The School of Transportation (SOT) consists of the Maritime Academy and the Department of Automotive Engineering. The SOT provides training for the 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 role the School plays is very important.   It offers training for maritime 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 maritime industries and the automotive engineering industry. The training is designed to make students confident in the skills and competency level so that they will perform to the 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. Students who are accommodated at the School have to pay more.

Maritime Academy

The Maritime Academy prepares men and women for successful careers in passenger transportation, merchant and cargo transportation, international trade, safety and rescue and other maritime sub-sectors.

  • The Academy is made up of the Maritime Department and the Marine Engineering Department. The Department of Maritime studies is located at Ranadi Campus while the Marine Engineering Department is at Kukum Campus. The Academy offers training in maritime occupational health and safety, maritime studies, marine nautical studies and marine engineering.
  • All students who are attempting Certificates of Competency are responsible for contacting the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration to ensure that they qualify for the external examinations before applying to the School for the courses. Applications are done by filling the SINU Application Forms and are sent to the Student Academic Services Office. Placement in any course is confirmed only when registration is done and fees are paid. Please note that our courses are run only when the required number of students is enrolled.

A major component of training in maritime and marine engineering is sea time training. All students undertaking studies in maritime and marine engineering courses are required to complete 12 months of sea time training terms before progression on to the next level of their training.

Current Qualifications

Maritime Studies Programs

  1. Basic safety
  2. Advanced Safety
  3. Basic Maritime Studies
  4. Class 6 master/Engineers
  5. Class 5 master
  6. Class 4 master

Marine Engineering Programs

  1. Advanced Certificate in technology – Marine Engineering
  2. Class 5 Marine Engineering
  3. Class 4 Marine Engineering


Department of Automotive Engineering

The Automotive Engineering department provides training for both the light vehicle and heavy vehicle industries. Courses/programs are delivered in competency based training which aims to make students become competent automotive engineering mechanics both for light and heavy vehicles. With the changing nature of the automobile industry, the departments focus training on the new vehicle systems and function, especially with the systems and function of vehicles that are currently on our roads. The courses/programs offered at the department prepare students to work in the automotive garages and companies that offer services in automotive and the heavy industries. The department provides modern training tools and equipment that allows students to be trained on the actual industry resources that await them when they find work in the industries.

A major component of training in automotive engineering is workplace training. All students undertaking studies in automotive engineering are required to complete 4 six months of workplace training sessions before graduating.

Current Qualifications

• Certificate IV in Automotive Engineering (Light Vehicle)
• Certificate IV in Automotive Engineering (Heavy Vehicle)


Head of School


Captain Starlin Daefa

Captain Starling Daefa has more than thirteen years of work experience sailing the seas of Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Solomon Islands working onboard different liners of various Shipping Companies. Captain Starling Daefa joined the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education in the School of Marine and Fisheries Studies in 1989 as a maritime educator teaching navigation, chartwork and nautical knowledge. Starling Daefa also held positions of Director of Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Studies, head of school, course coordinator and lecturer. Starling served SICHE and now SINU for 27 years.