Finally looks like some politicians are working to support the Maritime Sector. If they keep it up all the better.
Press Release, Office of Rep. Joe Crowley-
"(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, announced that SUNY Maritime will receive a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). The funding will help SUNY Maritime continue maritime education programs, which help develop our nation’s highly-skilled U.S. Merchant Marine officers.
“I am thrilled SUNY Maritime College is the recipient of this much-needed funding from the Department of Transportation,” said Rep. Crowley, whose district includes the college. “Maritime College does an exceptional job of training our future maritime leaders, and I know this grant will provide critical resources to the young men and women that will serve our country at sea.”
“Support from MARAD is vital in helping SUNY Maritime stay in the forefront, providing educational programs that prepare future mariners who will serve our nation in so many ways,” said Maritime College’s interim president, Dr. Michael Cappeto. “Today’s announcement of a $1 million grant from MARAD to SUNY Maritime is the latest example of a partnership that serves both the College and the Maritime Administration, and ultimately benefits the U.S. citizens who rely on a viable and well-prepared maritime industry. We appreciate Congressman Crowley’s ongoing support, and are indebted for all that he does for our College.”
This funding came from the sale of obsolete vessels from the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet, which were purchased for recycling. As required by the National Maritime Heritage Act, 25 percent of the profit from sales is distributed to maritime academies for facility and training ship maintenance, repair, and modernization, and for the purchase of simulators and fuel."