The School of Transportation (SOT) consists of the Nautical Studies Department and Marine Engineering Department that both make up the Maritime Academy and the third department is the Department of Automotive Engineering. The SOT provides training for the sea base transport (i.e., maritime shipping industry) and the land base transport industry. The industries the SOT provides training for are key economics and development industries in Solomon Islands, hence the School plays a very important role. It offers training for nautical studies, marine engineering studies and automotive engineering training. The main focus of the training provided in SOT is competency-based training. Competency-based training gives the students the opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills for careers in the maritime industries and the automotive engineering industry. The training is designed to make trainees or students confident in the skills and competency level so that they will perform to the required standards expected in the industries when they are recruited.
The School is located at the Ranadi campus on the Prince Philip Highway about 3 kilometers from the Honiara City Centre towards the airport. It is situated on the seafront. The school is accessible by public transport and accommodation is provided for students who need them. However, students who are accommodated at the School have to pay more.
Dr. Teorae Kabure
Head of School
Dr. Teorae Kabure is both a technical and academic Master Mariner or Ship’s Captain since he posses a Class 1 Master Certificate of Competency (CoC) Unlimited Tonnage from the New Zealand Maritime School, an MBA degree majoring in Maritime Logistics & Management from the University of Tasmania, and a Doctoral degree majoring in Maritime Studies from the USA Atlantic International University.
He has more than thirty years of work experience in the maritime shipping industry as well as sailing the seas of Europe, Asia, the Pacific region and Kiribati islands working onboard different domestic and foreign going liners or vessels owned by various shipping companies.
Dr. Kabure’s seafaring career actually commenced back in 1988 but from the years 1999 to 2006, he was then employed ashore in Tarawa Kiribati at the Marine Training Centre (MTC) as a Nautical Senior Instructor, and at the Fisheries Training Centre (FTC) Tarawa as Principal. Then from 2006 to 2019, he was in Papua New Guinea (PNG) employed by the PNG Maritime College as a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Nautical Studies Department before joining SINU in June 2022.
After successfully completing other specialized courses relevant to his profession at the PNG Institute of Public Administration and Divine Word University, Dr. Kabure is also a qualified (TVET) trainer and Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) teacher or lecturer in andragogy. He has also completed various International Maritime Organization (IMO) organized courses as well as some United Nations (UN) security courses for foreign IMO consultants.