The Marine Training Institute, newly opened near Houma, Louisiana, is North America’s only Furuno ECDIS-certified training facility. The Institute is a place where mariners can master the operations of vessel technology by using simulators that apply real-life skills to the real-world challenges and experiences of the marine environment.

The Marine Training Institute offers a variety of courses that are required for certification, in addition to training for operation and maintenance of navigation systems and vessel control.  The Institute provides hands-on DP training with the use of the cutting-edge Beier IVCS 4000 Dynamic Positioning System.

Accredited by the Nautical Institute in London for standards of excellence in training maritime professionals in the principles of operating a DP system in a working environment, the Institute’s facility utilizes fully-computerized simulators to allow mariners the most realistic training experience possible.

The Institute’s program offers both the basic and induction courses, as well as an advanced/simulator course, all at their central location, which is conveniently located near the ports of the Gulf of Mexico in South Louisiana.



The Marine Training institute is located just off US Route 90, a few miles from Houma, LA.

4228 W Main Street,
Gray, LA 70359                                                                                                                                                                               (985) 873-0031

The Marine Training institute offers the following courses:

  • ECDIS Certification
  • Dynamic Positioning Basic (Induction) Course (200)
  • Dynamic Positioning Advanced (Simulator) Course (300)

All classes start at 8:00am, and registration begins at 7:30am.  For more detailed information about these courses, please see the Courses page on the Institute’s website.  Currently, the Institute is open from 7:00am to 5:00pm daily; however, night classes may be introduced later this year.

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