August 12, 2008
American cadets to sail on Hapag-Lloyd ships
U.S. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton and John M. Murray, president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC, recently signed an agreement for cadets from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and state maritime academies to take their training voyages on Hapag-Lloyd vessels.
Maritime cadets must have sailing time on working vessels in order to qualify as licensed mariners. Currently, there is a worldwide shortage of licensed mariners, and U.S. maritime academies have geared up to train more students. Students will begin to serve on the foreign-flag vessels in October.
"Cadets will receive excellent training from skilled maritime professionals on a variety of seagoing vessels," said Administrator Connaughton, adding that Hapag-Lloyd should be commended for its commitment to the American students.
Hapag-Lloyd is the world's fifth largest container shipping company. Its vessels sail all the major sea lanes of the world providing global shipping services.
The Memorandum of Agreement is the fifth such signed between the federal government and private industry.