Merchant Marine Academies were established in 1998, as a continuation of the Merchant Marine Schools of Higher Education and are directed by the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, and Shipping. The objective of Merchant Marine Academies are to train students as either Deck or Engine officers of the Merchant Marine.

The Merchant Marine Academy of Macedonia is the second in size educational institution for marine officers in Greece and the only higher educational institution in the Northern Greece. The Merchant Marine Academy of Macedonia was established in 1973, in Nea Mihaniona, 30 km from Thessaloniki. The Academy is located in a seaside area of 40.000 square meters. The area covered by buildings is 10.000 square meters large. There are lectures halls, a lot of laboratories (electrical, electronics, machinery workshops, computer labs, diesel engines, auxiliary machinery, navigation, communication, navigation electronic equipment, etc.), also an ARPA system simulator, a GMDSS simulator, and a full ship engine simulator. Furthermore, there is a special lab for English language learning. The Academy has modern facilities for the accommodation of 350 students.

The courses last for 4 years; that is 6 semesters of theoretical studies in the Academies and 2 semesters of rewarded vocational training on board ships. In this way the theoretical studies in the Academy interchange with training on board and the students are provided with high standard educational experiences and acquire specialized knowledge which corresponds  to the most current technological developments.

The graduates of the Academy are awarded a Certificate of Studies of Higher Education and the Diploma of the 3rd Officer of Merchant Marine. Since the establishment of the Academy, 1036 students have graduated the Department of Navigation and other 1319 the Department of Marine Engineering. During the current Academic Year, there are 230 students in all semesters of the Navigation Department and 560 students in all the semesters of the Marine Engineering Department.

Marine Engineering Department

The basic aim of the Marine Engineering Department of the Merchant Marine Academy of Macedonia is the dissemination of scientific knowledge and practical applications in all fields related to marine engineering and modern ship machinery technology.

The Marine Engineering Department provides the students with a place where they are supported by professional, well experienced teaching staff, buildings, equipment, modern laboratories, and up to date engine room simulators. The Marine Engineering Department follows the international trends in educational development according to the standards of STCW and IMO, creates collaborations with other domestic and abroad institutes - universities, develops close relations with the private sector of marine technology in order for our students to have better chances in the international marine business environment. Finally, it participates in research programs co-funded by the European Union.

Τhe educational program of the Marine Engineering Department is designed to prepare students to pursue a career at sea as a ship's engineer officer in the commercial marine industry. Marine engineer officers occupy positions from junior officer to chief engineer and are responsible for the safe and continuous operation of machinery and power systems on the vessels they are employed on. Besides, at professional level, they may become involved as a marine superintendent or a surveyor at new ship’s constructions and repairs.

Engine Room Simulator

The engine room simulator plant at the Merchant Marine Academy of Macedonia is designed, implemented, and integrated by Kongsberg Nor control Simulation. The simulator is divided into two main parts: The Simulated Engine Room and the Instructor system. The simulated main engine is a B&W 5L90 MC, five cylinder in-line, low speed, two stroke engine with turbo-charging and scavenging air cooling. The continuous 
service rating of the main engine is 17.4 MW. The electrical plant includes two diesel generators, one turbo generator, one shaft generator/motor, and one 180 kW emergency generator. The steam plant includes a D type steam boiler, an exhaust boiler, two cargo turbines, condensing and feed water systems.

A control room operator station and panels and bridge and steering panels are included. The following dynamic models and features are included: Sea & LT/HT fresh water systems, an electrical power plant, start & service air compressors, electrical power and pump management - manual and automatic, a steam plant, diesel/heavy fuel oil systems, lubricating oil systems, stern tube systems, a propeller servo LO system, a CPP bow thruster, a steering gear/autopilot, turbo charger systems, a main engine control system, a FO high pressure system, cylinder indication diagrams, piston ring monitoring, a main Engine bearing system, a bilge wells & bilge separator, an incinerator plant, a refrigeration system, a ship loading system, a CO2 scavenging air box fire extinguish system, a remote CO2 release, emergency stops & quick release valves.

The simulation models have been configured by the Operator Training Industrial Simulation System software that it has been developed by Special Analysis and Simulation Technology Ltd, England. The simulation models are configured by means of the OTISS software concept (Operator Training Industrial Simulation System) developed by SAST, Special Analysis and simulation Technology Ltd, England. The operator Man-Machine Interface (MMI) is realized by means of the EMULA Graphic Software Package developed by the Institute of Energy Technology (IFE), Halden, Norway.

The simulated engine room is arranged as subsystems identical to those found onboard a real ship. The engine room subsystems are presented as Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) on the workstations by means of the EMULA Graphic Software. The subsystems are further broken down into model units (tanks, valves, pipes, etc.) configured by the OTISS System. The PPT2000 Simulator is implemented on a network of Windows workstations with an Instructor Station used as a common server. The network is an Ethernet (protocol UDP/IP).

Simulator training or research projects of the Merchant Marine Academy of Macedonia are realized in the following phases: Proposal Phase, Data collection and implementation, simulation and data recording, Analysis and Reporting. The instructor system of the engine room simulator comprises the facilities and features needed for the instructor to prepare, control, and evaluate the simulator training courses or research studies. The installed engine room simulator has the ability to import 454 malfunctions. The Engine Room simulator is releasing the new “State of the Art” Monitoring and Assessment system of Kongsberg.