Maine Maritime Academy Training Ship State of Maine Returns to Castine July 31
CASTINE, Maine—Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) President William J. Brennan announced today that the Training Ship State of Maine will return to Castine mid-afternoon on July 31 to conclude the ‘fast cruise,’ having been in Searsport and at anchor.
The cruise, which began July 8, was organized for senior engineering and navigation students who, in order to graduate, needed to accrue final hours of sea time and operational experience required by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to obtain their unlimited license credentials and their degrees.
The MMA waterfront will be closed to visitors and traffic on July 31. The 60 students and crew will remain aboard the vessel until training officially ends on August 4, at which time students will take the five-day U.S. Coast Guard exams on the MMA campus as specially arranged with the USCG. Ship operations will conclude on August 5.