Bulgarian Maritime Training Centre was established in July 1974 to help the personnel employed in the shipping industry to prepare for Maritime Administration examinations and trough the years has become a complete training source for professional qualification. In 1989 the BMTC was declared as a national maritime training centre by Bulgarian Ministry of Transport and as a Centre of Excellence in its field over the years has constantly strengthen its position as the leading provider of high quality courses for seafarers working on board merchant vessels. Since 2000 BMTC is an independant organization, and its services are available to all members of the international shipping community. The training facilities currently established in BMTC are making a positive contribution to seafarer training which is so important to the shipping industry. In its work BMTC constantly takes into account new national and international requirements for seafarer training, evolves alongside the rapidly changing regulatory environment and guarantees the safety navigation and prevention of pollution. The Centre makes a considerable investment in modern equipment and it maintenance - the latest versions of Bridge, Engine Room and Cargo Handling Simulators of Kongsberg are in operation here. Sail Training vessel Kaliakra, several types of rescue boats, modern teaching aids, video films, etc, help to provide qualitative and cost effective learning. Contemporary training environment, high experienced lecturers and instructors and a rich library of maritime publications help seafarers get the excellent service they deserve. BMTC provides maritime training courses and seminars mainly. Other activities carried out here are – small ship repairs and consultancy services; Internet providing; Publishing; Nautical Publications distribution (IMO). Presently BMTC provides over 40 different training courses focusing on the following main areas of training: STCW Compliant Training, Preparatory training courses for achieving higher maritime competency, Specialized Training for Tanker Operations - Oil, Chemical and Gas tanker, Tanker Familiarization Training, Simulation – Navigation, Engine Team & Resource Management, Specialized Courses, Engineering Courses, Passenger and Ro-ro Passenger ships familiarization training, Fast Rescue boat, courses, Marlins Test, etc. BMTC provides also licensed by the National Agency for professional education and training courses for achievement of vocational qualification for Ratings– Seamen, еtc.