Maritime schools in Africa | Maritime Academy

There are many maritime schools in Africa which have proven to be equal to other maritime collages in other continents. This is our main focus in this article.

Maritime Academy is a high institute of learning which main aim is handling human relationship with the sea and its waterways. Maritime studies covers many areas like maritime history, sea literature, poetry, film, oceanography, and contemporary marine policy.

A maritime academy is a technical school, focused on teaching practical skills which can be put to use on the ocean or in industries related to the ocean

Furthermore, Maritime Academy mainly prepare maritime cadets for a carrier in Merchant Marine and seamanship.

The maritime study curriculum prepares the cadets on different carriers in Merchant Marine and other civilians marine industries. These carrier may be in Deck, Engine room or stewardship.

Looking at the African continent, there are many maritime schools which have the capacity to prepare cadets on seamanship and they are accredited too.

Also, As the industry (Merchant Marine) is increasing continousely due to it position in economy of every country both developed and underdeveloped, there is need for capable hands to man the industry.

So now we are going to be looking at the Maritime Academy or schools in Africa which has been taking the mantle of this important part of our economy.


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Maritime schools in Nigeria

1. The Maritime Academy of Nigeria

Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, Akwa Ibom state Nigeria formerly known as the Nautical collage of Nigeria is a federal owned institution. Established in 1979 to educate and train shipboard officers, ratings and shore-based management personnel in the industry.

The scope of this maritime collage was increased in 1988 to train other categories and levels of Mariners in the Nigerian Merchant Nevy and other workers in the sector.

The Academy has Three Schools Namely

  • School of Marine Engineering,
  • The School of Maritime Studies and
  • School of Nautical Studies





2. Southern Maritime Academy

Southern maritime academy located in Uwheru, Ughelli Delta state Nigeria is a regional institution and also one of the leading maritime institution in Nigeria. Aspiring sailors/seafarers at southern maritime academy are trained and kitted for the maritime industry.

Furthermore, the maritime Academy is accredited by the relevant agencies and bodies and they have the need manpower and capacity to train mariners in the need areas and in discipline.

There are three department here

  • Marine Engineering,
  • Nautical Science /Navigation Technology and
  • Maritime Transportation and Business studies



Phone: +2348161291679,+2349032283973

3. Certified Institute of Shipping of Nigeria

The Certified Institute of Shipping of Nigeria (College of Maritime Transport and Management and Technology) located in Badagry Expressway, Badagry, Lagos Nigeria is a maritime institution established in 1999 to provide academic and professional skills in Shipping, Transport, Maritime Engineering, Nautical Science, Business Management and logistics are being undertaken in Nigeria.

CISN offer courses in Shipping,

  • Engineering,
  • Business Management and
  • Other related fields



Phone: +234 802 303 3404, +234 803 373 3237, 


4. Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre

Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre located at KM 4, East West Road (After Jephtah College) Ozuoba, Port Harcourt, Nigeria and was established in 1991, and engaged in the inspection of navigational and marine communication equipment.

Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre started safety training for the maritime and offshore oil & gas industries in 1998. Since then, it has become the leading provider of maritime and offshore oil & gas industries in Nigeria.



 Phone: +234 (0) 7036261006


5. Global Maritime Academy

The Global Maritime Academy (GMA) Nigeria, Located at Warri, Delta State, Nigeria, was established in 2008 and was registered mainly to provide strong and reliable learning centre for Maritime Education and Training.

Global Maritime Academy focusses in

  • Manpower Development
  • Shipping Management
  • Petroleum Handling and Distribution
  • Business/Maritime Law
  • Maritime Security and Safety
  • Logistics
  • Port Operations/Cargo Handling
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Health Safety and Environment.



Phone: +234-80-33-36-33-51, +234-70-64-94-72-05


Other Maritime Academy or schools in Nigeria includes the following

1. African Maritime Academy

2. Institute of marine and technology Nigeria

3. Merchant Nevy Maritime Academy

4. Stars Maritime Academy

5. Crown Maritime Academy

There are many other maritime schools in Nigeria that trains and prepare cadets on different carrier in Merchant Marine.

Maritime schools in Ghana

Regional Maritime university

The Regional Maritime University, Accra Ghana was established in 1958 and is one of the oldest maritime universities in Africa and boasts a rich and proud history. It have proven to be one of the best maritime schools in Africa.

Formally known as Ghana Nautical College but attained the university status in 2007. The collage has three Faculties.

There are Faculty of

  • International Business & Humanities
  • Engineering and
  • Maritime studies



Phone: (00233)(0)302 712047; 714070; 714069


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Maritime schools in Egypt

Arab Academy for science, Technology and Maritime Transportation

AASTMT located in Abou Keer, Alexandria, Egypt was founded in 1972 has had many achievements in education, training and research in the fields of maritime transport, engineering and management sciences. This is also one of the Maritime schools in Africa.

Courses offered at AASTMT are

  • STCW
  • Maritime safety
  • Offshore
  • Marine simulators
  • Environmental protection
  • Natural gas and Petrochemical
  • Maritime security etc



Phone: 19838


Maritime collages in South Africa

SA Maritime School

The SA Maritime School was founded in 1986 by Cdr PJK Fitt – a Master Mariner and veteran trainer in the shipping industry with branches in Durban and Cape Town.

SA Maritime School is the longest operating maritime school in South Africa, with over 30 years of history, .

Courses offered are

  • International Trade
  • Freight Handling
  • Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance
  • Shipping Practice and
  • Freight Logistics.


Email: DURBAN:

Phone: DURBAN031 337 7889
CAPE TOWN021 447 4445

Address: DURBANRope Shed, 6 Timeball Blvd, The Point
CAPE TOWN31 Victoria Rd, Woodstock


South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA)

SAMTRA is a maritime training academy that is located in Simons Town, South Africa. It main focus is on the provision simulation based training.

Also, this simulators based training leads to standard, world class and quality skills development training, to provide relevant training to the African maritime industry in a cost effective approach.

Courses in SAMTRA includes

  • Refrigeration engineering,
  • Marine engineering
  • Deck officer training, etc.



Phone: +27 21 786 8400+27 86 508 4887


South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI)

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) was established in 2014 to provide a bridge linking the Maritime collages and the industriein the sector.

Also, this institute will serve both South Africa and the African continent in promoting maritime and marine skills development, education, training and research. At recent it has been seen as one of the best things that has happened to Maritime schools in Africa.



Phone: +27 (0) 41 504 1111


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Other Maritime schools in Africa (South Africa)

 Sea Safety Training Group

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Nelson Mandela university

Other Maritime schools in Africa

Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute – Namibia

Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute (EMTI) – Ethiopia

Escola Superior de Ciências NáuticasMozambique

Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute (DMI) – Tanzania

Technical University of Mombasa – Kenya

Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime – Algeria