Commercial Sea Training Resumes for USMMA Cadets
The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017. The reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies, including a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault and sexual harassment to ensure that the Academy’s standards for behavior, leadership and integrity are upheld. “I commend the maritime industry’s efforts to combat sexual assault…
Congressmen Request USMMA Prevention of Sexual Assault & Harassment Review
Two congress members seek review of sexual assault, harassment prevention policies, & reporting procedures at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, have asked the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation to review sexual assault and harassment prevention policies and reporting procedures established by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In response to surveys conducted in the 2009-2010 academic year…
USMMA Welcomes Incoming Class of 2016
274 plebe candidates take part in "Indoc Day" at the U.S. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy welcomes its incoming Class of 2016, consisting of 274 plebe candidates representing 47 states, the District of Columbia and the three foreign countries of South Korea, Malaysia and Panama. "The new plebe candidates make up one of the most diverse classes at the Academy," said Dr. Shashi Kumar, acting superintendent at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Upon arrival, the Congressionally-nominated future Midshipmen began a rigorous…
DOT Unveils Plans for Kings Point
The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) today began work on a comprehensive strategic plan that will develop long-term objectives and institutional goals. The USMMA will undergo its next accreditation evaluation in 2016 and a core requirement of American higher education accreditation is that an academic institution has a current strategic plan. “The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is one of my top priorities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The strategic planning process will be led by USMMA Acting Superintendent Shashi Kumar.
USMMA Moves Up College Rankings
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) is America’s second best public regional college in the North and third best regional college according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings. USMMA has moved up the rankings from last year for undergraduate engineering programs in America, and is now ranked the 22nd best. “Our vision for the Academy is to be the world leader in maritime education,” said Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Ph.D., superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The U. S. Merchant Marine Academy was the first federal service academy to admit women in 1974. The minority percentage of midshipmen has steadily risen each year. The Class of 2017 is 23 percent minority, compared with 14.4 percent in the Class of 2013.
Greene Superintendent U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Rear Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr. will become the new Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Admiral Greene holds a Merchant Marine Master’s license and is a 1978 Academy graduate. “Rear Admiral Greene will bring strong leadership to the Academy,” said Secretary LaHood. “His commitment to the midshipmen, his experience as an Academy graduate, and his distinguished naval career have given him the perspective and organizational strengths needed to move the U.S. Rear Admiral Greene came to the U.S.
Merchant Marine Highlighted in D-Day Museum Activities in New Orleans
The vital role of the American merchant marine during World War II will be highlighted in New Orleans this week during events marking the first major expansion of the National D-Day Museum. Merchant marine veterans will participate in a parade and other events honoring the men and women who fought for victory during World War II. In addition, a modern cargo ship, which stands at ready to support today's armed forces will be open for tours. Maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, the Ready Reserve Force ship CAPE KENNEDY, like its World War II predecessors, is crewed by merchant mariners. The bands of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the State University of New York Maritime Academy will participate in the December 7 parade in downtown New Orleans.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Welcomes Class of 2017
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy welcomed its incoming Class of 2017, consisting of 238 plebe candidates from across the country. Upon arrival, the Congressionally-nominated future Midshipmen began a rigorous, 18-day regimen of academic, military and physical training known as Indoctrination (INDOC), their first step toward becoming future leaders and licensed maritime officers. “The new plebe candidates make up one of the most diverse classes in Academy history,” said Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Ph.D., superintendent at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. During their first day of INDOC, plebe candidates received their first berthing assignments, were issued uniforms, received their first military haircut and learned to salute in their first official formation.
New Data Shows Demand for Trained Merchant Mariners
Only months after graduation ceremonies were held on campuses across the nation, approximately 85 percent of 2008 graduates with merchant marine licenses from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and six state maritime academies have found employment afloat in the maritime industry or in the U.S. military, according to data released by the Maritime Administration. “This data indicates that the job market for merchant marine officers remains robust. There is a growing, worldwide demand for fully-trained merchant marine officers and licensed mariners. Excellent training combined with ongoing global trade expansion will continue to make the graduates of maritime colleges among the most qualified and employable mariners in the world,” said U.S. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton.
Sanborn Joins Moffatt & Nichol
Moffatt & Nichol announced that David C. Sanborn has joined the firm as Senior Port Consultant. Sanborn brings more than 35 years experience in the shipping, ports and transport sectors of the maritime industry to the firm. Throughout his career he has managed numerous container ports and has been involved in concept and design processes for logistics facilities in several key areas of the world. He has had extensive international experience in all aspects of general management within the transportation industry, having held senior positions during his career in the United States, Brazil, Europe, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Dubai.
LaHood Taps Helis as USMMA Superintendent
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces New Superintendent for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Says Helis is “ideal fit” to oversee Academy’s future with military, academic experience. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today named Colonel (ret.) James Helis, Ph.D., as the new superintendent for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Helis, a 30-year Army veteran, will begin work at the Academy next month after spending the past eight years as a department chair at the United States War College. “Colonel Helis is an ideal fit for the Academy,” said U.S.
USMMA's Class of 2019 Arrives for Indoctrination
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) today welcomed its incoming Class of 2019, consisting of 255 plebe candidates representing 46 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. With 50 female candidates, the incoming class has the highest percentage of young women to enter the Academy in its history. Upon arrival, the future midshipmen began a rigorous, 20-day regimen of academic, military, and physical training known as Indoctrination, which will transform them from recent high school graduates into future leaders and licensed maritime officers.
MarAd, OSG Sign Agreement
The Maritime Administration and Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc, yesterday signed an agreement that will provide training opportunities for American maritime academy cadets on board OSG’s international vessels. The public-private partnership is the first formal agreement to make available on-board training billets in the international fleet for U.S. maritime academy cadets. Under the terms of the agreement, cadets from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and all six state maritime academies will be able to obtain work experience and training on board OSG vessels. Under international and national requirements, maritime academy cadets must serve at sea, for an average of 300 days, in order to obtain enough shipboard training for a merchant marine officer license.
Kings Point Superintendent Resigns
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood accepted the resignation of Rear Admiral Allen Worley, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., effective January 4, 2010. “The Merchant Marine Academy has gone through an important rebuilding year and is positioned for reaching the next level,” said Secretary LaHood. “We are confident the Academy is on course to continue as the premier institution in maritime education. Secretary LaHood noted that during the last year several steps were taken to upgrade processes at the Academy and to improve educational opportunities for Midshipmen, including cutting student fees in half…
USMMA Announces 2013 Commencement Speaker
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) today announced that Gen. William M. Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), has been chosen as this year's commencement speaker to be held at USMMA on Monday, June 17, 2013. “The United States Merchant Marine Academy is honored to have General Fraser as our commencement speaker. He epitomizes the ideals of our Academy. He is an outstanding role-model for our graduates who are about to embark on a lifetime of service and leadership,” said Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Ph.D., superintendent.
Executive Director of MITAGS and PMI, to Receive Achievement Award
The Kings Point Alumni Foundation Board of Directors will bestow upon two (2) MITAGS’ directors, the current incumbent Glen Paine (’78), and his predecessor, Charles (Chuck) Pillsbury (’68), the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award at the annual Alumni Banquet Dinner. This award is made to alumni of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or the Cadet Corps on any of their five-year anniversaries. The award is presented to those, who, in the judgment of the Alumni Awards Committee, “best exemplify the finest tradition of the Corps-Acta-Non Verba” by obtaining personal achievement in their chosen field and thus lending honor and prestige to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Mr.
Waryas Receives Lauren S. McCready Award
Ed Waryas, Vice President & Marine Development Manager for Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has received the Lauren S. McCready Award for 2009. This award is presented annually by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association for “Outstanding Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering Contributions to the Maritime Industry.” The award recognizes alumni who are members of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and who have made significant technical achievements possible. It is named for Rear Admiral Lauren S.
Howard Delivers Commencement Address at Kings Point
The class of 2014 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), which included 225 new Merchant Marine and Military Officers, graduated in Kings Point, New York on Saturday. Vice Admiral Michelle J. Howard, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, delivered the commencement address to over 2,300 graduates, family members and representatives from the federal government, U.S. military and maritime industry. "America is a maritime nation," said Howard.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Hosts 2013 Graduation
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) graduated 201 new maritime leaders as part of its Class of 2013 commencement ceremony. The keynote speaker, General William M. Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), gave the commencement address before a crowd of more than 2,000 including special guest U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, graduates, family members and representatives from the federal government, armed forces and maritime industry. “The U.S.
Blust Assumes Duties as Chairman of FMC
The Federal Commission announced today Steven R. Blust has assumed his duties as Chairman of the Commission. On March 14, 2002, President Bush nominated Chairman Blust to the term on the Commission that expires on June 30, 2006. The Senate confirmed Chairman Blust on August 1, 2002. A 31-year veteran of the international transportation industry, Steven R. Blust has held the position of President/CEO of Tampa Bay International Terminals, Inc. for the last 5 years. He previously held executive positions with Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., Inc. and prior management positions with the Jacksonville Port Authority and Crowley Delta Lines. His experience includes ocean carrier liner trade management…
New Training Vessel for Kings Point
Department of Transportation Secures New Training Vessel for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the Department’s Maritime Administration has secured a new training vessel for the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. In an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Academy will receive a space shuttle solid rocket booster recovery ship, the MV Liberty Star, which will provide a hands-on learning environment on which midshipmen can train using modern navigational technology…
LaHood Announces USMMA Renovation Plan
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $54 Million for Merchant Marine Academy Campus Renovations, Next Step for Strategic Plan. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took part in a town hall meeting today with midshipmen, faculty and staff at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, to announce $54 million for additional campus construction and renovations. While at the Academy, he also announced the next step in the Academy’s strategic planning process, which will help prioritize improvements for the school’s long-term future. “The U.S.
Service obligations for Merchant Marine Grads
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a rule amending the service obligation reporting requirements for graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The amended reporting requirement creates standard reporting dates that coincide with the U.S Naval Reserve/Merchant Marine Reserve (USNR/MMR) service reporting dates. Electronic submission of reports is also authorized. 69 Fed. Reg. 61452 (HK Law)