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Maine Maritime Academy Training Cruise to Depart May 7 for European Ports

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy students, officers, and crew will depart Castine on Wednesday, May 7, on the Training Ship State of Maine for the annual two-month training evolution to foreign and domestic ports of call. This year’s training cruise itinerary includes stops in Trieste, Italy; Reykjavik, Iceland; Kiel, Germany; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Searsport, Maine.

Under the command of Captain Leslie B. Eadie, III, master of the Training Ship State of Maine, the training cruise will commence in port on Friday, May 2, for pre-sailing preparation. Captain Eadie, of Brewer, Maine, a 1976 graduate of the Academy, assumed command of the vessel in 2012.

Well-wishers are welcomed and encouraged to view the vessel departure and return from the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront or via webstream at www.mainemaritime.edu/streaming. Friends, family, and fans of the cruise will be able to follow the ship’s journey through the cruise Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mainemaritimecruise), and the cruise blog at cruise.mainemaritime.edu.

The ship will host the yearly family day sail on the return leg from Searsport to Castine. For this section of the trip, Second Class students may invite their parents aboard. The day sail allows parents the unique opportunity to see the high level of technical proficiency and leadership achieved by the students. The training ship will return to its homeport of Castine, Maine on Monday, July 7. Training cruise activities will continue in port through Wednesday, July 9.

Students pursuing an officer’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard as a third mate or third assistant engineer are required to train at sea for at least 68 days in each of their first three years at the Academy. Freshmen and juniors sail aboard the MMA vessel while sophomores are assigned to merchant ships worldwide. In recent years, MMA training cruises have taken students to Puerto Rico, Canada, Aruba, Bermuda, Brazil, Belgium, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Russia, and Spain, as well as other European and Caribbean countries.

The Training Ship has limited internet connectivity while on cruise. Bangor Daily News will continue to donate daily news service, sending state-wide, national and world news, sports, and business articles via email.

Complementing the educational focus of MMA’s training cruise, students and staff sailing aboard the State of Maine will work for the seventh consecutive year with the Belfast-based organization, Educational Passages, which utilizes 4.5-foot-long unmanned sailboats to enable the study of ocean wind and current patterns by school and community groups. Boats are crafted to sail indefinitely downwind and will transmit their location and boat speed via a GPS interface for up to one year. The boats rely solely on wind and current power. Initial sea trials were launched from MMA’s schooner Bowdoin in 2008 off the northeast coast of North America.

Coordinated by program founder, Richard Baldwin, this year’s boat launch from the State of Maine will provide an exciting learning opportunity for students and community members at Mid-Coast School of Technology, Bartlett Woods Retirement Community, and Rockland Middle School. To learn more, visit http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/drifter/drift_ep_2013_2.html or contact Richard Baldwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 207-322-1901for more information.

The 500-foot, 16,000-ton Training Ship State of Maine, originally commissioned as the USNS Tanner, served as a Navy oceanographic research vessel before being converted in 1997 to accommodate the training needs of the college. The fourth vessel to bear the name State of Maine, the ship is a modern, technologically advanced training vessel.

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. The college’s persistence, retention and graduation rates are well above national averages. The job placement rate for MMA graduates is in excess of 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit mainemaritime.edu.



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