For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Commercial Shipping Program
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Commercial Shipping Program is designed to satisfy regulatory requirements for USCG licensing while reinforcing qualities important to successfully becoming a maritime seagoing professional. Commercial shipping assignments build confidence, motivation, time management and communications skills, and team interaction, while enhancing professional technical skills.
Assignments are typically for 60 days. The minimum sea service required to qualify for original license as Third Mate of Ocean, Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons or Third Assistant Engineer of Steam and Motor Vessels, Gas Turbine, of Any Horsepower is for a period of 360 days.
Commercial shipping assignments are normally during the winter semester - with some exceptions being granted for the summer based on billet availability and student eligibility.
In order to commercial ship, a cadet must have the following documents on file with Mariner Credentialing:
1. TWIC (copies of the card)
2. Cadet MMC
3. Valid Medical Certificate
4. USCG 719K Physical within the previous calendar year
5. Basic Training Certificate
6. Vessel Security for Persons with Designated Security Duties Certificate
For further information, please contact:
CAPT John Dooley
Assistant Director of Professional Seagoing Services