Prosecutor: Colombians Smuggled Drugs Into U.S. Aboard Spanish Navy Training Ship

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Two Colombians ran a major heroin and cocaine smuggling operation to New York aboard the Royal Spanish Navy's official training ship, paying thousands of dollars in bribes to midshipmen on the vessel, prosecutors said on Friday. The two men were arrested late on Thursday in Colombia, said the office of New York's special narcotics … [Read more...]

Sailing Singlehanded – Maine Maritime Training Ship Rescues North Atlantic Sailor

Maine Maritime Academy’s Training Ship State of Maine responded to a distress call yesterday morning in the North Atlantic. The training ship was on a homeward course when the vessel was contacted by the U.S. Coast Guard RCC (VIA AMVER) about a nearby sailing vessel that was taking on water. The vessel, SV Prodigal, was battered by recent storms, and her Captain, Michael … [Read more...]

Training Ship Empire State VI Like You’ve Never Seen Before [VIDEO]

A SUNY Maritime College cadet used his GoPro camera for some extracurriculars during this year's Summer Sea Term. The training cruise included ports of call on the U.S East Coast, the Canary Islands, Ireland, Denmark and Portugal. According to the uploader: All this footage was taken in one afternoon in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on the way home from Europe. This, to our … [Read more...]

NASA Rocket Ship Rechristened as USMMA’s T/V Kings Pointer

A former NASA rocket booster recovery ship has been formally rechristened as the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s new T/V Kings Pointer following an extensive overhaul at a Florida shipyard. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen were on hand at USMMA this week to celebrate the rechristening along with … [Read more...]

Cal Maritime Cadet Found Dead on Training Ship

A California State University Maritime Academy cadet was found dead onboard the Academy's Training Ship Golden Bear early Wednesday morning while docked at the school. The cadet has been identified as first-year student Austin Ray Vancil. A message from President Thomas A. Cropper said that the cause of death is under investigation by Cal Maritime Police, but there is no … [Read more...]