Maritime Professional Training (MPT) Announces the Offering of Master Unlimited Superyacht Assessment at Fort Lauderdale Campus

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First-of-its-kind, five-day assessment provides time and cost-effective means for duly qualified yacht captains to receive Master of Yachts Unlimited Tonnage certification through the Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry

The five-day Master of Yachts of Unlimited Tonnage Assessment at MPT will provide duly qualified and trained yacht captains a full STCW CoC to command yachts over 3,000 gross tons.

This five-day assessment is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for superyacht captains as it provides a time-efficient, cost-effective, solution for [them] to receive their Master Unlimited license and certification in under a week.

Maritime Professional Training (MPT)—the largest private maritime training school in the nation—has announced its offering of a first-of-its-kind, expedient superyacht-specific assessment for captains wishing to gain their Unlimited license in collaboration with the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry. The Master of Yachts of Unlimited Tonnage – Marshall Islands Capstone Assessment at MPT will provide duly qualified and trained yacht captains a full STCW Certificate of Competency (CoC), allowing certificated captains to command yachts over 3,000 gross tons.

This five-day assessment and simulation assessment, held at MPT’s Fort Lauderdale campus, is designed to be the “Capstone Assessment” undertaken after all of the required sea service and training have been completed to apply for the raise in grade to Master of Yachts Unlimited Tonnage through the RMI Registry. The assessment and ticket, which is limited to superyachts, is an answer to what many industry professionals label ‘the glass ceiling’ for superyacht captains—an issue which more and more find themselves facing as superyachts get bigger.

“Until now, when a superyacht captain has the opportunity to work on a superyacht larger than 3,000 gross tons, they’ve needed to step into the commercial realm, spending a significant amount of time and money working on commercial vessels to get the required sea time and experience to simply qualify for their exam,” said Ted Morley, COO, Maritime Professional Training. “This five-day assessment is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for superyacht captains and owners alike, as it provides a time-efficient, cost-effective, solution for those duly qualified yacht captains who wish to receive their Master Unlimited license and certification in under a week. With the provision of this assessment, a yacht captain does not have to leave their current owner for an extended period—an issue which, in the past, typically forced the owners to replace their current captain when he or she wished to pursue this license and training.”

John Hafner, Vice President, Seafarers’ Manning & Training at International Registries, Inc. (IRI), which provides administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry, adds “Typically, for a yacht captain to get a Master Unlimited ticket, they would have to get off yachts completely and start working their way up the ladder in the commercial realm on a container ship or tanker. Six years later when they decide to come back to yachts, they’ve lost all of their connections in the yachting industry and their previous owner has moved on. Or, on the flipside, if an owner wants to go to the next level and build a megayacht and it happens to be over 3,000 gross tons, their only real option is to go into the commercial realm to try and find a captain, and typically these owners want to keep their current captains in place. This assessment and partnership with MPT was designed to address this specific problem.”

The Master of Yachts of Unlimited Tonnage – Marshall Islands Capstone Assessment is only available to those captains who meet the 14 outlined prerequisites, including relevant sea time, all of which have been based on the STCW requirements for captains gaining their commercial Unlimited license without the reference to cargo, and focuses on RMI maritime law. All candidates must be approved by the RMI prior to taking this assessment. The approval letter must be provided to MPT at the time of enrollment. A course description and complete listing of requirements that must be met in order to register for and take part in the assessment can be found on MPT's website.

The Master of Yachts of Unlimited Tonnage – Marshall Islands Capstone Assessment is being offered at MPT, located at 1915 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cost for pre-approved, certified applicants to participate in the assessment is $2,995. Qualified candidates interested in enrollment should please contact MPT via E-mail at info(at)mptusa(dot)com or call (954) 525-1014 to register or for more information.

About MPT:
Founded in 1983, Maritime Professional Training (MPT) is the largest private maritime training school in the United States and serves more than 10,000 students per year, providing training for mariners pursuing careers in both the commercial and yachting segments of the maritime industry. MPT is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, five minutes from Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, and in the heart of the Superyacht Community. MPT is the most complete full-service private maritime school in the country. Under the direction of the Morley family for two generations, MPT has trained thousands of commercial mariners, yachting professionals, and enthusiasts for more than three decades. This in depth experience has enabled MPT to develop programs that are success-oriented, with unbeatable pass rates, as well as being cost and time efficient.

MPT offers all levels of certification, license and document study programs, many of which offer in-school testing, are USCG MCA and Nautical Institute Approved and are recognized by many foreign administrations. Training programs are designed to meet and exceed IMO standards and are fully STCW Compliant. MPT’s Fort Lauderdale-based campus hosts over 45,000 square feet of classrooms, deck engineering department and dynamic positioning training labs, and is currently undergoing a 25,000-square-foot facility expansion that will effectively double the size of the school’s simulation department, and will include the addition of more classrooms and maritime training resources and technology. The expansion will bring its total training space to 61,000 square feet, and is anticipated to be open and fully-functioning in the fall of 2015. MPT’s main campus and offices are located at 1915 South Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, call 954.525.1014 or visit http://www.MPTusa.com. Maritime Professional Training—one school, unlimited possibilities.

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