(NORFOLK, Va.) — Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) announced Wednesday that it has been acquired by San Diego-based Abrams Marine Group Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“MAMA is a great training organization with a highly regarded team and world-class facilities,” said Abrams Marine Group CEO Dave Abrams. “The company is located in a strategic location for the growth of both our defense and commercial business segments.”
Abrams also owns the San Diego-based Training Resources Maritime Institute (TRLMI). “We will eventually merge MAMA and TRLMI into one organization under a new name to form the largest maritime training company in the U.S.,” Abrams said. “For now, the two companies will operate independently but collaboratively to maximize training opportunities for mariners.”
“We are excited to be joining forces with Dave and his team out in San Diego,” said Ed Narantowich, president of MAMA. “Both of our organizations are very focused on serving the mariner, and the combination of the two companies will provide mariners with the largest offering of training options with strategic locations on both coasts. Virginia and California are both primed for growth in the maritime sector with offshore energy, defense growth, and continued increase in maritime commerce. We will be there to develop current and future generations of mariners to support that growth.”
TRLMI is the largest privately held provider of maritime training in the western United States. The company’s main campus in San Diego is an 18,000-square-foot facility with 14 classrooms, bridge and engine room simulators, and many “hands on” training aids. The company has satellite locations in Alameda, Calif., and Honolulu, Hawaii. TRLMI has over 80 approved U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy courses to provide certifications in deck, engineering, weapons and safety requirements. For more information, visit www.TRLMI.com or contact Dave Abrams, CEO, at (619) 263-1638.
Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy is a vocational training center established for individuals who seek to enter the maritime profession, as well as mariners seeking to advance their careers. MAMA offers 90-plus Coast Guard-approved deck and engineering courses along with customized instruction. Facilities include a 31,000-square-foot main campus complete with state-of-the-art bridge and engine room simulation technology, and a satellite training center that houses firefighting, damage control and a new offshore wind training facility under construction to support Global Wind Organization-approved training. MAMA’s instructors are mostly retired Navy and merchant marine personnel with decades of real-world experience. For more information, visit www.mamatrains.com or contact Ed Narantowich, president, at (757) 520-1688.