WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced this week that America’s six state maritime academies will receive an additional $2.3 million in funding from a government program that recycles obsolete vessels.
“With the majority of our goods moved over water, well-trained merchant mariners are critical in supporting our nation’s security and economy,” DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “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.”
Funding is being made available from the sale of obsolete vessels from the Marad’s National Defense Reserve Fleet and budget savings generated by the Marad.
Marad awarded $392,913 each to California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Calif.; Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich.; Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine; Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass.; SUNY Maritime College in Fort Schuyler, N.Y.; and Texas Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas.
“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,” Maritime Administrator David Matsuda said in the press release.