Marine Officers’ Training Academy was established in Pondicherry in 1998 with the idea of providing professional guidance and assistance to youth interested in taking up Merchant Navy as career.  The Academy started with mere 21 ratings as first batch, grew rapidly and 120 ratings at present, have passed out  22 batches successfully.

Marine Officer’s Training Academy has shifted to a new and better location, offering some of the best facilities in the country today. This location is even better with improved accomadation, class rooms, dining hall and sports grounds. All its courses have been approved by D.G. Shipping, Ministry of Shipping (GOI).

The Academy trains ratings by applying a combination of practical demonstration and classroom teaching using state-of-the=-art visual training aids. Marine Officer’s Training Academy strives hard to ensure an all round personality development of our trainees through regular exposure to various ports extra curricular activities. We strongly believe that out trainees should pass out from our institution not only as good seafarers but also as complete individuals who should excel in every filed of life. We have designed our training programme in such a manner that apart from classroom teaching, the trainees also have ample time for leisure and amusement. We ensure that the alumni of MOTA are qualifies to compete with the best in the Maritime profession across the world.

The Academy from the start has maintained the highest degree of professionalism and enthusiasm with regards to the ratings. The ratings trained by us have given an excellent account of themselves on various foreign flag ships under the prestigious foreign shipping Eg United Kingdom, Japan, Greece, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus and Bulgaria etc.

A highly qualified and dedicated group of Master Mariners, Chief Engineers regularly takes classes at the academy to give the ratings up to date information about the latest developments in the modern maritime industry.

Er.B.K.Mahalik, Principal who has been with the Institute permanently and has been the backbone  of the academy. Along with Managing Director Mr. M Govindan, the duo’s tireless dedication has brought about changes and now MOTA is in the lime light.

If you have the will and means, we at Marine Officer’s Training Academy will shape your career.


       Marine Officers’ Training Academy is an ISO 9001:2008 institution certified by G CERT. This certification symbolizes our commitment towards imparting high quality and comprehensive Maritime education to our trainees. The course syllabi and methods of imparting training at the academy strictly complies with the training guidelines laid down by D.G. Shipping, MOS (GOI) which is the governing and supervisory body for all maritime training activity in India. Keeping in view the importance of maritime safety and emphasis on maintaining cleaner seas, the course has been devised as per the standard of training, certification and watch keeping (STCW) code 2010  as laid down by the IMO and as amended time to time.


Our institute has been graded by SMERA, as GRADE 3 – GOOD for its infrastructure and teaching facilities.


          Institute is located at Thuthipet, Puducherry Bye pass road and is at a very short driving distance from the city of Pondicherry. Institute is well connected by means of road, rail and air transport. The city of Cuddalore is also, at very short distance from the Institute location. The institute is close to port of Pondicherry and Cuddalore. There is a dry-dock coming up in Cuddalore port area. Both the ports have an extensive expansion plan and industry leaders have huge investments to develop the port of Cuddalore.

Academy is very close to Chennai, upcoming hub of maritime activities in India. Students from all parts of India come to academy to pursue a career in Shipping. Institute is thus ideally located to prime maritime institutions and suited to impart world class maritime training.


      Institute has achieved a passing percentage in the all India exit examinations conducted by BEST in Jul’14 for G.P.Rating course.


Passing percentage of the exam

January 2015
Dec -12

Jan -2013

July  2013

Jan 2014

 July 2014





98%     99%


    Few of the industry experts who have visited our institute in recent times have said this about the institute.

“Excellent Facilities and attitude of staff at academy makes it one of the best training institutes”
Capt. M. S. Rammohan, Operations Manager, UNISHIPS Pte Ltd., Singapore.

“Best training facilities offered at the institute which makes the training more professional and joy to learn”
Capt G. Senthil Kumar, Managing Director, G Line Shipping