam Element 3 General Radio Operator License
  • FCC Exam Element 6 First or Second Class Telegraph Operator
  • FCC Exam Element 7 GMDSS Operator (prerequisite Element 1)
  • FCC Exam Element 8 Ship Radar Endorsement
  • FCC Exam Element 9 GMDSS Maintainer (prerequisite Elements 1,3, & 7)
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Immersion Suit Training
  • Increase in Scope from Western Rivers to Inland Routes for Towing Vessels
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills
  • License Renewal (Not more than 100 Gross Registered Tons)
  • Magnetic & Gyro Compasses
  • Marine Safety Instructor
  • Maritime Security Awareness
  • Marlinespike Seamanship
  • Master 100 Tons/Mate 200 Tons
  • Master/Mate Fishing (Near Coastal)
  • Medical Care Person in Charge
  • Medical Care Provider
  • Meteorology (Operational Level)
  • Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) (Assessments Only)
  • Operating Principles of Marine Propulsion Plants (MARUNI-337)
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher
  • Qualified Assessor
  • Radar Observer (Unlimited)
  • Radar Observer Inland
  • Radar Observer Recertification aka Renewal
  • Radar Observer Refresher
  • Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (Assessments only)
  • Rules of the Road
  • Search and Rescue (Management Level)
  • Search and Rescue (Operational Level)
  • Ship Construction and Basic Stability
  • Ship Management
  • Simulator Instructor Training
  • STCW Deck Officer Refresher
  • Tank Barge Dangerous Liquids (Tankerman PIC Barge)
  • Tank Barge Dangerous Liquids Refresher
  • Tank Barge Fire Fighting
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids (Simulator)
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids Refresher
  • Tank Ship Dangerous Liquids
  • Tank Ship Familiarization (Dangerous Liquids)
  • Tank Ship Liquefied Gases
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
  • Train the Trainer
  • Upgrade Master 100 GRT to Master 200 GRT (Near Coastal)
  • Upgrade OUPV to Master 100 GRT
  • Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
  • Vessel Security Officer
  • Visual Communications (Flashing Light)
  • Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

Engine Room Courses



  • Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) Unlimited Horsepower
  • Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) 1000-4000 Horsepower
  • Electrical Machinery and Basic Electronics.
  • Electrical Motor Control Lab
  • Electrical Motor Controller Troubshooting and Diagnostic Course
  • Engineering Career Advancement Program Course (ECAP)
  • Engineering Familiarization (Deckeneer)
  • Engineering Self Study
  • Engine Room Resource Management
  • EPA 608 Certification. Type I Technician
  • EPA 608 Certification. Type II Technician
  • EPA 608 Certification. Type III Technician
  • EPA 608 Certification—Universal
  • Fiber Optics
  • High Voltage Safety
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills
  • Leadership & Teamworking Skills
  • Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment
  • (NATE) Testing—Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
  • Officer in Charge of Engineering Watch (OICEW) Diesel Engine
  • OICEW Engineering Terminology and Shipboard Operations Course
  • Operating Principles of Marine Propulsion Plants
  • Qualified Member of Engineering Department. (QMED) Electrician / Refrigerating Engineer
  • Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) Oiler-Fireman/Watertender
  • Qualified Member of the Engineering Dept. (QMED)
  • Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch. Motor Only
  • Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch Assessments
  • Refrigeration 

LAST UPDATED ON Aug 14, 2018