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A glimpse at the map of the Arab countries indicates that they are surrounded by seas and oceans the Arabian Gulf is to the East, the Atlantic Ocean to the West, the Red Sea and Suez Canal pass between the countries, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, off our South border, the Mediterranean Sea, in the north, great rivers like the River Nile, Euphrates and Degla and other inland waterways.

Twenty-four hours a day, all types of ships ply the seas and oceans around our nations. They leave our ports laden with different types of cargo-bound for foreign markets, or arrive in our harbors with merchandise and materials for Arabian consumers. There are tankers transporting crude oil and natural gas, container ships, and general cargo ships, tugboats pushing and pulling barges.

These types of vessels, and other types, owned by Arabian Companies, registered and operated under Arabian Flags, comprise the Arabian Merchant marine fleet history indicates that there has never been a great nation in the world without a great merchant marine fleet.

A ship at sea does not operate in vacuum. It depends on a framework of shore-side activities - collectively known as the maritime industry - for its operation. This industry includes companies which own and manage the vessels, ports and terminals where cargo is handled, and where there are yards for ship repair, maintenance and building, and a vast array of other services.

This college invites you to be a part of this developed industry, namely, the maritime industry. We offer you the opportunity to see the outside world and to learn about foreign cultures.

The most important element in the maritime industry is the people who are intelligent, dedicated, well-educated and competent. The College of Maritime Transport and Technology contributes to making sure that such people, who can face the challenges of the present and the future, are highly qualified as shipboard officers and leaders in the international shipping industry.

The College of Maritime Transport and Technology- formerly called College of Maritime Studies and Technology- is the outcome of the organizational restructuring of Arab Maritime Transport Academy (AMTA). It was established in January 1991 and currently comprises the following main bodies:

  • Basic Nautical Studies Department
  • Maritime Transport Technology Department
  • Marine Engineering Technology Department
  • Postgraduate Maritime Studies Department
  • Meteorology Program
  • Diving Program

In 2001, a new branch of the College of Maritime Transport and Technology was established in Latakia, Syria, followed by another branch in Port Said, Egypt, in 2009. These Academy's extensions were established in response to increased demand on highly-qualified officers and marine engineers and also to support development plans in the region.

Since its inception in 1972, the Academy has adopted the departmental approach, whereby each department is given full entity and assigned a set of educational and training responsibilities. The last few years witnessed the enrolment of larger numbers of students in major areas of concentration, particularly in Maritime Transport degree programs. Thus, the establishment of the College of Maritime Transport and technology was necessary to comprise all educational and training programs in the area of maritime studies, and, consequently, in the College of Maritime Transport and Technology.

The College of Maritime Transport and Technology is one of the specialized colleges of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. It awards the traditional degrees in the field of Maritime Transport. Throughout its history of more than 20 years, the College has been a leader in maritime education and training. The College staff exerts every possible effort to prepare students for excellence in the profession of their choice, provide them with an understanding of the world they live in, and prepare them to perform as good citizens in their communities and nations as well.

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