US Merchant Marine Academy

The primary mission of The Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) is to offer leading edge education and training programs that will benefit professionals from the maritime and transportation industry.

GMATS offers more than 140 professional education and training programs. In addition, GMATS specializes in developing customized education and training programs that meet the specific needs of any organization. With nearly 4000 students annually attending its programs, GMATS has become an important supplier of maritime and transportation training for personnel from numerous government, military, and commercial entities.

Also offers United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved courses that will give a US documented merchant seaman the knowledge and Coast Guard endorsements necessary to advance his or her career. Additionally, the courses are designed to meet the regulatory requirements of all nations in line with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Management level courses are recognized by the American Military University and address the needs of individuals desiring to learn more on management principles relating to shipyard operation, vessel operations and project management. Also, there are courses that are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Training Programs

  • Engineering Programs: The Engineering Systems division at GMATS is dedicated to offering professional education in the areas of Marine Engineering, Diesel Engine Technology, Applied Electricity, and Refrigeration Technology. Marine and Shoreside professionals ranging from senior engineers to the newest trainees will find a variety of courses designed to provide valuable knowledge. Customized training programs and seminars are also available.
  • Security and Transportation programs: The Security and Transportation programs at GMATS are designed to meet the needs of personnel in every level of the transportation industry, from management trainees to the seasoned professional. The courses cover programs from complex maritime and intermodal transportation logistics systems to the latest requirements in transportation security.
  • Nautical Science: The Nautical Science Department at GMATS, has become a pioneer in the industry by teaming up with vessel owners and operators to provide new opportunities for seagoing personnel, such as the Crew Advancement Program (CAP). Customized Training Programs and seminars can be developed concerning a wide variety of subject matters upon request.
  • Research and Special Projects: GMATS conducts applied research and specialized studies; performs operational assessments and process improvement activities; and provides a wide range of technical assistance and instructional services. Focus areas are: Vessel operations – afloat and ashore; Marine engineering, shipbuilding, and naval architecture; Security – seaport, marine terminal, intermodal cargo, and vessel; Workforce development – maritime training and education for seagoing and shoreside personnel; Maritime safety; Marine environmental stewardship; Alternative energy applications for maritime operations; Maritime infrastructure development; Marine and intermodal terminal operations - modal and intermodal systems; Maritime cargo and trade flows; Maritime industry leadership and business ethics; Port and waterways design and traffic management; Maritime business and economics; and, Maritime communication and information systems;.

Apart from the above GMATS conduct various military training programs, technology training programs, conferences and seminars for the government and other industries.


GMATS Features

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GMATS Classroom lecture and discussion are augmented as much as possible by practicing “hands-on” training. Whether using the excellent nautical science and engineering simulators, laboratories, waterfront vessels and equipment, or visiting intermodal transportation facilities in the Port of New York/New Jersey, the Global Maritime and Transportation School students are exposed to the best education and training available.

  • Campus: GMATS is co-located with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on 82 acres overlooking Long Island Sound in Kings Point, New York
  • Divisions: Engineering Systems, Security & Transportation, Research & Special Projects, Nautical Science, Military Training and Technology Training.
  • Training & Certifications: Over 100 courses offered in nautical science, marine engineering, inter-modal transportation, port and terminal operations, security, and related subjects. 29 USCG approved courses which meet requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Faculty: There are more than 300 subject matter experts to provide instruction in the programs. Instructors include: faculty, academia from other colleges and universities, and guest lecturers from private-sector, military, and government organizations who are experts in their field.
  • Facilities and Training: Includes latest generation information technology systems, maritime library, laboratories, simulators, and waterfront vessels. Transportation related courses generally include field visits to intermodal facilities in the Port of New York/New Jersey.
  • Strategic Partnerships: With Mariners Learning System, American Military University (American Public University System) and Old Dominion University.

GMATS Registration

Registration: Fill out the correct form completely

Confirmation: You should receive a confirmation email no later than 24 hours after faxing the form.

Lodging and Course Information Package: Approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, you will receive an email with information on your lodging along with directions to your assigned lodging.

GMATS Featured Courses

  • Engine Room Management: The course focuses on management level processes employed in operating a modern seagoing vessel. Management of manpower, spare parts, consumable materials, management labor relations, documentation, cost accounting and regulatory compliance are covered.
  • Fuel Management: Learn fuel management and its impact upon ship owners and the maritime industry. The dramatic increase in the cost of marine fuels has propelled this aspect to the forefront of vessel operations. The course is designed to address the problems of operating with today's fuels. The course will cover the current fuel specifications, how to deal with fuels of varying quality, and how to establish a claim if the fuel is not within specifications.
  • Shipboard Systems Engineering: This one week course covers topics such as introduction to the diesel and steam shipboard power plants, gas turbines, pumps/packing and strainers, valves, naval architecture, machine shop - welding materials and processes, marine refrigeration and HVAC systems, electrical, and rigging. Originally a course designed for the Engineering Duty Officer community. The ship engineering orientation course provides a basic overview of topics pertaining to ship operation, giving the student an understanding of basic ship operations and hands-on experience in specific areas.