The Maritime Administration plays a part in educating many members of the public about the maritime industry, but we have a particularly large role in the training and education of mariners. We operate the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, one of five Federal service academies. The Maritime Administration also provides training vessels and other support to six state maritime academies, which are in Texas, California, New York, Michigan, Maine, and Massachusetts. These academies all provide four-year undergraduate programs, and their graduates find employment as licensed mariners and in shore-side occupations such as shipyard management and transportation logistics. We also are active in the current rapid growth of maritime education at the high school and middle school levels.

We also support continuing education for current mariners. Information for and about current mariners may be found in the Mariners section of this web site. We have developed guidelines and curricula for security training for a variety of people who work around ports and ships, and details about that training may be found in this section of our site.

The Maritime Administration is active in promoting awareness of the maritime industry for school students, for teachers, and for members of the general public, and we partner with the Propeller Club of the United States in its Adopt-a-Ship program.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
The USMMA at Kings Point, through its unique combination of academic, regimental and shipboard programs, will train you as a leader of quality, integrity and high ethical standards.

Maritime Universities, Schools and Training Facilities
A global listing of maritime universities, schools and training facilities focusing on careers in the marine industry. These institutions will prepare you for a career in the Merchant Marine, Marine, Naval, Coast Guard, and Oceanographic careers.

Adopt A Ship
This Web site, a joint effort of The Propeller Club of the United States and the Maritime Administration.

For Kids K – 12
Kids Domain.

Today the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) Announced the Development and Release of new Computer Based Training on Maritime Prevention of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Merchant Marine

Best Practices Guide The Best Practices Guide (BPG) is designed for use by all maritime companies and organizations to develop and implement an effective sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention program. The BPG contains two separate sections for reference and guidance for the Employee and the Company. The Employee section is designed to assist U.S. merchant mariners and shore-based personnel with meeting their responsibility to be respectful and actively participate in a work environment free of Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and other prohibited behaviors. The Company section provides six best practices which should be part of every company’s policy on such behaviors in the workplace, whether onshore or at sea. Existing best practices, policies and procedures are emphasized within each section, with examples in the Annexes. The BPG is available at no cost and can be downloaded from the “Products’ tab on the SOCP website at