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New Maritime Center

Maritime and Technical Training Center

San Jacinto College now owns waterfront property in the Bayport Terminal Facility in the Port of Houston on which our new Maritime Complex will be built.  After some dredging to widen the turning basin for larger ships that will be arriving with the completion of the widening of the Panama Canal, we will end up with just over 10 usable acres.

Initial space planning for the facility will take place in April and will include many outside maritime industry partners to make certain that we plan the very best facility possible.

More information will be announced as it becomes available.

Maritime Center Community Presentation - September 11, 2013

Maritime and Technical Training Center Information

  • Industry training demands across the Houston region are rising in preparation for the expansion of the Panama Canal, now in 2015.
  • Less than 1 percent of the workforce is in their 20s.
  • More than half of workers are near retirement age.
  • The need to certify more mariners is urgent.
  • Employment in water transportation occupations along the Gulf Coast region is expected to increase by almost 22 percent in the next six years.
  • More than 90 percent of what we touch, eat, wear, and use every day comes to the U.S. via water transportation.


  • San Jacinto College began offering maritime training in a leased facility along Highway 225 in February 2010.
  • College offerings:
  • Associate of Applied Science in International Business, Maritime and Logistics, with partnerships with Texas Southern University and University of Houston.
  • Articulation agreement with Texas A&M University at Galveston for the maritime administration program.
  • Meeting industry need for "more well-rounded, advanced entry-level mariners" through the Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technology.
  • San Jacinto College helps mariners keep their U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) certifications and licenses up to date due to updated technology and new maritime policy.
  • San Jacinto College has awarded more than 1,800 certificates for USCG-approved training to members of the local maritime industry.
  • Top five popular USCG-required courses are: Basic Safety Training, Tankerman PIC (Person in Charge), RADAR Unlimited, Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboat), and Apprentice Mate – Steersman.


FAQs - printable pdf

San Jacinto College Maritime and Technical Training Center - FAQs

As part of the 2008 bond referendum, San Jacinto College committed to constructing a workforce training center. With the expansion of the Panama Canal and a retiring maritime workforce, there is a strong demand for maritime training in Houston. San Jacinto College has purchased property along the Houston Ship Channel to construct a Maritime Technology Training Center.

Q: When will you start the project?
A: We hope to break ground in Spring 2014.

Q: How long will it take to complete construction?
A: We expect the project to take 12-15 months to complete once we break ground.

Q: What will be the noise impact of this project?
A: The construction noise will be similar to what you would hear on any commercial construction project. We are your neighbor and partner in the community and will be as considerate as possible. Once construction is complete, we expect the noise to be minimal with students visiting the center for training.

Q: Will there be an impact on drainage?
A: There will be no impact. Our project will not impede the waterflow of the Harris County Flood Control District.

Q: What will the impact be of lights at night?
A: We will be using directional LED lights so there will be minimal light pollution.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about this project?
A: Teri Crawford is the San Jacinto College community liaison for this project. The best way to reach her is email at You can also reach her during business hours at 281-998-6152.

San Jacinto College is your neighbor and partner in the community. This facility will be state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, and will incorporate exceptional energy efficiency. It will be beautifully landscaped and will be an asset to our community.

Maritime Center Location

Maritime Location

Aerial View

Maritime Aerial View

Inside View

Maritime Inside View

Site Plan

Maritime Site Plan


Very exciting progress!

Admiral Bill (Bear) Pickavance has been hired by the College to spearhead the project and be certain that we are on track, on schedule and on budget.  The Admiral is working with the entire planning, programming, design, construction and administration team involved with this project to raise the very best facility possible.

The first thing the Admiral did was to have everyone involved clear their schedule every other Monday for planning sessions until our new maritime campus is complete! 

While the permitting process continues with the Army Corp of Engineers, these planning sessions are designed to fine tune:

       - Infrastructure design

       - Property layout

       - Site Work

       - Building design including style, functionality and architecture

       - Individual classroom design

       - Simulator (deck and engineering) space design

       - Training dock design

       - Industry dock design  

In theory, the same day that the Army Corp of Engineers issues their permit, we will be ready to “turn some dirt” and build a new maritime campus!

This planning requires a great effort from many people from inside the College and out.

Thanks and credit go to the extraordinary team making it all happen including, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Dr. Sallie Kay Janes, Ken Lynn, RADM Bill Pickavance, Brian Jones, Bill Dowell, Mike Harris, Ron Rucker. Frank Rizzo, Calvin Powitzky, Terry Phillips, Jay Hrivnatz, James Fuex, Robert Trabanino, Raven Burnett, Colby Kreft, Debbi Norton and Capt. Mitch Schacter.

Very exciting progress!

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Myklynn Caffey
281-974-2200 ext. 5483