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Texas A&M Maritime Academy Summer at Sea 2022

Maritime Summer at Sea TAMUG
Texas A&M University at Galveston is home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, a highly specialized maritime training and education program. TAMUG is one of only six state academies in the U.S., and the only one located on the Gulf Coast.
 
Also, they are the only academy integrated into a Tier 1 academic institution. The academy trains over 400 cadets each year for maritime service and employment around the world.
 
The mission of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy is to provide maritime industries around the world with highly trained and professional merchant marine officers to serve on inland waterways and ocean-going vessels, as well as the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.
 
To meet this mission, the Texas A&M Maritime Academy includes a Corps of Cadets. Through the Texas A&M Maritime Academy program, deck and engine license cadet candidates, also known as Sea Aggies, must accrue time at sea before they graduate.

Time is earned during summer sea term journeys after each of their freshman, sophomore and junior years.
 
The cadets will travel around the world to gain vital hands-on experience in dealing with port traffic, operating a ship, as well as building other crucial maritime skills.

The Summer Sea Term (SST ‘22) for 2022 will be aboard the TS Kennedy, call sign KVMU. This ship is a former commercial freighter and currently a training vessel of the United States Maritime Service.

Currently scheduled ports of call include:

  • Charleston, South Carolina on June 10-13
  • Reykjavik, Iceland on June 25-28
  • New York, New York on July 11-14
  • Galveston on July 28
  • SST ends on July 31

At each port of call this year, the Sea Aggies will be bringing a Taste of Texas with BBQ & Bluebell Ice Cream.

Captain Sean McNeice will be providing underway updates as connectivity allows. Follow @texasmaritime on social media to be notified when the log is published.
 
When possible, livestreams will be available on the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Facebook, Instagram and YouTube social media accounts. Follow on @texasmaritime.
 
Everyone is encouraged to track the ship in real-time throughout SST22. The ship tracker usually updates every 20 minutes, but there are a number of variables that may prevent the precise location from being shared more than once a day.
 
In the event of a full outage, tracking information will be available online through Marine Traffic.

SST ’22 Dock Party

May 28, 11am-2pm
Galveston Campus

Join us for free ship tours, games, ice cream and more to wish our cadets fair winds and following seas!

We’re celebrating the departure of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy for their annual summer training cruise and invite you to join in the festivities:

  • Tour the TS Kennedy, the 540 ft. training ship our cadets will be sailing aboard for a three-city international training cruise
  •  Meet ‘n greet sea life up close at the Sea Life Facility
  • Line and knot-tying demonstrations
  • Sign-making station
  • Face-painting
  • Sea Camp, Sea Campus Kids and Field Trip Info
  • And more!

All activities are free and open to the public. Participants can sign-up for a tour time and enjoy all the activities on campus while they wait.

Tours are offered first-come, first-serve. All tours require closed-toe shoes. No skirts or dresses, please.

Ship tours are only available for those five years old and up due to safety protocols.

SST ’22 Flotilla

May 29, 9am
Galveston Campus Boat Basin

Join us for a flotilla to wish our cadets fair winds and following seas as they embark on their 2022 Summer Sea Term.

We’re celebrating the departure of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy for their annual summer training cruise and invite you to join in the festivities with the SST ’22 Flotilla.

Join friends, loved ones, industry supporters, former students and fans to escort our cadets, faculty and crew aboard the TS Kennedy through the Galveston Ship Channel as they embark on their two-month training cruise.

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