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South African Maritime Training Academy

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SAMTRA is a maritime training academy situated in Simons Town, South Africa, which focuses predominantly on the provision of simulator based training.

Based on a premise of quality skills development training, to world class standards, SAMTRA aims to provide relevant training to the African maritime industry as a cost effective solution to Northern Hemisphere alternatives.

Our objective is to be considered as a potential role player in the concept of “centre’s of excellence” in addressing Africa’s training needs.

SAMTRA’s product offering consists of simulation training courses in refrigeration engineering, marine engineering and deck officer training.  Non-simulator courses are also offered to include computer based training for both seafarers and shore staff.

SAMTRA also manages the Cadet Training Programs for various companies as an extension to its core business, which handles the entire process of a cadets training program, from recruitment to qualification as officer of the watch.


About us

SAMTRA is a non-profit company established in 2003 with donations made by various shipping companies.  The State President of South Africa officially opened the company on 9 September 2003.

The facility houses deck, engine room and GMDSS simulation equipment designed by DMI/Force Technology of Denmark, STN Atlas of Germany and Poseidon of Norway respectively. 

SAMTRA’s instructors are qualified ex sea-going marine personnel.  This ensures that personal experiences can be shared and real-life, relevant examples can be given to enrich the courses being offered.  They have all received intensive training in adult education techniques and simulation operation and can therefore offer courses that are designed to suit all levels of competency.