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Batumi State Maritime Academy  
General Information

Name of the Institution: Legal Entity of Public Law – Teaching UniversityBSMA.

Rector: Nikoloz Tsiklauri.    

Address: 53 Rustaveli Ave., Batumi6010, Georgia.          

Phone/fax numbers:+995 222 74850        



BSMA is the basic educational institution of Georgia. Since 2000 the world-recognized International Quality Management System ISO 9001:2000 is incorporated at the Academy according to the    requirements   of International      Convention STCW 78/95. The system ensures conformity in respect of development of educational programs, methods of instruction and Maritime higher Education specialists training in accordance with International and National requirements of Maritime Law.BatumiMaritime Academyis one of the first institutions in post-soviet area in which this system has been incorporated.   

In 2006 BSMA joined the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU). In 2010 BSMA to take part Inaugural meeting Black Sea Association of Maritime Institutions (BSAMI), organized by  Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty                 ????

At present two faculties function at Batumi Maritime Academy: Maritime and Business and Management Faculty. Training and Certification Centre also functions at the Academy.

Maritime Faculty- functions at the Academy since 1992. It comprises three specialties: Marine Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electrical Engineering. During this time the faculty has prepared more 2000 highly-qualified maritime specialists. The high percentage of employment of graduate students of BMA (88% of Navigational, 70% of Marine Engineering and almost all Electrical Engineering graduates) indicates high level of Maritime education in Georgia.

Educational programs are compiled according to International Maritime Organization recommended Model courses and in compliance with STCW 78/95 requirements. Educational program meet the requirements Law of Seafarer’s Training and Certification of Georgia (2000), Law of Higher Education of Georgia (2005), and Law of Vocational Education of Georgia (2007).

When the Law on Vocational Education was ratified, BMA developed and presented two higher Diploma Specialist educational programs (“Marine Navigation” and “Marine Engineering” everyone on 180 ECTS credits) and two programs of the first (support) level (“Able Seamen» and “Motormen” everyone for 10 months of training) for the State Accreditation.

Programs of the first (support) level are trained in the Training and Certification Centre.

Now days Maritime Faculty has Bachelor (Marine Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electrical Engineering) and Diploma Specialist(Marine Navigation and Marine Engineering) educational programs.

The curriculum of Bachelor Program consists of 240 ECTS credits, 1 ECTS credit is equal to 29 astronomic hours. One academic year consists of 42 weeks. The duration of studies is 4 years and 12 month cadets have shipboard training on vessels of the leading shipping companies.

The curriculum of Diploma SpecialistProgram consists of 180 ECTS credits. The duration of studies is 3 years and 12 month cadets have shipboard training on vessels of the leading shipping companies.

At present 784 cadets study by the Bachelor Program and 147 cadets by the Diploma SpecialistProgram.

The process of studies at the faculty includes classical studies at auditory and also the modern methods of training using the latest simulator and information computer technologies. This is applied as to general as well to special courses. During the whole period of studies the cadets are taught the English language.

On the basis of the training process and bachelor’s project results the cadets are given the correspondent bachelor’s academic degree in Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

After this the cadets pass qualification examination in specialty at the Academy. On the basis of this examination Maritime Transport Department of Georgia issues first Certificate of Competency for Officer in charge of a navigational watch, Officer in charge of an engineering watch, and electrician of second classaccording to Georgian Law on Seafarers Training and Certification, 2000.

The Academy ensures the training and certification of its graduate cadets in all mandatory courses which are necessary for work on vessels according to the requirements of International Convention (STCW 78/95).

The graduates of Bachelor Program can occupy the position officer in charge (Operational Level)including the chief mate position (second engineer) and master (chief engineer) (Management Level) in conformity with the requirements of Georgian Law on Seafarers Training and Certification, 2000.The graduates of Diploma SpecialistProgram can occupy only the officer in charge position (Operational Level) (see fig. 2).

Six departments are cooperated within the faculty. They are: Navigation, Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Foreign Languages, Exact and Natural Sciences, General Technical Subjects Departments. The Academic staff of the faculty is composed of 11 professors, 18 associate professors, 2 assistant professors and 60 assistant lecturers. Among the above-mentioned staff there are 10 Masters Mariners, 6 Chief Engineers, 4 Electrical Engineers, some of them are acting mariners the others have a rich experience of work on board the vessels.

Training and Certification Simulator Centre- since 2006 the Training and Certification Simulator Centre functions at the Academy. The aim of this centre is training, retraining and certification of students and marine fleet specialists using modern simulator technical means. The process of training at the Centre is carried out according to model courses prepared by International Maritime Organization, the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 78/95) and the requirements of the National Transport Department.

At the Centre the training courses are divided into three categories:

  1. Training and Certification in accordance with the “Mandatory” programs, by the new wording of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 78/95):
  2. Personal survival techniques.
  3. Elementary first aid.
  4. Fire prevention and basic fire fighting.
  5. Personal safety and social responsibilities.
  6. Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats.
  7. Proficiency in fast rescue boats.
  8. Advanced fire fighting.
  9. HAZMAT.
  10. Oil tanker familiarization.
  11. Oil tanker advanced.
  12. Chemical tanker specialized training.
  13. Gas-carrier specialized training.
  14. Crude oil washing.
  15. Inert gas system.
  16. Shore based fire fighting.
  17. Ro-Ro Passenger Ships and Passenger Ships other then RO-RO.
  18. RADAR – radar observation and plotting.
  19. Radar simulator.
  20. ARPA – automatic radar plotting aid.
  21. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) - General Operator.
  22. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) - Restricted Operator.
  23. Ship security familiarization.
  24. Ship security officer.
  25. Electronic chart display and Information System – ECDIS.


  1. Training and certification of seafarers and shipping companies staff according to “Non Mandatory” programs connected to fleet management, ships safe operation and prevention of environmental pollution.


  • ISM Code- International Safety Management Code.
  • Cargo and ballast operations.
  • Cargo handling and stowage including loading control systems.
  • Bridge team and resources management (using navigation simulator).
  • Ship handling (using navigation simulator).
  • Engine room team and resources management (using engine room simulator).
  • Electrical, Electronic systems management (using engine room simulator).
  • Environmental awareness and Pollution Prevention Management.


  1. Specialized courses- work with special equipment on certain types of ships or other courses required by ship owner, shipping or crewing companies or other organizations.


  • Qualification course in electric welding and gas-welding.
  • Qualification course in locksmith and turner’s specialties.
  • Training and Attestation of seamen, motormen and boatswains.
  • Refreshing and Upgrading courses for Master’s, Chief Engineers and all deck and engine officers.
  • Personal Computer course.
  • Maritime English course.

Leading professors and instructors of Batumi Maritime Academy work at the Training and Certification Simulator Centre. Some of them are Masters, Chief Engineers and Electricians, some of them are active mariners, and some have big experience of work at sea. All instructors of the Training Centre have certificates of special instructors issued by training centers of simulator manufacturing companies. The certificates are recognized by Maritime Transport Department of Georgia.

For the purpose of training and certification the following simulator systems of world-famous simulator systems producing corporation “TRANSAS Set the Standard” are used at the Academy.

Integrated navigational simulator – Navi-Trainer Professional 4000 including - instructor’s workplaces, main navigational bridge with real equipment and visualization and additional navigational bridge.

GMDSS simulator TGS 4100 including – 1 instructor’s and 6 trainee’s workplaces, one real GMDSS system workplace.

Engine Room Simulator ERS 4000 including – 1 instructor’s and 4 trainee s workplaces, computer-based electrical plant and all equipment and systems of real-size engine room of tanker type ship.

Business and Management Faculty- functions at the Academy since 1996. It comprises the following specialties: multimodal sea shipping organization and logistics, financial and marketing managements of the ports. During time of its existence the faculty has prepared over than 400 highly-qualified specialists. At present 354 students master profession of sea shipping organization and logistics and 74 students master profession of financial and marketing management at the faculty.

Studies at the faculty consist of two stages: 4 years - to receive bachelor’s degree and 2 years - to receive master’s degree.

The curricula are composed according to the international transport requirements and are oriented on financial, port and transport infrastructure. Students receive practical training in Trading Ports of Batumi and Poti, in correspondent departments of different shipping, transport and financial companies.

The graduates of the faculty work in shipping, port, financial, stevedore, broker’s, surveyor’s, agent’s, dispatcher’s and other companies.

Three training departments cooperate with the faculty. They are: Multimodal Sea Shipping Organization and Logistics, Financial and Marketing Management of Ports, Humanitarian Disciplines. The Academic staff of the faculty composed of 6 professors, 8 associate professors, 3 assistant professors and 25 assistant lecturers. Many of them are specialists from port, shipping, transport and financial companies.

Quality Provision Service was created at Batumi Maritime Academy for the purpose of improvement of scientific-research work and academic staff qualifications, for systematic check-up of quality.

Quality Provision Service- in addition to it the function of Quality Provision Service is to establish contact with quality provision services of higher education institutions in Georgia and foreign countries in order to establish clear criteria and methodology which ensure these criteria, modern methods of studies, teaching and assessment.

Since 2000 the world recognized International Quality Management System ISO 9001:2000 is incorporated in the Academy according to the requirements of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 78/95). The system ensures conformity in respect of development of educational programs, methods of instruction and Maritime higher Education specialists training in accordance with International and National requirements of Maritime Law.

Library - the library of Batumi Maritime Academy is the only specialized library of maritime technical literature in Georgia. Book resources comprise 40 000 books. The electronic systems are incorporated in the library, i.e. Internet catalogue what enables the reader to find necessary literature from home.

The Academy has book storage space where it is possible to place 150 000 books ensuring all conditions and also new reading hall with 100 workplace and Internet library, electronic information resources in form of  70 000 electronic books and articles.

Professors’ and Lecturer’sQualification Centre- functions alongside with the other departments at the Academy. General aim of the Centre is to provide the Academy with highly-qualified staff for training and scientific-research processes.

Since the Academy has joined Bologna process trainings are intensively held at the Academy where European credit system; curricula and syllabuses in all subjects for receiving the qualification on bachelor’s level are discussed.

The specialists from other countries are invited to the Academy. During the last two years specialists from Canada, the Ukraine, Greece, Turkey have visited and shared their experience with the Academy.

Professors’ and Lecturer’sof the Academy were sent on business trips to Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, Holland, Germany Greece and Sweden.

The students’ self-government system- functions at the Academy. This system ensures participation of the students in management of Batumi Maritime Academy, contributes to protection of students’ rights, chooses the representatives in students’ council and fulfills other duties mentioned in the Regulations.

Social infrastructure for students is well-developed at the Academy. Comfortable dormitory, a club for 500 people, mess-room, snack-bars, cafes. For going in for sports there are gym, two room with sports training facilities, football and basketball field. The students of the Academy take part in amateur art activities; Academy has folk dance ensemble, brass band and team of merry and witted people which has won many international competitions. Chess, arm-wrestling, swimming, volleyball, basketball and football sections function at the Academy. The students of the Academy take part in local, national and international sports competitions. 


1 Education Philosophy:



1. We recognize and commit to such implementations of high standards in learning, research, and will consistently reform as required.

2. We recognize and embrace our obligations to providing the ongoing development of knowledge and professional skills within the maritime profession.

3.  We recognize that the educational process and educational programs have to based:

  • On the interest of students;

  • On knowledge, development of skills and professionalism;

  • On availability of education in any stage of life;

  • On ethics and development of pride of citizenship;

  • On innovation and flexibility;

  • On continually improving quality ;

  • On respect for society and tolerance;

  • On protection of the environment; 

    4.  We have faith in intellectual growth.

    5.  We believe in establishing a way of thinking, which involves asking questions, respecting liberty, the opinions of others and the formation of logical and reasoned questions.

    6.  We believe in establishing a way of thinking, that provides opportunities for collegiate dialogue and debates between students, staff and lecturers, and allows us to collaborate and advance logic and decision making skills.

    7.  We trust, that learning and research have interconnecting meaning.


    2 Education Goals:


    The institution's main function is to prepare qualified staff for employment within the marine-trade fleet and maritime transport infrastructure.



    The main goal is to make Batumi State Maritime Academy an international higher educational centre, that is attractive to those who want to receive higher professional education in accordance with all modern international standards required within the maritime transport industry.



    Mission of the maritime academy:

    1.  It will be based on education and knowledge. An available, and open university, which will be guided by the Principles of democracy and humanism, cooperation with students, staff, employers and all interested people from society in order to achieve success in education and employment. Simultaneously, it will embrace a policy of academic freedom towards teaching, learning and research.

    2.  Prepare leaders with a raised sense of responsibility who embrace modern requirements, who will be able to identify problems and create solutions. Acquire skills of self evaluation and ability to continually improve communication skills. Leaders who embrace higher ethical norms, which will make them more competitive in both the local and international employment market.



    The conclusion of our mission goals are:

    1. Prepare trained specialists to employ in the maritime-trade fleet and maritime transport infrastructure;

    2. Provide a learning process that adheres to modern requirements and educational programs, which will help students to receive the knowledge and professional skills necessary, according to their profession;

    3. Create and provide educational programs, which will develop analytical skills for students in management and research;

    4. Create an educational environment which will promote and develop people with high moral values, whose worldview will be established on national and universal values, care and respect of our natural environment, humanity, social, ethical, religious, racial and gender tolerance principles.

To achieve our goals, the mission of Maritime academy is:

  • Preserve talented and experienced professor-lecturers, who strive to reach and provide

      our goals of academic excellence;

  • Preserve and develop material-technical resources and training-technical equipment

      according to modern demands.

  • Invite and develop a cadre of experienced professionals.

  • Create the necessary conditions for teaching, learning and research for students and


  • Provide facilities to enrich the pedagogical and science side, for professor-lecturers.

  • Cooperate with Georgian and foreign educational institutes for share their educational

      and scientific-research experience and mobility of students.  

  • Cooperate with national and international labour  organizations (crewing companies,

      stividor  firms and sea port administration and so on)



    3 Brief History


    About academy

    Maritime    education   take start   seventy years ago and during these time it   continue. In last century   20 years there opened   evening maritime courses and based on it in 1929 year opened Batumi Maritime technical university.  In 5th of march in 1944 year  by the committee of self-defence  of  Soviet union   on base Batumi state maritime academy they created Batumi maritime institute.

    Batumi maritime institute during its subsist played the biggest role  in development of  maritime sphere not only in Georgia also all over the Soviet union. Institute prepared about 5 thousand high qualified specialists to work in maritime fleet. Nowadays it graduates are still working on ocean ships under the flags of   Georgia   and  many world countries.

    On this big authorities maritime institute  was founded Batumi maritime high institute by decision of Georgian  government in 1992, which received status: treasure enterprise – Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA)  by the government of Georgia in 1944.  In 2004 started  all educational system reform in whole Georgia. In 25th of  April in 2005 the status of the academy defined as legal entity and in 9th of October by the resolution №184 of Georgian government nowadays  status, face and designation of maritime academy defined as Batumi State Maritime Academy – teaching University – Legal Entity of Public Law.

    Batumi State Maritime  Academy offer students opportunity to receive education in a wide range of Maritime industry.  The maritime faculty graduters of academy  have opportunity occupy leader position in crews of maritime trade sheep, maritime crying companies and other public and private services, Whose activities are related to maritime transport services, control and management.

    Academy promote development of  different maritime institution in Black sea region. Close location of academy  with Batumi, Poti and Kulevi ports, Supsa terminal create good conditions for students of academy receive  comprehensive education practice in these ports, same time academy will provide them with qualified staff.

    Administration of Batumi State Maritime Academy create conditions for students, which are essential to receive knowledge and develop  skills from educational programs. We realize that  for students to reach main goal aren’t enough high educational; programs, good educational environment and conditions, also living conditions. The Student self government help first year students in adaptation with new conditions, other course students and be in close with staff of academy, to take part in social life of academy and sport-entertainment arrangements in the academy.


    What does Batumi State Maritime Academy represent;

    Batumi State Maritime Academy is specific educational institute , which is due to the fact all the maritime transport and related service activities are regulated not only by national legislation also by the international norms. In a branch of maritime transport regulation  organ regulated by international law is International Maritime Organization (IMO)  and coordination with international norms arrange Georgian Maritime  Transport Department. The basic legislative document of IMO is “The Standards of Training, Certification & Watch keeping” (STCW 78/95).  In 1993  Georgia joined this convention and by this it took  obligation  of sailors prepare process  compatibility with international  standards. 


Structure of Institution


Main Particularsof M/V “AKADEMIA”



Name of Ship


Name of Owner


Name of Builder


Material / Type of Ship


Navigational Area

A1 + A2

Speed In Cargo

7.5 knt.  

Speed In Ballast

9.0 knt.      

Date of Build




Port of Registry


Official Number


MMSI  Number


Call Sign


IMO Number


Class Society




Length Overall  L.O.A.

  73.20   M

Length  B.P.

  67.32   M


  10.40   M

Depth Molded

   6.23    M

Free Board

   1.26    M



International Gross Tonnage

 1249.00  Ton

International Net Tonnage

  674.00   Ton





Light Ship Weight

803.93    Ton

Summer Deadweight

1860.00   Ton

Summer Draft

5.00         M



Water Ballast

371.00    Ton

Fresh Water

35.00      Ton

Diesel Oil

98.10      Ton


848.48  m3 – BALES.  959.73   m3 – GREAN. 17.65x9x4.33m


1365.98 m3– BALES. 1560.07 m3 – GREAN. 26.57x9x4.79m 


9.62 mLength x 6.90 m Breadth


16.17 mLength x 6.90 m Breadth















Lifeboat size & capacity

6.57m x 2,20m  22  persons x 2 set

Life Raft size & capacity

1 x 16 person /1  x 12  person

Life Saving Appliances Provided (SE)

22  persons


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. Cadets receive the first training practice on the basis existed at the Academy - in tackle, locksmith, and turner’s, electric and gas welding, electric installation workshops. Cadets receive the second practice shipboard training on training-cargo ship “AKADEMIA” and vessels of auxiliary fleet of Batumi, Poti and Kulevi sea Ports where they master how to fulfill duties of sailors, motormen, electricians and get practical working skills necessary for ships’ rank.

After the theoretical course cadets have shipboard training, on board the long voyage ocean fleet vessels where they master specialties of junior officers: Navigational watch, Engineering watch and electrician.