Training and Education



Western Maritime Academy is a premier private marine academy in Bangladesh. It has been duly approved by Department of shipping, Govt. of the People Republic of Bangladesh. Established in the year 2012 at Rupshi, Narayanganj, the academy was shortly shifted to its present campus to Uttara Sector 11, Dhaka due to administrative and academic convenience. Under the able and pragmatic leadership and direct guidance of Admiral Z.U Ahmed (rtd), previous Chief of Bangladesh Navy and Commandant of Marine Academy, Bangladesh, WMA has a rich infrastructure in terms of Experienced Faculty, class rooms with modern teaching aids, well equipped workshops/labs, well-furnished residential facilities for student, canteen facilities, indoor & Outdoor games, Gym facilities and an overall congenial atmosphere for learning by the students. The academy is dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge to the young marine cadets.
Western Maritime Academy provides 100% Sea Placement for the successfully passed out cadets. Anyone looking for marine education in Bangladesh, WMA is there to extend its full service. The candidate must meet entry criteria including physical fitness. WMA cadet placement rate is highest amongst all Academies, the result in the DoS arranged central examination for pre-sea cadets is the best.


Educational Qualification

  • Higher Secondary Certificate ( Science )/Equivalent.
  • Minimum GPA 3.5 in both SSC and HSC/equivalent.
  • Minimum grade in Physics and Mathematics is to be 3.5.
  • Age

    Maximum 21 years on the date of admission.

    Medical Standard

    Candidates should be physically fit for sea service under standard norms, with eye sight for Nautical 6/6 and Engine Cadet 6/18 and normal colour vision.


    Final list of successful candidates shall be prepared by the WMA in order of Merit out of the candidates, declared fit in all respect. After Selection of required number of cadets for both Nautical and Engineering Branches from the merit list, the remainders shall be placed in the waiting list in order of merit. The finally selected cadets must join the WMA on the specified date and time failing which their selection stand cancelled. No appeal against this cancellation shall be entertained. However if any vacancy exists, that will be filled up by taking the candidates from the waiting list in order of merit. The Commandant’s decision in this matter is final.
    Enrollment (including deposit of fees) will be completed by a date fixed by the Academy and the date of reporting to the academy will also be informed accordingly.


    The career in the Nautical Science department leads to becoming the Captain or Master of the vessel. The nautical department is responsible for the safe navigation and cargo operation of the merchant vessel. In addition, they are in charge of communication and catering. Starting as a deck cadet, who is basically a trainee officer, the career path leads to becoming a 4th officer, 3rd Officer and 2nd Officer.
    The ranks mentioned above are those of operational level. On passing the Class-2 Deck examination, the officer qualifies to become a Chief Officer, who is the head of the Deck Department and is in charge of cargo operation as well as maintenance of the hull of the vessel. The final rank is that of the Captain/Master of the ship who is a prestigious rank of overall command of the vessel. This is the highest rank on board and is a very high profile job.


    The career in the Maritime Science (Engineering) Department leads to the rank of ‘Chief Engineer’ of the vessel. The engine department is responsible for the technical department of the merchant vessel. A modern day ship is equipped with propulsion plants, power generating plants, cargo gears and many other service equipments along with their associated control systems. The engineers are responsible for safe operation of all machineries and their periodic maintenances.
    Starting as an engine cadet, who is basically a trainee officer, the career path leads to fifth engineer, fourth engineer, third engineer, second engineer and finally to chief engineer. Last two ranks are considered to be management level jobs where as earlier ranks are operational level ranks. The final rank of chief engineer is very challenging and considered by many as the most important rank on board a modern-day ship.