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The Maritime Administration plays a part in educating many members of the public about the maritime industry, but we have a particularly large role in the training and education of mariners. We operate the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, one of five Federal service academies. The Maritime Administration also provides training vessels and other support to six state maritime academies, which are in Texas, California, New York, Michigan, Maine, and Massachusetts. These academies all provide four-year undergraduate programs, and their graduates find employment as licensed mariners and in shoreside occupations such as shipyard management and transportation logistics. We also are active in the current rapid growth of maritime education at the high school and middle school levels.

We also support continuing education for current mariners. Information for and about current mariners may be found in the Mariners section of this web site. We have developed guidelines and curricula for security training for a variety of people who work around ports and ships, and details about that training may be found in this section of our site.

The Maritime Administration is active in promoting awareness of the maritime industry for school students, for teachers, and for members of the general public, and we partner with the Propeller Club of the United States in its Adopt-a-Ship program.

  • The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, through its unique combination of academic, regimental and shipboard programs, will train you as a leader of quality, integrity and high ethical standards.

  • The United States Merchant Marine Academy Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) - is the education and training arm of Maritime Administration and a U.S. DOT Learning Center. The mission of the school is to provide advanced education and training for professionals from the maritime community, private sector, government and military.

  • State Schools The following university or schools are Merchant Marine, Naval and Coast Guard Military, as well as Oceanographic schools. These institutions will prepare you for a career in the marine industry.

  • Adopt A Ship This web site, a joint effort of The Propeller Club of the United States and the Maritime Administration.

  • Maritime History The American Merchant Marine During World War II, the American Merchant Marine During the Korean War, the Merchant Marine Memorial Service U.S. Merchant Marine Medals and Decorations.

  • How to arrange for a ship tour

  • Science Projects

  • For Kids K - 12

  • Great Lakes Fire Training School - Students apply classroom training in extinguishing live fires in a realistic ship-like structure.

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Last Updated: May 21, 2008