Milestones and Success Stories


  • MATES (Maritime Training and Education for Seamen) Foundation was founded by MISC Berhad, International Shipping Carriers (Hong Kong) and Ministry of Transport, Malaysia.
  • Formation of MATES (Maritime Training and Education for Seamen) Foundation with 3 key members:
    • MISC Berhad
    • International Shipping Carriers (Hong Kong)
    • Ministry of Transport, Malaysia


  • ALAM launched the first Nautical Cadetship Programme in Malaysia to provide officer level training locally
  • Introduced the first Nautical Cadet Programme to provide officer level training locally


  • Awarded the Academy status via a government charter by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and renamed to Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)
  • Upgraded to Academy status with the award of a government charter by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and named Akademi Laut Malaysia


  • Launched the Nautical and Engineering Certificates of Competency Preparatory Courses
  • Introduced Nautical and Engineering Certificates of Competency Preparatory courses


  • Acquired the Radar Simulator to further enhance ALAM’s capability in complying with the Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) requirements


  • Recognised as the approved provider for maritime education and training by Human Resources and Development Council, Ministry of Human Resource, Malaysia


  • Privatised as Malaysian Maritime Academy S/B with consortium members comprisingPETRONAS, MISC Berhad, Klang Port Mgmt (KPM) Penang Shipbuilding & Construction (PSC)


  • Awarded with MS ISO 9002 for STCW courses, bringing ALAM’s curriculum up to world-class standards.


  • Launched Twinning Programme for Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering with South Tyneside College, UK


  • Acquired the vessel MT Pernas Propane from MISC Berhad to give cadets better hands-on learning.


  • ALAM wholly owned by MISC Berhad & PETRONAS – the start of strong industry relationships and many more to come in the near future.


  • Enhanced ALAM’s facilities through the acquisition of a Full Mission Ship-handling Simulator
  • Signed Contract with DNV for SeaSkill Certification
  • Signed MoU with AMC (Australian Maritime College) to undertake faculty exchange, jointly offer post graduate courses and benchmark existing training programmes
  • Commenced BOSET course


  • ALAM wholly owned by MISC Berhad
  • Acquired Full Mission Engine Room and Liquid Cargo Operation Simulators
  • Obtained DNV SeaSkill certification for STCW Courses in Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering
  • Signed Consultancy Service Agreement with Lloyd’s Register to develop the Training Assessment and Record Book (TARB) and Onboard Training Guide for Pre-Sea Cadets
  • First batch of 18 female cadets enrolled at ALAM for Diploma in Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering
  • Acquired Distributed Control System (DCS) Simulator to manage cargo and propulsion system onboard latest LNG tankers
  • Signed collaboration agreement with Teledata Marine Systems Pte. Ltd. to develop the world’s first LNG e-learning program
  • Commenced Junior Engineer Offshore Post Graduate Certificate Programme in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), SIRIM & Universiti Teknologi Petronas(UTP)


  • Signed MoU with United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) for benchmarking curricula and joint development of short maritime Courses.
  • IMO adopted ALAM’s detailed training syllabus as the model course for LNG Liquid Cargo Operations Simulator (LICOS) training at STW 38 Sub- committee meeting
  • Launched the worlds first e-Learning on LNG shipping operations which as at to date has been subscribed by over 200 users worldwide including 160 licenses by United States Coast Guards
  • Awarded with Certificate of Accreditation as an approved DP operator in accordance with UK Nautical Institute Standards


  • Commenced Marine Engineering Bridging Course (MEBC) for Graduate Mechanical Engineers to become licensed Marine Engineers
  • Successfully cleared the MET Institutional compliance audit by European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA


  • ALAM celebrated its 100th Convocation Ceremony on 16 February 2009
  • ALAM became Marine Partners with IMarEST
  • ALAM was appointed as a member of a working committee of SIGTTO for developing Competency Tables for Steam Engineers onboard LNG tankers
  • At STW 40 sub-committee meeting, ALAM co-sponsored all five tables of competencies for tanker training, under the revision of Chapter V of STCW, together with Norway, Netherlands and Denmark administrations. ALAM also co-sponsored Electro-Tech Officer table of competencies, for Chapter III of STCW, together with UK MCA, Poland & Iran
  • ALAM signed an MoU with MOKPO National Maritime University (MMU), South Korea mainly to collaborate on staff and student exchange programmes, annual visit from its training ship and provision of cadet/ faculty training berth on MMU training ship
  • ALAM entered into an MoU with Shanghai Maritime University (SMU), People’s Republic of China mainly to collaborate on staff and student exchange programmes, exchange and joint development of training programmes and exchange of information and knowledge
  • ALAM Cadets participated in Summer Camp 2009 at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT)DNV Contributed Navigator and Superman for use in Ship’s  Documentation and superintendents training simultaneously
  • Bureau Veritas (BV) contributed Veristar Chemical software for use in ALAM’s LICOS Training for chemical tankers
  • ALAM appointed as SIGTTO committee member for development of steam engineers’ competency standards
  • ALAM ranked in the top 10% of the world’s MET institutions by DNV SeaSkill
  • Joint development of world’s 1st Chemical e-Learning program with ABS


  • Accredited by Nautical Institute (UK) to conduct Basic and Advanced Dynamic Positioning courses at ALAM in accordance with NI’s Dynamic Positioning Operator Training Scheme
  • Framo Cargo Pumping System Installed at ALAM
  • Awarded Maritime Trainer of the Year Award at the 9th Sailor Today Sea and Shore awards India
  • Signed Memorandum of Agreement with Wavelink Maritime International (WMI) Singapore for collaboration in areas of programmes and to work together in providing qualified trainers to conduct various modules of the programmes offered in ALAM
  • Signed MOU with Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) Philippines, to strengthen business between both parties in terms of cooperation and to exchange ideas in the areas of mutual interest
  • Signed MOU with Cryostar SAS to conduct LNG related training for Cryostar at ALAM campus and to establish new training programmes on joint basis and acquired DFDE Gas Compressor from CRYOSTAR
  • ALAM students at USMMA received the Gold Star Best Academic Awards
  • ALAM cadets participated in Summer Camp 2010 at TUMSAT for the second consecutive year
  • Finalist for Seatrade Asia Awards 2010
  • Named the Best for Training and Crewing at the Lloyd’s List Asia Awards 2010
  • Shipowners Asia Pte. Ltd.  sponsored the 1st Best Post-Sea Student Award
  • First Private Higher Educational Institution to set-up Royal Malaysian Naval Reserve Unit
  • Signed MoU with Korea Maritime University (KMU)


  • Obtained International Accreditations for BOSIET courses by OPITO
  • ALAM CEO conferred as Honorary Commander of Naval Reservist Unit, the first Commander for ALAM’s PALAPES –Laut
  • Official Launching of ALAM’s PALAPES – Laut by Chief of Navy, RMN
  • ALAM signed MoU with Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering, Brunei Darussalam
  • ALAM signed MOU with Nantong Shipping College, PRC
  • ALAM signed MOU with FELDA 
  • ALAM is the first MET to receive the Statement of Compliance (SOC) of ILO MLC 2006 for Shipboard Catering Management Course from Lloyd’s Register
  • ALAM is an OPITO approved MET after successfully accredited as an OPITO Approved Training Provider
  • Finalist for Seatrade Asia Awards 2011
  • ALAM is officially a designated training provider of the PETRONAS Group together with PERMATA and INSTEP as a centre for staff development for the PETRONAS Group
  • ALAM LICOS Simulator based trainings are under the Tanker Officers Training Standards (TOTS) scheme and verified by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Launching of the newly built Atlantic 2 accommodation with 48 twin sharing rooms complete with TV and cable services, internet and kitchenette facilities


  • ALAM held the single largest maritime convocation in Malaysia with 507 graduates
  • The relocation of ALAM branch campus in Batu Rakit, Terengganu to the Melaka campus and now the Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering cadets study in one unified campus
  • ALAM signed MOU with Germanischer Lloyd Academy, Singapore
  • ALAM signed MOU with Shell Marine Products, Singapore
  • ALAM and ABS launch Chemical E-Learning Programme
  • ALAM and MARDEP jointly organize the IMO Regional Training for Simulator Trainer 2012


  • Lloyd’s Register certified ALAM’s training to be in compliance with INTERTANKO Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) and Standards of the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO)
  • Successfully launched Chemical e-learning programme in collaboration with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). This online e-learning tool was developed in accordance with the requirements stated in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers and the relevant IMO model courses.
  • Acknowledged at the IMO for contributions in developing IMO model courses for:
    • Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch
    • Application of Leadership and Team Working Skills
    • Electro Technical Officer
  • Successfully completed 15 research and consultancy projects in FY2013, 11 were projects for PETRONAS and MISC Group.
  • Commissioning of the first batch of ALAM PALAPES Laut consisting of 17 Acting Sub-Lieutenant RMNVR at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)


  • Engaged by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) as their research partner in maritime research and development.
  • Received full approval to conduct mandatory Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 2010 Manila Amendments for preparatory and modular courses.
  • The only recognized Academy in Malaysia for pilotage training
  • Commissioned to conduct real-time ship simulation for PFLNG1 for PETRONAS
  • Played host to members of the maritime fraternity from all around the globe at the annual Global Maritime Education and Training Association’s (GLOBALMET) conference. This gathering has given prominence to ALAM as one of the forefront in the MET industry, and to lift further the Academy’s reputable status amongst the maritime community from around the world
  • ALAM’s research capability was recognized by the Malaysian government and is listed under 1DANA in the category of maritime research and consultancy
  • 20 ALAM PALAPES Laut cadets were commissioned at the Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim, Perak; amongst 1,584 cadets from 12 universities and colleges throughout Malaysia. At the ceremony, ALAM’s very own Wan Aris bin Wan Razali won the title of Best Overall Cadet.


  • Achieved the highest rating of 6-Star in the International Student Services category and 5-Star Rating for both the College Based category and Cluster Based category for the Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges (MyQUEST) 2014/2015
  • Awarded Best Maritime Training Institute in Malaysia during the World Maritime Day (WMD) 2015 celebration
  • Nominated as a contending finalist in the Lloyd’s Register Asia Awards 2015
  • The largest number of female graduates ever produced by ALAM at ALAM’s 112th convocation ceremony with 22 female graduates
  • Celebrated 111 Rating graduates complied with the 2010 Manila Amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention at ALAM’s 113th Certificate Presentation Ceremony
  • Secured 265 scholarships for school leavers through its cadetship and rating programmes with support from various maritime and shipping organizations
  • Signed MOU with Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to provide 17 competency and modular courses in compliance with STCW to over 480 MMEA officers
  • Launched the Maritime Library and Resource Centre portal which provides ready references and tools to assist students in their studies and projects


  • Approved Training Centre for Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) Training at SKM Level 3 accredited by Department of Skills Development (JPK), Ministry of Human Resources
  • 8 ALAM trainers certified as National Skills Standard (NOSS) trainer by Centre for Instructor and Advanced Skill Training (CIAST), Ministry of Human Resource
  • Certified and upgraded with the new ISO 9001:2015 from Scientific and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM)
  • Finalist for Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific 2017 under the Excellence in Training Award
  • Signed International Collaborative Agreement with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
  • Signed MOU with Mokpo National Maritime University, Korea
  • Signed MOU with Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran Johor
  • Signed MOU with Institut Latihan Sultan Ahmad Shah (ILSAS)
  • Signed MOU with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
  • Signed MOU with Denmark Hydrographic Institute (DHI)
  • Signed MOU with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


  • For the second time, achieved the highest rating of 6-Star in the International Student Services category and 5-Star Rating for both the College Based category and Cluster Based category for MyQUEST 2016/2017
  • Achieved the highest 5-Star Rating as a Training Provider for Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF)
  • Named the Best in Maritime Education & Training by the Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia 2017, one of the region’s most prestigious industry awards
  • Finalist for Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific 2017 under the Excellence in Training Award
  • Hosted students from Mokpo National Maritime University, Korea under their students exchange programme
  • Hosted students from Nantong University, China under their students exchange programme


Timeline: Malaysia’s Evolution as a Maritime Nation

This article was published by Ships and Shipping, August 2009.
By Nazery Khalid, Senior Fellow, Maritime Institute of Malaysia



Malaysia starts transformation from an agricultural and commodities-dependent economy to one that is manufacturing and trade-based by setting up its own commercial shipping line for exports.

1980s to 1990s

Ports around the world went through rapid development to support the dramatic growth of the South East Asian region.


Port Klang became the national load centre for the hinterland. Port of Tanjung Pelepas designated as a transshipment hub port.


Malaysia is among the 20th largest trading nation in the world (approximately 1.4% of global trade). A step closer to its aspirations as a Maritime Nation.