Who We Are

The partnership of Nippon Yusen Kaisha or NYK Line of Japan, one of the world’s oldest and largest shipping companies founded in 1885, and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG), a Filipino-owned business conglomerate established in 1976 has spanned decades of solid relationship. This evolved into different businesses such as shipping, ship crewing, logistics, and back office operations, among others. The ship crewing business of NYK Line and TDG is being managed by NYK-Fil Ship Management, Inc. (NYK-FIL) which to date, is considered as the major supplier of highly qualified officers and crew to NYK Line vessels.

NYK-FIL, in its mission to consistently provide quality officers for NYK Line vessels, proposed the establishment of a maritime school in 2005 which gave birth to NYK-Transnational Institute Foundation, Inc. (NTIF). NTIF is the owner of NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), a maritime school duly approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 2006.
Believing in the vision and mission of the school, no less than Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former President Fidel V. Ramos graced the NTMA Cornerstone-laying Ceremony on 26 November 2005. NTMA started its operation in June 2007.

NYK-TDG Maritime Academy represents the single biggest investment in the Philippines of NYK Line and TDG as their corporate social responsibility and contribution to the global competitiveness of the Filipino Merchant Marine Officers.

NTMA is the first maritime school put up in the Philippines by a foreign shipowner in partnership with a Filipino company. It occupies a ten-hectare campus located in a major industrial zone southwest of the nation’s capital Metro Manila. The Academy promotes the highest standards in maritime education through a competency and outcomes-based maritime industry-driven curriculum that employs a variety of teaching methods delivered by highly qualified faculty who themselves are active seafarers. At NTMA which is a boarding school, Cadets have direct and extensive access to modern facilities and equipment.

After successfully passing three (3) years of academic requirements in campus, Cadets have guaranteed one-year structured shipboard training in NYK training ships and regular cargo vessels.

NTMA is an “Officer school.” The Academy has produced over a thousand graduates since its first batch of graduates in 2011. NTMA graduates have successfully passed the licensure examinations for deck and engine officers conducted by the Philippine government.

NTMA implements together with NYK-Fil Ship Management, Inc. (NYK-FIL) an Education-to Employment-to-Retention-to-Retirement (E2R2) strategy for the career development of its graduates. NYK-FIL, a crew manning agency established in 1989 owned by NYK Line and TDG, handles the professional growth of Filipino seafarers employed by NYK Line. NTMA graduates are provided with guaranteed employment on board various NYK Line vessels with opportunities to reach their highest potential as Masters (Captain) or Chief Engineer onboard or as technical instructors or shipping executives ashore.

Under a Study-Now-Pay-Later Program , NTMA provides full financial assistance and support to cadets who come from indigent families