Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) began in 1981 as a New England branch of the Tidewater School of Navigation based in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1987 Capt. Adrian L. Lonsdale, USCG (Ret.), USMM (U.S. Merchant Marine), with experience as Mate and Master on merchant ships, as Captain of Coast Guard cutters and as a U. S. Navy Task Group Commander in Vietnam, assumed ownership and changed the name of the school to Northeast Maritime, Inc. The school became affiliated with Houston Marine Training Services with the object of preparing mariners for their U. S. Coast Guard license and document examinations through exam preparation programs.
In 1995, Eric R. Dawicki, USMM Third Mate and ship management consultant and his wife, Angela M. Dawicki, a biomedical engineer from Tulane University, assumed ownership of Northeast Maritime and in 1996, changed the school’s name to Northeast Maritime Institute. Efforts began to transform the school from an exam preparation facility into a complete maritime education and training institution to deliver U.S. Coast Guard approved “courses in lieu of examination” courses that complied with the International Convention on Standards of Training and Certification for Watchkeepers and Seafarers (STCW) 1978, as amended. NMI was the first school in the nation to develop STCW courses, starting with a Cold Water Survival Course that met the requirements section A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code.
The quality and effectiveness of Northeast Maritime Institute’s added programs and approved courses were recognized by the United States Coast Guard and the National Marine Fisheries Service awarded three grants to the Institute to train displaced fishermen for new careers in the merchant marine to transition towards a sustainable income.
In 1996, the Institute moved into larger quarters on Spring Street in downtown New Bedford and programs continued to expand. Further recognition of the excellence of its curriculum came in 1997 when the National Maritime Union board of trustees selected the Institute as a primary training facility for all union members to transition to STCW compliance. Northeast Maritime Institute has since received many recognitions in the industry for its excellence in maritime education and for the quality of its graduates. NMI graduates work in across all aspects of the industry, from small inland and coastal vessels, to offshore supply vessels, research vessels, to ocean-going tankers and cargo ships. Northeast Maritime Institute has worked in numerous countries around the world developing compliance and educational programs for nations to comply with maritime education and training protocols as well as maritime safety and security conventions. Programs have been delivered in Algeria, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominica, Georgia, Grenada, Lebanon, Nigeria, Poland, Qatar, South Africa, Sweden, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Yemen.
Numerous U.S. shipping companies have chosen Northeast Maritime Institute to provide a variety of training and USCG credentialing courses for their employees. Northeast Maritime Institute has grown into one of the most highly recognized and largest privately held maritime education facilities in the United States and has trained over 65,000 mariners since its inception. The Institute offers a broad spectrum of curriculum ranging from entry level training for unlicensed shipboard personnel, engineering license preparation, approved licenses deck officer courses, specialized vessel and cargo training, safety training and requalification training to certificates through a combination of on-site classroom instruction, simulator instruction, practical hands-on activities and through its learning management system, Northeast Maritime Online, NEMO⁰ which offers many courses in an online setting, reducing time spent away from home (USCG approval does require on-site proctored examinations and practical assessments, where required).
In 2012, through the determined efforts of President Dawicki and now Chief Operating Officer Heather Correia, NMI applied to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to become an Institute of Higher Learning. The Associate in Applied Science in Nautical Science degree program was granted provisional status in October 2014 and full status in December 2017. Northeast Maritime Institute’s College of Maritime Science was established and began to enroll students in January of 2015, becoming the first private maritime college in the United States delivering USCG licenses and credentials. The program is also approved by the Veterans Administration under the GI Bill.
The success of the College of Maritime Science and our new programs on Northeast Maritime Online - NEMO⁰ has positioned NMI to begin developing a strategic plan for carefully managed growth. It is fair to say that love, compassion and passion built Northeast Maritime Institute and was a key part of the drive to extend NMI into an institute of higher learning when founding the College of Maritime Science. May it forever continue!
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