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Track the SUNY Voyage of US Trainee Vessel Around the World

17th June 2016
A U.S training ship, Empire State of the SUNY -University of New York is on a summer sea-term which includes a visit to Dublin next week A U.S training ship, Empire State of the SUNY -University of New York is on a summer sea-term which includes a visit to Dublin next week Photo: SUNY

#EmpireState – Training vessel Empire State VI is on its annual summer sea term, that is one of the requirements to earning a U.S. Coast Guard license.

The former cargoship now trains the cadets of the SUNY - State University of New York, which is to make a visit to Dublin Port next week having departed Norfolk, Virginia in early May.

As part of the program, cadets - either deck or engine license candidates - must accrue at least 180 days at sea before they graduate.

Time is earned during summer sea term journeys after freshman, sophomore and junior years.

Through the summer sea term, cadets travel around the world gaining vital hands-on experience in operating the 565ft steam-powered vessel and dealing with port traffic.

Cadets on board the ship will use the vessel as a floating lab during the school year.

The cruise itinerary changes every year to include ports around the U.S. East Coast and Europe.

This year the ship is scheduled to travel to Trieste, Italy; Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain; and Valletta, Malta before returning to campus in early August.

To follow the progress of the summer sea term by tracking the vessel here.

Published in Ports & Shipping
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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