Capacity building at Bangladesh Marine Academy

The project objective was improved supply and employability of Bangladeshi-trained seafarers for international shipping through improved maritime education, consistent with the international convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

STCW standards were overhauled in 2010 and BMA was in need of assistance to comply with the new standards.  BMA is expanding rapidly and has ambitious growth plans including growing its recent cohort of female cadets. The BMA curriculum and syllabus were systematically reviewed and updated through a series of interactions.  Teaching staff were mentored on the content and objectives of the standards and modern teaching methods were demonstrated.  Staff were also coached in modern English language teaching methods.  There remains a significant opportunity to support BMA in the further development of its teaching capability to ensure its competitiveness in the global labour market for seafarers.


AMSAT International collaborated with the Australian Maritime College to secure funding from DFAT in order to provide much needed assistance to the Bangladesh Marine Academy (BMA).   AMC provided academic expert staff.  AMSAT International provided overall project direction, day-to-day project and technical management, and English language teaching staff.  This project was conducted between 2011 and 2013.

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“The activity has enriched BMA in providing improved & quality maritime education thereby an enhanced level of confidence has been established among the Cadets & Instructors. …. These were important reforms for our institution and we must implement them to comply with the IMO STCW 2010 curriculum requirements and to develop a strong international reputation for our cadets.” – Prof Sajid Hussain, Commandant, BMA