What do we do?

The Maritime Skills Alliance designs and promotes qualifications and apprenticeships for the UK’s maritime sector. We have developed a suite of interlocking standards and qualifications – MSQs, “Maritime Studies Qualifications” - which enable employees to progress both within their specialism and between sectors.

You can find a complete and regularly updated list of all our Units and Qualifications on the Qualifications page.


  • develop qualifications and apprenticeships which suit the needs of the sector
  • maintain a suite of National Occupational Standards
  • work to secure a good range of high quality training provision across the country
  • champion skills matters for the maritime sector
  • work with a wide range of other bodies across the UK, especially national governments and their agencies, to further our aims

Our Secretary is David Tournay, who can be contacted on 07809 395187 and at:

Email David Tournay

The MSA is not-for-profit (a Company Limited by Guarantee - company number 7939255), funded by its members.