The Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific-Kamaya Point, committed to be one of the world’s best, was established on January 14, 1998 with 18 hectares of land equipped with the state of the art facilities and an academy that is at par with other world maritime schools in terms of academic excellence in maritime education and training.
Its primary objective is to meet the ever increasing demand of both local and foreign shipping companies with well disciplined, ably trained, competent and qualified deck officers and marine engineers who are readily at hand in a globally competitive maritime trade and industry.
Founded out of ideals and dreams of its Chairman Capt. Gregorio S. Oca, MAAP shall create and provide and educational environment responsible to the national and international goals and aspirations of the global community. It is run by a governing board from the AMOSUP, the private sectors, the Danish Shipowners Association, the Norwegian Shipowners Association, the Japanese Shipowners Association, the All Japan Seamens’ Union, the International Worker’s Transport Federation, the International Maritime Employees Committee, and the Filipino Association of Mariner’s Employment.
On July 12, MAAP opened its classes for the Orientation Program for the probationary midshipmen. Those who successfully passed the probationary period were recognized on August 12, 1999 during the “Oath Taking Ceremony” with Gov. Leonardo “Ding” Roman of Bataan as the guest of honor.
With permission from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), MAAP aligned its school calendar to that of foreign school calendar to make MAAP’s foreign faculty exchange program feasible.
On October 16, 1999, MAAP welcomed its first president Adm. Eduardo Ma. R. Santos AFP(Ret). This remarkable man who rose from the ranks to become the Philippine Navy’s OIC, is a strong advocate of teamwork and responsible leadership. With Adm. Santos at the helm, the destiny of MAAP as the future world class maritime academy is best assured. Foremost of his concerns are welfare of men/women, proper management and modernization of facilities/services.These qualities of the MAAP’s first president answer well to the mission of the academy.
2009 has been a milestone year for the MAAP. This year, the academy which was founded by Capt. Gregorio S. Oca, chairman of the Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), opened a second campus covering 82 hectares of land in a whole (includes the old campus).
Ahead of its inauguration in June 2009, the academy held a grand ceremony on April 7. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attended the event, as had other interested parties from Japan and the Philippines.
Two Japanese seafarer labor and management organizations -the All Japan Seamen’s Union (JSU) and the International Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ)- have contributed greatly to the construction of the new campus, and will be heavily involved in its operation; therefore its name will bear the initialism: the AJSU-IMMAJ Campus.
As the Japanese organizations’ involvement implies, the campus will exclusively train and educate the cadets to become officers in the Japanese commercial fleet.
The JSU-AMOSUP Training Levy Fund is supported by employer shipping companies in accordance with the labor agreements covering AMOSUP member mariners, and is used for various seamen training and education programs in the Philippines.
With the fund, the JSU and the IMMAJ have set up a scholarship system for MAAP students and plan to make it available for students at the new campus.
The JSU is also covering some of the cost of constructing MAAP’s new campus out of its own welfare fund, which was established in 1993 for improving the welfare of non-Japanese seamen.
Since the birth of MAAP, its administering board has not failed to standardize the academy’s facilities and equipment which are claimed to be at par with other world maritime schools in terms of technology. With the creation of AJSU-IMMAJ campus that was built next to existing campus on a huge site owned by AMOSUP with a total campus area of 82 hectares, MAAP once again showed its dominance to the shipping world.
The new campus situated on a hill where one can spy down on Manila Bay and Corregidor, an island located at the entrance of the bay. It consists of three main buildings- an academic building, which has regular classrooms, various simulators and laboratories, library; a dormitory, which can room as many as 1,000 midshipmen; and a dining hall. There are two ship-operation simulators (aside from those in the old campus) in the academic building and the greatest feature of the world’s largest 360-degree-view simulator -made in Scandinavia- is its floor that has a full range of motion. It can move up and down as well as side to side, to simulate the ship’s movement.
With its equipment, trainees are able to experience ship motion as if they were actually on board a ship. MAAP is the first maritime academy in Asia to have such simulator.
Japan Marine Science Inc.(JMS) manufactured the other simulator that can feature knowledge and experience demanded by the Japanese shipping industry.
The MAAP’s JSU-IMMAJ Campus can be regarded as a symbol of that cooperation, in terms of supplying seamen for Japanese commercial vessels. Almost all of the students who study at the campus will receive scholarships and after graduating, gain employment or manning assignments by various firms that make up the Japanese merchant fleet.
Japan will have the advantage of being able to secure high-level mariners, while Filipino cadets will find job security after graduation.