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Gdynia Maritime University  
General Information

1 Education Philosophy:

The most important values of Gdynia Maritime University are: truth and reliability in research and education, responsiveness of the educational process to the needs of practice, innovativeness and openness.


2 Education Goals:

Gdynia Maritime University by conducting scientific research significantly enriches knowledge connected with the operation of technical systems in the maritime economy, and by educating students – prepares on the highest level future staff that can effectively cope with challenges of the present maritime transport and economy at home and overseas. In order to satisfy the needs of the region and the whole economy, Gdynia Maritime University shapes among their students attitudes of entrepreneurship and deep respect for the principles of sustainable development.


The priorities of the maritime economy of the Republic of Poland are among others: development of maritime education and maritime research. The documents of the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy state that: “The Republic of Poland has a rich tradition of staff education for the needs of the maritime economy as it has at its disposal the didactic base of the highest standards and because it prepares highly qualified staff for the needs of the maritime economy. Therefore, its ultimate aim is to become the leader in maritime education in Europe and to create the centre of maritime education. The Polish maritime educational system, maritime knowledge and maritime research constitute the basis for development of human resources for the maritime economy and businesses connected with it.  One of the deliverables of the maritime policy is to increase attractiveness of the jobs in the maritime economy by defining precisely opportunities for professional development of young people who anticipate employment in this sector of economy in the future.”

 According to the principles of the strategy Europe 2020, universities should undertake all possible activities to reduce unemployment among young people, to increase accessibility of vocational practices,  to adapt the educational system for  the needs of the job market and, finally, to raise the quality of education.

The strategy for development of tertiary education in Poland up to 2020, as the fundamental aim and at the same time the strategic effect, assumes a significant rise in quality in all the areas, in which universities operate. This fundamental aim has to be accomplished by realizing objectives that involve: versatility, openness, mobility, competitiveness, effectiveness and accountability as well as transparency in the activities undertaken by universities.


According to the aforementioned documents the strategic aims of Gdynia Maritime University in education are:


1. Developing the educational offer in such a way that every faculty can conduct studies structured according to all three cycles (I-cycle studies, II-cycle studies and doctoral studies).

2. Strengthening the position of Gdynia Maritime University as the leading European centre of educating and training maritime staff through improvement and development of the fields of studies and specializations related to the operation of technical systems in maritime transport and human activities at sea.

3. Adapting educational effects and curricula for the needs of local and global employers so as to maximize graduates opportunities in the job market.

4. Developing and maintaining a portfolio of postgraduate studies and specialist and vocational courses so as to satisfy the needs for professional development of people working in the area of maritime economy and giving them opportunities to learn all their life.

5. Raising quality and effectiveness of the educational process by wide use of techniques and technologies, including the Internet and mobile techniques and technologies.

6. Introducing procedures and processes that fully take into account and also respect students’ individuality and their needs for overall professional development as well as development of their personality and intellectual potential; also the needs concerning physical recreation, sport and tourism.

7. Educating students in the fields that prepare them to work at sea in compliance with the international standards confirmed by the appropriate certificates of maritime administration.

8. Internationalizing the educational process through the exchange of visiting professors from foreign partner universities; intensifying the exchange of students within the ERASMUS program and opening the university to foreign students.

9.  Improving the unique model of education, in which vocational practices on the university research training vessels, including the sailing vessel, for students of the fields preparing for work at sea, constitute the key element in acquiring skills as well as professional and social competences.

10. Establishing deep collaboration with ship owners and other businesses in order to create vast opportunities for GMU students to do their internships and vocational practices.


3 Brief History

The rich history of Gdynia Maritime Academy started with the document signed on 17th June 1920 by Gen. Józef Leśniewski, by which the Maritime School was set up. The organizers of the first Polish Maritime School strongly believed that the education of future officers of the merchant fleet must be realized, first of all, during sea-deep voyages. Thus, it was necessary to purchase the appropriate ship. The Polish flag was hoisted on the training ship, named “Lwów”, on 4th September 1921 and the School inaugurated its activities in two faculties: Navigation Faculty and Marine Engineering Faculty.

In 1930 the decision was made to move the Maritime School from Tczew to Gdynia. In the academic year 1930/1931 the “Lwów” with its distinguished service was replaced by another training sailing ship “Dar Pomorza”.  In 1938 the Faculty of Transport and Maritime Administration was established. Gradually, new faculties were created and new specializations were introduced; so at the end of 60s the School had in its structure three faculties: Navigation Faculty, Marine Engineering Faculty and Administration-Economic Faculty.

In 1958 the State Maritime School obtained the status of post secondary technical higher school and ten years later it merged with the State School of the Deep Sea Fishing. At last, in 1968 the School became the Maritime Academy. At that time the Academy could educate students in four faculties, in 16 specializations. Two new training ships started their operation: in 1982 the beautiful sailing ship “Dar Młodzieży” and in 2000 the modern research and transport training ship “Horyzont II”.

Nowadays, Gdynia Maritime Academy has four, rapidly expanding faculties: Marine Electrical Engineering, Marine Engineering, Navigation and Entrepreneurship and Commodity Science. All the Faculties enable the university to develop and perform its scientific and didactic activities in the 7 fields of studies, in 30 specializations. They are also all authorized to grant a doctor degree.

Structure of Institution

Gdynia Maritime University is the largest state school of higher maritime education in Poland and one of the largest in Europe. The University four Faculties offer degree in Navigation, Marine Engineering, Marine Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. At present Gdynia Maritime University provides studies for 8000 students.



Vessel type

training sail vessel
three-masted tall ship

Last known flag


Port of registry


Build year, place and symbol

1982, Gdańsk Shipyard, B95/1

Call sign



KM 1 A 16 sp

Overall length

108.815 m

Length between perpendiculars

79.4 m


14.0 m


6.6 m

Height to main deck

7.815 m

Height to upper deck

10.05 m

Sail area

3015 m2 

Height of masts

49.5m; 49.5m; 46.5m


2384.85 t


335.37 t


2946 t

Speed under  sails

the highest daily mileage: 264.7 Nm
(average speed 11.29 knots),
the highest mileage on watch: 56.1 Nm
(average speed 14.2 knots),
maximum speed: 16.5 knots

Main engine

Cegielski - Sulzer type 8 AL 20/24. 2 * 750 PS (552 kW)

Speed under engine

economical speed: 9 knots
maximum speed: 12 knots





Fresh water

for 15 days

Fuel to the main engine

for 45 days


for 165 persons for 15 weeks




Length: overall:  56.34 m, on freeboard: 51.32 m, between perpendiculars: 48.37 m

Breadth: 11.36 m

Moulded depth amidships to upper deck: H: 6.29 m, HMAX: 7.72 m /together with the keel/

Mast height from the waterline: 21.75 m

Designed draft: 3.90 m /5.33 m / / together with the keel/

GRT: 1321  

NRT: 396   

Deadweight: 288     

Fuel tank: 265.6 t

Fresh water tank: 60 t

Speed: 12 knots

Build year and place: 2000, Gdańsk

Capacity: 57 /including 16 crew /

Port of registry: Gdynia

Flag: Polish

PRS  No: 680107


Polish Permanent Register of Ships under No: ROG / S / 359 

IMO  Number: 9231925

Yard number: SBS 6152

Number of Tonnage Certificate: 4800

Main engine:
   type:  8 S 20 UD-H.Cegielski – Sulzer; 
   power: 1280 kW;
   nominal rotation speed  : 1000 rpm

Generating set:
   type: D 2840 LE-DEMP/MA –3 pieces,
   power: 301 kW /each/ - 376 kVA

Emergency generating set:
   type : D 2866 TE-DEMP /MAN – 1piece;
   power:  158 kW

Controllable Pitch Propeller CPP: CP 65 WARTSILA , D = 2.1 m

Bow thruster: STT 10 LK SCHOTTEL - power: 125 kW


Structure of Program

Structure of Marine Engineering program


The Faculty of Marine Engineering has the ISO 9001 quality certificate, which is the proof of high education quality standards employed by Mechanical Engineering and Machine Design.


The framework of Mechanical Engineering and Machine Design major includes first-degree (engineer) and second-degree (master) studies programmes in the following specializations:


First-degree (engineer) full-time programme:

- Marine Propulsion Plant and Offshore Construction Operation,

- Technology for Repairs of Ship and Port Units,

- Operational Engineering.


Second-degree (master’s) full-time programme:

- Marine Propulsion Plant and Offshore Construction Operation,

- Technology for Repairs of Ship and Port Units,

- Operational Engineering,

- Marine Propulsion Plant Operation 2.


First-degree (engineer) part-time studies programme

- Marine Propulsion Plant Operation,

- Repair Engineering Management,

- Operation of Industrial Installations.


Second-degree (master’s) part-time studies programme:

- Marine Propulsion Plant Operation

- Repair Engineering Management,

- Operation of Industrial Installations,

- Marine Propulsion Plant Operation 2 (ESO2).


Full-time students of Mechanical Engineering and Machine Design majors, take four basic courses within the training framework compliant with STCW’78/95 requirements, which entitle them to undergo practical training or start working aboard ships.


Practical vocational training is obligatory for students of the Faculty of Marine Engineering.


For the specializations: Marine Propulsion Plant and Offshore Construction Operation, and Marine Propulsion Plant Operation a scheduled practical training on sea is executed and documented in Training Record Book registered in the Dean’s office (requirement under STCW 78/95) for the total of minimum 6 months. Students undergo practical training in the periods which are free from regular classes – minimum 4 weeks aboard „Dar Młodzieży” or „Horyzont II” for full-time students after the second year of studies. The remaining portion of the required practical training is scheduled for the third year of studies, and is executed during a term especially devoted to practical training. Total minimum period of practical training required for the approval of Training Record Book should be 6 months.


For the specializations Operational Engineering and Technology for Repairs of Ship and Port Units practical training is executed after the second year in the same manner as for the Marine Propulsion Plant and Offshore Construction Operation, and Marine Propulsion Plant Operation specializations, i.e. aboard „Dar Młodzieży” and „Horyzont II”. Those students who do not meet heath requirements for work at sea, undertake workshop practical training. Students are obliged to undergo minimum 6 weeks of industrial practical training with a selected company during holidays, before their diploma semester.


Students of the specializations included only in the part-time programme i.e. Operation of Industrial Installations and Repair Engineering Management are obliged to undergo a minimum 6 weeks of industrial practical training with a selected company during holidays, before their diploma semester at the latest.


Following year II of studies - 4 weeks minimum

Following year III of studies – 6 months minimum


On-Board Trainig Scheme