Sea Year to Resume at Merchant Marine Academy

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy announced that it will resume Sea Year training for Midshipmen on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017. The USMMA says the reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies, including a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault and sexual harassment, to ensure that the Academy’s standards are … [Read more...]

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Reinstates Sea Year… Sort Of

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced its plan to restore Sea Year training as part of the curriculum for Midshipmen at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), but details of when and how it will be reinstated remain somewhat sketchy. The "Sea Year Stand Down" was ordered in June by Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in response to … [Read more...]

Kings Point Alumni Say ‘No Justification’ for Sea Year Suspension

The Alumni Association of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point is calling for Sea Year be reinstated after a preliminary study found no justification for its suspension earlier this year over concerns of sexual harassment and assault.  The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation on Thursday released an interim report summarizing the … [Read more...]

Contractor Hired for USMMA ‘Cultural Assessment’ Amid Sexual Assault and Harassment Concerns

The U.S. Department of Transportation has hired a private government consultant to perform an independent cultural assessment of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) to help stamp out instances of sexual assault and harassment that have persisted both on campus and during Sea Year. The DOT said Tuesday that it has selected Logistics Management Institute, a … [Read more...]

Sea Year Fears At US Merchant Marine Academy

By Jaquelyn Burton (Coeval, Inc.) Overshadowing the graduation of the class of 2016, many midshipmen at the United States Merchant Marine Academy are now finding themselves for the first time not permitted to go to sea for their "Sea Year" training. Other graduates and I find this to be a travesty, for a school at holds such pride in being the only United States … [Read more...]