Annual Training Cruise: Training Ship State of Maine

Summer Training Cruises are required for students enrolled in majors that have an Unlimited USCG License associated: Marine Engineering Operations, Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Systems Engineering (5-year), and Marine Transportation Operations. These Training Cruises provide the opportunity for the student to experience shipboard life, and to focus on hands-on training. Training cruises are designed as 4-credit courses with corresponding academic projects, called sea-projects, and successful completion of all three are required for graduation.

First year students (4/C Midshipmen) will complete a Summer Training Cruise on the training ship.  This experience will teach them the basics of life at sea, introductory seamanship, operation of ship’s machinery, and shipboard safety regulations & procedures.  This training cruise is designed to give the students basic experience in both deck and engineering areas.

Second year students (3/C Midshipmen) will complete Cadet Shipping.  This is similar to a co-op or internship at other colleges.

Third year students (2/C Midshipmen) will complete a second training cruise on the training ship, taking an active role in the daily operation of the training ship and supervising 4/C Midshipmen.

Candidates for the USCG 3rd Assistant Engineer Unlimited Horsepower license or the USCG 3rd Mate Unlimited Tonnage license are required to complete one year’s worth of sea-time.  Sea-time requirements are met through the Training Cruises, Cadet Shipping, Regimental Requirements, and special labs.

Port information for 2017 cruise: (subject to change)

Charleston, SC
Tenerife, Spain
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Portland, ME
Edinburgh, Scotland
Cobh, Ireland
New York, NY

Recent Training Cruise Itineraries

2016 – Charleston, SC; Tampa, FL; Galveston, TX; Portsmouth, NH; Cobh, Ireland, Antwerp, Belgium; New York, NY
2015 – Charleston, SC; Cadiz, Spain; Portland, ME; Cobh, Ireland; Norfolk, VA; Searsport, ME
2014 – Trieste, Italy; Reykjavik, Iceland; Kiel, Germany; Portsmouth, NH
2013 – Tampa, FL; San Juan, PR; Quebec City, Canada; Baltimore, MD
2012 – Galveston, TX; Curacao; Bermuda; Charleston, SC
2011 – Norfolk, VA; Valletta, Malta; Civitavecchia, Italy; Cobh, Ireland