Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, five minutes from Port Everglades, the International Airport, MPT is the most complete full service private maritime school in the country and has been training mariners since 1983. Fort Lauderdale based campuses host over 45,000 square feet of classrooms, deck and engineering training labs, the Ship’s Store, and student service facilities.
In addition to the MPT Main Campus, the training programs also take place at the MPT SMARTTM Simulation Center, Marine Tech Shipboard Firefighting Site, the Sea Survival Training Facility, and the MPT Fleet of Training vessels.
MPT offers all levels of certification, license and document study programs, many of these offer in-school testing and are USCG Approved and recognized by many foreign administrations. The training programs are designed to meet and exceed IMO standards and are STCW Compliant.
MPT client list includes commercial shipping companies, marine corporations, the military, vessel management firms, the world’s best super yachts and thousands of individuals whose word of mouth recommendations are responsible for our success.
USCG Deck: USCG Deck Licenses and Documents are available for all three levels of STCW
MCA Deck (Yacht):
MCA Engineering (Yacht):
MPT offers numerous training options specifically designed for the unique requirements of the passenger vessel industry, including courses to fulfill regulatory compliance issues as well as custom developed onboard programs taught on your vessel, anywhere in the world, utilizing our expert Teams that taking practical training to the next level.
MPT offers numerous onboard itineraries specifically designed for the unique advantages of training in a realistic environment, including courses to fulfill regulatory compliance issues as well as custom developed onboard programs taught by expert teams onboard your vessel, anywhere in the world.
There are several levels of security certification including the following:
MPT offers many programs for the boating enthusiasts and serious recreational boaters. Certain courses are USCG and NASBLA Approved.
STCW: Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping
STCW Code History: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a convention to improve the worldwide standards for safety and training of professional mariners in 1978. The Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention established a code adopted by many nations on July 7, 1978 and was named the Seafarers Training, Certification, & Watchkeeping (STCW) Code. Subsequent conventions were held in 1991, 1994, 1995 & 1997 to update & revise the code. The amended code (STCW 95) is named for the year that it was accepted by the IMO and it's signatory countries.
Purpose of the STCW Code: The Code was established to set certain minimum international training standards for professional mariners. The level of certification and training you are required to have is based on the capacity you serve in & the type of vessel you work on. All professional mariner certifications must be STCW 95 Compliant with the exception of U.S. mariners working exclusively on inland waters or domestic near coastal waters on vessels up to 200 gross tons waters, which are exempt from the STCW requirements.
What is a Mega Yacht?
A megayacht is defined within the industry as a yacht over 80 feet or approximately 24 meters. The industry average has grown tremendously over the years and the term being used now to reflect the larger yachts is “superyachts”. These superyachts, both private and charter have grown to over 400 feet long. These vessels are operated and manned by professional crew members who take their jobs very seriously. The crews are formally trained and certificated in their areas of expertise. The salaries are generally commensurate with the training and experience of the crew member as well as the size and use of the vessel.
Interesting Yacht Facts:
Of the top 200 yachts in the world the smallest is almost 180 feet. Current average build length is over 100 feet. There are currently more new megayachts under construction than there ever were before. Over 73,000 feet of new builds are underway in 25 different countries.