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Alion Hires Security Expert

Alion Science and Technology hired Dr. Charles Massey as the director of port and maritime security to lead the creation of a port security solution for domestic and international ports. The Alion solution will focus on ports that do not currently have the support, staff and budget to screen cargo at the levels required to maintain port security and to trade internationally. As an internationally recognized expert in maritime and nonproliferation security, Dr. Massey performed work for U.S. and foreign governments in nuclear facilities, seaports, airports and border crossings in over 40 countries. His previous experience includes serving as the International Borders and Maritime Security Program Manager at Sandia National Laboratories. In this capacity, he was responsible for supporting the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administrations’ Second Line of Defense and it Megaports initiative. In 1998, Dr. Massey received the U.S. Department of Justice's Outstanding Service Award for his work in a critical nuclear non-proliferation project involving maritime transportation of nuclear material. Dr. Massey has also received numerous awards from the U.S. Navy in which he held the rank of captain. Dr. Massey attended the United States Merchant Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation


LaHood Appoints Seven to USMMA Advisory Board

Ray Lahood, U.S. Transportation Secretary (Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the appointment of seven members to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Advisory Board. The USMMA Advisory Board serves as an independent body whose purpose is to examine the course of instruction and management at the Academy and advise the USMMA Superintendent and Maritime Administrator to ensure the best possible educational atmosphere for all midshipmen.


USMMA, Crowley Announce Appointment

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Crowley Maritime Corporation are pleased to announce that Ronald M. Katims has been appointed as the first holder of the Crowley Chair in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation. The Crowley Chair was established through a $2 million endowment by Crowley Maritime in memory of Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., the late leader of the firm. Katims has had an illustrious career in the port and transportation field


LNG Training Agreement To Be Signed

Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton, presidents of the major seafaring unions, and the heads of major maritime academies will sign an agreement on June 5 to implement a set of universal standards in training crews for tankers carrying Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The standards were developed by an industry working group facilitated by the Maritime Administration. The agreement will help expand the pool of U.S


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduates 219

Captain Mark Kelly Addresses USMMA: Photo credit USMMA

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has awarded degrees & licences to 219 new potential leaders in the mercantile marine Captain Mark Kelly, Class of '86 and a former NASA astronaut, gave the commencement address before a crowd of more than 2,000 graduates, family members and representatives from the federal government, Armed Forces and maritime industry. "However today's graduates choose to continue serving their country


Merchant Marine Academy to Honor National Maritime Day

On May 22, 2013 starting at 12:00 p.m., the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will honor National Maritime Day with a brief ceremony at Barney Square followed by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) tree dedication in memory of Margaret Corbin, a role model for equality in military service. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy was the first federal academy to admit women in 1974, two years before any of the other service academies, and actively supports equality in military service.


Agreement Creates Training Opportunities for Students

Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton and John M. Murray, president and chief executive officer of , LLC, recently signed an agreement for cadets from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and state maritime academies to take their training voyages on Hapag-Lloyd vessels.Maritime cadets must have sailing time on working vessels in order to qualify as licensed mariners.  Currently, there is a worldwide shortage of licensed mariners


Uruguay Navy Selects Transas

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The Naval Academy of the Uruguay Navy has successfully completed the acquisition and installation of a simulator complex by Transas including navigation and maneuvering simulator NTPRO 5000, GMDSS Communications simulator TGS 5000 and Engine Room simulator ERS 5000 SOLO. The project acquired through international bidding, with the participation of five world leading manufacturers culminated in the award of the contract to Transas USA and its local representative Arnaldo C. Castro SA


Marad Seeks USMMA Superintendent

Job Title:Superintendent, United States Merchant Marine Academy   Department:Department Of Transportation / Agency:Maritime Administration   Job Announcement Number: MARAD.SES-2012-0002 SALARY RANGE: $119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year   OPEN PERIOD: Monday, February 13, 2012 to Wednesday, March 28, 2012 SERIES & GRADE: ES-0340-XX   POSITION INFORMATION: Permanent - Career   DUTY LOCATIONS: Kings Point, NY   WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:


WOW at USMMA

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen addresses the gathered audience at the 7th annual Women on the Water (WOW) conference.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy Hosts 7th Annual Women on the Water Conference. Last week, The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in conjunction with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) hosted the 7th Annual Women on the Water (WOW) Conference.   The annual conference, which is hosted by a different U.S. maritime academy each year, brought together over 125 maritime professional mariners and maritime academy cadets


150 Attend Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

  Today, ExxonMobil announced 155 third- through fifth-grade teachers from across the United States have been selected to attend the national 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. The program is a week-long, all-expense-paid, professional development program for third- through


CMES Q1 Profit Surges on Strong VLCC Earnings

Pic: China Merchants Energy Shipping

 China Merchants Energy Shipping has posted 22.6% on-year growth in net profit to Yuan225m ($36.3m) during the first quarter ended 31 March 2015 due to buoyant tanker markets.   Revenue for the quarter more than doubled to RMB1.36bn from YuanB660.44m a year ago.  


Resolve Hosts 'Damage Control Olympics'

Photo: Resolve Maritime Academy

The Resolve Maritime Academy hosted a day of maritime safety training exercises and competitive activities as part of the 13th Damage Control Olympics.   Teams consisting of sailors and damage control service men and women competed against one another in a series of hands-on training


New Flag Program Honors US Merchant Marines

Image: MARAD

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the launch of the United States Merchant Marine Flag Program, which will provide U.S. Merchant Marine Flags for display nationwide, honoring the historic and continuing contributions of U.S


AMC Purchases Bridge Simulator

Photo courtesy of AMC

Indonesian Maritime School purchases DNV certified class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator to enhance its training curriculum.   VSTEP will deliver and install a NAUTIS DNV Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator at the Maritime Academy of Cirebon in Indonesia


Fiji Maritime Academy Bullish on Prospects

Pic: The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji

 The Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) is on the right track to become one of the finest maritime training institutions in the region. It has also achieved an important milestone after being awarded International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Certification.  


Bill in Congress to Expand Benefits for WWII Merchant Seamen

 U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Congress)

  Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation this week that would make deserving World War II U.S. Merchant Mariners eligible for honorary veterans’ status and certain veterans’ benefits, Rep


W&O Realigns Leadership Team

From left to right: Fred Loomis and Todd Nestel (Photo: W&O)

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has promoted two long-time employees to Vice President as part of the company’s continued focus on providing engineered solutions


Attracting, Retaining Talent - IRS Shows the Way Forward

IRClass conference in session

  At a time when the global shipping industry is going through an unprecedented and extended downturn, the overriding challenge is to stay afloat and wait for the tide to turn. Viewed from the HR perspective, while companies need the competencies and skillsets to stay afloat during the rough


Kondracki Joins TOTE Services Leadership Team

TOTE Services has promoted Michael J. (Mick) Kondracki to director of labor relations and risk management effective March 16, 2015, as announced by the company’s president, Phil Greene, Jr.   In his new role, Kondracki will oversee risk management


Maritime Training Academy Announces Diploma in Maritime Security

  The Maritime Training Academy announced the launch of its new diploma in maritime security today.   The Surrey, UK-based distance learning center said the diploma in maritime security will commence April 1st, 2015 and will consist of 11 modules including ISPS code


Cadets of "Nikola Vaptsarov" Plant a Tree

Cadets from Vietnam of Class of 2015 Naval Academy Nikola Vaptsarov planted a tree in the park of the school

  In the courtyard of the Naval Academy "N. Vaptsarov" cadets from Vietnam to "Class 201 5" of the school in "Navigation for the Navy," planted a tree today as tradition dictates. Ten young people from Vietnam successfully completed five years of their training


Jenkins Elected Chairman of CG Foundation Board

William C Jenkins

  The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that William E. Jenkins has assumed the role of chairman of the board after being elected at a meeting of the directors and trustees on


Werner Named Academic Dean of Webb Institute

Matthew R. Werner (Photo courtesy of Webb Institute)

Webb Institute announced that Matthew R. Werner has been named Webb Institute’s next Academic Dean.   Professor Werner, the American Bureau of Shipping Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, will begin his term on July 1, 2015


Obama to Speak at CGA Commencement

White House photo

President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s 134th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday, May 20.   Presidents traditionally address the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on a rotating basis






 
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