The Malaysian Maritime Academy, also known as Akademi Laut Malaysia (or simply by its acronym ALAM), has been providing internationally recognised education and training for over 30 years.

As the premier maritime education and training (MET) institution of Malaysia, ALAM is the only MET institution in the country offering a comprehensive suite of mandatory STCW courses and other value-added or bespoke training courses for shipping industry personnel, right from officer cadet entry up to master (captain) and chief engineer level. In addition ALAM also offers a wide range of OPITO approved and other training for offshore industry personnel. ALAM currently offers more than 200 programs to meet industry needs.

ALAM’s courses and programmes are fully compliant with national and international MET requirements including IMO STCW78, as amended, and European, UK, Australian and Norwegian requirements. It has MOUs with a number of leading MET institutions around the world and is an approved training provider under Lloyds Register and has achieved one of the highest ratings under DNV Sea Skills’ benchmarking standard.

To date the Academy has trained over 11,000 seafarers, including those commanding offers on board sophisticated vessels such as large LNG carriers, petroleum and chemical tankers, and those who hold senior management positions in the maritime sector ashore. Currently ALAM is able to train over 600 officer cadets annually and has a total throughput of 14000 students yearly for all its courses.

ALAM Students.
An ALAM class.
ALAM students in formation.
An ALAM training session.

Maritime training courses

ALAM runs a number of courses. These include:


  • Nautical studies
  • Marine engineering

Advanced post-sea

  • Nautical studies
  • Marine engineering

STCW courses

  • Shipboard training and assessment for deck and engineering officers
  • Use of leadership and managerial skills

Maritime and offshore safety training

  • Safety and operations courses
  • Survival and evacuation offshore training
  • Health and safety training offshore
  • Skills development offshore training

Simulator based training

  • Full mission ship handling
  • Full mission engine room
  • Liquid cargo operation
  • Distributed control system

Maritime management courses

  • ISPS code
  • Shipboard safety and ISM
  • Commercial and logistics
  • Superintending

Customised courses

  • FRAMO courses
  • CRYOSTAR courses
  • Marine simulation and communication courses

Research and consultancy services

The Academy also runs a maritime research and consultancy service. Besides use in training courses, it’s fully equipped modern ‘bridge’ and ‘engine room’ simulators are used to test new design concepts and technologies. ALAM’s research and consultancy services provide objective appraisal of conceptual design, quality reports and more. Numerous projects have been completed successfully in relation to port development, risk assessment and traffic simulation studies, and SOP development. ALAM is keen to work on more research and consultancy projects with shipping companies and ports that are leading developments, because this in turn also helps in improving the training of seafarers.