The Merchant Shipping Act prescribes the minimum qualifications for officers to operate merchant ships. Under the Ministry of Surface Transport, examinations are held by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) for the grant of certificates of competency to the officers. The examination rules require that in addition to the prescribed sea service, the aspiring officers must attend preparatory courses in an approved education institute.

Marine Education Charitable Trust (MECT) conducts a number of DGS approved courses. The various courses are covered under STCW convention. The institute is devoted to meticulous planning, organising and conducting the DGS approved courses.

The teaching material, aids and skill are being continuously improved and updated and new courses are being added over the years to keep pace with continuously changing technology. With years of effective teaching experience and number of qualified teachers this institute is having one of the best team of faculty in the country. A Quality management as per latest standard ISO 9001:2015 is in place. This institute has been graded as (A1), the best in the gradation during COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION PROGRAMME (CIP) carried out by Classification society (IRS) as per DGS directive.

In Nov 2015 a new campus was inaugurated in another location mainly for conducting basic STCW courses and advance fire-fighting.

Since setting sails in the year 2000, thousands of students have been trained under the care of a cluster of academicians in this institute. We owe our current status and reputation to those academicians and strive to emulate them to make the MECT the ultimate destination for quality training and transfer of knowledge.