MSTI Relocates to New Premises in Dehiwala

Sri Lanka’s Premier Seamen Training Institute

Sri Lanka’s premier Merchant Marine Education provider, MSTI marked the beginning of a new chapter recently when the institute relocated itself to No 32, Station Road, Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia. MSTI, formerly known as Mercmarine Training, operated from its old premises at Maradana, Colombo 10 for a long period and relocated to Galle Road to offer enhanced service with better facilities to students.

MSTI was started in 1986 as Mercantile Seamen Training Institute (MSTI) and later became Mercmarine Training. The institute recently came under a new management under the leadership of Capt. Ajith Peris, effecting a return to the old brand name ‘MSTI’ to mark the beginning of a new journey.

As Sri Lanka’s first privately owned Seamen Training School, MSTI has produced thousands of Sri Lankan seafarers who went on to conquer the global seafaring industry over the last 37 years. MSTI has been offering courses for prospective Engineering Officers/Ratings, Navigation Officers/Ratings and Catering & Housekeeping professionals and they possess some of the most advanced training facilities for merchant navy training in the country. High tech simulators used for equipping trainee engineers and deck officers with practical knowledge provide testimony to the high standard of education MSTI provides.

MSTI also stands out for the quality of the lecture panel they employ since most of them are current sea-going master mariners equipped with most up-to-date practical knowledge about the trade. Since inception, MSTI has also been the trusted go-to place for professional mariners to obtain their professional qualifications which are critical for their career advancement.

It is not an exaggeration to say that the entire world is dependent on sea trade for its survival due to the fact that over 90% of the global trade is carried out via the sea. As a result merchant navy professionals are a well respected group of professionals that are in high demand globally and earn lavish income. Although Sri Lankans have historically shown relatively little interest in the profession, developing countries in Eastern Europe and Asia such as India and Philippine have taken an active interest in promoting the trade among their citizens and gone on to dominate the global sea trade, ensuring a steady flow of foreign exchange into their economies.

MSTI has been instrumental in uplifting Sri Lanka’s seafaring industry for the last four decades by creating awareness and educating thousands of Sri Lankan youth to take up careers in sea, thereby significantly contributing to the national economy. Marking a new chapter in their journey, MSTI hopes to continue its mission with renewed vigor and strength to create even more impact.

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