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Devenir officier de la marine marchande


Heir to the Hydrography schools, to Colbert, to the « Hydros », then to the Ecole Nationale de la Marine Marchande (ENMM), the French Maritime Academy (ENSM) provides high level training courses in the maritime and paramaritime sectors to Merchant Marine Officers. Its values are the same as mariners: open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity and rigor, respect for others and the environment, honesty, loyalty, humility, versatility, sense of responsibility, autonomy, trust in others, solidarity, mutual aid, social advancement…
The profession as a seafarer is composed of different jobs: engineer, energy producer and distributor, fresh water producer and distributor, cold producer and distributor, administrator, multicultural team manager, captain, logistician…
A vessel is a combination of small factories and companies which have to be managed with a wide autonomy and with important responsibilities towards the vessel, the crew’s safety and the cargo on board.

The training courses provided by the ENSM have to comply with maritime safety and security, commercial issues and sustainable development.
All of these stakes require a high level of quality training. The training courses are followed up by on board time, mainly under French flag which is globally recognised as being one of the safest worldwide. It ranks sixth on the white list of the Memorandum de Paris

The ENSM employs experienced teachers from the maritime sector and researchers, and has specific educational material : navigation simulators, machinery simulators, ECDIS simulators, dynamic positioning simulators, steam plants.
The development of research in the maritime safety and security sectors as well as the human factors and energy efficiency ones, are part of the school’s priorities.

Les métiers

The students join the ENSM after taking an entrance exam (O1MM-1st Class Officer and machinery watchkeeping officer/Chief Engineer 8000kW), by applying for the course (international bridge watchkeeping officer-OCQPI, preparatory course to OCQPI) or according to their qualifications (O1MM or electronician and merchant navy systems officer-OESMM).
The high level of training provided gives the students the opportunity to apply for high responsibility posts to companies working in the maritime sector.
The diplomas delivered by the ENSM allow to navigate on all seas, under all flags and on all types of merchant marine ships: carrier, oceanographic and seismic research, laying and maintenance of underwater cables, underwater engineering, drilling, Offshore professions, maintenance of Offshore wind farms and hydrokinetics installations, pilotage, towing, high seas assistance…
Élève de l'ENSM sur un simulateur de navigation
In 2018, the ENSM is preparing over 1,200 students for around 20 diplomas.

Listen to the testimony of a merchant maritime officer dedicated to safety at sea on France-Inter.
Read the article “Au cœur de l’ENSM, l’école de l’écume “, on L’Étudiant / 06-11-2017

Voir nos formations

Une jeune école historique


Créée le 1er octobre 2010, l’ENSM est sous la tutelle du Ministère de la mer.  Elle délivre des formations maritimes supérieures d’officier de la marine marchande et d’ingénieur en génie maritime. Les cursus durent entre 3  et 5,5 ans.

Héritière des écoles d’Hydrographie de Colbert,  elle est aussi le fruit de la fusion des ENMM du Havre, Saint-Malo, Nantes, et Marseille, qui sont donc devenues des sites ENSM.


Merchant Navy Cadet
Cadets and engine sumulator

Ancrée dans ses territoires et ouverte à l’international

Local development committees are setting up on each ENSM site. The School is engaged by agreement with its partners from higher education and the international and French maritime sectors.
ENSM supports the International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST). It is registered by the French Sailing Federation for its preparation to high seas racing and by the Nautical Institute for its dynamic positioning trainings.

Conditions d’aptitude physique à la profession de marin

Seafarers must meet the physical ability conditions as defined worldwide. Refer to the decree dated 30 January 2015 modifying the decree dated 16 April 1986 related to the physical ability to the seafaring job, on board merchant, fishing and yacht-type ships.
Vocational training and social advancement.

Formation continue et promotion sociale

With expertise being its strong point and having state-of-the-art educational equipment, the ENSM offers short or long course schedules within the framework of social advancement, of the reaccreditation of certificates, and of university training.
Beyond the maritime and paramaritime sectors, the ENSM trains specialists in the safety and security, business risk and human factors sectors.
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