State Maritime Schools

To educate and train future merchant marine officers at the State Maritime Academies (SMA).

The education and training of these students prepares them to graduate and enter the maritime industry in numerous capacities, including crewing merchant vessels, maritime opportunities ashore and also
to be available during national emergencies or contingencies.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Approximately 50 merchant marine officers with Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) graduated from the SMAs.

Initial draft cooperative agreement, beginning development of a marketing strategy to increase awareness of and attract qualified candidates to SIP program and maritime careers.

Fiscal Year 2017: An estimated 50 ? 60 merchant marine officers with MMC will graduate from the SMAs.

Development and implementation of a marketing strategy to increase awareness of and attract qualified candidates to SIP program and maritime careers.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

(a) Federal Government: none; (b) standard information for prospective students: Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME 04421; Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532; State University of New York Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, NY 10465; Texas A&M Maritime Academy, Galveston, TX 77550; California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA 94591; Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Website Address

http://www.dot.gov




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Approximately 50 merchant marine officers with Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) graduated from the SMAs. Initial draft cooperative agreement, beginning development of a marketing strategy to increase awareness of and attract qualified candidates to SIP program and maritime careers. Fiscal Year 2017: An estimated 50 ? 60 merchant marine officers with MMC will graduate from the SMAs. Development and implementation of a marketing strategy to increase awareness of and attract qualified candidates to SIP program and maritime careers. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Operation and maintenance of the State Maritime Schools/Academies; training vessel fuel, maintenance and repair of training vessels loaned by Federal Government; student incentive payments to selected U. S. qualified students; and marketing activities related to the Student Incentive Payment (SIP) Program.

Students, meeting eligibility requirements; SMA SIP marketing activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State institutions of higher education.

Assistance is limited to one maritime academy in any one State.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Students, meeting eligibility requirements.

Credentials/Documentation

Formal application from State Governor setting forth evidence of establishment of school; State appropriation funds must be provided to the SMA?s that must match the federal funds provided by MARAD in direct payments; suitable curriculum and facilities. Maintain the training vessels in accordance with US Coast Guard regulations and maintain safety and seaworthiness guidelines. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Letter from a State Governor to the Secretary of Transportation or the Maritime Administrator.

Award Procedures

Need for training must be established and school must satisfy established maritime training standards The final award is approved by the Maritime Administrator. For cooperative agreements relating to SIP program marking activities, final award determinations will be made by appropriate MARAD program officials at HQ (and 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards will apply).

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Maritime Education and Training Act of 1936, Public Law 96-453, 46 U.S.C 51501 - 51511.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

For cooperative agreements relating to SIP program marking activities, awards will be renewed only if provided for in the cooperative agreement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Annual assistance payments of $600,000 to the regional academies if matched by State appropriations and if out-of-State students are enrolled. Federal assistance consists of (1) lump-sum annual assistance payment to schools, (2) loan of vessel and payment for its maintenance, and (3) student incentive payments. States are required to show that their annual funding for the school at least matches the Federal lump sum assistance payment. For cooperative agreements relating to SIP program marking activities, any matching requirements will be at the discretion of appropriate MARAD program officials at HQ. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Annual payments to the schools are given normally on a lump-sum basis. SIP payments are paid directly to the students per semester. For cooperative agreements relating to SIP program marking activities, the time limits for any award will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: lump sum, or per semester directly to financial institutions.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Semester enrollment by class.

Annual cost analysis of school operation.

Other at request of the Maritime Administrator.

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For cooperative agreements relating to SIP program marking activities, the number, type, and frequency of required reports will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

Annual submission of State contributions.

For cooperative agreements relating to SIP program marking activities, the number, type, and frequency of required reports will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

Semester enrollment by class.

Annual cost analysis of school operation.

Other at request of the Maritime Administrator.

For cooperative agreements relating to SIP program marking activities, the number, type, and frequency of required reports will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

SF-425.

Semester enrollment by class.

Annual repair and maintenance as needed.

Other at request of the Maritime Administrator.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. .In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular 2 CFR 200 nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular 2 CFR 200.

Records

Pertaining to each school, its officers, faculty and students, the vessel and crew, and the shore base are required to be kept for the period of employment/enrollment, plus 6 years. For cooperative agreements relating to SIP program marking activities, recordkeeping requirements will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1750-0-1-403.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $3,000,000; FY 17 est $3,000,000; and FY 18 est $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Annual assistance payment of $500,000 to each regional school provided State matches funds and admits eligible out-of-state student. A subsistence of $8,000 per academic year, not to exceed 4 years, paid to selected students in good standing in the Student Incentive Payment (SIP) Program, NTE a total of 300 students.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

46 CFR 310A; Standard college catalogs are available from the schools listed below .

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. (a) Federal Government: none; (b) standard information for prospective students: Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME 04421; Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532; State University of New York Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, NY 10465; Texas A&M Maritime Academy, Galveston, TX 77550; California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA 94591; Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Headquarters Office

Anne Wehde 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-5469.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See Credentials/Documentation section of this program.



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