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Maritime Training and Education
MARITIME SCHOOLS & TRAINING CENTERS
Maine Maritime Academy
Name of President: Dr. William J. Brennan
Pleasant Street, Castine, ME 04420
Annual Throughput: Undergraduates: 995 /
Date founded: 1941
Graduate Program: 37
Focus of Training: Bachelor of Science and Associate of
Science degree programs; unlimited and limited license programs for Unlimited 3rd Mates, Unlimited 3rd Assistant
Images courtesy Maine Maritime Academy
Engineers, 200-ton Mate Near Coastal and 500-1600 ton
Mate Near Coastal licenses.
Simulators: Transas Navi-Trainer Pro: full mission shiphan- dling and navigation simulator with four navigation bridg- es. All 4 bridges can be controlled independently and can interact with each other under a common scenario; a common scenario with all bridges representing different vessels interacting with each other; or multiple scenarios and vessels. Transas Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) Simulator: provides 4 reverse tractor tug models and accurate repli- cas of a standard ASD tug Transas Electronic Navigation
Lab: 14 stations used primarily to teach radar navigation, collision assessment and avoidance techniques using ra- dar (Radar Observer’s Endorsement) and Electronic Chart
Display and Information System (ECDIS) training. Other simulators include a GMDSS lab, a Transat Dangerous
Liquid Cargo Simulator, an OSG Tanker Lab and a Power
Biggest Success: Part of what makes a Maine Maritime
Academy education exceptional is its focus on real-life, hands-on, traditional training. MMA provides fundamen- tals and basics in training and education as preparation for focused work and training on modern technological tools and simulators. Students train using simulators and other technology; they also use the machine shop, welding lab, seamanship lab and spend time aboard both large and small vessels on the water.
Current Projects: Ice Simulation Module: this is currently available for the Transas Full Mission Bridge Simulator. As- sociate Professor of Marine Transportation Ralph Pundt is developing the model courses for ice navigation, working with a DHS grant, for the Coast Guard and the IMO that will be used for advanced and continuing education. MMA also just installed THX surround sound in the two main bridges, and updated the sound systems in the two repre- senting smaller vessels. Recent upgrades also took the simu- lator from projection to LCD displays. The school hopes to offer DP both C and B Nautical Institute-approved courses by the spring of 2017.
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