Frequently Asked Maritime Questions

What is Maritime Education?

Maritime education is the academic training giving to students and professionals in the maritime industry, outside seafarers training. After acquiring this knowledge, the students are subjected to series of examinations, to become professionals. As professionals, they are ready to contribute in the development of the maritime industry in which ever field they find themselves. Without these professionals, the maritime industry cannot function.

Some of the professionals in the maritime industry are:

  1. Maritime Lecturers
  2. Freight Forwarders
  3. Shipping Managers
  4. Cargo Surveyors
  5. Marine Surveyors
  6. Maritime Lawyers
  7. Marine Insurance Practitioners
  8. Ship Brokers
  9. Maritime Security and Safety Practitioners
  10. Port Managers
  11. Maritime Administrators
  12. Marine Engineers
  13. Maritime Business Managers
  14. Crew Managers
  15. Marine Incidents and Accidents Investigators
  16. Ship Managers
  17. Ship superintendent
  18. Harbour Masters
  19. Marine Environmental Managers
  20. Ship Building Engineer

In other to train students and professionals and other stack holders in the maritime industry, Maritime Educational Institutions are established all over the world, Nigeria inclusive, to produce these maritime professionals as the manpower that runs the industry.

The Maritime Educational Institutions are the Universities that offer, maritime education, the Public/Private tertiary Maritime Academies that also offer maritime education. Global Maritime Academy, Nigeria, is one of such private tertiary maritime educational institutions, approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria, through NBTE (National Board for Technical Education), to train students who want to take career in the maritime industry and retrain professionals already in maritime industry, who need to upgrade their knowledge in accordance with the prevailing circumstance.

These Private Maritime Academies are regarded as Tertiary Innovation Institutions, and they award National Innovation Diploma (NID) in Nigeria equivalent to the ND (National Diploma) issued by polytechnics. National Innovation Diploma are issued to deserving students, who have passed their exams, after the completion of their programmes which last for two academic years.

In Nigeria, the Nigeria Universities are not left out this. Regulated by the Nigeria University Commission (NUC), some of them offer maritime courses which leads to the award of Bachelor Degrees, in Shipping Management, Freight Forwarding, etc to deserving students and professionals, who pass their exams, after their course work.

Some of the courses offered by these Maritime Educational Institutions include but not limited to the following:

  1. Shipping Management
  2. Maritime Security and Safety
  3. Maritime Law
  4. Maritime Insurance
  5. Maritime Management
  6. Freight Forwarding
  7. Shipbroking Practice
  8. Marine Survey
  9. Port Operations Management
  10. Terminal Operation Management
  11. Marine Incident and Accident Investigation
  12. Chartering & Ship Broking Practice
  13. Crew Management
  14. International Trade
  15. Marine Engineering
  16. Marine Operations
  17. Ship Superintendency
  18. Naval Architecture
  19. Nautical Science
  20. The Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea
  21. Maritime Conventions
  22. Safety and Security in Marine Operations
  23. Port Design and Engineering
  24. Marketing and Business Development
  25. Finance, Accounting and Budgeting
  26. Port Project Management
  27. Occupational Health and Safety
  28. Report, Communication and Information Technology
  29. Marine Environmental Surveying
  30. Business Planning
  31. Chartering and Ship Broking
  32. Maritime Trade and Transport
  33. International Trade
  34. Shipping and Logistics
  35. Competency and People Management
  36. Customer Relations

This is just to list but a few of the maritime courses offered by the Maritime Educational Institutions. These courses can be taught at Certificates or Diploma and Degree level.

The mission of Private Maritime Schools approved by government is to ensure that they produce the manpower for the maritime industry in Nigeria that could compete favourably with their counterpart abroad and meet with the challenges the industry poses in this 21st century.

Tertiary Innovation Institutions accredited by the Federal Government through the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), have very serious work on them as their course content is about 90% of practical. Apart from the infrastructure, they also have the manpower to meet with NBTE standard that was why they were approved in the first instance.

Collaborating with NIMASA

It is very important to note that NIMASA approval and accreditation is not needed to run a maritime educational institution and teach maritime educational courses. It is only if the institution in involved STCW Course, that NIMASA comes in to accredit the institution to run such course.

Even though NIMASA is not part of NUC and NBTE in approving and accreditation of Tertiary Schools to run maritime educational or academic programmes, cooperation with NIMASA as the apex maritime regulatory body in Nigeria, is very important. They can add to the programmes, that which NUC and NBTE omitted, and act as an advisory body as the case may be. They are many things to learn from NIMASA as far as Maritime Administration is concern. So partnering with them is inevitable.

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