Sail internationally and domestically as a navigation officer on a commercial vessel of any size with the marine transportation operations degree at Maine Maritime Academy. Work in a collaborative environment through class activities, labs, and field experience that’s focused on preparing you to take on leadership roles in marine transportation.
You’ll learn from faculty who are licensed professional mariners with extensive experience in marine transportation. They share your passion for work on the water, whether on the high seas or coastal waterways. Maine Maritime faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for presenting trailblazing research at maritime conferences and seminars all over the world.
Maine Maritime Academy, ideally located on Castine Harbor, is situated on a 35-acre campus that overlooks Penobscot Bay in historic Castine, Maine. Our oceanside location gives you easy access to at-sea training and recreational activities on the water. Outdoor adventures also await you at nearby Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, and the Appalachian Trail, along with New England’s best skiing at Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts.
After completing the necessary courses and exams, you’ll receive the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Able Seaman Unlimited license after your freshman year. In order to earn your bachelor’s in marine transportation operations, you must pass the USCG exam for the Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage license. The third mate, or third officer, is a licensed member of a merchant ship’s deck department. As the officer on watch and ship’s safety officer, the duties of a third mate vary depending on the ship type, its crewing, and other factors.
Maine Maritime is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a nonprofit, non-governmental membership organization. NECHE accreditation is the regionally recognized standard and is the mark of a strong academic program.
Marine transportation involves the transportation of people or goods via waterways.
Maine Maritime graduates are highly sought-after due to our reputation for producing well-trained, credentialed graduates who arrive at the workplace with experience. Through Maine Maritime’s unparalleled hands-on learning environment, you’ll hone your knowledge and gain the practical skills you need to not just land your first job, but launch a maritime career.
By majoring in marine transportation at Maine Maritime, you’ll be required to complete 360 sea days. In addition to sea time earned in class through associated labs, you’ll achieve your sea time requirement through three at-sea experiences: two training voyages aboard our 500-foot training ship, State of Maine, and one cadet shipping assignment aboard a commercial merchant ship, such as a tanker, container ship, bulk carrier, or passenger ship.
Round out your at-sea requirement through specialized laboratories and state-of-the-art shiphandling and navigation simulators. Learn by taking the helm and sailing aboard MMA’s 60-strong fleet of vessels, including an ocean-rated tug and barge, schooner, research vessel, and sailing fleet. You’ll have access to a full-service boatyard with marine travel lift and boat shop.
As a marine transportation operations major, the U.S. Coast Guard requires your participation in Maine Maritime’s distinctive Regiment of Midshipmen, a uniformed student body. Through the Regiment you’ll gain extraordinary leadership and teamwork capabilities as well as other skills you’ll need in professional maritime careers. You’ll develop self-confidence and self-discipline and form lifelong friendships. If you are a vessel operations and technology major at Maine Maritime, you are not required to participate in the Regiment.
Graduates of Maine Maritime’s marine transportation operations program are in high demand. Our graduates often start their marine transportation careers as third mates on large ships, or simply mates on the limited tonnage workboat fleet. You could work aboard commercial merchant ships, tug and barges, offshore supply vessels, dynamic positioning vessels, tall ships, and more.
Maine Maritime boasts a 90% professional job placement rate within 90 days for marine transportation operations graduates.
The average base pay for third officers in the United States is $66,000, according to Glassdoor.
Your core courses in marine transportation will include introduction to nautical science, ocean survival, firefighting, terrestrial navigation, ship handling, and marine communications. You’ll build your knowledge and refine your skills through electives, such as weather routing, advanced tanker operations, yacht management, and traditional, modern, and auxiliary sail vessel technologies. You’ll also gain strong communication and writing skills through courses in the arts and sciences.
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