About Us


We aim to continuously contribute to the growth of individuals and organisations to ensure they are qualified to deliver results at the highest levels of performance. To do so, we engage in the most suitable solutions in training, assessment and development.
We aspire to become the premier Training Institute for maritime students in Sri Lanka and overseas. Our students’ needs are our utmost priority. They inspire us to develop and innovate while motivating us to create competent and holistic personalities through the delivery of lifelong learning programmes.

"Our goal at Mercantile Seamen Training Institute Limited is to be a recognized worldwide as a top quality service provider to the international marine industry in Maritime Training".

Accordingly it is our policy to:

  • Provide services to our customers which are consistent with their needs and expectations and build all working relationships based on loyalty and mutual respect.
  • Promote Pride & Professionalism in all our activities by promoting continued proficiency and updating knowledge on current and future needs.
  • Promote Safety at Sea, Prevention of Injury, loss of life, damage to property and environmental pollution while adhering to international, local, statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Continually improve our management system to achieve the objectives which are set as key performance indicators.


Issue no: 01
Issue date: 01/07/2018

The mission of Mercmarine Training is twofold. One is to impart academic knowledge of the techniques required by a seafarer, and the other is to provide practical training in the skills that come from long years of experience acquired at sea by professional seamen.

During the past two decades we have seen significant changes in the life of a seaman. Previously ships had large crews, and young sailors spent up to one year at sea during their training. This provided the time and opportunity for them to learn on the job, from experienced seniors. Now the ships are more sophisticated, crews are smaller and their voyages are shorter. As a result new recruits have to be well trained, disciplined and ready to take on challenges from day one, and our training methods have kept pace with these new requirements.

In addition the strict international shipping industry regulations require a high standard of professionalism to operate ships in international waters. Each crew member has a responsibility towards the rest of the team, and it is vital that they play their part perfectly if they are to succeed. Hence the need for formal, bespoke training for the officers and seamen of shipping companies, so that when a seaman gets on a ship he or she is fully trained and confident. That is the function of Mercmarine Training.

We provide training in Shipboarding, Ship Management and Crew Management. The Mercmarine Group provides the resources necessary to keep Mercmarine Training focussed on the task. We have the latest of equipment, and a highly skilled faculty with long experience in all practical aspects of the shipping industry.

Mercmarine has been training seafarers for the past 35 years with great success, and we look forward to many more years of creating opportunities for young men and women to enter the exciting world of shipping.


Mercmarine is proud of its 35 years - plus history of expertise in maritime training and education.  

Established in 1986, Mercmarine is the first private maritime training facility in Sri Lanka. Its German-owned parent company has over 100 years of experience in shipping while its local parent company has over 25 years of experience in crew management. The wealth of experince is channeled towards providing the best possible training for students. Given that the training facility is equipped with the best technologies and the training is headed by master mariners and Chief Engineers, a love for seafaring will soon be cultivated. In addition to showcasing an extraordinary amount of experience, Mercmarine has also upheld German standards in establishing its training facility which simulates real-ship environments. Mercmarine is a responsible training partner with training based on the market demand and its well-experienced staff members have an impeccable track record in sailing.


Mercmarine is proud of the many steps that have led to the success it enjoys today, with over 35 years of experience in maritime training as the first maritime training institute in Sri Lanka.

  • ISO 9001 : 2015 - Provision of maritime training for officers and ratings.

  • Director General merchant-shipping approved training centre - endorsed by the Indian government agency that assesses the environment of Indian registered ships and training institutes.

  • ISO 9001 certified - Received quality certification with focus on customer satisfaction.

  • Won the Lloyd’s List Salute to Maritime Excellence Award in 2001 - The award recognizes excellence and leadership in maritime training.

  • Started the Officer Cadet Programme in July 2004 - Mercmarine has been successfully training cadets to take on leadership roles.

  • Implemented an advanced technical navigational simulator in October 2012 - In keeping with advanced maritime training in Sri Lanka, Mercmarine introduced an advanced technical navigational simulator.

  • Won the Sea Trade Education and Training award in 2012 and 2013 - In addition to the Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinent, this award also acknowledges contributions to the maritime field from the African region.

  • GL approved training centre - DNV GL is an international certification body which has currently certified over 13,175 vessels.

  • Won the Maritime Standard Award in 2014 - The Maritime Standard Award is the most pre-eminent award in the Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinent maritime and shipping calendar.

  • Set up an advanced engine simulator system in 2015 - Mercmarine inaugurated a state-of-the-art engine simulator which is the most advanced in Sri Lanka.


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