MPA Academy Courses

By | February 23, 2017

MPA Academy Courses

Flagship Programmes

  • Advanced Maritime Leaders Programme (AMLP)
  • Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme (MPLP)
  • Port Management Programme (PMP)

Singapore – IMO Third Country Training Programme (TCTP)

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Through the Singapore-IMO TCTP, Singapore has been sharing its maritime knowledge and experience with over 1,700 participants from over 80 countries from regions such as Asia, Africa, Americas, Caribbean, Middle East and the Pacific Islands since 1998.

Aligned with the IMO’s objective of “promoting safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans”, the Singapore-IMO TCTP Memorandum of Understanding was the first of its kind in institutionalising a member State’s commitment to the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme. The MOU was extended indefinitely in 2000.

Under the Singapore-IMO TCTP, courses are conducted either in Singapore or in countries covered under the geographical scope of the MOU. As an IMO Council member, Singapore will strive to continue delivering relevant courses to even more IMO member States under the Singapore-IMO TCTP.

Courses in 2016
  • Regional Training Course for Auditors, Busan, ROK
  • Regional Seminar on Recent Amendments to MARPOL Convention, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Regional Workshop on IMSAS, Singapore
  • Regional Workshop on the Ratification and Implementation of the Hong Kong Convention, Accra, Ghana
Courses  in 2015
  • Regional Training Course for Auditors,  Ghana
  • Regional Workshop to Increase Awareness of the Biofouling Guidelines,  Namibia
  • Regional Workshop to Follow-up and Update the Regional Strategy and Action Plans to Implement the Ballast Water Management Convention,  Thailand
  • Regional Workshop on the Development of a Regional Spill Contingency Plan for ASEAN, Singapore
  • IMO Regional Training Course for ECDIS instructors,  Ghana
Courses in 2014
  • IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) Workshop for Eastern and South African Region, Namibia
  • Regional Workshop to follow up and update the regional strategy and action plan to implement the BWM Convention in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, Saudi Arabia
  • Workshops on Audit Scheme, Palau & Tonga
  • Regional Train the Trainer Course on ECDIS, Singapore
  • IMO Regional Seafarer Training Assessment and Examination of Seafarers, Fiji

Technical Courses For MPA Officers

One of the MPA Academy’s main functions is to provide technical training for MPA’s officers to enhance their specialist skills and knowledge.

Vessel Traffic Operators

Working on shift round-the-clock, MPA’s Vessel Traffic Operators (VTOs) play an important role to track vessel movements and to keep our port waters safe.   Since 2013, the academy has been partnering the SMA to conduct courses for the VTOs.


The course for VTOs covers the following topics:

  • Language
  • Traffic Management
  • Equipment
  • Nautical Knowledge
  • Communication and Co-ordination
  • VHF Radio
  • Personal Attributes
  • Emergency Situations

Each run takes 12 weeks to complete. The next run is scheduled in June 2015.


In 2014, the VTS course conducted by the SMA and MPA Academy was found to be compliant with IALA standards.  Both academies received IALA accreditation for VTS training and are now on the list of IALA approved VTS training providers.


In 2016, the MPA-SMA MOU was extended to cover training for VTS Supervisors. The courses for VTS Supervisors commenced in March 2016.


Marine Surveyors

MPA’s marine surveyors play an important role in conducting port state and flag state inspections on ships in port. To equip them with the necessary skills, the academy organises basic and advanced courses for the marine surveyors.

a) Basic Marine Surveyor Course

    Duration: 4 weeks

    Main topics include:

  • IMO Conventions

  • Electronic Chart Display Information System
  • Flag & Port State Control

  • Investigation of shipping incidents
  • Ship registry issues

  • Long Range Identification and Tracking System
  • Shipboard work safety and health requirements

  • Technical report writing
  • Survey and certification

b) Advanced Marine Surveyors Course

    Duration: 4 weeks

    Main topics include:

  • IMO Instruments Implementation Code

  • Code for recognised organisations
  • Singapore maritime legislation

  • Liability and compensation regime for pollution damage
  • Port State and Flag State issues

  • Marine accident and incident investigation
  • Advanced knowledge on ship surveys covering oil/chemical/liquified gas tankers, passenger ships and ferries

  • VIMSAS and audit preparation/procedures
  • Assessment, examination and certification of seafarer


Another important group of staff are the hydrographers and cartographers.  They are put through a basic course when they join MPA and they are also sent for advanced training in survey or cartography work.

The main training courses include:

  • Basic Induction Training

  • Multibeam Sonar Training
  • Cat B Cartography Course

  • Cat B Hydrographic Survey (Div 2 only)
  • Cat A Hydrographic Survey (Div 1 only)

The training for hydrographers and cartographers includes an on-the-job (OJT) component for officers to pick up practical experience.

Officers from all three sections – cartography, survey and navigation aids – will also undergo cross training to develop a more holistic perspective of the work of the Hydrography Department.

Port Inspectors

The basic course for port inspectors covers the following topics:

  • Duties of a Port Inspector

  • Anchorages and terminals
  • Pilotage requirements and exemptions

  • VHF communications guide
  • IALA buoyage system

  • International maritime flag signals
  • Navigational lights

  • Sound signals and distress signals

As part of the continual training, port inspectors accompany the marine surveyors to widen their knowledge on the inspection of ferries and port limit tankers.