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Arab Academy for Science & Technology and Maritime Transport  
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College Message 

It gives me pleasure to welcome the Arab youth to the College of Maritime Transport and Technology where versatile opportunities are open for those interested in pursuing B. Tech. Studies in the major domains of  Maritime Transport Technology and Marine Engineering Technology, in addition to postgraduate studies leading to Diploma, M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in Maritime Transport Technology. The College also offers education and training programs in Fisheries, Diving and Meteorology. All courses are taught by highly qualified lecturers.

The availability of such training aids as the Integrated Simulator Complex, the training vessel AIDA IV, Maritime Safety Centre, computer laboratories and workshops enhances the applied aspects of the education the Academy offers in the present era of technology and information. No wonder, the College was listed by the World Bank in 1995 as a recognized institution of maritime experts.

Education and training are administered in a sound, cultural, social, and sportive environment. Inculcation of ethics and morals is basic to the preparation of fine caliber graduates.

Dr. Gamal Ghalwash
Dean of the College  


Vision and Mission


It is our vision to enhance the important role of the Academy as a specialized organization of the Arab League in the fields of education, training and consultancy activities. This role manifests itself in qualifying Arab youth to be high-caliber specialized cadre capable of distinguished performance in much needed development activities and projects, which in turn will reflect on wealth and prosperity of their countries.

In pursuit of its vision, the College of Maritime Transport and Technology strives to produce outstanding graduates in the field of Maritime Transport.


The College is committed to serve the economic and national interests of the Arab countries by providing the shipping and transportation industries with qualified officers and leaders of quality, integrity and high ethical standards.

The College educates, trains and qualifies personnel to become licensed officers to serve in the Arab and international merchant marine fleets. It provides a comprehensive undergraduate educational background by combining nautical sciences with other programs to prepare the cadets for a successful career in the maritime industry, both afloat and ashore. The College also aims at inculcating in the cadets pride in their own profession and commitment to uphold its finest traditions.

The College provides diverse educational programs that enable graduates to have a proper place in the world of business. All educational programs and requirements in connection with the foregoing have been designed to meet the standards set by AASTMT, the Maritime Administration, Egyptian Ministry of Transport, and IMO instruments.

The College welcomes students of all races and nationalities. Because of the highly specialized nature of the College's educational and training programs, and the commitments of cadets after graduation, age and physical condition requirements are strictly observed. The requirements are listed hereinafter.


  • To promote maritime education and training in Egypt, the Arab countries and Africa.
  • To support an effective learning environment through the use of technology and the provision of reliable facilities.
  • To provide an international standard of maritime education and training for potential youth in the region to obtain internationally recognized certificates / degrees.
  • To ensure the establishment of strong partnership with the industrial community.
  • To develop and maintain world class quality of maritime education and training.
  • To prepare graduates to function effectively in diverse cultural settings as well as work environments, whether afloat or ashore.

College Values

  • High caliber faculty, assistants, and graduates.
  • Quality teaching and learning environment.
  • Ethical profession and integrity.
  • Faculty dedication and commitment.
  • Cooperation with Arab and African countries.
  • International cooperate agreements.
  • Strong ties with community and industry.
  • Student activities and participation.
  • Decentralization and authority delegation.

Multidisciplinary research and innovation.  

 Education Philosophy: Speaking of college of maritime transport and technology, to be a leading international maritime education and training centre providing the required maritime accredited programmes, researches and innovations that meet the latest development and technology in the maritime industry.

 Education Goals: As of Arab Academy for Science & Technology and Maritime Transport, the academy undertakes teaching, training designed to qualify students in the all fields of knowledge, including sciences, technology and humanities.

As for college of maritime transport and technology;

To efficiently integrate collage facilities and resources to provide the most advanced up to date maritime education and training programmes in compliance with the latest national and international legislations throughout qualifying maritime calibers to serve the maritime industry in the Arab and African regions and contribute to the promotion of the economic and national interests of their countries.

 Brief History: Establishing the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) as a regional institute for maritime transport started as a notion in the Arab League Transport Committee's meetings on 11th of March, 1970. This notion came after the Arab League's Council issued, in its fifty third session, decree no. 2631/1970 stipulating the endorsement of founding a regional center for maritime transport training. The decree commissioned the Arab Republic of Egypt, on behalf of all the Arab countries, to ask for a technical aid from the United Nations' organizations specialized in the field of maritime transport.

By the end of 1971, the United Nations delegated a joint committee of its concerned organizations to study the region's need for this project. It highlighted the necessity of founding a regional institute for maritime training and also of providing adequate aid for it. Then, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) approved of funding 3.2 million dollars on the condition that the participant Arab countries contribute a sum of 8.25 million Egyptian pounds during a period of five years. Moreover, after visiting many of the region's countries, the committee chose the city of Alexandria, known for its great cultural legacy, as a location because of its important geographical location, which is in the middle of the whole Arab region, as well as the abundance of the qualified personnel available.

Eventually, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) prepared document number (REM/71L286/01/19) for the project of establishing the Arab Academy for Maritime Transport in Alexandria in cooperation with the International Maritime Consultancy Organization of Governments as an executive agency of the project and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development as a participant (UNCTAD).

The Arab Academy for Maritime Transport

The AASTMT started its activity in a temporary location in Alexandria (1) on 28th of February, 1972. A five-year technical aid of 2.3 million dollars was allocated to the project in the form of experts, delegations and training equipment. The project, then, got a two-year extension with fund raising to $3.6 million.


(1) The first location was in the Maritime Transport Institute inTalaat Harb street then was moved to Sasoon street in Gleem.

Indeed, the Arab Republic of Egypt has fulfilled its obligation in conformity with the eighth item in the project's document that specifies the governments' contributions. Egypt provided the following:

・The 140-acre land in El-Tarh in Abu Kir, Alexandria, as the AASTMT's first location.

・The buildings, felucca (small sailing boat) anchorage and anchorage buoys.

・The furniture, supplies and training equipment which are not provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

・The sailing boats, life boats and launches for training on the use of radars.

・The training ship "Aida 3", whenever needed.

・The special supplies for transportation like buses for students and staff members.

The Arab Republic of Egypt has also pledged to make up for any insufficiency in the Arab participants' continuous contribution to guarantee the continuation of the project hosted by Egypt.

In 1972, His Excellency Rear Admiral Abdel Moaty Ismael El-Araby, the Egyptian Minister of Transport at the time, signed the document confirming the Arab Republic of Egypt's commitment as the host country.

On the 9th of November, 1974 in the Arab League premises, the Arab countries' representatives signed the agreement of establishing the Arab Academy for Maritime Transport, an agreement which specifies the participant Arab countries obligations for the project. As a result, the Egyptian President's decree number 532/1975 was issued to approve of the agreement on the 29th of May, 1975.


The AASTMT's location was moved as a result of establishing the fertilizer's factory next to it. The Arab Ministers of Transportation commissioned the AASTMT's director to sell its buildings in El-Tarh area, Alexandria, and to choose an alternative. The AASTMT's board of directors approved of moving the permanent location of the AASTMT to El Montada; a 25- acre land in Abu Kir, Alexandria, provided that the ARE establishes the new buildings and facilities with a cost amounting to 12 million Egyptian pounds (12,269,000 Egyptian pounds); the resulting sum of selling the land in El-Tarh to the Armed Forces.


The AASTMT pursued its activities through its scattered, temporary locations in Alexandria until work in its permanent location in Abu Kir is finished. With its own resources, the AASTMT has also founded its administrative building in Miami, Sidi Bishr, Alexandria; a 650 square meter hill with more than a million Egyptian pounds cost (1,112,263). The building was inaugurated on the 23rd of March, 1985 by His Excellency the Egyptian Minister of Transport. The building comprises offices, an equipped conference hall as well as the Research and Consultations Centre for the maritime transport sector established in 1984 and the Examination Center founded in 1979. The Miami building is estimated to cost approximately ten million Egyptian pounds at present.


In 1979, the AASTMT decided to set up an examination centre to qualify captains, deck officers and marine engineers to get the necessary competence certificates to work on board high seas ships. For this reason, the United Nations (UN) has supplied a computer to save the exams and their model answers. After that, the United Nations' aid was renewed following the system of participating in funding till the end of 1986. The AASTMT has always been keen on having the flags of both the UN and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and that of the Arab League fluttering.


As a consequence of concluding Camp David peace agreement in 1979 and of issuing Baghdad Summit's decisions, the Arab League's headquarters was moved to Tunisia and hence, the AASTMT location was moved to Sharja, UAE. All the Arab funding was suspended except for that of Sudan. In light of this situation, the AASTMT was required to carry on its activities and services, reconstruct its buildings and equipping the new location without any Arab funding.


In such circumstances, everybody expected the AASTMT's failure to continue as it used to be, but the Arab Republic of Egypt's insistence and constant support as well as its shouldering of the new building expenses helped preserve this prestigious institution and this was the turning point in the AASTMT's history.


This great stance on the part of the ARE is the major reason behind keeping this prestigious institution for the sake of the Arab countries.


In October 1981, a temporary committee authorized as the AASTMT's board of directors was formed in the ARE with His Excellency, Engineer Soliman Metwaly, the Minister of Transport, as its president. The committee commenced its job according to the terms mentioned in the establishment agreement of the AASTMT signed by the member Arab countries and in accordance with the project document concluded with the UN and IMO.


All the efforts of the employees working in the AASTMT were united to raise and assist this Arab leading institution.


The Arab Academy for Science and Technology: A university specialized in "maritime transport"

In 1994, as a consequence of the diminishing number of learners willing to work in the field of maritime transport, the increase in the tuition and maritime training fees, as well as the Arab fleets and ship owners resorting to cheap Asian labour and in accordance with the self-funding policy approved of by the board of Arab Ministers of Transport in November 1989 in Sharja, UAE, it was high time for the AASTMT to start looking for sources of funding through new activities and novel routes to maintain its basic and fundamental mission in maritime education and training so as to encounter the Arab and international changes. In addition, the AASTMT's expansion in the fields of engineering and management was sprouting from its belief in providing good educational services depending on its strengths as well as its Arab and international reputation in devotion.


This has led to adding up to the AASTMT's name and activities to be a major attraction for learners and also to guarantee the required sources of funding to sustain the high-expense maritime education and to reflect the AASTMT's real image. Hence, the AASTMT's name has become the Arab Academy for Science and Technology: "A university specialized in maritime transport" and its certificates have been made equivalent to those granted by Egyptian universities. The AASTMT has received Arab and international recognition due to its acknowledged and unique achievement.


The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT)

Over five years (from 1991 to 1996), the educational and maritime training services excelled through the continuous Egyptian Ministry of Transport funding. Consequently in 1992, the AASTMT was granted the most modern training ship, "Aida 4", as a donation from the Japanese government. This achievement on the part of the AASTMT has contributed to the ARE's achievement in the field of supporting maritime education and training.


As a reward for its eminence and great reputation on the international level, in 1994 the AASTMT was awarded the most modern simulator in the world (completed in two phases) from the USA administration. Cooperation with the American counterpart continued to found an advanced technology center. At this stage, the AASTMT has become capable of occupying an eminent position on the international level and of exceeding regional horizons to international ones because of owning the best training vessel, the most modern simulator in addition to offering a number of scholarships that have exceeded 120,000 scholarships at that time for students from 58 countries. For these many and tempting reasons and fruitful achievements, the World Bank has chosen the AASTMT from four international organizations representing the Norwegian Swedish Group, the Hungarian Group and the Danish Group to develop maritime education in Bangladesh by a limited tender. This has definitely been a glamorous achievement and the AASTMT's proposal has been chosen as the best both technically and financially to carry out this significant international project that placed the AASTMT in the list of consultation agencies in the field of maritime transport at the World Bank and the universal maritime society as a whole.


In addition, in October 1996, after surviving all the difficulties and fighting all the battles, and after having such secure position in the fields of engineering and business science and technology, it has become important that the AASTMT invest its achievement in the area of maritime transport to modify its title from: "The Arab Academy for Science and Technology: A university specialized in maritime transport." to "The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport" (AASTMT).


Structure of Institution

Department / Program Chairs

  • Head of Nautical Department
  • Head of Marine Engineering Technology Department
  • Head of Postgraduate Maritime Studies Department
  • Head of Upgrading Study Programs
  • Head of Diving Program
  • Head of Meteorology Program
  • Head of Sea Training Program
  • Head of Maritime Training Center

General Statement

The College’s approach to education is based on a forward-looking vision anchored in reality. The College has been, and will continue to be, the model for maritime education and training in the world. The study programs combine formal academic studies leading to the B.Tech. Degree, course work and practical experience at sea qualifying for certification as Deck Officers (Third Mate, Second Mate, First Mate and Master), and Marine Engineer Officers (Third Engineer, Second Engineer and Chief Engineer).

The achievements of our graduates in all walks of life attest to their personal resourcefulness and to the quality and nature of the education they acquired as Marine Cadets.

Integral to Maritime education is the Sea Training Terms when cadets get both technical and leadership experience operating the Academy's ship AIDA IV on training trips to foreign and domestic ports. The sea terms experience meets the requirements of the International STCW Convention for license eligibility and adds important dimensions to the overall education of cadets, especially teamwork, responsibility, decision-making, human relations, international relations and hands-on-training with machinery and technical systems. Cadets are not passengers on AIDA IV they are part of the crew. The unique combination of fully accredited college majors and the Marine License prepares our graduates for challenging careers based on professional competence, academic excellence, teamwork experience and self-discipline.

Through its open-channel system of education and training, the College offers Bachelor, Diploma, Master and Doctorate degree in a wide range of career specialization in Maritime Transport Technology.

The College of Maritime Transport and Technology also provides professional training in shipping and ports operations in the form of short and long specialized professional courses, programs, seminars, and workshops for the maritime sector corporations.

The Study Programs of the College lead to various degrees, certificates and diplomas within the special application of Credit Hour System, which offers the student a higher degree of flexibility in deciding upon his academic and/or professional study program within a cumulative and progressive system that best matches the student’s interests, capabilities and career advancement options.

The upgrading specialized study programs offered by the College are designed to provide sea personnel with the opportunity to qualify for obtaining the required level of Certificates of Competency in accordance with the applicable international standards which govern certification of seagoing personnel worldwide.

The College’s students (Nautical and Marine Engineering students) are required to stay for two years in the Academy’s hostels. This is attributed to the fact that service at sea commands a high standard of good behavior, discipline and a sense of leadership. Therefore, the Academy aims at enhancing the student’s sense of responsibility, devotion to work, and pride in his profession.

At the end of 1994, the Marine Engineering Department became one of the departments of the College of Maritime Transport and Technology. Later on, its name was changed to become Marine Engineering Technology Department. In 1995, the Department of Navigation was given a new name: The Nautical Department.

Through its Departments and educational and training centers, The College of Maritime Transport and Technology offers a considerable number of study programs leading to the following Degrees and Certificates of Competency: ? B. Tech in Maritime Transport Technology (Navigation), coupled with Second Mate Certificate of Competency? Third Mate / Second Mate Certificate of Competency?  First Mate Certificate of Competency? Master Certificate of Competency? B. Tech. in Marine Engineering coupled with Third Marine Engineer Certificate of Competency? Third Engineer Certificate of Competency? Second Marine Engineer Certificate of Competency? Chief Engineer Certificate of Competency.

In addition to these Degrees and Certificates of Competency study programs, the College offers two major types of short/long-term certificate courses for the maritime-related community at large. These courses are designed and tailored according to requirements of trainees. The College of Maritime Transport and Technology operates and maintains a large number of teaching and training aids and facilities, such as:

  • Marine Engineering Workshop
  • Diesel Engine Workshop
  • Manufacturing Metal Workshop

The College maintains sound relationships with a number of universities, institutes and administrations such as the World Maritime University, Sweden, Southampton Institute, U.K, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Main Maritime Academy, USA, Nigerian Maritime Administration, Dubai World (DP World), United Arab Shipping Company, UAE, University of King Abd-Elaziz, KSA, Kuwait Oil Company, University of Huddersfield, UK, Piri Reis Maritime University, Istanbul, Turkey.

College History

A glimpse at the map of the Arab countries indicates that they are surrounded by seas and oceans the Arabian Gulf is to the East, the Atlantic Ocean to the West, the Red Sea and Suez Canal pass between the countries, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, off our South border, the Mediterranean Sea, in the north, great rivers like the River Nile, Euphrates and Degla and other inland waterways.

Twenty-four hours a day, all types of ships ply the seas and oceans around our nations. They leave our ports laden with different types of cargo-bound for foreign markets, or arrive in our harbors with merchandise and materials for Arabian consumers. There are tankers transporting crude oil and natural gas, container ships, and general cargo ships, tugboats pushing and pulling barges.

These types of vessels, and other types, owned by Arabian Companies, registered and operated under Arabian Flags, comprise the Arabian Merchant marine fleet history indicates that there has never been a great nation in the world without a great merchant marine fleet.

A ship at sea does not operate in vacuum. It depends on a framework of shore-side activities - collectively known as the maritime industry - for its operation. This industry includes companies which own and manage the vessels, ports and terminals where cargo is handled, and where there are yards for ship repair, maintenance and building, and a vast array of other services.

The most important element in the maritime industry is the people who are intelligent, dedicated, well-educated and competent. The College of Maritime Transport and Technology contributes to making sure that such people, who can face the challenges of the present and the future, are highly qualified as shipboard officers and leaders in the international shipping industry.

The College of Maritime Transport and Technology- formerly called College of Maritime Studies and Technology- is the outcome of the organizational restructuring of Arab Maritime Transport Academy (AMTA). It was established in January 1991 and currently comprises the following main bodies:

Nautical Department


The Nautical Department is assigned the responsibilities of nautical education, training and upgrading of students through the development of their knowledge, attitudes and skills in order to enable them to work in various fields of maritime transport either as deck officers or in maritime management assignments in accordance with the latest trends in international standards of certification and qualification.

Educating and training students in compliance with the STCW convention, 1978, as amended in July 1995, to work as deck officers or in the various fields of maritime transport and management, e.g., marine inspectors, maritime experts, oil pollution control specialists, container & multipurpose terminal managers & operators, port planners and administrators, port traffic officers, port pilots, marine experts and consultants, cargo inspectors & draft surveyors

• Qualifying servicing deck officers to obtain Bachelor Degree in Maritime Transport (Nautical Technology).

• Training specialized sea personnel to meet the requirements of the maritime Sector in Egypt, the Arab world and Africa.

• Offering short mandatory courses, & other qualifying courses, e.g., Fire-fighting, Survival at Sea, Radar & Supertanker Simulation, etc. for cadets, seafarers & shore-based personnel.


A basic science Program in mathematics, physics chemistry, English language, and introduction to computer, with a Nautical science Program in Navigation, Seamanship, Meteorology, Navigational instrument and electronic navigation systems, ship construction stability and cargo handling with laboratory experience and practical training such as seamanship, communications, navigation, practical Electronic Navigation systems in addition to practical Marine Engineering.

In view of the type of work on board ships and considering the preparation of students in order to be capable of carrying out their functions properly and efficiently in the future, marine cadets wear the uniform during the first phase (4 semesters) of their study and they are supervised by the students commandant as regards their daily routine and leadership training according to a set program which builds up their leadership personalities.

In addition, physical education is one of the tools used in preparing navigation officers through a set program of physical fitness which comprises sports reveille, cross country marathon and swimming in order to build up their bodies.
The third year of study is a training period at sea. During the fourth year students join courses in areas of particular interest such as Marine transport & management, Business and law, Marine surveys, Hydrographic survey, programming & Data structures, Marine information system and IMO conventions.

The program has been planned to satisfy the requirements of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers, 1978 and its amendments of July 1995 (STCW 95 Convention) and IMO Model Courses.


Holders of high school certificate, or equivalent.

Delivery Strategy

The strategy of education in the Nautical Department is based on and covers the requirements of IMO STCW-78 convention and its 1995 amendments and follows the high technology in the maritime transport industry.

Marine Engineering Technology Department


The roots of the Marine Engineering Technology Department extend back to the date of the establishment of AMTA in 1972, when the Marine Engineering Technology Department started to offer a two-year program of basic studies for engineering cadets as well as upgrading courses for marine engineers.

Due to the technological advances and development in the Maritime Transport Industry and the subsequent need for enhancing the technical expertise of engineers working on board ships, the program of study in the Marine Engineering Technology Department has been reviewed and updated to offer a B. Eng. in Marine Engineering and Technology in conjunction with Third Marine Engineer following a five-year period of study. This degree has been accredited by the Supreme Council for Egyptian Universities and acknowledged by the European and Arab countries.

The diversity and growth of engineering branches in the Academy led to the establishment of the College of Engineering and Technology in 1991. The Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering has become one of the departments of the College and provided programs leading to either of discipline. Due to the different disciplines required for marine engineering cadets and in order to gather the educational activities of marine transport in one college, it was decided to separate both programs and by the end of 1994 the Marine Engineering Technology Department was established under the hierarchy of the College of Maritime Transport and Technology, supervising the following programs:

  • Basic studies for Marine Engineering cadets.
  • B. Tech. in Marine Engineering Technology in conjunction with Third Marine Engineer.
  • Preparatory studies for certificates of competency up to Chief Engineer Certificate.
  • Short mandatory courses for marine engineers.
  • Other related specialized courses upon request.


  • Educating and training the marine engineering cadets in compliance with the national and international regulations to become marine engineers.
  • Qualifying the students to obtain B. Tech. in Marine Engineering Technology in conjunction with Third Marine Engineer Certificate.
  • Offering the mandatory and preparatory courses for sea-going engineers to enable them to sit for the competency certificates examinations in accordance with STCW 1978 and its 1995 amendments.
  • Offering short courses in specialized areas of marine engineering to sea-going and shore staff engineers.


The department offers the following programs:

  • A four-year program leading to B. Tech. in Marine Engineering Technology in conjunction with Third Marine Engineer certificate.
  • A three-year program leading to the completion of basic studies and qualifying for attending Third Marine Engineer Course.
  • Mandatory and preparatory courses for sea-going engineers enabling them to pass the theoretical part of study covered and assessed by the department.

These courses are required for:

  • Third Marine Engineer Certificate
  • Second Marine Engineer Certificate
  • Chief Engineer Certificate
  • Mandatory and preparatory courses for sea-going engineers to prepare them to sit for the above competency certificates examinations administered by the Egyptian Authority.
  • A change-of-career program for radio officers.
  • Short courses in some specialized areas of marine engineering.
  • The department is also planning to offer higher study programs for marine engineers.

Study Programs

The study programs in the Marine Engineering Technology Department provide the students with the chance to choose what suits their theoretical and practical attitudes. These study courses are conducted and supervised by highly qualified and experienced faculty members who have hard-won expertise in the sector of maritime transport and marine engineering.

The study courses are flexible enough to enable the student to choose from many options. Transfer is easily effected from one stream to another. There are three streams as follows:


This stream comprises 6 semesters (108 CH), one of which is spent on board the training ship AIDA IV. At the end of this phase, the student obtains Certificate of Completion of Basic Studies, which qualifies him to attend Third Engineer Officer upgrading session and consequently sit for the examinations of Third Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency. This certificate is internationally recognized and qualifies its holder to serve on board the merchant ships of any country.


This stream comprises 8 semesters (144 CH), one of which is spent on board the training ship AIDA IV. This stream qualifies the student to obtain B. Tech. in Marine Engineering Technology, in addition to Third Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency.
This stream also gives the student the chance to complete theoretical and practical studies to obtain B. Eng. in Marine Engineering in addition to the aforementioned certificates, or pursue competency studies and acquire the sea service required for obtaining Chief Marine Engineer Certificate of Competency.


This stream enables the student to complete his studies after the end of the fifth semester on board the training ship AIDA IV to obtain B. Eng. in Marine Engineering which is accredited by the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities, and qualifies its holder to acquire membership of the Engineers Syndicate after 10 semesters (180 CH). Holders of this certificate are entitled to pursue higher studies, e.g., M. Sc. & Ph. D. As of 1994, M. Sc. degree in Marine Engineering has been offered. The stream starts at the college of Maritime Transport and Technology for five semester and completed at the college of Engineering Technology

All the above courses are designed in such a way that enables the student to effect transfer from one stream to another without any difficulty.

Postgraduate Maritime Studies Department


Since its inception in 1972, as one of the Arab League affiliations, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) has been providing educational and training services in a wide range of disciplines, sciences and technologies related to the maritime sector. Bachelor degree programs in both, Maritime Transport and Marine Engineering, together with courses leading to certificates of competency for deck officers, marine engineers and radio officers have been mastered by the Academy and constantly delivered serving a multinational body of students over the past thirty five years. In 1994 the Academy decided to launch higher study programs to award Master Degree in the field of Maritime Transport and Technology as well as in other disciplines in the sister faculties of the Academy.

The Postgraduate Maritime Studies Department was established in the College of Maritime Transport and Technology in January 1994, with a view to achieve the following objectives:

  • The College of Maritime Transport and Technology has accepted the enrolment of Master Students in 1995, where the first graduate student was awarded his degree in 1997. The College has also accepted a number of Ph.D. students since 1997.  The first Ph. D. thesis was admitted in December 2000. In the period between 1997 and 2006, more than 200 students have been awarded their Master Degrees, and 40 students have been awarded their Ph. D. in Maritime Transport Technology in different disciplines of this field and its related Sciences.


  • Providing specialized researches for the maritime industry
  • Preparing qualified personnel who can effectively improve and enhance the shipping activities
  • Providing information databases for the maritime transport sector
  • Assisting postgraduate researchers in enhancing their career opportunities

Degrees Awarded

The Department of Postgraduate Maritime Studies awards the following degrees in Maritime Transport Technology:

  • Higher Diploma one-year duration, i.e. two semesters
  • Master Degree:
    • By courses and thesis of two-year duration, i.e. four semesters
    •  Master degree by research thesis of three -year duration, i.e. six semesters

Maritime Training Center 


According to the STCW requirements, maritime practical training is deemed very important for preparing well-qualified deck officers.  Since its establishment in 1975, the Maritime Training Centre has been concerned with delivering practical maritime training to students of the Nautical Department as well as other trainees of different backgrounds.


  • Achieving the STCW requirements for training the Nautical Department students.
  • Fulfilling the practical training for different maritime safety and pollution protection courses. 

Services Provided

The maritime training centre provides the following services:

  • Training the students of the Nautical Department on the following:
    -Boat maneuvering
    -Boat steering
    -Rope and wire rope work
  • Assisting the following bodies in achieving their maritime training:
    -The Port Training Institute
    -The Technical and Vocational Institute
    -The Diving Program
    -The Maritime Postgraduate Studies Department
    -The Institute of Fisheries Technology and Aquaculture
    -The Integrated Simulators Complex - Oil Spill and Disaster Management   Department  
  •  All the practical training is carried out through expert trainers and crew members. Also, the maintenance of all the floating units is carried out through an expert team.

Training ship"AIDA IV"


  • Length: 87.7 m
  • Width: 14.0 m
  • Maximum draft: 5.5 m
  • Sign Call: SSET
  • The Flag: Egypt
  • Owner: Egyptian Authority for Marin Safety
  • GRT: 3105
  • Net Tonnage: 1277
  • Number of students: 160 +   
Structure of Program

In February 1995, the first batch of postgraduates started their postgraduate studies in the fields of Maritime Transport and Marine Engineering Technology, which further branch to the following programs:

  • Hydrographic Surveying.
  • Ship Operation and Marine Safety.
  • Protection of Marine Environment.
  • Marine Engineering Surveying.
  • Advanced Navigation.

The educational postgraduate courses offered are designed in such a way that helps researchers achieve and develop high professional and academic standards through acquisition of the fundamentals of research methodology.

The programs provide research students with invaluable opportunities to interact with, and benefit by, the expertise of senior faculty members in varied research areas.  In the following, the constituents of each programme are listed, together with required credit hours required for each degree.


Target Audience

University degree holders working, or willing to work, in the field of maritime transport (shipping companies, ship yards, classification societies, ports and harbors, marine environment protection establishments, hydrographic surveying organizations, fleet operation and maritime safety authorities, naval forces, and the like), whether Egyptian or non-Egyptian, are our main target audience.

Delivery Strategy

The educational postgraduate courses offered are designed in such a way that helps researchers achieve and develop high professional and academic standards through acquisition of the fundamentals of research methodology.

The program provides research students with invaluable opportunities to interact with, and benefit by, the expertise of senior faculty members in the following research areas:

  • Protection of Marine Environment.
  • Ship Operation and Marine Safety.
  • Hydrographic Surveying.
  • Advanced Navigation.
  • Marine Engineering Surveying.
  • Port operation and Management.

Upgrading Studies Programs


The Upgrading Studies Programs are designed to qualify and train deck officers and marine engineers to obtain the specialized marine certificates which qualify them to work onboard ships according to the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW95) as amended.

The Upgrading Studies Programs obtained ISO 9001 in 2000 under the supervision of the Norwegian Classification Society: Det. Norske Veritas (DNV) for applying advanced maritime studies techniques in both the Nautical and Marine Engineering Departments to cope with the tremendous developments of technology in the marine field.  The Programs utilize theoretical studies, laboratories and workshops, in addition to simulators, to promote the candidates mastery of all types of practical applications.

It merits mentioning that the Programs qualify deck officers and marine engineers to serve onboard specialized ships which require mastery of special practical and scientific techniques.  To this end, the Programs hold special training sessions in addition to other specialized training sessions for personnel serving at both the management and operational levels.  These training sessions are held throughout the whole academic year.


The foregoing studies and training sessions are offered to candidates from all Arab countries, as well as foreign countries.  An academic staff of highly qualified lecturers, comprising Masters and Marine Engineers who have had a long seagoing experience onboard such as technologically sophisticated ships, as tankers of all types, gas carriers, conduct studies and training sessions.  The programs also qualify officers of the Watch onboard fishing vessels with a view to provide fishing fleets with quality caliber personnel who are fully knowledgeable of this vital industry.


the Programs organize and offer special training sessions for personnel serving in ports, cargo terminals, offshore drilling platforms and marine administrations to achieve the required integration of those serving at sea and those serving in ports, such as marine pilots and administration personnel.


Deck Officers

Third Officer Certificate of Competency (UM1)

Second Officer Certificate of Competency (UM1)

First Mate Certificate of Competency (UM2)

Master certificate of competency (UM3)

Marine Engineers

Third marine engineer certificate of competency (UE1)

Second marine engineer certificate of competency (UE2)

Chief marine engineer certificate of competency of competency  (UE3)

On-Board Trainig Scheme

Sea training has been undertaken in Egypt since the establishment of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in 1974. It has always been a vital stage in forming the future officers not only in the area concerning Maritime Education and Training, but also in forming the unique characteristics of marine officers, such as self-developmental education, responsibility, attentiveness, voluntary, planning, readiness, spontaneity, accuracy, self-denial, obedience, leadership, etc.

The AASTMT recognized the importance of these aspects from the beginning of its establishment by training the cadets on the training vessel “AIDA III” and by adopting a guided sea training program in 1983 beside the existing planned sea training program.  Then it has taken major steps towards this important part by forming a specialized institute for sea training and by establishing an agreement with Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), by which it has donated the AASTMT one of the modern specialized training ships “AIDA 4” in February. 1992.


An integral part of the programs for Sea Training is the practical knowledge that students gain by actual work experience.  A major component of the programs  for Sea Training is learning by doing.  
The cadet has the ability to provide a lot of experience in the shortest possible time, the cadets required to learn fast and across a wide syllabus. They may have accumulated theoretical knowledge in the basic studies in the first four academic semesters, but this will be their first opportunity to see the same worked out in practice and applied to the reality of ship's operations.


The training ship ''Aida IV'' is a sailing school of navigation. At sea the lecturers teach the coastal and celestial navigation, meteorology, regulations for preventing collisions at sea, practical seamanship, watch duty, ship technology, engine theory, , etc.  The cadets  are trained on aspects such as apprentice training, maritime safety, first-aid, and fire fighting. When the training ship ''Aida IV'' is at sea, you have a 10 to 12 hours'' working day distributed on watch duty and on deck training. The cadets will follow a set training syllabus designed to provide them with the necessary experience, and to give them the opportunity to participate in everything that is done aboard ship.



Program of Study for Nautical Department Cadets During Fifth and Sixth

     (Semester Guided Sea Training Onboard Training Ship AIDA IV)

 Aim of 5thSemester

This training provides the practical shipboard experience required to become an efficient and competent ship’s officer. It supplements and reinforces the classroom learning undertaken to meet the requirements of regulation II/4 of the 1995 STCW Convention for theoretical and practical knowledge. Practical watch keeping experience is based on regulation II/1, “Basic Principles to be observed in keeping a Navigational Watch”, and resolutions 1&3 adopted by the international Conference on Training and Certification of Seafarers, 1978.

Course Objectives of 5th Semester

The Trainees will acquire basic seamanship skills and a Practical awareness of the need to follow safe working practices. They will also be able to keep a navigational watch safely, in accordance with the relevant regulations and recommendations.

Aim of 6th semester
To be ready to seat to Second Mate Exam.
To be able to serve as an Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch.
Maintaining  direct control over the performance of all functions within the designate area of responsibility in Accordance with proper   procedures.

 Objectives of 6th semester

On the completion of the course the student will be able to seat for second mate exam
 On the completion of the course, trainees will have a knowledge of Cargo Handling and Stowage – Ship Stability Watch keeping, ship maneuvering and Emergency procedures. 

Nautical Cadets - Sixth Semester

Syllabus of 6th Semester

Emergency procedure on board ship

1.Organize Muster List.
2.Organize abandon ship drills.
3.Boat Drill.
4.Demonstrate the ability to organize and supervise the launching , handling , and recovery of life boat.
5.Fire Drill.
6.Demonstrate ability to act in accordance with the fire-fighting plan during fire-drills.
7.Close and open the fire , weather-tight and water-tight doors fitted in the particular ship , other than those of hull openings.
8.Entering an Enclosed Space During relevant drills carry out rescue operations wearing breathing apparatus.
9.Pollution drills (Initiate immediate investigation to detect the source of pollution).
10.Pollution drills (Stop or prevent leakage and spills of harmful liquids and solid substances.

Maneuver the ship

1.Ship Handling Terms and general definitions.
2.Factors in ship handling.
3.Turning circle and stopping distance.
4.The effect of deadweight draught , trim , speed and under-keel clearance on turning circles and stopping distances.
5.The effect of wind and current on ship handling.
6.The effect of squat shallow water and similar effects.

Respond to Emergency

1.The initial actions following Engine room failure.
2.The initial actions following Steering gear failure (or loss of rudder).
3.The initial actions following a collision.
4.The initial actions following Flooding.
5.The initial actions following Stranding.
6.The initial actions following Beaching.
7.The initial actions following grounding.
8.The precaution for the protection and safety of passengers and crew in emergency situations (Abandonment from the vessel). 
9.Rescuing persons from the sea  , assisting a ship in distress.

Practical Navigation

1.Observation of Polaris.
2.Observation of the Sun & Star & Moon and plant by Longitude Method.
3.Calculate the Time of Moonrise & Moonset.
4.Navigation Reliability.
5.Sun Run Meridian.
6.Meridian Run Sun
8.Calculate height of tide at a given time, and calculate the time of a given height at Secondary Ports.
9.Coastal Navigation (wind and current).
10.Great Circle Sailing.

Plan a Passage

1.Pilot books.
2.Lists of lights.
3.Chart catalogue
4.Chart 5011.
5.Mariner’s handbook & Ocean passage.
6.Checks with notices to mariners for latest correction to chart.
7.Chart correction.
8. List of radio signals.
9.Select charts with adequate scale.
10.Consult nautical publications (weather routing chart).
11.Consult nautical publications (Plotting sheets).
12.Consult nautical publications (gnomonic chart).
13.Set courses.
14.Plan a passage (Mediterranean sea).
15.Plan a passage (Cross Ocean).

Practical electronic navigation system

1. Radar Plotting
3. Compass Work
4. Principle of Electronic chart

Cargo Handling and Stowage

1.Supervise the preparation of holds and deep tanks for loading.
2.Supervise the preparation of holds and deep tanks for loading.
3.Supervise the operation of the ship’s cargo gear.
4.Inspect hatch covers , gear and cargoes before and during discharging.
5.Ensure that all cargoes are discharged in good condition.
6.Identify any damage to ship cargo after discharging and establish possible causes.
7.Supervise the loading take into account the effect of cargo including heavy lifts on seaworthiness and stability of the ship.
8.Stowage Principle.
9.Inspect the cargo at regular intervals.
10.Record all inspections and the conditions found.
11.Ensure a solid stow and securing of all cargoes in packaged form.
12.Ensure separation between bulk cargoes or packaged goods if required.
13.Stowage and securing of dangerous , hazardous and harmful cargoes and their effect on the safety of life and of the ship.
14.Stowage and securing of dangerous , hazardous and harmful cargoes and their effect on the safety of life and of the ship.
15.Take actions to avoid damage to the ship or cargo.
16.Ventilation & Cargo Documents.
17.Supervise that adequate precautions are taken to ensure ventilation and facilitate inspection during the voyage.

Engineering Cadets

Objectives of the guided sea training

The purpose of the guided sea training is to train the cadets intentionally and effectively to cultivate the necessary attribute and ability to be competent ship’s engineer.

The immediate objectives would be set up as follows:

•To cultivate such attributes of the cadets as the adaptability, the discipline, the sense of responsibility, the determination, the endurance and the spirit of cooperation that are indispensable elements for ship’s engineer.
•To develop the practical knowledge of proficiency of cadets through seagoing experience which makes integration of their theoretical study and practical training to a desired standard based on the syllabus for the sea training.

Bases of course:

This course is to achieve the following:

•The syllabus of the sea training phase.
•The course of an engineering officer in charge of a watch according to (STCW convention).
•To match the engineering equipment on board the training ship.





Guided Sea Training -(S 400)

Course& nbsp Code



MM 322

Marine Diesel Engine (2)


MM 312

Marine Engineering (2)


MM 342

Naval Architecture & Ship Construction (2)


EE 320

Marine Electrical Engineering


EE 310

Marine Control Systems


MM 313

Watch keeping Duties


ND 310

Nautical Technology


ND 370

Marine Safety


P 305

Physical Education (5)


L 305

Leadership (5)


Lectures and Practical Training Schedule


As required by STCW 95

“Engineering Cadets Training and Assessment Record Book”

Section 1

5-No on- board training or assessment should take place unless such activities can be carried out without interfering with the normal operation of the ship, jeopardizing safety of the life at sea, or posing a risk of marine pollution.
Instructors and / or assessors should be able to devote their time and attention exclusively to the instruction and assessment activity at hand, or if unable to do so, should defer the activity until a more suitable time.