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The new 25,000-square-foot expansion of Maritime Professional Training's main Fort Lauderdale facility is now open for business.The roughly $6 million state-of-the-art project effectively doubled the size of the facility, now called the S.M.A.R.T. (Simulation for Maritime Assessment, Research and Training)...

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(CNN) — Earlier this week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that, as of Tuesday, January 26, all air passengers ages two and older must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test to enter the United States.The new rule includes US citizens and legal permanent residents.Following...

Veterans Day MessageToday is a day this country gives our heartfelt thanks to the men and women that have served to defend our freedom and uphold democracy at home and across the globe. No matter the conflict, whatever branch of service, and whatever rank they achieved… they all signed theirname,...

In response to the overwhelming burden placed on the US mariner by COVID-19 and the myriad of travel and other restrictions currently in place, the USCG has implementing TEMPORARY guidelines, relaxing some of the requirements for revalidation training for mariners with Merchant Mariner Credentials expiring...

Training and Satisfying Regulations in a Covid-19 World This year we were all dealt the most disruptive blow many of us have ever experienced. The effect on the yachting and shipping industry has long lasting ramifications as owners and crews look for solutions to curb the spread and make the vessels...

MIAMI — Effective at 12 p.m., Thursday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition X-ray for the Port of Miami due to the expectation of sustained tropical force winds of 39-73 mph generated from Tropical Storm Isaias that may arrive within 48 hours. These ports and facilities...

Update Note: Expiration dates of mariner credentials and approvals have been updated to reflect an extension to December 31, 2020.Extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements and Medical CertificatesThe Coast Guard has published MSIB 08-20 (Change 2) to update guidance concerning mariner credentials,...

Happy National Maritime Day! MPT would like to wish everyone a Happy National Maritime Day and express our thanks to all of the professional mariners that work incredibly long hours in often grueling conditions to support global logistics and move vital supplies around America and the world. Your efforts,...

COVID 19 – Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) OperationsThe uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and National economic well-being. During this National emergency for COVID-19 it is paramount that...

The Coast Guard has published MSIB 08-20 to provide guidance concerning mariner credentials and medical certificates and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19).

MPT continues to closely monitor the situation; there remains a tremendous amount of concern with the COVID-19 virus spreading, therefore stay at home orders around the country are being extended. MPT will be extending its temporary closure through April 17th, 2020 and may make additional changes. We...

MPT has been working with local and federal health officials to maintain critical operations for as long as it has been safe to do so. Reducing class size, employing hospital grade disinfectants and electrostatic fogging technology, and enhanced personal hygiene protocols to help keep our staff andclients...

Maritime Professional Training is closely monitoring the developing global situation with the Coronavirus and remains in close contact with local and federal health officials. While no cases of the virus have been reported locally, we have implemented enhanced sanitizing protocols for all public areas...

Abaco UpdateSeptember 1, 2019 saw one the most intense tropical cyclones in history make landfall in the Bahamas causing the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. Maximum sustained winds were 185 mph and gusts were well over 200 mph, the storm stalled over the Bahamas and the islands...

The wind was blowing a stiff 20+ kts and the rig groaned under tension as the sails propelled us, no engine and no exhaust- just the wind and our determination drove us forward, a test of our seamanship and skill as we worked to master the forces of nature… Sailing is regarded by some as the...

Hurricane Dorian Update, Tuesday, September 3rd.MPT will be OPEN tomorrow at 7:30 am. All Tropical Storm warnings and watches have been lifted for Broward County and the Fort Lauderdale Airport began to reopen at noon. We completely understand that many of our students live and work in areas that are...

Hurricane Dorian Update.... MPT will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3rd. Fort Lauderdale International Airport also remains closed as of today. Tropical Storm winds are still possible for South Florida into the day tomorrow. Our info@MPTusa.com remains active for now to answer any questionsyou...

MPT continues to closely monitor Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane preparations have already begun to secure our Fort Lauderdale campus, water side and fire fighting facilities.We currently are expecting some impact from the storm on Monday, Labor Day, September 2nd. The campus will be closed Saturday, August...

MPT is proud to be a founding member of this exciting new project. Reprint from the Triton as published onJuly 23, 2019:With an eye to inspiring future generations, members of the marine industry businesses in South Florida have built “Sea the World,” a storefront that will be visited by...

STCW for Beginners With the steady increase in large yachts, and more crew required to man them, I wanted to discuss the STCW basics because we are seeing a significant increase in questions again. Guidance from the MCA is provided in MSN 1865 (M) and will go into detail on all the regulatory requirements...

Just announced:The MCA will be conducting Engineering Oral Exams at the Maritime Professional Training (MPT) campus during the week of April 8 -12, 2019. Advance preparation courses are available the week of April 1-5th. Space is extremely limited and advance registration is required. Please call our...

We’ve had a fair amountof focus lately on the larger yachts in our industry and the specific needs of the crew aboard. A segment we haven’t addressed in detail, and one that we have been fielding a lot of reader inquiries about, is the smaller yachts that are less than 500 GT with smaller...

Hurricane Irma Update, Monday, September 11 - 9:30am :MPT classes for today are postponed. We are currently assessing damage and contacting our staff and attempting to restore functionality to the campuses. We know that there is no major damage and power has been partially restored. The Fort Lauderdale...

Hurricane Irma update - Monday evening - September 11th.We are in the process of reopening classrooms and finalizing our damage assessments. Classes will begin tomorrow for: QMED, DDE, Captain's License (100T), OUPV, Deck Officer Upgrade /Terrestrial Coastal Navigation, GMDSS, Medical First Aid, Medical...

Hurricane Irma update - Sunday, September 10th.Thank you to everyone who has called, emailed and sent texts. So far, we are all weathering this storm as safely as possible. There is currently a curfew in Broward County that will not expire until Monday morning at 10am. We will assess damage at thattime...

A hurricane watch has been issued for Broward County, with mandatory evacuations for residents east of US1.MPT continues to monitor the progress of category 5 Hurricane Irma. We will cease all operations and classes this afternoon and be closed until at least Monday.We will continue to post updateswith...

Hurricane Irma:MPT continues to work closely with local authorities to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma. As of this time (Wednesday morning, September 6th), classes are in session and the campus is open.As per our inclement weather policy, we will close for students once a Tropical Storm or Hurricane...

In June 2010, a Conference of Parties was held by the International Maritime Organization in Manila, Philippines. The result is what we now call the Manila Amendments to STCW. With these amendments, which went into force in 2012, came the requirement that STCW assessment of competencies must be signed...

Ever wonder what all those roman numerals, slashes and numbers mean on your MMC/CoC?Many captains, crew management companies in the maritime industry have heard of STCW. They understand that STCW is an acronym that stands for both the international maritime organization (IMO) convention on Standards...

MPT goes to the TWSBA ConferenceTed Davis, one of Maritime Professional Training’s (MPT) Curriculum Developers attended the Teaching With Small Boats Alliance (TWSBA) conference in St. Michaels, MD at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum this last weekend. MPT believes “In order to improve...

MCA Engineering Oral Exam dates have been announced for Fort Lauderdale. The MCA examiners will be at Maritime Professional Training (MPT) on the week of April 3-7th. Both yachting and commercial engineering examinations will be conducted. Availability is extremely limited as the MCA only conducts examinations...

Ft Lauderdale based Maritime Professional Training (MPT) is pleased to announce the latest addition to their course offerings with the NI approval of their Sea Time Reduction Course. MPT joins a small cadre of schools world-wide that are approved to provide this prestigious high level of training, and...

MPT COO Ted Morley recently traveled to Havana, Cuba to fish the Inaugural Gamefish Grande Billfish Tournament aboard the 64’ Viking “Barefoot”. The team won the tournament and had a great time not only fishing, but exploring and meeting people. Ted fishes extensively in the Bahamas...

Ask Amy: Training vs Education Part TwoMentoring On-the-Job Training"What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand." - ConfuciusAs a follow up to last month’s article on training versus education, I wanted to continue on with more information regarding the need for a...

Jeff McCurdy, through AB Inflatables USA, recently created the “Project Freedom” model of their popular Oceanus VST 13 tender, all proceeds from the sale of the boat go to support the Special Operations Warriors Foundation. Since 1980, the SOWF has helped ensure the children of Army, Navy,...

"What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand." - ConfuciusIn modern yachting, we have been witness over the last 15 years to a unique period in time where many changes are occurring in all departments onboard superyachts with respect to training, education, and safety management.The...

As reprinted from the Sun Sentinel:Knowing how to deploy lifeboats quickly and safely from a ship or yacht can mean the difference between life and death.A Fort Lauderdale school has opened a new facility to train and certify crews to do that, investing about $500,000 in the effort.Maritime Professional...

Elmer Morley, MPT's founder, long time chief engineering instructor, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and loving husband lost his heroic battle with pancreatic cancer in the early morning hours on August 17, 2015. He departed this earth for heaven with the same dignity and grace that he lived...

Flag State JurisdictionI have received many inquiries regarding Flag State Jurisdiction. This seems to be a topic of interest for merchant mariners as well as yachting professionals. The question has been “where is the legal reference for why a flag state has jurisdiction over the vessel regardless...

Congratulations to MPT instructor, Wil Williamson, for his outstanding achievement in earning the Broward County Sheriff's Lifesaving Award. He earned this prestigious award by helping to rescue a family of 10, including several children, when their boat capsized off Hillsboro Inlet. Way to go Wil!!!...

This may sound like a no brainer but on the contrary it can be critical in this regulatory based environment to choose and prepare for the correct first credential. This is true whether you are working towards an MCA or USCG qualification and it is true whether you plan to work on yachts or commercial...

PLAN AHEAD: Things to consider over the next year when scheduling or budgeting for trainingPlan ahead to complete your USCG STCW Gap Closing Courses Who? All STCW Compliant USCG Deck Engineering Officers MUST complete their STCW 2010 Amended Training (called Gap Closing) and submit to the USCG and...

MCA OOW Officer of the Watch 31 March 2015: ECDIS Deadline Several articles have been published since the Manila 2010 Amendments to STCW in relation to the requirement for ECDIS training for all deck officers (II/1, II/2, II/3) on vessels equipped with Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems.Currently...

MARITIME PROFESSIONAL TRAINING (MPT) TO HOST INAUGURAL “I HEART MPTRED PASSION FUNDRAISER” ON FEBRUARY 3RD AT BIMINI BOATYARD IN FORT LAUDERDALEMembers of the South Florida Marine Industry Invited to Join MPT for an Evening of Food, Fun and Fundraising, With Event Proceeds Benefiting the...

MARITIME PROFESSIONAL TRAINING (MPT) ANNOUNCES THE OFFERING OFMASTER UNLIMITED SUPERYACHT ASSESSMENT AT FORT LAUDERDALE CAMPUSFirst-of-its-kind, five-day assessment provides time and cost-effective means for duly qualified yacht captains to receive Master of Yachts Unlimited Tonnage certification through...

Maritime Professional Training Announces GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR 25,000-Square-Foot FACILITY Expansion AT Fort Lauderdale CampusGulf Building Corp. to oversee construction of $5 million expansion project that will effectively double the school’s size and attract more students from all over theworld...

Ask Amy: You have heard of spring training….but when it comes to the yachting industry in Fort Lauderdale, it is all about FALL TRAINING to be ready for the Boat Show and all the new opportunities!The leaves on our trees may not change in Autumn in Fort Lauderdale, but our resumes certainly can!Take...

Fort Lauderdale, September 10, 2014 -- Maritime Professional Training (MPT), the largest private maritime training school in the U.S., has announced the Fall dates for Oral Exams for candidates taking various level MCA examinations. Additionally, MPT is offering Prep Courses to help prepare candidates...

Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel6:47 p.m. EDT, July 31, 2014 Maritime Professional Training is expanding its Fort Lauderdale campus to train more people in the commercial maritime and yachting industries.A general contractor for the 25,000-square-foot expansion at 1915 S. Andrews Ave. is expected to be...

Ask Amy: USCG Gap Closing Courses to meet STCW 2010?The USCG GAP Closing requirements are required for all STCW Compliant Mariners sailing after the 1st January 2017. These requirements must be met before this date to remain STCW Compliant and sail internaionally on vessels subject to STCW, under the...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 17, 2014 -- Amy Beavers, Vice President of Regulatory Compliance at Maritime Professional Training has been appointed by Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio to the position of Vice Chair of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), a committee that advises theSecretary...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Maritime Professional Training has appointed Al Stiles as the school’s Vice President of Curriculum Development in a newly expanded role focused on broadening MPT’s course offerings in both on-campus and e-learning online settings.Maritime...

The wait is "finally" over. The United States Coast Guard has published it's final ruling titled, "Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW) as Amended, and Changes to National Endorsements. You...

Due to recent communication we have received from seafarers, we (MCA) would like to clarify the following.Seafarers completing a Chief Mate (Y) <3000gt Unlimited with Officer of the Watch (Y) <3000gt Unlimited must complete both HELM Management and HELM Operational. For those who completed and...

MPT in Association with INTERFORCE Inc., concluded a very successful ISPS course given to the Aruban Port Authority in Aruba which was given 16 through 19 July 2012. The course was well received by all officials and participants/attendees. This highly informative and professional development course...

Ask Amy:Maritime Labour Convention 2006:The Seafarer’s Perspective To Review: When?The MLC will come into force on 20 August 2013. Basically NOW! To Review: What Why?The International Labour Organization (ILO's) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 provides comprehensive rights and protection...

New Crew Training: There has been a lot of discussion in the industry lately regarding the training of crew and specifically how to improve the training and preparedness of new crew who are joining the yachting industry and have no sea service experience when they arrive at the crew placement agencies...

In our coverage of last month’s American Superyacht Forum, held in Las Vegas from 14 – 16 May, one particular comment sparked heated debate from fellow industry professionals. In our coverage of session of the first day’s fifth session, we declared: Redmayne commented that somecrew...

The MPT Training Wheels team had a great afternoon on Friday April 19th at the Marine Industry Cares Foundation 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon, which was held to help raise funds to support Kids In Distress and the Children Diagnostic Treatment Center. We’re proud of the efforts of the whole team and...

Global Vessel Security Training Deadline approaching!The global deadline for all seafarers to have met the level of training appropriate to their duties onboard for security training is 1 January 2014.It has always been known that for a vessel to truly have security, everyone in the crew must be vigilant....

The winner of the Ipad Mini drawing, which is part of the celebrations for the MPT 30th Anniversary, is Holly Schellenberger. To collect the prize Holly simply needs to give MPT a call at 954-525-1014.“The response to our Facebook Like Campaign was fantastic,” said Lisa Morley, VP of Marketing.“We...

MPT is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary and we’re giving our many Facebook friends a chance to win an iPad Mini for simply “Liking” our page www.facebook.com/mptusa. If you have not “Liked” us yet there is still a chance. The MPT Facebook page is a great place...

Fort Lauderdale, March 08, 2013 -- Maritime Professional Training today announced that Amy Beavers has received a federal appointment from Secretary Napolitano to serve on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security...

Throughout the year boat shows play essential roles in the life of Yacht Crew. In making sure the boat is in tip- top shape and ready for the grand event there are countless big, small, important and sometimes seemingly unimportant, but still critical tasks that are key in preparation and display of...

Maritime Professional Training hosted the 3rd Annual Pink Passion Day at the campus on Tuesday October 16th to help raise awareness and monies for the fight against Breast Cancer. Pink Passion Day encourages faculty, current and past students, and supporters of the school and to wear pink on the day...

MPT will throw its doors open and welcome the yachting industry again next Wednesday at their annual Triton Networking Event. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. at 1915 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Check out the event details and read Triton's Profile of MPT at http://tritonpubs.com/edirectory/article/get-some-class-network-with-maritime-professional-training.html.We...

The ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention has now been ratified by 30 countries, meaning it will go into effect in a year’s time. The charter sets out the labour rights of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers. GENEVA (ILO News) – The ILO has received the 30th ratification of the Maritime...

Faststream Recruitment Group has released its 2012 Maritime Salary Review. An international specialist in maritime employment recruiting and placement with offices in Southampton in the U.K., Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the U.S., West Perth in Australia and Singapore, the company surveyed over 4,000...

With summer officially here, many people are enjoying family vacations, slowing down a bit from a hectic first half of the year, or taking a moment to think about the rest of 2012 and their personal/professional goals. In MPT’s many years of experience as a maritime training school, we have noticed...

Q: Amy, our new build is slated to have a virtual anchoring system. I am not sure how our crew will get trained in how to use this system and also is there any requirement for a certification for this? I know in the commercial world they call it Dynamic Positioning and that there are several levelsof...

A group of Maritime Professional Training employees led by Lisa Morley, VP of Sales, joined other local businesses, organizations and volunteers to help Lifetime TV’s Designing Spaces remodel a recreation room at the Kids In Distress campus in Fort Lauderdale for an upcoming edition of the popular...

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Training Wheels, the Maritime Professional Training Spin-Bike Team were once again proud participants in the Marine Industry Cares Foundation’s Annual Spin-A-Thon held on April 20th in downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL. The event to help raise money and awareness for Children’s...

Maritime Professional Training Receives Accreditation from The Nautical Institute As a Dynamic Positioning Training Provider; Successful Inaugural Class Started April 9thMaritime Professional Training announces its Nautical Institute accredidation as a Dynamic Positioning Training Provider and thesuccessful...

MPT students, staff and friends wore their wildest and wackiest pink on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 in an effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

OICNW Training ProgramsThird Mate Unlimited or Mate 500/1600/3000 tons The USCG recently announced some new options for OICNW Candidates. For the last ten years, the USCG has required a series of courses that make up our 26 week OICNW Program. These courses fulfill training and assessment criteria and...

Maritime Professional Training is proud to have once again participated in the Marine Industry Cares Foundation Spinathon, benefitting Kids In Distress. Our team, TRAININGWheels, continues to rank among the industry leaders in donations and commitment to this cause.A special thanks to all of our bike...

Q. I noticed that you are telling people about the “NPRM” and STCW 2010 regulatory changes. I know you have been talking about this for a couple of years. When What are really going to happen?How concerned should I be? I currently hold a 200 ton USCG license and I have heard a lot of things...

Maritime Professional Training (MPT), a DNV Approved Maritime Training Center and an ISO 9001:2008 Company, has committed another $1.5m to further enhance its “Project 2010 Beyond”. This project was envisioned as a means to update a wide range of their courses and enhance the learning...

MPT instructor and VP of Quality, Tom Cartier is quoted in a recent Sun Sentinel articel regarding the shift in Magnetic North.Read the full article below or click on the link to see it in the Sun Sentinel.http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/fl-magnetic-north-shift-20110218,0,2819271.storyPilots,...

For more details regarding this new foundation and the upcoming Marine Industry Spinathon 2011 to benefit KID (Kids in Distress) click here:http://www.thecrewreport.com/superyacht_crew_news.asp?id=17249

To read more in the recent Triton article, click here:http://thetriton.com/article/2011/02/ecdis-rolls-bridge-navigation-one-screen

Q. Amy,I have heard about the requirement for a Shipboard Safety Officer and I am not sure who needs to have this or what you have to do to be considered a safety officer. Can you help me? AndrewA. Andrew,Yes, I can help. Commercial yachts and ships over 500gt are required to be certified under theInternational...

MCA Deck Oral Exams In FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDAAll Levels Officer of the Watch Yacht 3000 tonsMaster of Yachts 500-3000 tonsMaster of Code Vessels 200 tonsApril 4-7th daily examsSpace is limitedReservations needed immediately!Oral Prep Course$1495. Per person March 28-April 1stReserve space now!Note:...

Please join us as we support Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital, Jack and Jill and Kids in Distress during the holiday season. Bring a toy and get a chance to win a $250.00 credit towards future classes at MPT! Drawing held on December 21st!! One chance per toy donated.Your generous donation...

Fort Lauderdale To Host MCA Oral Examinations Once Again.MCA Oral examinations will now take place in Fort Lauderdale twice a year (in April and November), allowing students to complete their MCA deck courses and undertake the examinations without the need to travel to the UK or Europe. Following British...

Congratulations Mr. Keith Turner!Amy Morley -Beavers, MPT's academic principal, presents MPT student Keith Turner with an Apple I-Pad in MPT's new student portal registration give away contest.Keith tells us that he was just out shopping for an I-Pad and promises to give us all a review soon.Stay tuned...

Q. Amy, I currently hold my OOW 3000 ton and I am looking to upgrade. I am an American and I am thinking about getting dually certificated and obtaining my USCG license too. My significant other is a engineer who is also looking to improve his resume and get his Y4 or higher ticket. Between the twoof...

MPT conducts sea trials of our newest Fast Rescue Boat.Maritime Professional Training in Ft. Lauderdale Fl (www.MPTusa.com) recently announced the addition of a new RHIB to its USCG Approved STCW compliant Fast Rescue Boat training course. The new RHIB, a 6.4m diesel-powered with Hamilton water jet...

Have you completed all of your Student Information? Simply by completing your contact information and building your student profile, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a APPLE I-Pad. All information must be completed. We will announce the winner on November 8th. There is ABSOLUTELY...

Q. OK, so I have heard of a Y4 and a Y2 and a DDE, and QMED and Chief and all of the other names for engineering licenses from the various countries around the world, but now I get my Safe Manning Certificate and it simply says that my boat needs an A-III/2 Engineer and an A-III/1 Engineer. How do I...

Since the release of the Merchant Mariner Credential final rule, which consolidated the three previously issued licenses, Merchant Mariner Documents and STCW certificates into a single passport-style Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), mariners have been asking the Coast Guard to provide a certificate...

MPT announces the launch of our newest Fast Rescue Boat.Coming soon……Maritime Professional Training in Ft. Lauderdale Fl (www.MPTusa.com) recently announced the addition of a new RHIB to its USCG Approved STCW compliant Fast Rescue Boat training course. The new RHIB, a 6.4m diesel-powered...

Q. Can you please explain the difference between the upcoming changes that are called NPRM and the changes you recently described as STCW 2010? I don’t understand the impact that each will have or the deadline for doing the new training, etc.A. This is a very timely and excellent question. Sometimes...

MPT proudly supports Kids in DistressThank you to all the students and local maritime community members who supported the “crew” at MPT as we cycled our way through this year’s Marine Industry Spin –a- Thon, held at the Zoo Health Club on Fort Lauderdale beach on July 16th. Our...

Many people have asked me how some of these crewmembers in their 20s and 30s have gotten all the way up to captain or chief engineer already, and more importantly how can they do it too. The short story is start your training and sea time documentation early and keep up with every upgrade you can as...

A group of Maritime Professional Training employees led by Lisa Morley, VP of Sales, joined other local businesses, organizations and volunteers to help Lifetime TV’s Designing Spaces remodel a recreation room at the Kids In Distress campus in Fort Lauderdale for an upcoming edition of the popular...