Should MARAD Close The US Merchant Marine Academy At Kings Point?

In today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast we take a harsh look at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), a federal college that provides free tuition to American merchant marine officers. In this episode we share both sides of the debate and I offer my own unvarnished answer to the question... should MARAD close the US Merchant Marine Academy at King's … [Read more...]

WATCH Kings Point’s New U.S. Merchant Marine Ad Campaign

This month U.S. Merchant Marine Academy alumni are celebrating the 75th birthday of Kings Point with a new website and ad campaign geared toward informing the American public of how vital the US Merchant Marine is to the nation's security and global commerce, and of the importance of maritime security in turbulent times. "We really hope this anthemic video … [Read more...]

Space Force, How About A Maritime Force?

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D – On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump, before a meeting of the National Space Council announced his plan for the Department of the Defense to create a new military branch, entitled the Space Force.  The creation of a potential sixth armed service – behind the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force – stirred a … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Why Did You Join The Merchant Marine? In an our editorial last month titled Top 10 Reasons Why The US Merchant Marine Is Failing, I asserted that the US Maritime Administration ignores the media, doesn't share good news, and fails to advertise in trade publications like gCaptain. The article must have hit a nerve because it received thousands social media views and prompted … [Read more...]

The Merchant Marine Is Of Critical Importance Says US SECDEF Mattis At Kings Point Graduation

by Lisa Ferdinando - The United States needs its Merchant Marine officers to employ discipline, strategic thinking and strong ethics in the often challenging and dangerous maritime transport industry, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today during his commencement remarks to 187 graduates at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. The new Merchant … [Read more...]