Bangladesh Marine Academy

Bangladesh Marine Academy develops world-class Marine Cadets, Marine Officers and Marine Engineers for national & foreign flagged ships engaged in international voyages. It's education is recognized by IMO (UN), European Union (EMSA), UK Merchant Navy Training Board, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, Nautical Institute London & IMarEST London, Global Maritime Education and Training Australia and has ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certificate by DNV-GL. It has a Partnering Relation with World Maritime University (WMU), Malmö, Sweden since 2019 (had a Branch status of WMU since 1990 till 2018) and also has an affiliation for Bachelor of Maritime Science Degree course for the Pre-Sea Cadets with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangladesh since 2013.

Bangladesh Marine Academy known as Marine Academy,Chattogram
Other name
BMA
MottoDeveloping World-Class Maritime Leaders
TypeFull Govt. Institution
Established1962
CommandantMarine Engineer Dr. Sajjid Hussain
Location,
22°14′33″N 91°50′21″E / 22.242629°N 91.83912°E / 22.242629; 91.83912Coordinates: 22°14′33″N 91°50′21″E / 22.242629°N 91.83912°E / 22.242629; 91.83912
CampusRural 100 Acres
AffiliationsBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University (BSMRMU), Ministry of shipping
Websitehttp://macademy.gov.bd

HistoryEdit

 
Seafarers' Memorial located at the center of Bangladesh Marine Academy Campus

World scenario was changing fast after the WWII (1939–46). West Pakistan along with East Bengal (Bangladesh) became independent in 1947 from British rule. Thereafter, the then Pakistan Government looked into developing various industrial training facilities. As such a scheme for establishing a marine academy beside Bay of Bengal had been sanctioned in 1952. Juldia Point (valleys of Juldia-Rangadia) at the Karnaphuly river-mouth at Bay of Bengal was chosen for the planned academy. Interesting to note that the reason was to create a ‘ship-like environment’ due to geographical location the Juldia Point was considered as it was almost like a ship but not floating! Such suitable facility/location was unique in the country and was not available from Suez to South-East Asian countries except India. (Project Plan – Development of Marine Academy, Phase – II [1973-1980])

Building basic infrastructure commenced. The establishment budget was Taka 31.19 lakhs in 1952, then increased to Taka 53 lakhs in 1959 and finally to Taka 58.3 lakhs in 1961. The initial project was completed with the aim of training 22 Nautical Cadet Officers and 22 Marine Engineering Cadet Officers. The new-built ‘Mercantile Marine Academy’ went into functioning from 3 September 1962.

Afterwards, during our Great Liberation War 1971 the then Pakistan Government shifted the academy's function to Karachi leaving this academy abandoned. Immediately after liberation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman resumed it as Marine Academy with appointing Capt. (Merchant Marine) M L Rahman as the Commandant (first Bangalee Commandant). Bangabandhu also took a project titled "Development of Marine Academy (1973-1980)" and could raise the academy at the forefront of maritime professional excellence in South Asia.[1][2]

Now there are four more newly established Marine Academy in Barisal, Pabna, Sylhet and Rangpur in Bangladesh join with Marine Academy Chattogram. In 2020-2021 session there are total 11 Bangladeshi Marine Institutes future cadets to be seated together for admission like medical college admission test as per Department of Shipping (DoS) admission circular.[3]

CoursesEdit

BSc coursesEdit

  • BSc in Nautical Science

4 year Bachelor of Maritime Science

  1. Pre-Sea Nautical Science:24 months at Academy (1-4 semester)
  2. On Board Training: 12 months sea-service (5-6 semester)
  3. 1 year in academy (7-8 semester)
  • BSc in Marine Engineering

4 years Bachelor of Maritime Science

  1. Pre-Sea Marine Engineering:24 months at Academy (1-4 semester)
  2. On-Board Training:12 months sea service (5-6 semester)
  3. 1 year in academy under(7-8)semester

Preparatory coursesEdit

  • Preparatory Course for Deck Officer Class I (Orals)
  • Preparatory Course for Deck Officer Class II & I
  • Preparatory Course for Deck Officer Class III
  • Preparatory Course for Deck Officer Class IV (Orals)
  • Preparatory Course for Deck Officer Class IV & V

IMO model coursesEdit

  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  • Elementary First Aid (EFA)
  • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (FP&FF)
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft &Rescue Boats (PSC&RB)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)
  • Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Standard Swimming Test (SST)
  • Radar & ARPA
  • Training for Trainer

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CampusEdit

 
Campus map, Bangladesh Marine Academy

The campus area is 100 acres. The campus includes:

  • Two jetties at the both side of river Karnaphuly.
  • Parade ground, football grounds, basketball grounds, volleyball grounds.
  • Cadet Block and post-sea block, Commandant's house, Instructors houses
  • Separate dining hall for cadets and instructors.
  • Admin block, Instructional block, Eletro-navigational block, Workshop, auditorium
  • Marine Academy primary School, Marine academy School and College
  • Swimming pool, lake, recreation hill.
  • Bangladesh Maritime Museum, Seafarers' Memorial

Academic facilitiesEdit

 
ENS block, Bangladesh Marine Academy

SimulatorsEdit

Presently there are two types of simulators:

  • GMDSS
  • Radar abd Arpa Simulator With ECDIS
  • Bridge room simulator

LaboratoriesEdit

  • Electrical Lab
  • Mechanical Lab
  • Physics Lab
  • Computer Lab
  • Pneumatic Lab

WorkshopsEdit

There are two workshops with various machineries

Other facilitiesEdit

  • Fire fighting center
  • Auditorium
  • Training boats[5]
  • Swimming pool
  • Football ground
  • Basketball ground

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marine Academy Bangladesh". macademy.gov.bd. Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  2. ^ "Bangabandhu Maritime University to start this year: Nahid". Dhaka Tribune.
  3. ^ ১১ মেরিন একাডেমিতে ভর্তি বিজ্ঞপ্তি - ভর্তি. Dainik Shiksha (in Bengali).
  4. ^ "Marine Academy Bangladesh". macademy.gov.bd. Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  5. ^ "Marine Academy Bangladesh". macademy.gov.bd. Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-02-24.