PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY: SUNY Maritime College Students to Return from “Summer at Sea” Aboard the Empire State VI

August 4, 2015

Throggs Neck, NY – Cadets completing the 2015 Summer at Sea aboard SUNY Maritime College’s Empire State VI training vessel will return Monday, August 10. College leaders will join students, parents, and faculty at Olivet Pier on campus to welcome them home, and highlight a pressing need for federal funding to purchase a new ship.

Monday’s event is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date:          Monday, August 10
Time:          9:30 a.m.
Location:    SUNY Maritime College – Olivet Pier
                  6 Pennyfield Avenue
                  Bronx, NY

Any media or distinguished guests who wish to join the cadets as they return to the College may board the Empire State VI between 7 and 7:30 a.m. at Miller’s Launch in Staten Island. Please RSVP to Sherman Jewett at or 518-320-1311 by Friday, August 7.

SUNY Maritime is one of only six state Maritime Academies nationally that, in addition to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, produce all of the country’s licensed mariners, a task that has become increasingly difficult as the fleet used to educate and train these men and women ages. The average age of ships used by these academies is 35, and the 53-year-old Empire State VI is the oldest among them.

The 17,160 ton Empire State VI is SUNY Maritime’s training vessel. The ship provides cadets with essential hands-on experience in managing and maintaining a sea-going vessel. Under the direction of Captain Rick Smith, ’81, SUNY Maritime College’s Commandant of Cadets, the Empire State VI traveled to European ports and the Mediterranean for the 2015 Summer Sea Term.

Recent graduates of SUNY Maritime College have benefitted from a near 100 percent job placement rate within three months of graduation.

About SUNY Maritime College
SUNY Maritime is a four-year college located at historic Fort Schuyler in Throggs Neck, New York, which offers a solid academic program coupled with a structured cadet life in the regiment for both men and women. Maritime College prepares students for careers through a content-centered curriculum and a hands-on, team building approach to learning. Maritime offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, 18 varsity athletic teams, summer training cruises to Europe, five ROTC options, and US Coast Guard license and intern programs.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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