Maine Maritime Academy to Offer Online Certification Course in Environmental Regulations, Law, and Compliance Issues for Mariners and Shipping Industry Professionals

Posted on: June 4, 2015

CASTINE, Maine—Beginning June 22, 2015, Maine Maritime Academy will offer a professional course in Environmental Regulations & Ethical Industrial Compliance (EREIC), a self-paced, online course awarding four Continuing Education Units and a certificate of completion. The course is designed to educate mariners serving on United States-registered vessels and those who work with them about environmental regulations governing their industry.

The course covers five modules, including water quality, air quality, solid & hazardous waste, pollutant health effects, and legal investigations & enforcement of rules.  Each module will develop students’ ability to recognize and effectively deal with regulatory compliance and professional ethics issues for persons working in the U.S. Merchant Marine and associated fields. All course activity will be offered through the Canvas Learning Management System, so students need only a computer and reliable internet connection. Tuition cost is $1000.00 for the eight-week course, which can be completed at the individual student’s pace.

Ms. Flood developed the EREIC course in 2012 with grant support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation:  One hundred percent of professionals who have previously completed the EREIC course have indicated the course significantly improved their awareness and knowledge of Maritime Environmental Regulations and Ethical Industrial Compliance, and they were pleased with the resulting Certificate. Regulatory changes through Spring are reflected in the course material, including topics such as IMO Polar Code and North American Emission Control Area.

Lead instructor and Chair of Maine Maritime Academy’s Engineering Department, Professor Laurie Flood, holds a B.S. in Marine Systems Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy, an M.S. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Maine, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Additionally she holds a 3rd A/E USCG license.

For additional information on the course, contact Victoria Blackwood at 207-207-326-2211or visit Maine Maritime Academy Continuing Education online at and view ‘Online Courses.’

Maine Maritime Academy’s Department of Continuing Education and Distance Learning is a public service outreach and auxiliary enterprise of Maine Maritime Academy. Continuing Education instructors come from MMA faculty, staff, and professional partner organizations. The mission of Continuing Education at Maine Maritime Academy is to support and enhance the careers of our alumni, current students and colleagues working in fields related to the Academy’s major programs of study. For additional information on existing courses, to suggest a future class, or to register and pay for a class, please contact Victoria Blackwood or Bette Norris by phone or email: 207-326-2211 or /

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science, and transportation. The college serves approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students in career-oriented programs of study. Maine Maritime Academy was ranked the #1 Best Public  College on Money magazine’s Best Colleges list published in August of 2014. The college’s persistence, retention and graduation rates are well above national averages, and the job placement rate is in excess of 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit