Founded in 1960 and based in Morgan City, LA the Marine/Oil and Gas Center is a training center for the maritime industry.  The Marine Department was formerly located on a donated ship that was tied to the Front Street docs in Morgan City, but as the oil industry changed, the Department changed along with it.  In 1972, the Department moved to the Young Memorial Campus, and since then has stepped forward and established itself as a premier center for maritime training.

In 2005, the Center moved part of its training structure to a new site at 3225 Youngs Road, where they offer water-front access for training.  The new site includes a hydraulic crane, GMDSS lab, a flashover fire trainer, and a state-of-the-art radar simulation lab.

Course Offerings/Certifications Available

Courses at the STAR Center fall into the following categories:

  • USCG

Master 100/200

      • Radar Observer
      • Radar Recertification


      • Basic Safety Training (And Basic Refresher)


      • Bridge Resource Management 1600 ton

STCW Survival Craft

       Able Seaman

      • Able Seaman Online
      • Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting

Apprentice Mate (Steersman)

      • Flashing Lights
  • Safety Courses
    • Fall Protection
    • Rigging
    • Safe Gulf-Safe Land
    • Water Survival
    • Water Survival with Helicopter Egression


There are a variety of hotels conveniently located to the training center.  To find the accommodation that best suits your needs, see the list of lodging options on the Center’s website.

For more information about courses offered, please see the course offerings page of the Center’s website.  To apply online, go to the application site.

Do you want to know more about the Marine Award Program?  Visit our home page for a detailed overview or call us directly at 855-783-2385855-783-2385For eligibility requirements, click here.