Kings Point Ad


What bothered me was the mention towards the end that because other nations are projecting power, we need more Obligated merchant marine officers. I’m a little offended by the implication that my fellow lowly state academy grads or hawsepipers wouldn’t voluntarily sail US flag in times of war.

Unrelated but slightly irksome, I happened to look at the MarAd website today. There’s a USMMA link and a State Academy link. Under the State Academy link the list of academy’s has KP listed first…subtle promotion.


If MARAD performed its mission “To foster and promote the U.S. Merchant Marine and the American maritime industry to strengthen the maritime transportation system — including landside infrastructure, the shipbuilding and repair industry, and labor — to meet the economic and national security needs of our Nation” we might have enough ships to employ officers and unlicensed without worrying about what other nations are doing.

MARAD is nothing but another deep hole in the swamp and KP is just another mud bank where the swamp dwellers can crawl out to lay their eggs.


Not only listed first, but out of alphabetical order and listed under the stated maritime academies heading.


If each of the six state schools and KP each supply 12% of the active deep sea officers, that totals 84% of all active deep sea officers come from the seven academies. So, the other 16% must come from the military, the union schools, and straight up the hawsepipe. If accurate, that is a very interesting statistic.


About 1 in 5 or so non-academy, that seems about right.


If they closed KP, we would have 100% less ego in the business…


My experience with KPeers has been good.


Hardly. . . . .


Mine has been mixed, to tell you the truth. . . .I wouldn’t say that they are better or worse than state alumni or hawsepipers. . .I look to the man (woman) and not so much his or her training. . . .