Registration Opens for the 2011 Women on the Water (WOW) Conference
The U.S. Maritime Administration and Massachusetts Maritime Academy will host the 5th Annual Women on the Water Conference at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA, on October 27th - 29th, 2011. The conference will focus on career opportunities and issues impacting women in the maritime industry. Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz will be the Keynote Speaker. Registration information is available at http://www.marad.dot.gov/mariners_landing_page/women_on_the_water/WOW2011home.htm.
David Williams Awarded Emery Medal
David Williams, CEO of the Noble Corporation, was honored as the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s “Salute to the Maritime Person of the Year” at the Petroleum Club in Houston. Mr. Williams was awarded the Emery Rice medal, the Academy’s highest award presented for leadership excellence in the maritime field. The event is the Academy’s major scholarship fundraiser, with all proceeds going toward student financial aid. A contingent of almost 40 cadets and staff traveled to Houston Texas to stage the event and present Mr.
MN100: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers seven undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees and two graduate Masters of Science programs. The regiment of cadets is comprised of students from around the globe. The academy operates a training vessel used to acquire sea service for the cadets. Two tugs (Alert and Hercules) and a barge support the Mate of Towing program. The Academy has a vast array of simulators used for undergraduate and professional mariner training. The engineering…
MMA Unveils Transas Simulator in ABS Commons
Massachusetts Maritime Academy unveils new simulation facilities in newly opened American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons Building. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) recently hosted the grand opening ceremony for the start-of-the-art, American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons Building, which houses the Academy’s new cutting-edge Full Mission Ship Simulator, supplied by Transas USA Inc. The 42,000 square foot academic building combines maritime tradition with the latest technology in maritime training…
MN 100: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massachusetts Maritime Academy is one of nine Massachusetts State Universities. Established in 1891, the academy now offers seven undergraduate and two master’s degrees. Approximately 50-60% of the undergraduates are enrolled in unlimited USCG Merchant Marine License preparatory programs. 1,350 students are members of the Regiment of Cadets residing on campus. The academy operates a training vessel (T.S. Kennedy) used to acquire sea service for the cadets. The academy also has an 87 ton auxiliary training vessel (Ranger) used during the academic semesters for coastal navigation.
Connaughton Keynote MMA Summit
Massachusetts Maritime Academy announced Sean T. Connaughton as the keynote speaker for the Maritime Education Summit to be held April 15 -17, 2009. The summit is focused on Trends and Pedagogy for the Future and will be held at the Academy’s campus in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Mr. Connaughton served as the U.S. Maritime Administrator until 2009 and recently joined the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as Corporate Vice President for Government Affairs. In this role, Mr. Connaughton is the bureau’s chief connection with senior government officials and works to build relationships with those who influence policy on maritime safety and classification matters. In joining the Maritime Education Summit at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Mr.
SpecTec Donates AMOS Licenses to MMA
Massachusetts Maritime University(MMA)and SpecTec have entered into a Cooperation Agreement in which SpecTec has agreed to donate AMOS licenses for MMA's Teaching & Training courses. This is the first license donation partnership with a Maritime Academy in the US for SpecTec. International partners include Dalian Maritime University, National Taiwan Ocean University and Italian Maritime Academy. MMA has extended an invitation to SpecTec CEO, Giampiero Soncini to visit the campus in 2009 for a formal signing event. Massachusetts Maritime Academy's programs include Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, International Maritime Business, Facilities Engineering, Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, and Emergency Management.
McDonald Confirmed as Mass. Maritime President
A vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) has confirmed Francis X. McDonald has been selected as the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. McDonald, a 1985 graduate of the school, has worked on campus since 1994. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of the nation's oldest continuously operating maritime academy and has earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Northeastern University. McDonald topped an impressive field of five that included Coast Guard Captain Melissa Bert…
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. mariners qualified to sail the ships in the growing worldwide LNG fleet. Signatories include Seafarers International Union, American Maritime Officers, Marine Engineers Beneficial Association; Masters, Mates, and Pilots; Sailor’s Union of the Pacific, the U.S.
MARAD: $2.3m for State Maritime Academies
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration announced that America's six state maritime academies will receive an additional $2.3 million total from a government program that recycles obsolete vessels. "With the majority of our goods moved over water, well-trained merchant mariners are critical in supporting our nation's security and economy," said Secretary LaHood. Funding is being made available from the sale of obsolete vessels from the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet and budget savings generated by the Maritime Administration. The Maritime Administration awarded $392,913 each to the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo…
Wiernicki Named Mass. Maritime’s Person of the Year
Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, was recognized for his distinguished career of excellence, innovation and service to the maritime industries by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) as this year’s recipient of the Maritime Person of the Year Award on September 21, 2017 in New York City. The honoree is presented with the Captain Emery Rice Medal and awarded annually to a civilian or military leader from around the globe. Named for an 1895 MMA graduate and World War I hero…
MMA Grant from Royal Caribbean Cruises
Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is pleased to announce that its Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program has received a $25,000 marine conservation grant from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd’s Ocean Fund for a second year in a row. The Academy will use its award to underwrite cooperative education opportunities in training five future maritime safety and environmental officers. On their way to becoming future stewards of our oceans, these cadets will spend their cooperative program aboard cruise ships and commercial ships as assistants to the environmental officers. “We are proud to continue our collaborations with the Academy’s cooperative training program for maritime safety and environmental officers. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Somerville Named MMA Person of the Year
Mr. Robert D. Somerville, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ABS has been named as the Massachusetts Maritime Academy 2009 Maritime Person of the Year. Each year Massachusetts Maritime Academy selects a civilian or military leader who has distinguished him or herself through a career of excellence, innovation, and service to the maritime industries. The honoree is presented with the Captain Emery Rice Medal, named for an 1895 Academy graduate and hero of the First World War. The award will be presented to Mr. Somerville on November 6, 2009 at the 15th Annual Admiral’s Ball, being held at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The Admiral’s Ball is the Academy’s largest annual fundraiser.
SUEZ LNG implements U.S. Citizen Crewing Agreement
SUEZ LNG, Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Academy), and the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (MM&P) announced an agreement to recruit, train, and supply U.S citizen mariners for service on the LNG tankers owned or chartered by SUEZ LNG. SUEZ LNG, in compliance with the deepwater port license agreement signed with Maritime Administrator, Sean T. Connaughton, will collaborate with both the Academy and the MM&P Union to train and employ U.S. citizen crew members on up to nine LNG vessels operating in the SUEZ fleet. As such, the MM&P Union will screen and provide resumes for mariners from 3rd Mate to Master and from 3rd Assistant Engineer to Chief Engineer.
MMA Educates On The Importance Of At-Sea Medical Care
Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is focusing on the significance of medical care onboard ships with its new USCG/STCW-approved Medical Care at Sea - Person in Charge (PIC) course. Offered in conjunction with Emergency & Safety Programs (ESP) of Philadelphia, Pa., the six-day training course will be held at the Academy's Buzzards Bay campus beginning January 16, 2001 - with additional courses scheduled throughout the year. The program's base is to provide licensed maritime officers the opportunity to develop or refresh the knowledge and skills that are necessary to administer appropriate care in the event of illness or injury at sea. For additional details, contact: George Gillis, MMA, at (508) 830-5097 or visit MMA's Web site at www.mma.mass.edu.
MPRI Sells Liquid Cargo Handling Simulators
MPRI, a leader in maritime simulator products, services and turnkey training facilities, sold its SAfeCargo Liquid Cargo Handling Simulators (LCHS) in some of the world's top maritime academies, including its first three in the United States. Within the last two months SAfeCargo simulators have been adopted by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, the State University of New York Maritime Academy in the Bronx and Belgium-based Antwerp Maritime Academy. In November the RTM STAR Center in Dania Beach, Fla., will also install the system. "We purchased the SAfeCargo Liquid Cargo Handling Simulators from MPRI primarily for their ease of use by both the students and the instructors," said Craig Dalton, Captain, Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Mass. Maritime Academy, $1.5m for Stadium
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy has received a pledge from Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. of Norwell, Mass. in the amount of $1.5m for naming rights to its contiguous athletic stadium and gymnasium complex. The acceptance of the pledge, which was presented by Clean Harbors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan S. McKim, was approved unanimously earlier this morning by the school's Board of Trustees and announced by Admiral Richard G. Gurnon, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Clean Harbors Athletic Center will be comprised of the athletic stadium, which is the current home of Commander Edward A. Ellis Field, as well as all athletic and recreation facilities currently housed in Alumni Gymnasium.
Mass. Overturns Firing of School Leader
According to the AP the Mass. state Board of Higher Education reversed the firing of the president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, who was fired by the school's trustees earlier this month with little explanation. The panel roundly criticized the Dec. 4 firing of Admiral Richard Gurnon before voting unanimously to undo it. It was the first time the state board had used its power to reverse the firing of a state college president. Gurnon, a 27-year veteran of the Buzzards Bay academy, had served two years as acting president and six months as president when he was dismissed in a 9-1 vote. Gurnon said he was given an ultimatum — resign or be fired — but never an explanation for his ouster. Trustees said they fired Gurnon because he had a combative relationship with them.
Mass. Maritime Taps McDonald as New President
EVP Fran McDonald tops a field of five; choice still must be approved by Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Pending a confirmation vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE), Francis X. McDonald has been selected as the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. McDonald, a 1985 graduate of the school, has worked on campus since 1994. Currently, he serves as Executive Vice President of the nation's oldest continuously operating maritime academy and has earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Northeastern University.
Cadets Stranded After Training Boat Breaks Down
Boston.com reported that more than 500 cadets from Massachusetts Maritime Academy were stranded in Virginia after their training ship experienced mechanical problems en route to Europe. The Enterprise was escorted into the port of Norfolk, Va., last weekend. The federal government, which owns the Enterprise, has spent $38 million on renovations to the vessel over the past several years. The planned European trip is the second for the Enterprise since it arrived at Mass. Maritime, which uses and maintains the ship under an agreement with the federal government.
SOCP Meeting Scheduled For June
MarAd and the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), will host a meeting on June 12-13 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA to consider issues relating to the maritime industry such as alternative fuels, fishing issues, ferry operations and air emissions. Bernardo Obando-Rojas of the Seafarers International Research Center, Cardiff University will discuss Fraudulent Practices for Certificates and Endorsements. Jim Zok, MARAD Associate Administrator for Financial Approvals and Cargo Preference, under whose stewardship SOCP falls, will provide a perspective on SOCP's past, present and future. Additional information regarding the SOCP and the meeting on June 12-13, will be available shortly on the SOCP web site at http://www.socp.org.
MARAD Tests Alternative Power for Ships
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is testing state-of-the-art, environmentally efficient technology onboard the Training Ship (TS) Kennedy. The National Defense Reserve Fleet vessel was provided to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy by MARAD for Cadet training. This one-year undertaking is part of a MARAD initiative to test fuel cells as a source of power for shipboard electrical systems. Researchers will evaluate the performance of the fuel cell technology and how low sulfur marine diesel fuel can be used to efficiently power a fuel cell to produce auxiliary power.
Northeastern Small Vessel Security Summit
The Coast Guard will host the Northeastern Small Vessel Security Summit June 7, from 9 a.m., until 4 p.m., at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass. The conference is free and open to all small vessel stakeholders. The goal of the forum is to allow attendees to discuss how to reduce risks and threats to smaller vessels on the water and to communicate security concerns in ports and along waterways of the northeast. Representatives from the Coast Guard and the Homeland Security Institute are scheduled to give presentations. "This forum is a great opportunity for mariners to speak directly with the Coast Guard and Homeland Security to share ideas and concerns," said Lt. Trevor Cowan with waterways management at the First Coast Guard District in Boston.