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Maritime Training and Education

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U.S. Merchant

Date founded: September 30, 1943

Marine Academy


Superintendent: Rear Adm. James A. Helis, USMS, Ph.D. 300 Steamboat Road

Annual Throughput: 231 (undergraduate) / 4 (graduate)

Kings Point, NY 11024

Focus of Training: Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science scale equipment for midshipmen to gain practical experience degree, an unlimited U.S. Coast Guard license (Deck or on. The 176-foot long training vessel T/V Kings Pointer is pro-

Engine), as well as an of? cer’s commission in one of the pelled by two combined 2,900 horsepower diesel engines,

U.S. Armed Forces. Graduating midshipmen can apply for has a 6,000 mile range and a maximum speed of 15 knots. an active duty commission in any branch of the U.S Armed Biggest Success: Graduates include presidents and CEOs

Forces, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of major maritime companies, chief engineers, plant man- (NOAA) Corps, or Public Health Service, and ful? ll their agers and admirals. USMMA graduates earn among the service obligation by serving ? ve years in any one of these highest salaries in the nation. The Kings Point Scholar pro- branches. A Master of Science in Marine Engineering is gram challenges selected midshipmen to go beyond their offered on the graduate level. normal courses of study and research topics of further inter-

Simulators: The Academy’s ten simulators are used exten- est. Working with a faculty mentor, these projects are the sively in all academic majors and contribute toward a total successful culmination of many hours of research on an ap- of 30 days of sea-time for deck of? cer majors. These include proved topic outside the required curriculum, providing ad- the Full Mission Visual Bridge Ship-Handling Simulator ditional depth to the midshipmen’s educational experience. (VBSS), A GMDSS Simulator, Integrated Navigation Labs, Current Projects: The Academy is inaugurating an elec- a Radar Simulator, an ARPA Simulator, an Electronic Chart tive class in towing, commencing spring of 2016, for those

Display Information System (ECDIS) Simulator, a Machinery considering employment in the towing and barge indus-

Control Simulator (Medium Speed Diesel), Steam Simulation try. The Academy recently acquired a tugboat, and is in (laptop based), a Dangerous Liquid Cargo/LNG – The Liq- the process of acquiring a barge for towing training. Since uid Cargo Handling Simulator, a NAVIS PowerStow simula- 2010, USMMA has appropriated over $87 million in capi- tor and a NAVIS Sparks Terminal Operating System. tal improvements, and the capital investment plan projects

Other Equipment: The Academy’s 25 laboratories include full another $79 million over the next ? ve years.

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