BP Marine Academy - Asias best Maritime Institute to study maritime courses


Are you interested in joining the Merchant Navy? Searching for an excellent academy where you can study maritime courses? This article describes why BP Marine Academy is an excellent institute of Asia. In this article you will also find information about the awards and accolades achieved by academy, courses offered, facilities provided, faculty, and the rules and regulations. Read this article resource to know about the academy which can help you to build your career in Merchant Navy.

Nowadays careers in shipping and Merchant Navy are very much in demand, not only in India but also across the world. Don't you want to know about how you can get into this booming industry? The answers to this question lie in this article. Read further to know about the awards, courses offered, faculty and facilities provided at the academy.

About the Institute

Badal Pratap Marine Academy widely known as BP Marine Academy or BPMA in short is lead by its founder Shri R.C Singh, who is presently the Chairman of this institute. His elder son Captain Badal Singh is the Director of this academy. In 1994 Shri.R.C. Singh's Merchant Navy career ended due to a fatal accident. But he was determined to bounce back. With the compensation benefits of the accident on duty, BPMA was formed to give marine and related training to all those aspiring to join the Merchant Navy or existing seafarers. The first batch of students was admitted in BP Marine Academy in the year 1998.

Why choose BPMA?

BP Marine Academy is one of Asia's excellent maritime institutes and this is evident from the following awards
  • Limca Book of National Records 2015: For the highest number of seafarers trained in the last 15 years.
  • Best Infrastructure amongst all Marine Institutes in India- 2011-2012: awarded by Brands Academy.
  • Best Marine Institute in India-2012-2013: awarded by Brands Academy Research.
  • Best Marine Institute in India-2012-2013: awarded by Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communication Pvt.Ltd.
  • Education Excellence Award -2013 for being Asia's best Marine Institute: awarded by ET Now.
  • Certificate of International Accreditation Organization for Lifetime.
  • Global Education Excellence Award -2013 awarded by Prime Time.

  • All these awards indicate the quality of education provided by BPMA.

    Location

    BPMA has two campuses one in CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai and the other one in Panvel. BPMAs Belapur campus is located at Sai Pooja Chambers, Sector-11, CBD Belapur and the Panvel campus is located near Court, Old Panvel.

    How to reach

    Both CBD Belapur and Panvel campus are campus are well connected by road and railway network to all parts of the country. The nearest airport is in Mumbai.

    Courses offered

    BPMA offers main three categories of courses namely basic courses, common courses for freshers and refreshers and advanced courses for experience shipping personnel. The detailed list of courses is:
  • Basic courses: These are B.Sc. Nautical Science, GP Rating (Deck and Engine), Certificate Course in Maritime Catering (CCMC) and Electro Technical Officer Course (ETO). All these basic courses are residential and for fresher's

  • Common courses for fresher's and refreshers: Seafarers or freshers joining the ship need to do a few compulsory courses as a part of the basic courses. These courses for refreshers are Elementary First Aid, Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Oil Tanker Familiarization Course (OTFC), Chemical Tanker Familiarization (CTFC) Course, Liquefied Gas Tanker Familiarization. OTFC and CTFC courses need to be done prior to joining chemical, gas or liquefied gas tanker ship. All these courses have a validity period, which needs to be updated after completion of validity period

  • Advanced Courses: These courses are only offered to officers and are Medical First Aid, Ship Masters Medicare, Upgradation courses for Deck Officers, Upgradation courses for Engineer Officers, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Mates (phase 1 and 2), Navigational Watch Keeping Officer (NWKO) [Near Coastal Voyage (NCV)], Near Coastal Voyage (NCV), 2nd Mate, Chief Mate, Advanced Firefighting, Advanced Training for Chemical Tanker Cargo Operation (CHEMCO), Advanced Training for Gas Tanker Cargo Operation (GASCO). Some of these courses have a validity period, and need to be refreshed after validity period.

  • Admission and eligibility

    The admission procedure to any of the BPMA courses is very stringent and no allocation, reservation, donation, no request letters are entertained. The candidates are taken purely on the basis of their performance.Admission is given on first cum first served basis for all courses. The eligibility criteria for the courses is:
  • Physical fitness: A medical certificate is required from a registered doctor
  • Minimum height needs to be 157 cms
  • Minimum weight needs to be 48kg
  • Chest needs to be expandable to minimum of 5cmEyesight should be Normal 6/6 in both eyes.

  • Reasons for excellence

    Apart for the national awards won by the Academy, there are various other reasons for BPMA being excellent among the maritime institutes in Asia. There is no doubt that the quality of education provided by BPMA is par excellence! The reasons include competent faculty, well equipped facilities, well structured lodging and boarding arrangements and above all the stringent rules and regulations which inculcate discipline among the cadets. Read about each of these reasons in detail here:
  • About faculty: BPMA has sufficient well qualified, knowledgeable and devoted faculty. They are experienced and are known for conducting excellent theory classes, laboratories and tutorials for all courses. The faculty are either Marine Engineers or Master Mariners with substantial experience. The Academy also has several retired Indian Navy officers who continuously share their valuable experience and ideas from the marine field with the cadets. The faculty is committed and resolves queries of the students in any subject in the syllabus or even in the maritime field. Apart from the existing faculty on campus in case any special information is to be provided to the candidates, then experts from the shipping industry are requisitioned as visiting faculty. I have studied at BPMA and found the faculty to be extremely intelligent, cooperative and friendly in resolving all my queries.

  • Classroom and laboratories: The training area is well equipped with classrooms and labs to carry out practical training.

  • Well equipped Jetty: Panvel campus has a jetty besides the river where all the practical's of residential and non-residential courses are conducted.The jetty is also equipped with the engine room workshop, deck practical equipment, life rafts, life jackets, life rafts and a ships structure.

  • Boarding: The Belapur campus is used to conduct short courses for seafarers while the Panvel campus is a residential one for longer duration courses. These include GP Rating, CCMC and B.Sc. Nautical Science.The hostel facilities consist of well-designed comfortable dormitories which are neat, clean and airy. Each dormitory has personal space with bed, a personal desk, a cupboard, and table fans, storage. The candidates are distributed mattresses, pillows, bed sheets and pillow covers on the date of joining. Shoes, socks, uniforms and PT uniforms are provided by the academy as per measurements taken by the tailor. The candidates can avail of laundry facilities at their own expense. The capacity of rooms varies per block. For example some rooms have a capacity for 20 persons and others a capacity for 5 persons. The whole environment of the boarding facility is quite similar to a ship environment except for the lack of sea around the campus.

  • Lodging: Residential and non-residential trainees can avail of the lodging facility which provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee and light snacks. The lodging facility serves mixed cuisine food served is of mixed cuisine to help candidates to get accustomed to various types of food served on board.

  • Catering block: Catering block is designed and equipped with all the modern and sophisticated gadgets to give the CCMC trainees a realistic feeling of life on board. The kitchen, pantries, sculleries and stores are constructed according to needs of the shipping industry.
  • Medical facilities: There is an ambulance on campus and doctor on call if need be. The academy takes all the necessary care about any emergencies. But academy is not responsible for any personal injury or any disease suffered by any trainee during the course. Medical assistance is provided at the student's cost for their treatment.

  • Disciplined environment: Uniform is to be worn at all times during training which should be neat and tidy and ironed.Using mobile in ongoing lectures is not permitted for any courses. Pre specified uniforms are a must on all days and times on campus.Candidates are permitted 'shore leave' in uniform only on Sundays between 07.00am to 08.00pm.Visitors are permitted only on Sundays between 09.00am and 06.00 pm. Gold ornaments, valuable items, any kind of electrical apparatus, gambling, knives, smoking, tobacco are not allowed to be used on campus. If the candidate is found in alcoholic condition or under drug effect, candidate is fined and rusticated from the academy.

  • Don't you think these above listed points stand out to make BPMA one of the excellent maritime institutes in Asia? If you are interested in joining the Merchant Navy then definitely should be thinking of joining BPMA.

    Contact Information

    Belapur campus Ph: 00-91-22- 27574082 / 00-91-22-2756 5179
    Panvel campus Ph: 00-91-22- 27450271
    Email: bpmarine.academy@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.bpmarineacademy.in/


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