The Institute's Center for Maritime Education (CME) empowers mariners with valuable training, providing professional advancement opportunities through SCI-developed and USCG-approved courses. Instructors train mariners utilizing expertise in adult education principles and the latest computer simulation technology.
The Institute’s training programs provide continuing education that saves both crew and passenger lives and meets the challenges faced in the new millennium of maritime security. SCI staff works with experts from various fields preparing curricula and designing simulator exercises.
SCI’s computer simulators rank top in the world. They challenge mariners’ reactions and skills with highly dynamic exercises, interactive and unique to each mariner’s judgment and decision-making. SCI has more than 20 years of multi-bridge interactive simulation experience.
In January 2017, CME passed rigorous third-party audits at its facilities in Houston, TX and Paducah, KY, contracting with WCS Quality Registrars, LLC for the evaluation and certification of its Quality Management System to ISO 9001:2015. This makes CME the first maritime training center in the United States to receive ISO 9001 certification.
The ISO 9001 quality management system is recognized by the USCG as a Quality Systems Standard and significantly strengthens SCI’s multi-faceted maritime education program. The scope of certification is: the Provision of Marine Simulator Training, Online Courses, Marine Feasibility Studies, Marine Incident Recreation and Solution Development, USCG License Assessments, and other related services and products.
View the CME official Quality Policy here.
View the CME Simulation Terms of Reference here.
9650 High Level Road
Houston TX 77029
SCI’s Center for Maritime Education opened in Houston in 2001. Each year, SCI trains more than 600 mariners at this location. Connecting the Gulf of Mexico to Houston, Houston’s shipping channel sees almost 5,000 ships and 40,000 barges pass through annually, and Houston is home to the largest petrochemical complex in the nation. Training in the Port of Houston mirrors the diversity of the Port with instruction for both deep-sea and intra-coastal mariners.
129 South Water Street
Paducah KY 42001
Opened in 1997, the Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY trains over 1,000 mariners each year. Situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, the Center occupies part of a historic water-front building. The insides of that building, however, contain some of the world’s most sophisticated computer equipment for training mariners.
Outside of the town’s center sits SCI’s second Paducah, KY campus. The fire field, part of SCI’s Maritime Fire Fighting Program, surrounds a fire fighting simulator constructed using the top portion of a towboat. SCI administers the only specifically designed program to teach crucial firefighting skills to mariners who work on the inland rivers.