MID-ATLANTIC MARITIME ACADEMY (MAMA); a 2021 Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE) designee by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration.


Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the designation of Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy (“MAMA”) as one of 27 Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). The CoE designation recognizes community colleges and training institutions that prepare students for careers in our nation’s maritime industry. These academic institutions are in 16 states and one U.S. territory.

“When the United States has as its foundation a strong Merchant Marine service, all components of the economy and national defense benefit greatly,” said Capt. Ed Nanartowich, MAMA’s president who received the award on behalf of the company. “MAMA brings great credit to Virginia as a significant contributor toward enhanced maritime training and enabling Virginians to work in a dynamic and growing industry aboard ship and boats locally and upon oceans”.

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pointed out that “Our collaboration with these institutions represents an important expansion of MARAD’s role in supporting maritime education and will help form pathways to good-paying American jobs in our nation’s maritime industry,”

MARAD will now embark on working with the Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy and the other designees to enter into cooperative agreements to help advance recruitment of students and faculty, enhance facilities, award student credit for military service, and potentially receive assistance in the form of surplus equipment or temporary use of MARAD vessels.

Authorized under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, the CoE program is designed to assist the maritime industry in gaining and sustaining a well-trained labor force while enhancing diversity and inclusion in the industry.

“The CoE designations recognize the high standard of maritime education and training provided by the designated community and technical colleges and maritime training centers. These institutions play vital roles in our nation’s maritime industry by providing

the training and skills students need to begin and advance careers afloat and ashore,” said Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley.

Information regarding the training opportunities for mariners and prospective mariners can be found on the Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy website www.mamatrains.com.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Ed Horton, the instructors and staff of Mid Atlantic Maritime for their professionalism, expertise and dedication in helping me achieve a mile stone in my career.
The path to third mate unlimited is a long and arduous journey full of ups and downs, yet I was guided in every way possible along the path to success by Ed Horton and his staff to successfully complete the seven tests required for third mate unlimited.
Mid Atlantic Maritime provides an academic but friendly environment to learn and the instructors will offer their personal time to answer questions on weekends and after hours.  The success of their students is paramount with everyone employed at Mid Atlantic!
This modern and up to date facility provided everything I needed to obtain the required assessments and certificates to submit a package to test for third mate and the test prep/self study with Ed Horton helped fine tune the classroom knowledge to successfully pass the USCG tests. I highly recommend this academy for those who want to advance their maritime career.

Once again I would like to thank the instructors and staff of Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy for their expertise, patience and especially for believing that I could achieve my goal.

Shannon Alves

2703 | Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) Electrician

Any applicant who successfully completes the QMED – Electrician (MIDATL-383) course will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.15-9 for QMED – Electrician, provided the course completion certificate is presented within one year of training; AND receive credit for the OICEW assessments OICEW-3-1A, OICEW-3-1B, OICEW-3-1C and OICEW-3-1D.

Major topic areas are as follows:

  • Engineering Safety & Environmental Protection
  • Electrical Safety and Lock-Out and Tag-Out Procedures
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Circuits and Their Analysis
  • Alternating Current Fundamentals
  • Alternators and Transformers
  • AC Motors
  • Batteries and Battery Charging systems
  • Rotating DC Machinery/Generators and Motors
  • Electromechanical Control of Motors
  • Solid State Control of Motors
  • Shipboard Electrical Distribution and Lighting Systems
  • Conductors, Cabling, and Wiring Techniques
  • Electrical Meters and Electrical System Troubleshooting
  • Electrical System Maintenance
  • Cathodic Protection Systems
  • Regulations for Shipboard Electrical Equipment