Check this news out! How this is a win for KP, I don’t know.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the Department’s Maritime Administration has secured a new training vessel for the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. In an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Academy will receive a space shuttle solid rocket booster recovery ship, the MV Liberty Star, which will provide a hands-on learning environment on which midshipmen can train using modern navigational technology, including dynamic positioning and advanced towing techniques.
The agreement, signed today by the Department and NASA, outlines plans for the transfer of the vessel along with the Academy’s future relationship with NASA. MARAD will relocate the vessel from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to Kings Point, New York, this fall. The Maritime Administration is planning shipyard work to increase onboard berthing and fully convert the MV Liberty Star to a training vessel after its arrival at the Academy.
“Securing this modern vessel supports the goals outlined in the Academy’s new strategic plan and will ensure our midshipmen get the top-notch education and training they need to compete and win in a competitive global marketplace,” said Secretary LaHood.
“This past April, when we toured the Academy, I asked for three things and today we are batting 3 for 3: we have a new superintendent in place, we were able to increase capital funding in the senate appropriations bill and now we have a new training vessel on its way,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer. “We are righting this ship not only for the midshipmen currently attending, but for the generations of students who will come. The Merchant Marine Academy is getting back on course and I commend Secretary LaHood for his hard work, hearing our call and delivering promptly.”
Like all other Maritime Administration reserve ships, the Academy training ship will remain on call for occasional use – in this case NASA missions – allowing midshipmen to get at-sea experience with commercial crews.
“This agreement is a win-win for both Kings Point and NASA,” said Maritime Administrator David Matsuda. “The ship’s high tech equipment and real world capabilities closely mirror what graduates will see entering the maritime workforce.”
“The acquisition of this state-of-the-art training vessel will help us provide the best education and hands-on experience for our future maritime leaders,” said Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Rear Admiral James A. Helis. “There is nothing like real life experience to facilitate the learning process.”
Although midshipmen obtain the sea time needed for their U.S. Coast Guard license aboard commercial merchant ships during their “sea year,” the new training vessel will familiarize midshipmen with shipboard equipment and characteristics, and basic ship handling.
The Obama Administration has made a comprehensive effort to renew facilities and teaching infrastructure at our nation’s maritime academy. Since FY 2009, the Obama Administration has requested and Congress has appropriated more than $300 million for the Academy, which includes $239 million for operations and $61 million for capital improvements – including $23 million last year, the most funding ever secured for physical improvements at the Academy. The vessel will be a major component of a renewed waterfront at the Academy that includes a new pier.
Background of the MV Liberty Star
The MV Liberty Star was one of two vessels used by NASA to recover the space shuttle’s solid rocket boosters following the launch of a space shuttle mission. Propelled by two combined 2,900 horsepower diesel engines, the 176-foot long MV Liberty Star has a 6,000 mile range and a maximum speed of 15 knots. The ship’s controllable pitch propellers and auxiliary water jet thruster, combined with modern joy-stick dynamic positioning capability provide midshipmen a highly maneuverable training platform. The vessel has a 7,500 pound deck crane, which is an ideal tool for providing a basic understanding of modern cargo operations. It also has a fast rescue boat, which can provide midshipman critical experience in general launch operations. In addition, the vessel’s double towing winch, substantial towing H bitts, and a massive towing fairlead add significant new towing training capabilities to the Academy’s portfolio.
Awesome now we get even more ringknockers flooding the towing industry.
Theyve got to be fucking kidding!
Wow what a coup! Look at this state of the art modern marvel of technology!
It isn’t often that you see a 31 year old vessel called “new,” “modern,” and “state of the art” so many times in one article.
I’ve worked on Turdwater boats that looked nicer than that thing.
I am downright finding it hillareous at how low that “jewel” of an academy has sunk to! Just pathetic really…
“We are righting this ship”! There’s nothing to right…it’s fully submerged!
[QUOTE=c.captain;79413]I am downright finding it hillareous at how low that “jewel” of an academy has sunk to! Just pathetic really…[/QUOTE]
I do enjoy how they say it has dynamic positioning capability, state of the art engines and perfect for brown water and towing operations! It’s a real coup!
[QUOTE=Bayrunner;79401]Awesome now we get even more ringknockers flooding the towing industry.[/QUOTE]
Yup - Get prepared Bayrunner, soon you might be dealing with Captain Kangaroo.
This will be fun:
[B]“Like all other Maritime Administration reserve ships, the Academy training ship will remain on call for occasional use – in this case NASA missions – allowing midshipmen to get at-sea experience with commercial crews.”[/B]
There are times I simply shake my head.
[QUOTE=c.captain;79405]Theyve got to be fucking kidding![/QUOTE]
They are simply trying their best, c.captain, if the shoe doesn’t fit well they will try another.
This is what tickles my fancy, as I spent over 11 months during my full sea year as a KP engine cadet aboard commercial vessels that actually carried cargo and actually crossed oceans. I well realize it’s gone, there is no more, the United States did it again, we have destroyed any semblance of a US Merchant Marine. Off Shore is the only option, now, of course, Brown Water.enters the stage. Oh my goodness !!
“Like all other Maritime Administration reserve ships, the Academy training ship will remain on call for occasional use – in this case NASA missions – allowing midshipmen to get at-sea experience with commercial crews.”
[QUOTE=Fraqrat;79407]Wow what a coup! Look at this state of the art modern marvel of technology![/QUOTE]
Oh my Gawd, I’m laughing so hard my belly hurts. Yes, on the job training with real commercial vessels and real merchant seamen.
[QUOTE=c.captain;79413]I am downright finding it hillareous at how low that “jewel” of an academy has sunk to! Just pathetic really…
“We are righting this ship”! There’s nothing to right…it’s fully submerged![/QUOTE]
Oh my goodness - I gotta get outta here - my belly hurts
Yes, because the training vessel KP uses is generally the greatest element of the cadet’s sea experience, rather than the 300+ days they spend on actual working merchant vessels.
It’s definitely a better training asset than the empty spot in the water currently sitting at the end of the pier. And look on the bright side, if it’s as awful as you all are saying, maybe it’ll scare some of the 'Knockers away from the industry. Or maybe, just maybe, they might use it to LEARN something. Stranger things have happened.
Perfect. From one sadly obsolete underfunded agency to another! Space, the new frontier, to towing, what a fitting metaphor for our country.
This is pretty pathetic. Are they really that clueless, or just too cheap to build a state of the art vessel.
[QUOTE=tugsailor;79437]This is pretty pathetic. Are they really that clueless, or just too cheap to build a state of the art vessel.[/QUOTE]
Now Now tugsailor, did you not just read the article, our wonderful politicans say this is a modern and state of the art vessel. You know the guvment would not lie to you, come on now. The sad part is I think they actually believe it themselfs.
A water jet thruster, I have been around a couple of them, you might as well hang a leaf blower over the bullwarks. It will do about as much good, those things are useless on anything bigger than a small yacht.
What is this thing DP zero?, I would be suprised if it is even DP1. I agree tugsailor pathetic and embarassing. If this was a supply boat it would be laughed out of the GOM, and sent to Nigeria, to haul groceries., Heck it might even get laughed out of Nigeria.
We shouldn’t laugh so much…MarAd will probably spend $25M on this piece of shit now to turn it into the “jewel” of a KP DP training ship!
Btw, I wonder it they know that a KP grad won’t be able to get a DP certificate by sitting on this floating turd in Long Island sound a few weekends a year?
These fucking fools are utterly lost…
If this is what can pass as state of the art vessel I know where some more “gems” are. Back off in the weeds in Larose sits a whole armada waiting for some flag officers. Imagine the thrill of getting piped aboard your very own ship of the line. Sadly no parades as they won’t be able to field a proper band this year.
[QUOTE=Fraqrat;79449]If this is what can pass as state of the art vessel I know where some more “gems” are. Back off in the weeds in Larose sits a whole armada waiting for some flag officers. Imagine the thrill of getting piped aboard your very own ship of the line. Sadly no parades as they won’t be able to field a proper band this year.[/QUOTE]
Did you know there’s another T-AGOS ship sitting in Seattle that KP could have if they we’re so fucking dim? It was transferred to Seattle Central Community College to use in their maritime training program but they have no money to operate the thing. I bet they’d love to give it to KP and you know, being diesel electric, you could make one of those DP. It would be an entire galaxy farther ahead that what they just got.
Except the problem is that there’s no one at KP who can get it from Seattle to NY! They’d have to contract out the job!
This is literally unbelievable to me!