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

The USMMA at 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.


Maritime Universities, Schools and Training Facilities

A global listing of maritime universities, schools and training facilities focusing on careers in the marine industry. These institutions will prepare you for a career in the Merchant Marine, Marine, Naval, Coast Guard, and Oceanographic careers.


Adopt A Ship

This Web site, a joint effort of The Propeller Club of the United States and the Maritime Administration.


For Kids K - 12

Great Lakes Fire Training School

Students at GLFTS apply classroom training in extinguishing live fires in a realistic ship-like structure.