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Crowley awards scholarships to four USMMA cadets

DECEMBER 12, 2017 — Crowley Maritime Corporation awarded four U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, cadets with 2017 Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships at yesterday’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute Connie Awards

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USSMMA to resume Sea Year commercial training

FEBRUARY 15, 2017 — The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY, has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers —Crowley Maritime, Maersk and

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USMMA suspends traditional Sea Year

JUNE 17, 2016 — The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, is suspending the traditional Sea Year — actually a period in both sophomore and junior years when midshipmen are assigned

Vane Brothers takes delivery of latest Maryland-built tug

The Fort Schuyler is the eleventh Sassafras Class tugboat built for Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, MD. Its sister tug, the Kings Point, was delivered in April this year.

“Working alongside another Maryland-­‐based company to deliver safer and more productive working vessels such as the Fort Schuyler has been a great experience for Vane,” says Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes. “Chesapeake Shipbuilding is helping us to further our mission of providing the highest quality service to our customers.”

Measuring 94 feet long and 32 feet wide with a hull depth of 13 feet, the Fort Schuyler is similar in most respects to the previous ten tugs built for Vane by the shipyard.

The vessel is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and operates with a single-drum hydraulic towing winch.

“Soft-core” panels and heavy, fire-rated doors are used throughout, offering the crew a safer and quieter living environment.

In a first for Vane Brothers, the Fort Schuyler’s state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art wheelhouse features multi-­‐functional Simrad marine electronics that utilize intuitive interfaces for heightened performance.

The Fort Schuyler, like the Kings Point, has joined Vane Brothers’ fleet based in New York.The two vessels are named for the campuses of SUNY Maritime College in Fort Schuyler, NY, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point,NY.


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Move to keep USMMA open during government shut down

Hoping to stop that from happening, Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY-03) has announced the Midshipmen Education Certainty Act. It would ensure that midshipmen midshipmen could continue attending classes in the event of a shutdown.

Rep. Israel said, “Our midshipmen, who have committed themselves to serving our country, should not have to be faced with the risk of not graduating on time because of a government shutdown, which is no fault of their own. With only days left until another government shutdown, my common-sense legislation would ensure that USMMA classes continue regardless of an irresponsible shutdown.”

“A government shutdown not only forces us to close our doors and send midshipmen home, it also disrupts our academic calendar and jeopardizes the chances of our seniors graduating on time and beginning their careers,” said Jim Tobin, President of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. “I thank Congressman Israel for introducing this legislation and hope that even if Congress shuts down our government, our students will not be adversely affected.”

During the last government shutdown, which lasted from October 1 to 16, 2013, USMMA was forced to completely close and send students home. This closure had a significant impact on USMMA’s educational calendar and had the government shutdown continued for a prolonged period of time, members of the senior class would have been at risk of not being able to finish their coursework and graduate on time.

In 2013, the other four Service Academies were able to stay open during the government shutdown due to their active duty military presence on staff, who were able to continue working under the Pay Our Military Act. While the civilian instructors were furloughed, the active duty military personnel were able to step in and continue teaching classes. However, there are very few active duty military personnel at the USMMA, making this not a viable option.

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USMMA Midshipman gets maritime security award

Jenny Terpenning, labor relations representative for Crowley, presented the certificate of recognition and cash award to Miller on behalf of Crowley, commenting, “We are very proud to present this award to Mr. Miller who is eager to start his seagoing career on a Crowley tanker.”

Mr. Miller, a native of El Paso, Texas, began attending USMMA in 2011 and graduated this year with a degree in intermodal logistics and transportation.

During his senior year, he participated in the maritime security elective, with a focus on maritime cyber security, leading to his award. He also served as regimental supply officer within the regiment of midshipmen and was captain of the tennis team during his senior year.
Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students.

The company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs.  In 1994, Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr., established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father. The company continues to give scholarship dollars to deserving students in the U.S., Alaska and Puerto Rico. In 2006, the program was expanded to Central America and to date, has provided financial assistance to 20 students in that region. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning (left) and USMMA Midshipman Christian Alexander Mille

Senators urge action on USMMA sexual assaults

MAY 8, 2013 — U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have written the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General urging him to seriously examine the roles that senior