Waterfront Facilites

Waterfront Facilities

Texas Clipper Pier  - The 450 foot pier serves as the home of the Texas Maritime Academy training ship and related support equipment.  Over the next few years the pier will undergo a multimillion dollar upgrade to it’s infrastructure and support structure to enable it to handle the next generation of training vessels.

  Cape Gibson and PierUSTS Boiler and pierUSTS pier 2

Small Boat Basin - The heart of our operations is a 10 slip facility with fixed and floating docks capable of handling boats up to 100ft.  The support infrastructure includes a boat ramp for our trailered research fleet, a covered boat lift that supports our more frequently used vessels, and a system of floating piers that will serve as the home for smaller vessels in our fleet as well as the offshore sail team.

Started in the fall of 2009 the basin is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation that will improve our services, infrastructure and appearance.

 Boat Basin 2011

Gravity Lifeboat Training Station - An essential part in the training of any merchant mariner is lifesaving.  Installed in 2008 this simulator provides the practical hands on experience for our cadets.  With the simulator they can practice the procedures and safe handling of lifeboats at sea.


Covered Boat Lift - A recent addition to our waterfront has been a covered boat lift used to store our most used research vessels.  The lift provides the capability to keep the boats out of the weather and to do minor maintenance and repair.

 Covered Boat liftCovered boat lift 2

RV Manta -Thanks to a great working relationship with the NOAA Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary they University has the ability to special charter the R/V Manta.  Built in Bellingham, Wash., by All American Marine, the twin-hulled Manta features a laboratory equipped with the latest scientific instruments, air compressors to allow divers to refill scuba tanks at sea, and a recompression chamber to enhance diver safety. The vessel accommodates 14 people, deploy robot subs and other ocean exploration tools, and cruise at speeds up to 35 knots.


Boat Ramp - Installed in 2011 this ramp serves all of the needs of our small trailerable vessels.  This ramp is designed to acomodate vessels up to 18ft wide and 60,000lbs per axel.

 Boat Ramp