Sea Year Training Program Criteria
Sea Year is a cooperative educational program designed to give cadets practical knowledge of the performance and operating characteristics of various classes of vessels, the operating requirements in different trade routes, and labor relations in the ocean shipping industry. Sea Year training, typically consists of a sailing period during a cadet’s sophomore year and a longer sailing period during a cadet’s junior year, and enables cadets to obtain the training days at sea necessary to become eligible for a U.S. Coast Guard merchant officer license examination.
On December 15, 2021, MARAD released the following documents to govern the Sea year:
- Every Mariner Builds A Respectful Culture (EMBARC) Standards
- Every Mariner Builds A Respectful Culture (EMBARC) Checklist
- Every Mariner Builds A Respectful Culture (EMBARC) U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Policies & Procedures
**MARAD can accept information to evidence compliance with EMBARC from Vessel Operators with active Maritime Security Program (MSP) Operating Agreements. With respect to other vessel operators, the publication of the MARAD EMBARC policy does not require the submission of any information at this time. MARAD will be able to accept information to evidence compliance with EMBARC from vessel operators not participating in the MSP only upon the approval and issuance of an information collection number by the Office of Management and Budget. Once MARAD has been issued the proper information collection for those vessel operators, MARAD will inform the public.