Welcome to SAMTRA Cruise
Welcome to SAMTRA Cruise, the specialist Cruise Division of the South African Maritime Training Academy that offers Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) pre-sea training, professional maritime short courses, simulator training and Officer, Cadet and Rating training administration services.
With the continued growth of the cruising industry, more cruise ships visiting our shores and global job opportunities being offered to South Africans on cruise lines in a number of career paths – from hospitality to medical, wellness and beauty, security, retail and entertainment – we now offer specific STCW training and certification for cruise ship personnel. All our STCW training courses are accredited with the local flag state authority, The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
No matter how professionally qualified and experienced you maybe, no one leaves shore without the mandatory STCW Certification marine safety pre-sea training, as specified by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This training is the minimum legal requirement for all crew working at sea. It is essential knowledge needed to protect the lives of both guests and crew on-board any vessel – be it a superyacht, cruise ship or offshore vessel.
Our education and training rates among the best in the world. We are an IMO white list country, Maritime Labour Conventions (MLC) compliant and are a not-for-profit organisation. We offer a large variety of STCW courses at our training facilities in Simon’s Town, as well as additional logistical support including medical fitness assessments and transit documentation.
We are the only South African and African training facility that is a member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).
In addition, we have been appointed the official local ‘manning agent’ for two of the Carnival Maritime cruise lines: Costa and Aida. This is for technical crew. For more information on current vacancies, click here