Port Canaveral Welcomes Mass Maritime Training Ship
Maritime Logistics Professional
MLPJune 8, 2018
TS Kennedy arrives at Port Canaveral (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s 540-foot training vessel, TS Kennedy, arrived at Port Canaveral Thursday. The ship has 275 Texas A&M Maritime Academy cadets plus their faculty and crew on board for a required sea term.In welcoming the Kennedy’s Capt. Michael Campbell, an alumnus of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Captain Murray presented the captain and crew with a traditional plaque to commemorate the vessel’s inaugural visit to the Port.“The hands-on training and learning opportunities our nation’s maritime academies provide help to prepare these cadets for careers in the maritime industry – whether it’s on board a cruise or cargo ship or at a port like ours,” stated Port CEO Captain John Murray. “We are proud to welcome the Kennedy to Port Canaveral and wish the students every success in their future careers.”Once a commercially-operated breakbulk vessel named the SS Velma Lykes, the ship has been owned and operated by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and used as a training vessel by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy since 2003. The vessel was renamed the TS Kennedy after an extensive $10 million rehabilitation conversion in 2009. In 2012, she was activated to support FEMA in response to Hurricane Sandy. Last year, the vessel was activated by MARAD and deployed to Texas following Hurricanes Maria and Irma to assist with relief efforts and th....