10/28/2013 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION - Under a new agreement, the Center for Marine Training and Safety (CMTS) in Galveston will be jointly operated by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Texas A&M University at Galveston.
Rear Admiral Robert Smith III, USN (Ret.), Chief Executive Officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG), and TEEX Director Gary Sera recently signed an Intrasystem Cooperation Contract establishing the partnership.
TEEX now serves as the managing partner of the CMTS operations, while courses will be offered by both partners. The center is headquartered at Texas A&M University System facilities at 8701 Teichman Road , just off the Galveston causeway. The Teichman Road facility, with 12,000 square feet of newly remodeled classrooms and offices, includes over 2,000 feet of sheltered waterfront on Offatts Bayou, offering an ideal location for on-water training.
Courses offered at CMTS include job skill, safety and emergency response training for the Gulf of Mexico regional maritime, offshore drilling, and petrochemical workforce. In addition to courses at the Teichman Road facility, additional training is offered at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station and the TAMUG campus on Pelican Island, which has excellent classroom and waterfront facilities along the Galveston ship channel that are ideal for on-water training.
Specific courses offered through CMTS include fast rescue boat operation, lifeboat training, water survival, freshwater and coastal oil spill response, STCW basic safety training, and a variety of marine firefighting courses.