Six (6) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MSAP

By C/O John R. Jaromahum

1.  What is MSAP?

The Maritime School Assessment Program (MSAP) is a nationwide standard academic assessment test for regular second year students taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) or Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE).

The program is wholly supported by the International Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) in Tokyo, Japan and is implemented by the Manila-based Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council, Inc. (PJMCCC). IMMAJ is an association of 96 Japanese ship owners. It counts among its members some of the largest shipping companies in the world such as Mitsui-OSK Lines, NYK Lines and K-line. IMMAJ employs up to 30,000 Filipino seafarers at any one time. PJMCC is the association of 65 Filipino manning companies that provide seafarers to vessel’s owned and controlled by the IMMAJ members.

2.   What are goals and objectives of MSAP?

The goals and objectives of MSAP are:

  1. To assess the performance of BSMT and BSMarE students presently enrolled in maritime schools via a standard academic test which covers English, Mathematics and fundamental Deck/Engine Technical subjects.
  2. To benchmark Philippine Maritime Schools against industry set-standards of academic performance for maritime students based on the examination results.
  3. To assist maritime schools identify their strengths and areas of improvement based on the performance of students who took the examination.
  4. To assist maritime schools in terms of faculty upgrading to ensure quality of instruction hence improve the quality of graduates coming from their institutions.
  5. To give maritime schools a level-playing field in terms of recruitment/employment opportunities for their students/graduates.
  6. To reward deserving students with Cadetship slots reference MSAP-related programs implemented in partnership with the government and other industry associations belonging to the Joint Manning Group (JMG)

 3.  What are the benefits of MSAP?

The benefits are:

Three (3) months accredited shipboard training onboard the T/S Kapitan Felix Oca with a monthly stipend of USD60.00 for 120 MSAP passers who are accepted to the IMMAJ-PJMCC Cadetship Training Program (CTP).

Nine (9) months fully subsidized shipboard training on board a Japanese vessel with a monthly s            tipend of USD235.00 for those who are qualified in item 2 above.

Additionally, manning companies, who are the end-users of the graduates from maritime schools, have committed to give preference to MSAP qualifiers when recruiting additional cadets for their ship owner principals.

The MSAP is supported by the members of the Philippine Association of Maritime Institution (PAMI) as well as some non-members. Maritime schools who participated in the past exercises have seen the Program’s merit as it gives them required feedback as to the strong points that they have and the areas they should improve on. The MSAP also gives the Maritime School a level playing field in terms of recruitment/employment of the students/graduates.

4.   What shall I study for the MSAP?


  1. Terrestrial Navigation
  2. Collision Regulation
  3. Cargo Handling and Stowage


  1. Electro-Technology
  2. Engineering Materials
  3. Machine Tools

Both for BSMT and BSMARE

1. English – Usage, Vocabulary and Comprehension

2. Mathematics – Computation, Conversion and Measurement, Basic Algebra, Plane Trigonometry

3. Ships, Ship Routines and construction      (Seamanship I)

4. Basic Safety

5. What will I bring on the day of the Exam?

a. Student ID card

b. Pencil No.2

Note:  (ball pens, calculators, cell phones are not allowed)

 6. What is the TIME and VENUE of MSAP exam?

Usually the date of MSAP exam falls on the 2nd week of February and it starts at around 7:00 am. It is conducted at Capitol University NANUME Library.

Source:   MSAP Secretariat

                Ms. Aloe C. Ramos – Admin & Training Officer IMMAJ-PJMCC Foundation, Inc.


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