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Country
USA  
Name
US Merchant Marine Academy  
General Information

1.1 Education Philosophy:

 

1.2 Education Goals:

To educate and graduate licensed merchant mariners and leaders of exemplary character who will serve America's marine transportation and defense needs in peace and war.

 

1.3 Brief History:

Overview

The Academy represents Federal involvement in maritime training that is more than a century old. Since the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant, the U.S. Government has initiated various programs to train its citizens for service in the merchant marine. The United States Merchant Marine Academy, dedicated in 1943, represents the realization of these efforts.

Between 1874 and 1936, diverse Federal legislation supported maritime training through schoolships, internships at sea and other methods. A disastrous fire in 1934 aboard the passenger ship MORRO CASTLE, in which 134 lives were lost, convinced the U.S. Congress that direct Federal involvement in efficient and standardized training was needed.

 

Merchant Marine Act

Congress passed the landmark Merchant Marine Act in 1936, and two years later, the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps was established. The first training was given at temporary facilities until the Academy's permanent site in Kings Point, N. Y. was acquired in early 1942. Construction of the Academy began immediately, and 15 months later the task was virtually completed.

The Academy was dedicated on September 30, 1943, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who noted that "the Academy serves the Merchant Marine as West Point serves the Army and Annapolis the Navy."

 

World War II

World War II required the Academy to forego normal operation and devote all of its resources toward meeting the emergency need for merchant marine officers. Enrollment rose to 2,700, and the planned course of instruction was reduced in length form four years to 24 months. Not-withstanding the war, shipboard training continued to be an integral part of the Academy curriculum, and midshipmen served at sea in combat zones the world over. One hundred and forty-two midshipmen gave their lives in service to their country, and many others survived torpedos and aerial attacks. By war's end, the Academy had graduated 6,634 officers.

World War II proved that the Academy could successfully meet the needs of a nation in conflict. As the war drew to a close, plans were made to convert the Academy's wartime curriculum to a four-year, college level program to meet the peacetime requirements of the merchant marine. In August 1945, such a course was instituted.

The Academy has since grown in stature and has become one of the world's foremost institutions in the field of maritime education. Authorization for awarding the degree of bachelor of science to graduates was granted by Congress in 1949; the Academy was fully accredited as a degree-granting institution that same year; it was made a permanent institution by an Act of Congress in 1956.

The Academy's national value was again recognized as it accelerated graduating classes during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and for its involvement in such programs as training officers of the first U.S. nuclear powered merchant ship, the SAVANNAH.

 

Equal Opportunity

Admission requirements were amended in 1974 and the Academy became the first federal service academy to enroll women students, two years ahead of Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard.

During the Persian Gulf conflict in early 1991, and for many months prior to the war, both Academy graduates and midshipmen played key roles in the massive sealift of military supplies to the Middle East. Midshipmen training at sea also participated in the humanitarian sealift to Somalia in Operation Restore Hope.

While the Academy's curriculum has changed dramatically since 1943 to reflect the technological advances of America's merchant marine, the institution has maintained its unswerving commitment to quality education and excellence among its midshipmen.

 

 
Structure of Institution
 
Ships
 
Structure of Program

9.1 Structure of Navigation program

The Marine Transportation Curriculum

Fourth Class Year

 ・Maritime Professional Studies KP100

 ・Basic Firefighting DN110

 ・Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) DN100

 ・English 1 HE101

 ・History of Seapower HH100

 ・Principles of Logistics and Transportation DB110

 ・General Chemistry MC100

 ・Calculus 1, 2 (Deck) MM101,MM120

 ・Physics 1, 2 MP101, MP130

 ・Probability and Statistics MM210

 ・Intro to MMNR NS120

 ・Terrestrial Navigation DN120

 ・Celestrial Navigation DN121

 ・Meteorology DN140

 ・Self Defense PE101

 ・Swimming/First Aid PE110

 ・Aquatic Survival PE120

 

Third and Second Class Years

  ・Accounting and Finance DB310

  • Business and Maritime Law DB300

  • Economics DB210

  • Management DB230

  • Marketing DB240

  • English 2 HE202

  • Comparative Culture HC201

  • Cargo Operations DN210

  • Electronic Navigation DN220

  • Seamanship/Shiphandling DN230

  • Ship's Medicine PE201

  • Tanker Operations DN240

  • MMNR Officer NS220

  • Naval Leadership & Ethics NS402

  • Information and Technology Management DM300

  • Maritime and Sea Law DM340

  • Two Physical Education Activities

     

    First Class Year

  • International Business and Ocean Shipping DB410

  • Topics in History HC400

  • Advanced Firefighting DN410

  • Advanced Navigation DN420

  • Modern American History HH360

  • Bridge Watchstanding DN460

  • License Seminar DN470

  • Maritime Communications DN430

  • Naval Architecture EM300

  • Advanced MMNR Officer NS320

  • Navigation Law/Rules of the Road DN421

  • Radar/ARPA DN440

  • Two (2) Physical Education Activities Chartering and Brokerage DM410

  • Human Resource Management and Labor Relations DM320

  • Marine Insurance DM400

  • Three (3) Electives

     

    Sea Year

  • Navigation 1, 2 DS220, DS320

  • Cargo 1, 2 DS230, DS330

  • Seamanship 1, 2 DS240, DS340

  • Ship Structure and Terminology DS241

  • Navigation Law 1, 2 DS221,DS321

  • Marine Engineering EC120

  • Ship Structure and Stability DS341

  • Maritime Business DS390

  • Electronics Navigation DS322

  • Humanities Sea Project HS211

     

    9.2 Structure of Marine Engineering program

    Curriculum

    Fourth Class Year

      ・Maritime Professional Studies KP100

      ・Basic Firefighting DN110

      ・English 1 HE101

      ・History of Seapower HH100

      ・General Chemistry MC100

      ・Calculus 1, 2 (Engineering) MM101,MM130

      ・Physics 1, 2 MP101, MP130

      ・Intro to MMNR NS120

      ・Engineering Shop 1 EG111

      ・Introduction to Electrical Engineering EE120

      ・Computer Engineering ES110

      ・Introduction to Marine Engineering EM100

      ・Engineering Graphics EG100

      ・Engineering Mechanics ES100

      ・Self Defense PE101

      ・Swimming/First Aid PE110

      ・Aquatic Survival PE120

     

    Second and Third Class Years

  • Electric Circuits EE300

  • Chemistry for Engineers MC300

  • Engineering for Shop 2 EG211

  • English 2 HE202

  • Introduction to Materials Engineering ES200

  • Engineering Math 1 MM230

  • Marine Engineering 1 EM200

  • Naval Architecture EM301

  • MMNR Officer NS220

  • Naval Leadership & Ethics NS402

  • Principles of Economics DB210

  • Ship's Medicine PE201

  • Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) DN100

  • Strength of Materials ES301

  • Topics in History HC400

  • Transport Processes 1, 2 ES210, ES310

  • Mechanical Aspects of Mar. Eng. EM302

  • One Math/Science Elective Manufacturing Processes EP200

  • Quantitative Methods I MM350

  • Two Physical Education Activities

     

    First Class Year

  • Advanced Firefighting DN410

  • Modern American History HH360

  • Diesel Simulator EM420

  • Electric Machines and Analog Electronics EE400

  • Electronics and Instrumentation EE401

  • Internal Combustion Engines EM415

  • License Seminar EM470

  • Marine Engineering 2 EM400

  • Materials/Mechanical Lab ES305

  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning EM410

  • Advanced MMNR Officer NS320

  • Diesel Maintenance EM430

  • Engineering Economics EP300

  • Gas Turbines EM425

  • Management DB230

  • Thermal Analysis of Marine Power EM460

  • Two Electives

  • Two (2) Physical Education Activities

     

    Sea Year

  • Marine Propulsion 1 EC111

  • Ship Systems 1 EC115

  • Machine Shop EC110

  • Deck Operations DS210

  • Marine Propulsion 2 EC260

  • Electrical Systems Naval Architecture EC264

  • Refrigeration EC265

  • Ship Systems Maintenance Management EC253

  • Ship Systems 2 EC262

  • Maritime Business DS390

  • Electrical Engineering EC252

  • Humanities Sea Project HS211

 
On-Board Trainig Scheme