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Pakistan Marine Academy (PMA) is the only institution in public sector in Pakistan for training of seafarers.  PMA has meritorious standing among the galaxy of the world's elite institutions for training of Merchant Navy Officers.

Our aim is to make academic career more flexible by articulating the curricula in unison with practical needs of the day, with emphasis on building core competencies among the students along with fostering leadership 
qualities. The Academy provides an environment geared up for professional learning and teaching in a 
congenial academic atmosphere supported by quality teaching, high quality practical training with state-of-the- art infrastructure.

Merchant Navy serves as the backbone of a country's economy. Merchant Mariners play a pivotal role towards national development. PMA prepares its graduates for the impending challenges of unprecedented nature by 
equipping them with the knowledge of cutting-edge technologies. Curricula is carefully designed and developed 
to ensure acquisition of high quality education in respective disciplines. Our focus remains on providing with 
insightful knowledge and professional skills to boost their competency for the job market.

Your future completely relies on the choice you exercise today. PMA is certainly a place where our faculty and all our resources are focused on producing high-caliber seafarers.

I wish you a very pleasant and worthwhile stay at Academy.

Rahat Ahmed SI (M)



Vision & Mission : To bring cadets hailing from various parts of the country to a common level of Academic competence. To provide a sound academic foundation which will help them absorb and assimilate professional instruction with facility and teaching the fundamentals of Nautical and Marine Engineering that is essential for a successful career at sea. To enhance their educational standard with a reasonably broad base to enable them to pursue higher studies in academic as well as professional subjects on their own. To provide general education that will broaden their mental horizon. To meet the training requirements of IMO in accordance with the STCW Conventions for Merchant Navy Officers. To develop the qualities of leadership, management, sense of responsibility, honor, character, pride of profession, loyalty and devotion to perform duty in service of the country. Name : Pakistan Marine Academy [prev. names: Mercantile Marine Academy(1962-1971). Type : Full Government Institution. Administrative Organization : Ministry of Ports & Shipping. Monitoring (Academic) Organization : Ports & Shipping Wing, Karachi. Degree Awarding University : NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi. Main Courses : i) Pre-Sea Cadet Training (Associate Degree Programme in Ship Management/Marine Engineering). ii) General Purpose Crew(GP-III) Training. Ancillary Courses : Post-Sea courses (IMO Model Courses). Form of Pre-Sea Course : Residential and Regimental. Working Language for Education : English. Yearly recruit of Cadets (Pre-Sea) :170 Cadets + 100 GP-III’s. Number of Trained Pre-Sea Cadets : 2,500(appox). Number of Trained Post-Sea Officers : 30,000 (Marine Officers & Marine Engineers). Campus Area : 136 Acres. Location : Located at sea-shore of Arabian Sea, at Hawksbay Road, Mauripur, Karachi. Website : Contact : Phone: +92-021-99241201-5, Fax +92-021-99241206 e-mail:

Pakistan Marine Academy was established in Chittagong, Bangladesh in 1962. It was located on the east bank of the river Karnaphuly, facing the Bay of Bengal. It was the first institution of its kind ever established in Pakistan to train merchant marine officers. Officers and staff from Pakistan Navy and known merchant mariners, trained from the private workshops took hold of the administration of this institution. Originally, the Academy provided pre-sea training for the cadets of Nautical and Engineering Branches. First batch of 41 cadets successfully passed out from the academy in 1964.

Adm. Ahsan and Com. R.V. Khan at the 6th Passing out Parade in Chittagong 1969.

Academy continued to produce fine officers year after year until 1971 when East Pakistan took independence in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. The academy was then shifted to Karachi temporarily in the two blocks of Haji Camp and the Campus in Juldiah was renamed as Bangladesh Marine Academy. Pakistan Marine Academy suffered a lot due to lack of administration and facilities until 1976 when new campus at its current location was built.

Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan inspecting the passing out parade at Haji Camp in 1975.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto inaugurated the institution in a stone laying ceremony. This campus occupied an area of 136 acres and was loaded with all the desired facilities at that time. Commodore S.M. Anwar was the first commandant of this renewed institution. He filled the academy with all the lacking facilities which included 8-bed Medical Centre and engineering and nautical model rooms. In 1979 Seamen training centre was also shifted inside the Academy from Haji Camp which worked under Ministry of Communications.

In 1986 Pakistan Marine Academy was affiliated with Karachi University for award of B.Sc.(Pass) in Maritime Studies to its Marine Engineering and Nautical(Deck). In 1997 Seamen Training Centre was merged with PMA and renamed as Seamen Training Wing.

In 2002 the examination system at PMA was changed from percentage system to GPA system as per the international standards. Today Pakistan Marine Academy houses 300 undergraduates and produces 150 graduates each year. The Seamen Training Wing houses 70 General Purpose trainees and produces 140 General Purpose Crew each year. PMA also conducts the post sea IMO Model/Short Courses for seafarers.

Now in 2012 affiliation of PMA with NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi has been approved for Award of Associate Degree in Ship Management/Marine Engineering to its Nautical and Marine Engineering Cadets on successful completion of two years pre-sea training.

Objective And Vision


1. 1971- Re-located in Karachi after the independence of Bangladesh.
    1976- Shifted to its present campus at Hawks Bay Road, Mauripur.
2. 1986-Affiliated to University of Karachi for award of B.Sc.(Pass) degree in Maritime     
    Studies to its   graduates on  completion of two years training.
3. 1988- The following Simulators were installed in the Academy with cooperation of JICA
    Ship Maneuvering Simulator, Engine Plant Simulator, Radar/ARPA Simulator, 
4. 1997- Seamen Training Center was renamed as Seamen Training Wing and became a subordinate body of Pakistan   
    Marine Academy. 
5. 2001- Declared as branch of World Maritime University(WMU), Malmo, Sweden, for conduct of IMO Modular Courses.
6. 2002- Global Maritime Distress Safety System(GMDSS) Simulator was installed.
7. 2002 -The examination system was changed from percentage system to GPA system as per the standards.
8. 2012- NED University of Engineering and Technology affiliated Pakistan Marine Academy. As per the revised 
    regulations of Higher Education Commission Pakistan, the two years B.Sc degree program was replaced by two years  
    Associate Degree program (Equivalent to B.Sc.(Pass)/Higher National Diploma(HND)). Hence forth NED University of 
    Engineering and Technology awards this associate degree in Ship Management or Marine Engineering to the  
    Academy's Nautical and Engineering cadets, respectively on successful completion of their two years training.