Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 12, 2012
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that $2.3 million will be awarded to America’s six state maritime academies. The funding is generated from a program that recycles obsolete vessels. Each of the six state maritime academies will receive nearly $400,000.
Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) President Mike Jewell applauded the announcement today, stating: “M.E.B.A. is very pleased that the Administration is investing in the future of the U.S. Merchant Marine. Merchant Mariners are the backbone to America’s national and economic security. This is a solid investment as nearly 100 percent of cadets graduating from the maritime academies find employment in the maritime industry within 90 days. Most marine engineering and transportation graduates can earn $65,000 or more in their first year in this highly skilled profession.”
“With the majority of our goods moved over water, well-trained merchant mariners are critical in supporting our nation’s security and economy,” said Secretary LaHood. “This money will help ensure that the men and women at our academies get the training they need to keep our country’s economy moving forward today and well into the future.”
The Maritime Administration awarded $392,913 each to the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Calif.; the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich.; the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine; the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass.; SUNY Maritime College in Fort Schuyler, N.Y.; and Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, Texas. The nation’s maritime academies train young men and women for service in the U.S. Merchant Marine, the armed forces and the nation’s intermodal transportation system.
“The Maritime Administration continues to focus on the future of our maritime industry by supporting key programs that prepare our next generation of maritime professionals for tomorrow’s challenges,” said Maritime Administrator David Matsuda.
According to a U.S. DOT announcement, funding is being made available from the sale of obsolete vessels from the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet and budget savings generated by the Maritime Administration.
About the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A)
The M.E.B.A. is the nation’s oldest maritime labor union, representing deck and engineering officers licensed by the United States Coast Guard. Our Officers serve in a variety of capacities in the commercial international and domestic trades and as contract mariners on militarily useful government vessels controlled by the Department of Defense. M.E.B.A was established in 1875. M.E.B.A. officers work in a broad range of domestic and international trades aboard U.S.-flagged vessels in the deep-sea and Great Lakes sectors, including oil and product tankers, LNG tankers, bulkers, container ships, roll-on/roll-off ships, and general cargo vessels.