Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)
- Key Personnel
The Malaysian Maritime Academy, or better known as ALAM, is a maritime training academy in Malaysia. The academy and training centre are located on a 30-hectare campus in Kuala Sungai Baru, Melaka, overlooking the busy Straits of Malacca. In 1976, Maritime Training and Education for Seamen (MATES) was established to offer specialised training for seagoing personnel. Five years later, MATES achieved academy status and was named Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM). In 1997, ALAM was privatised and renamed Malaysian Maritime Academy. Today, ALAM is fully owned by MISC Berhad.
Why choose to study at ALAM for a career as a seafarer
If you have always wanted a seafaring career, ALAM offers systematic training and a well-rounded education that will help you further your maritime career. Not only will you attend full-time classroom-based training as well as practical sessions conducted by an experienced faculty, you will be part of a shared community that inspires lifelong networks and a continuous learning journey. ALAM’s curriculum is perceptive to the rigour of the industry and its maritime training facility designed with a difference to shape the next generation of maritime leaders.
At ALAM, students will not have to worry about getting a job after they graduate. ALAM works closely with shipping companies in Malaysia and around the globe for pre-employment arrangement for their students. Students typically continue working for shipping companies after their studies.
Why a seafaring career?
- good pay
- opportunities to travel and see the world
- good long-term prospects
Currently, ALAM offers two diploma programmes:
- Diploma in Nautical Studies
- Diploma in Marine Engineering
Diploma programmes typically take 3 years 3 months to complete—students study for 2 years at the ALAM campus and spend one year doing sea service.
In the first year of the diploma programme, students have to take mandatory Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) courses comprising Basic Safety Training, Ship Security Awareness, and Basic Oil/ Chemical/ LG Training on top of their diploma syllabus.
In the second year, the mandatory STCW courses are Medical First Aid, Advanced Fire Fighting, GMDSS (GOC), Radar Observer, ARPA Operation, Electronic Navigation Aids, Proficiency in Survival Craft, Designated Securities Duties and Leadership and Teamwork Skills. Students must complete these STCW courses before they can do their one-year sea service (final year).
After 12 months of sea service, ALAM will award the students with a diploma and the Ministry of Transport will issue them with a seaman license or a Certificate of Competency Class 3 (COC) which is recognised worldwide for a seafaring career. Graduates are then qualified to be a watchkeeping officer or watchkeeping engineer officer depending on their qualification.
In addition to diploma programmes, ALAM also offers these 24-week courses:
- Deck Rating course
- Engine Rating course
Funding opportunities and cadet sponsorship
Students who want to enrol at ALAM can explore financial aid options with MISC (Eaglestar), PTPTN and JPA. Every year, cadet scholarships are readily available to eligible and deserving students.
The ALAM campus combines the learning experience with a healthy and active lifestyle for its students and staff. The campus provides a safe environment with recreational and sports facilities that includes playing fields or courts for football, netball, volleyball, takraw, badminton and tennis. In addition, there is a swimming pool and a Seamanship Centre which provides equipment like dragon boats, canoes and laser boats. Its cafeteria provides tasty and balanced selections.
The campus is Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with 42 classrooms, and laboratories that help students develop the capabilities and skills they need on board a ship or back at shore. ALAM also boasts a range of workshops that include: a steam power plant, diesel power plant, plant maintenance workshop, bench fitting and machining workshop, seamanship workshop, welding workshop, electrical and electronic lab, control lab, material testing lab and sectional models of machineries.
ALAM’s Maritime Simulation and Communication Centre consists of a Full Mission Ship-handling Simulator, Full Mission Engine Room Simulator, Liquid Cargo Operations Simulator and Distributed Control System Simulator. The Simulators are installed with state-of-the-art software that provides high fidelity environmental effects and hydrodynamic effects and thus providing a realistic marine environment.
The accommodation on campus include Residence Halls and Premier Residences.
Residence Halls are made up of:
- Atlantic: 56 rooms
- Pacific: 84 rooms
- Mediterranean – 15 apartments
- Artic – 13 rooms
- Adriatic – 4 rooms
Premier Residences include:
- Atlantic II – 48 rooms
- Villa – 14 units
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Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)
Kampung Tanjung Dahan
78200 Kuala Sungai Baru
Type: Private CollegeTel: 606 3882 200
Fax: 606 387 6700
Mr. David Fredrick
Chief Executive Officer , Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)
Mr. David Fredrick is a Chief Marine Engineer by profession with 10 years' of sailing experience. He has been in a shipowner/operator company, MISC Berhad for the last 18 years holding various positions e.g. Superintendent, Fleet Manager and Senior Manager and Business Process Improvement and Capability Building in Fleet Management.
The last post he held was General Manager of Human Resource Management (Sea) managing a pool of over 3000 seafarers. He also headed the Emergency Response Team for crisis management and also the Company Security Officer (CSO) whilst in service with MISC Berhad.
Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Akademi laut Malaysia (ALAM), a post he has held since 1 October 2010. He was also conferred Honorary Commander of the Naval Reservist Unit.
Under his leadership, ALAM has achieved tremendous success in realising its vision to become a world class MET institution.