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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.806
Federal Agency/Office
Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; I - Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; M - Training
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Development and implementation of a marketing strategy to increase awareness of and attract qualified candidates to SIP program and maritime careers. 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 2019 In total, the six SMAs enrolled over 1,450 students to train for service in the maritime industry. The graduates from these maritime training and education programs will ensure a viable and strong maritime industry that contributes to the economic and national security of the U.S. For Academic Year 2018-19, the total SIP student enrollment was 235 for all classes across all SMAs.
Authorization
Maritime Education and Training Act of 1936, Public Law 96-453, 46 U.S.C. 51501 - 51511
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Letter from a State Governor to the Secretary of Transportation or the Maritime Administrator.
Award Procedure
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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
See Credentials/Documentation section of this program.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Semester enrollment by class. Annual repair and maintenance as needed. Other at request of the Maritime Administrator.
Auditing
.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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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 assistance listing.
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. lump sum, or per semester directly to financial institutions
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
(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
Christopher Wahler
The Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Office of Maritime Labor and Training (MAR-650),
1200 New Jersey Ave S.E.,
Washington, DC 20590 US
christopher.wahler@dot.gov
Phone: 2023665469
Website Address
http://www.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1750-0-1-403
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$1,000,000.00; FY 19 est $6,000,000.00; FY 20 est $6,000,000.00; FY 17$3,000,000.00; FY 16$3,000,000.00; - (Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18 FY 19 FY 20 -
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 .
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 2019 Examples of funded projects could include application of funding to sustain, maintain or improve training and educational facilities at the State Maritime Academies. Examples include upgrades to or building new training facilities and classrooms, simulator development and maintenance, waterfront/pier/training vessel berth maintenance, and infrastructure development and maintenance.

 


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