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Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)

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ALAM-egm12.jpg Akademi Laut Malaysia or better known as ALAM is Malaysia's premier institution for maritime education and training. ALAM has two campuses; the main campus is at the pristine Kuala Linggi, Melaka over looking the busy Straits of Melaka. ALAM's branch campus is situated in Batu Rakit, a scenic town along the coastal line of Kuala Terengganu.

ALAM's vision is 'To Be a Leader in Maritime Education and Training'. Its mission is 'To facilitate value-added learning via a conducive environment to our clients in the maritime industry'.

ALAM had guided more than 10 thousand of young aspirants towards a rewarding and assured maritime future and will continue to propel forward as aspirants of world class maritime and education excellence.

The History
The story of the Academy began in 1977. The need to train and prepare Malaysians for the exciting maritime industry was addressed with the establishment of a non-profit making body called MATES (Malaysian Training and Education for Seamen) Foundation. Consisting of the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC) (now known as MISC Berhad), International Shipping Carriers Hong Kong and the Malaysian Ministry of Transport as their main promoters, the foundation soon pioneered the Maritime Training Centre (MTC) in 1977.

In 1981, the MTC was upgraded to an academy with the award of a government charter by former Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and named Akademi Laut Malaysia. The Academy was subsequently administratively placed under the supervision of the Implementation and Coordination Unit, Prime Minister's Department.

In 1997, ALAM was privatised to Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMA), a consortium comprising Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (now MISC Berhad), Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Penang Shipbuilding and Construction Sdn. Bhd. and Klang Port Management Sdn. Bhd. And now, ALAM is fully owned by MISC Berhad.

ALAM Today

ALAM-egm12-1.jpg ALAM is committed towards being a recognized leader in regional maritime training excellence. ALAM's specialized education system is one of the most fulfilling in the region. A balance of professional regimentation with a challenging college environment, ALAM's system is a structured blend of classroom instruction, practical training and professional development skills.

Structured to facilitate and equip students with competence beyond compliance and working in collaboration with both local and international maritime-related organisations and institutions, ALAM creates a path heading towards a satisfying and assured career in the Malaysian and global maritime industry.

ALAM continuously stresses on providing quality education and training. All courses meet national and international Maritime Education and Training standards. ALAM's Quality Management System is in line with the guidelines contained in various international standards.


ALAM offers expertise from permanent local and expatriate lecturers and instructors with professional qualifications and extensive working and teaching experience.

Education and training programmes conducted by ALAM are designed not only to meet but exceed the minimum level of skills and competencies stipulated in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1978 Convention as amended in 1995 and other relevant national and international standards and guidelines.

To date, ALAM has trained over 10,000 graduates who became master mariners, marine engineers, marine professionals, entrepreneurs, etc. ALAM hopes to attract more foreign students in the near future.

Programmes Outline

ALAM creates careers of distinction and honour.

Through ALAM's disciplined and professional education system, ALAM encourages its students to learn, lead, strategise and adapt. The curriculum provides a pathway towards a reputable career for the students in the maritime industry. ALAM's curriculum has been accredited with the DNV SeaSkivn on Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering courses (pre-sea and post-sea) and is benchmarked against MET leaders.

ALAM-egm12-2.jpg ALAM evaluates its students based on campus, training ship and industry exposure work. ALAM graduates continue to be top performers in their respective fields both at sea and ashore, and they are revered as professional, focused individuals who lead with pride and honour.

ALAM offers a complete range of maritime related courses and to date, more than 150 different types of maritime courses are offered. New updated courses are continuously being developed to provide the industry with the latest in technological and legislative knowledge.

Education and training programmes are categorised into five main groups, namely :

  • Nautical Studies
  • Marine Engineering
  • Maritime and Offshore Safety Training
  • Maritime Management Studies
  • Simulator Based Training

ALAM offers two diploma programmes for SPM leavers :

  • Diploma in Nautical Studies
  • Diploma in Marine Engineering
Entry Requirements
  • Single, male or female, not more than 23 years of age
  • SPM with minimum "C" or with strong credits in 5 subjects which include Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics / Additional Mathematics and Physics for Diploma in Nautical Studies
  • SPM with minimum "C" or with strong credits in 5 subjects which include Bahasa Malaysia, English, Additional Mathematics and Physics for Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • Mentally, physically and medically fit
  • Minimum height of 158cm and weight of 48kg for male applicants (BMI: 18.5 – 24.9)
  • Minimum height of 155cm and weight of 42kg for female applicants (BMI: 18.5 – 24.9)
  • Not colour blind
  • Good eyesight without visual aid for Navigating Officer Cadets
  • Visual aid with a limitation of 200 for Marine Engineering Officer Cadets


Every year, more than 300 sponsorships are offered by :

  • Local and international shipping companies
  • Government agencies
  • Port operators
  • Oil / Gas companies
  • Offshore oil and gas marine support vessels operators

Learning Facilities & Resources

ALAM's unique education system is equipped with modern state-of-the-art training facilities and ALAM aims to be the maritime academy of Akademi Laut Malaysia choice for young school leavers who dream of a disciplined and rewarding future. Amongst the most advanced in the country, ALAM's high-tech facilities are vital for the continuous progressive growth of its students.

  • State-of-the-art Simulation Centre
  • M.T Pernas Propane Training Ship
  • Resource Centre with Internet facilities (wi-fi)
  • Language Laboratory
  • Swimming Pool
  • Lecture Halls and Classrooms
  • On campus accommodation
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Multimedia Computer Laboratory

Strategic Alliances & Accreditations

The maritime industry is undoubtedly global in nature. To capitalise and ensure that ALAM students are kept abreast with the latest maritime-related technologies and information, we have established strategic alliances with numerous reputable institutions and organisations worldwide.

Strategic alliances have been established with the following :

  • Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education
  • Malaysian Shipowners Association (MASA)
  • Institut Kelautan Malaysia (IKMAL)
  • Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA)
  • Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU)
  • International Associations of Maritime Institution (IAMI)
  • Committee of Experts – DNV SeaSkill
  • GlobalMET

ALAM is accredited both locally and internationally by :

  • Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
  • Malaysian Marine Department
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA)
  • European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
  • Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), United Kingdom
  • Norwegian Maritime Directorat

Recognition & Achievements

ALAM's strong focus on holistic training and development is acknowledged by leading maritime organisation. ALAM was recently awarded with the Best Crewing and Training Award at the Lloyd's List Asia Awards 2010 and Maritime Trainer of the Year 2010 by Sailor Today Sea and Shore Awards, India. ALAM was also selected as the finalists in the Seatrade Asia Award 2010 for the category 'The Education and Training Award'.

Recently, ALAM was also recognised as the first private higher learning institution in Malaysia to establish a Naval Reservist Programme (PALAPES-Laut).

Contact Details

Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)

Window Delivery 2051,
Masjid Tanah Post Office
78300 Masjid Tanah

Type: Private College

Tel: 606-387 6201
Fax: 606-387 6700
Website: http://www.alam.edu.my

Other Campuses

Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM) Caw. Terengganu

Lot 9764, Blok T1
Mukim Bukit Rakit
21020 Kuala Terengganu

Type: Private College

Tel: 609-668 6400/609-668 2563
Fax: 609-668 6402
Website: http://www.alam.edu.my

Key Personnel

Mr. David Fredrick

Chief Executive Officer, Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)

Mr. David Fredrick is a Chief Marine Engineer by profession with 10 years' of sailing experience. He has been in a shipowner/operator company, MISC Berhad for the last 18 years holding various positions e.g. Superintendent, Fleet Manager and Senior Manager and Business Process Improvement and Capability Building in Fleet Management.

The last post he held was General Manager of Human Resource Management (Sea) managing a pool of over 3000 seafarers. He also headed the Emergency Response Team for crisis management and also the Company Security Officer (CSO) whilst in service with MISC Berhad.

Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Akademi laut Malaysia (ALAM), a post he has held since 1 October 2010. He was also conferred Honorary Commander of the Naval Reservist Unit.

Under his leadership, ALAM has achieved tremendous success in realising its vision to become a world class MET institution.

  • Establish links with reputable MET institutions
  • Placed ALAM in the world map for MET
  • Upgraded the facilities at ALAM
  • Restructured the organisation to better focus on the core business
  • Became the first private institution of higher learning in Malaysia to set up the Royal Malaysian Navy Reservist Unit
  • Increased the sponsorship from local agencies to cater for the ever growing demands locally in the shipping fraternity
  • Maintained amongst the top 10% of the world's MET institutions to offer maritime related training with world class educational and training standard (DNV annual benchmarking exercise)
  • Achieved international recognition such as the Maritime Trainer of the Year (2010) Award by Sailor Today, Lloyd's List Asia Award 2010 winner for Best in Training and Crewing and finalist for the Seatrade Asia Award 2010 for Education and Training.