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Texas A&M Chooses Transas

Texas State Maritime Program (TAMUG) has selected the Buffalo Computer Graphics and Transas Marine USA team for the contract to replace their existing ship simulator. The new simulator complex will consist of a Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 3000 full mission ship simulator system with integrated GMDSS communications simulation capabilities, as well as full integration with the existing BCG PCS100 five-station ARPA/Radar simulator. Using Transas Marine's combination of simulation software, dedicated hardware (real ship controls) and commercial-off-the-shelf components, the simulator will be an ideal tool in the training and certification of United States Maritime Service Cadets. In addition, the Texas A&M Center for Maritime Training and Safety/Texas Engineering Extensive Service will also use the simulator in their continuing Education programs. Texas A&M University at Galveston is the marine sciences branch of prestigious Texas A&M University in College Station, the state's first public institution of higher learning founded in 1876. TAMUG is a highly specialized institution involved with both graduate and undergraduate education and research in all aspects of oceanic science. Its motto, "The Ocean Is Our Classroom," expresses the high degree of hands-on activity in the curriculum, working in the marshes, bay and deep water adjacent to our coastal campus

Texas A&M Picks Transas/BCG for Simulator Replacement Project

Texas State Maritime Program, a component of Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) has selected the Buffalo Computer Graphics and Transas Marine USA team for the contract to replace their existing ship simulator. The new simulator complex will consist of a Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 3000 full mission ship simulator system with integrated GMDSS communications simulation capabilities, as well as full integration with the existing BCG PCS100 five-station ARPA/Radar simulator

MMI Creates New Mertech Training Program

Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI), a private school specializing in professional marine technician training, is offering an all-new Mertech training program. The first private school training program of its kind to be officially endorsed by Mercury Marine, a global leader in the design and manufacture of marine propulsion products, Mertech is designed to improve the skills of new technicians who complete MMI's core marine technician training programs.

Great Lakes Education Conference Wrap Up


The Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies (BCMS) hosted the first ever Great Lakes Region Primary and Secondary Maritime Education Conference.  The conference was held at the BCMS waterfront campus on May 11th and 12th, 2009, in Erie, Pennsylvania. There has been a growing movement nationally to encourage the development of maritime career opportunity awareness and K-12 maritime education.  BCMS specializes in creating hands-on programs that provide maritime access and training

MOL Acquires Competence Management System Certification from DNV

TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the certification of its own seafarer education and training program by Oslo-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV). The MOL Rank Skill Training and Evaluation Program (MOL Rank STEP) received DNV certification for compliance with the Competence Management System (CMS) on April 13. CMS is a management system which improves education programs by identifying gaps between the skills seafarers currently possess and the qualifications needed to

“Bright Ideas” program - Ash Center - Harvard University


  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Port of Houston Partners in Maritime Education as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year's cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government--school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships--that are at the forefront in innovative government action.

New CEO Arrives at LITE

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Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise’s (LITE) newly appointed chief executive officer (CEO), Dr. Kam Ng, has officially arrived and is active in his new position. Ng was selected in April of this year and is joining the LITE team after retiring from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as the deputy director for research. “I am very excited to bring my expertise in immersive and digital media technologies to Lafayette to help the University and local businesses

Canada Commits to Boating Safety

Canadian transport ministry announces additional funding for the Boating Safety Contribution Program The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has announced additional funding for the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program. The renewed program, now called the 'Boating Safety Contribution Program' (BSCP), will continue to provide financial contributions to organizations that promote boating safety in Canada and will increase in 2014 to support more

Denmark Launches Offshore Education and Training Initiatives

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As part of the implementation of the Danish government’s Plan for Growth in the Blue Denmark, 21 initiatives are now being launched in order to target education and training in the offshore sector, further qualify the labor force and create growth and jobs. The offshore industry is one of Denmark’s commercial positions of strength that is experiencing great growth. A working group established by the Danish Government under the auspices of the Ministry of Science

Grants Offered for Maritime History Projects

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the availability of approximately $1.7 million in grant funding through its Maritime Heritage Program for projects that teach about and/or preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history. Grant applications will be accepted through September 23, 2014. “From commerce and transportation, to national defense and recreation

IACS Focus on Education & Training on World Maritime Day

IACS Chairman Christopher J Wiernicki

  The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has marked World Maritime Day by expressing its support for the efforts of the International Maritime Organization to promote the vital contribution made to the industry by its most important asset: its people

Emerging Tech of Online Education and Training

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The emerging technology tool is embraced by award winning West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s Inland Logistics and Marine Institute and its students. Years ago, it was not uncommon for a deckhand on a towboat with no higher education to work his way up the ladder to become a

NOIA Commends Shell’s Efforts Offshore Alaska

Polar Pioneer rig operating into the floor of the Chukchi Sea

  National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement regarding Shell’s decision to halt exploration activities offshore Alaska:   “NOIA commends Shell’s efforts in the Chukchi Sea and recognizes the great expense

MECNW Appoints New CEO


  Terry Weston has been confirmed as Chief Executive of Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) following the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Teasdale, at the end of September.   Jim Teasdale was a founder director and chief executive of Birkenhead-based Maritime and

Coastal and Ocean Clean-up Project Funding

A volunteer with the NOAA-funded Protectores de Cuencas project records debris data on a beach in Puerto Rico. (Credit: NOAA)

 NOAA has awarded more than $675,000 in grants to 13 projects aimed at aiding coastal communities in their fight against marine debris, the agency announced.   This is the third year NOAA’s Marine Debris Program has awarded grants through its Marine Debris Prevention through

Austal Delivers Record Profit Increases

Austal recently delivered LCS 6 to the U.S. navy (Photo: Austal)

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered record revenue and record earnings for the year ended June 30, 2015, with Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of $53.2 million, a 66.8 percent increase on FY2014.   Austal’s best result in its 27-year history was generated from revenue of

Austal Delivers for USN

USS Jackson (LCS 6).

Austal’s U.S. operation consists of more than 4,000 employees supporting the design, construction and sustainment of two U.S. Navy programs, the 127-meter, trimaran Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the 103-meter, catamaran high-speed troop and equipment transport known as

Enclosed Space Casualties Continue in Shipping Industry

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Accidents relating to entry into enclosed spaces have resulted in a large number of deaths of both ship and shore personnel so far this year. David Nichol, UK P&I Club risk assessor, reviews enclosed space incidents and his suggestions for safer working practices.

Webb Institute Kicks Off Big Fundraising Push

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On the heels of its 125th anniversary, Webb Institute has launched a fundraising effort seeking to raise $40 million to enhance the college’s programs, infrastructure and financial resources to meet the growing challenges of an expanding marine industry, the college announced today.  

IUMI's Focus on Education, Communication, Lobbying

IUMI President, Dieter Berg

  At the highly anticipated International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) annual conference,  IUMI President, Dieter Berg, detailed a number of key initiatives that will  continue to raise the organisation’s profile and political influence on an international level.

Meyer Werft Offers Training for Refugees

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German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and the Johannesburg educational institution in Surwold are expanding their collaboration by further developing already existing work for the integration of young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.  

Ingalls Launches National Security Cutter Munro

The National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) sits in the floating dry dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding prior to its launch on Saturday. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the U.S. Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter (NSC), Munro (WMSL 755), on Saturday, the shipbuilder announced. Munro is the company’s sixth NSC and is expected to deliver by the end of next year

Career Starters Begin Dual Studies Program at Voith

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Press Release -- Twenty-nine young women and men are starting their dual studies program today at Voith in Heidenheim. Alternating between the company and the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), 22 students will study the theory and practice of their respective subject

Kumar to Lead MARAD Education and Training

Shashi N. Kumar, Ph.D

Dr. Shashi N. Kumar, Academic Dean at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), has accepted a position to serve as Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training at the headquarters of the Maritime Administration (MARAD).  

VLCC Tankers on the Upside on Stronger Demand

Graph: Charles R.Weber

 The VLCC market continued to strengthen this week with sentiment supported by both stronger demand and expectations for the October Middle East and West Africa programs to rise substantially from September levels, according to Charles R.Weber Weekly.  

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