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Odesa National Maritime Academy  
General Information
Structure of Institution

ONMA comprises of the following faculties and branches:

·        Sea Navigation Faculty


Speciality: "Navigation"

Specialization: "Deep-Sea Navigation", "Cargo transportation, Chartering and Agency Service"


The profession of a navigator is extremely crucial on board a ship; it requires comprehensive education. Navigators' service has always been a synthesis of knowledge of numerous fundamental sciences and modern technologies.

Future navigators' training course includes English Language, Navigation, Pilotage, Nautical Astronomy, Ship's Construction, Maritime International Law, Ship's Control, Economics, Management of Fleet and Cargo Transportation Technology, Commercial Operation of a Vessel and some other disciplines, which form knowledge and skills, necessary for a future leader.

The curriculum makes a provision of shipboard training on board sea going ships, which is 12 months long. After four years of studies a cadet is granted a Bachelor's of Sciences degree (diploma), an international certificate of competency and all necessary certificates, required for performing the duties of an officer in charge of a navigational watch.

Graduates having Bachelor's of Sciences degree may go on with their studies up to the level of a specialist or a Master of Sciences. The term of studies is 1.5 years. The certificate of Specialist or Master of sciences allows professional growth up to the rank of deep sea captain.

The graduates of the faculty work successfully both on board sea-going ships and in many branches of the industry, as well as at many management positions.


·        Maritime and Inland Waterway Navigation faculty


Specialty: “Navigation”

Specializations: “Navigation on Sea and Inland Water Ways”, “Sea-going Hydrographic Ship’s Navigation”, “Technical Service Ship’s Navigation and Dredging Operations”


The faculty was established in 1993 on the basis of Deep-Sea Navigation Faculty. Since 1975 a trend towards fleet specialization has become wider. The development of European inland waterways as well as improvement of cargo transportation have caused a desperate need in navigators who specialize in "Navigation on Sea and Inland Water Ways".

Since 1999 navigators-dredger operators have also been trained. The candidates who have completed OdessaMaritime College of Technical Fleet of ONMA are accepted to continue their education. During their studies cadets have practical training on modern navigational simulators in Meteorology, Navigation and Sailing Directions, Hydrography and Sea Geology Laboratories.

The faculty includes the following departments: Navigation on Sea and Inner Water Ways, Hydrography and Sea Geodesy, Theory and Ship's Construction, the English Language in Hydrography and Sea Radio Communication, Safety and Security at Sea.

The graduates can occupy the position of navigators on seagoing ships without any limitations as well as in compliance with the obtained specialization: on river vessels or mixed "river-sea" type, technical service vessels, hydrographic and research ships.

They can also work at the enterprises of the appropriate field.


·        Marine Engineering Faculty


Specialty: “Ship’s Power Plants Operation”

Specializations: “Ship’s Power Plants Operation”, “Ship’s Power and Refrigerating Plants Operation”


The Engineering faculty has been functioning since the Academy was founded. Nowadays this faculty is a powerful educational and scientific complex, capable of training highly-qualified ship's engineers. The level of these engineers complies with international requirements. It is provided by highly-qualified teaching staff. There are 28 laboratories, up-to-date,  and equipped with facilities and simulators at this faculty.

The faculty trains: bachelors of ships' power engineering, the term of studies - 4 years; specialists in control of ships' power plants, the term of studies - 1,5 years; masters of ships' power plants, the term of stadies - 1,5 years.

The Engineering faculty includes the following departments: Fleet Operation and Maintenance; Ship's Power Plants; Ship's Refrigerating and Auxiliary Plants and Systems and their Operation; Ship's Heat-power Engineering; Safety of Life at Sea; Theoretical Mechanics; Technology of Materials and Ship's Repairs; English Language in Ships` Engineering.

Highly qualified teachers, engineers, instructors, the majority of which have practical maritime experience work at chairs, laboratories, and training centres. More than 60% of teachers have academic degrees of candidates and doctors of science and academic titles of assistant professors and professors.

Teachers and post-graduates of the faculty conduct research work dealing with the promotion of ships' power plants control efficiency, the results of which are published in collected articles "Ships' Power Plants", accredited by Higher Accreditation Committee. 3-4 Ph. D. theses are defended at the faculty annually. Graduates of this faculty can work as ship's universal engineers of all levels and on all types of vessels. They can operate and maintain power plants of different capacity. They can work at shipyards on offshore rigs; at shipping companies; at developing and scientific organizations; at appropriate higher educational institutions.


·        Automation Faculty


Specialty: “Automated Control of Technological Processes”

Specialization: “Automated Control of Ship’s Power Plants”


Automation Faculty has started its activity in 1965. Its formation was caused by reinforcements of the fleet with highly automation vessels. For marine engineers of universal education the knowledge of automation units and technological processes was of great value. Over recent years in connection with the rapid development of computer-integrated technologies, with the requirements on safe navigation and environmental protection the curricula have been developed and modern full-scale simulators of automated ship’s power plants have been installed at the Faculty, which enables it to proceed to new forms of specialists’ training. At the Faculty there is a marine simulation center of ships’ power plants, which provides refresher courses for marine engineers and electrical engineers for work on automation ships according to three programmes: ships’ power plants control; ships’ power plants operation; ships’ engine room crew management. There is a center of special technologies on ships maintenance organization. Graduates have the right to occupy managing positions of marine engineers of all levels on the world merchant fleet vessels mostly with high level of automation, to work at ship repair yards, at shipping companies’ divisions, at designing and scientific organizations, at higher educational institution. 


·        Electrical Engineering and Radio Electronics Faculty


Specialty: “Electric Systems and Complexes of Transport Means”

Specialization: “Operation and Maintenance of Ship’s Automated Systems”

Specialty: “Radio-electronic Appliances, Systems and Complexes”


The Faculty was formed in 2003 on the basis of Electrical Engineering Faculty (founded in 1944) and the Faculty of Radio Electronics (founded in 1991).

This integration helped to concentrate powerful scientific, educational and technical resources within one structural unit, to increase the efficiency of cadets' training in the field of ships' electrical equipment, electronic devices and control systems, maritime radio communicational and navigational systems.

Training standards of specialists in "Electrical Systems and Complexes of Transport Means" take into account the growth of ships' power equipment, increase of the number of electrically-propelled ships, modern evolution level of electric automatics and computerized control technologies. Graduates of this specialty are multifunctional ships specialists. They are able to operate effectively not only electrical equipment and automatic systems, but also a ship power plant.

The graduates get the "III class electrical engineer" certificate and international certificate of officer in charge of an engineering watch according to the STCW Code Requirements.

Training standards of specialists in "Radio Electronic Devices, Systems and Complexes" meet the requirements of modern progress in radio Electronics, terrestrial and satellite communication and navigational systems, and computer techniques. Cadets obtain thorough knowledge in modern digital communication technology, wireless land area networks (WLAN) and mobile communication.

The graduates get international Radio Electronic's certificate according to the STCW Code Requirements. The Faculty possesses modern simulator facilities, with which the cadets undergo their training.

The departments incorporated into the Faculty are the following: Higher Mathematics; Principles of Ship's Electric Power Engineering; Ships' Electrical Machines and Automatically Controlled Drives; Ships' Electrical Equipment and Automation; Maritime Radio Communication; Fundamentals of Radio Engineering. The graduates majoring in their specific fields are employed on vessels as marine electrical engineers and radio engineers.

They also work at ship-repairing yards and for shipping companies, in on-shore radio centres, ports, scientific research institutes, telecommunication companies, designing organizations and higher educational establishments.


·        Maritime Law Faculty

Specialty: "Jurisprudence"

Specialization: "Maritime Law"

Specialty: "Management of Organization"

Specialization: "Management of Maritime Transportation Organizations".


According to the licenses and the certificate of accreditation there are such Specialties as: Jurisprudence, Management, Specializations: Maritime Law, Management of Sea Transportation Organizations. The maritime law and management faculty prepares maritime lawyers and managers of organizations of maritime transportation. The first admission into the specialty "Jurisprudence" and specialization "Maritime Law" took place in 1995. "Management of Organizations of Sea Transportation" accepted the first students in 2004.

The faculty consists of 8 departments: Administrative and Criminal Law, Civil and Labour Law, Management and Economic of Maritime Transport, Economic Theory and Business Undertakings on Sea Transport, Maritime Law, the Ukrainian Culture and Language, Physical Education and Philosophy. The high level of professional education of cadets is carried out by teachers of the highest qualification - professors and associate professors.

Teaching staff takes part in developing maritime legislation and economic programs of improving the development in Ukraine. They also represent Academy in the work of the Assembly of International Maritime Organization and its committees, and also in the international economic forums.

The faculty supports the partnership relations with the corresponding departments of maritime law and economic universities of Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, etc. Training of specialists is carried out according to the curriculum and the programs of disciplines, based on the demands of the International Conventions.


Sailing Training Ship "DRUZHBA" ("friendship") is a sister ship of the Polish sailing training ship designed "Dar M?odzie?y", launched in 1987 in the Gda?sk shipyard, Poland. Its home port is Odessa.



  • Length: 108,815 m (including bowsprit)
  • Width: 14 m
  • Height: 62.1 m
  • Depth: 6.3 m
  • Sail surface: 3015 m?
  • Crew: 104 persons (40 crew and 64 cadets)



IMO: 8500692

MMSI: 272715000

Call Sign: ENNV

Flag: Ukraine (UA)

Gross Tonnage: 2257

Dead Weight Tonnage: 761

Length*Breadth: 129m*14m

Built: 1987



Structure of Program

On-Board Trainig Scheme

In compliance with STCW - 78/95 requirements (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995, Chapter ? - II/1 - Master and Deck Department; ? - III - ( 1 - Engine Department, ?-IV/2 – Radio Communication and Radio Personnel), all cadets undergo their shipboard training during the process of education. Navigation cadets require minimum of 12 months' seagoing service, other cadets - 8 months. Besides shipboard training, cadets of engineering faculties have technological training at the Academy's workshops and at ship-repairing yards. Junior cadets have their shipboard training on the sailing ship "Druzba". Senior cadets pass their seagoing service on board ships of Ukrainian and foreign companies.