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New Training Vessel for KP Announced!

August 21, 2012

Lots of changes happening at Kings Point. I was very dubious about the loss of the Kings Pointer though I do feel the decision made sense in light of waterfront upgrades and nowhere to berth her during renovations. The Chief had very strong opinions about the value (or lack thereof) of a training vessel for those in the engineering track.

Here is the latest news out of Washington…

MARAD 05-12
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Department of Transportation Secures New Training Vessel for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

WASHINGTON – 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, including dynamic positioning and advanced towing techniques.

For the full press release, please follow the above link.

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