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Maritime Centers of Excellence


The Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Maritime Administrator, may designate certain eligible and qualified training entities as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE) and may subsequently execute Cooperative Agreements with CoE designees. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has developed the CoE Program to provide interested parties with comprehensive agency guidance on how best to apply for CoE designation.  However, conformity with this CoE applicant guidance, except where explicit in the statute, is voluntary only.  MARAD will review and consider all applications it receives and may contact applicants with questions to assist in reviewing their applications. The CoE Program is a voluntary program. Each eligible and qualified training entity is free to decide whether it wishes to participate in the program and apply for a CoE designation.

COE Applications are not being accepted at this time

 Upon receipt of an Information Collection number under the Paperwork Reduction Act, MARAD will issue a Federal Register requesting eligible training entities, who seek to be designated as a CoE, to apply with MARAD. The application should include information to demonstrate that the applicant institution meets certain eligibility criteria, designation requirements, and attributes consistent with 46 U.S.C. 54102. 

Once the Federal Register notice has been published, a link will be provided.

Updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020