Abrupt move of maritime academy’s training ship across bay ‘not a simple thing’

Abrupt move of maritime academy’s training ship across bay ‘not a simple thing’


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Aside from losing reliable access to the internet and cell phone coverage, Maine Maritime Academy’s decision last week to move its simulation of a training cruise to Searsport is going about as smoothly as it could, according to an officer on the academy’s training ship, State of Maine.

Of course, very little about this year’s cruise has been smooth.

First, because it was too dangerous for a large group of students to venture out on the high seas in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the school decided to offer an abbreviated and simulated version of the cruise, which often allows first and third year students to sail across the Atlantic. Instead, the ship would remain at dock in Castine, giving engineering students close to graduating the opportunity to receive the final at-sea credits required for U.S. Coast Guard licensing.



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