Empire State VI. Photo by Ross (CC 2.0)


Please read the very important message below from SUNY Maritime College.

Future generations of mariners need your help to urge Congress to secure federal funding to replace the nation’s aging training fleet, beginning with the 54-year-old Empire State VI. Show your support! Contact your local congress representatives by filing out this form today.

Empire State VI. Photo by Glenn Fitzpatrick, glenn.fitzpatrick@gmail.com (CC 2.0)


Calling all Alumni, Parents, Faculty, Staff and Friends,

As you know, the six state maritime academy presidents are working with members of Congress to secure funding to replace our aging training vessels with National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMVs). These vessels will train the next generation of maritime professionals, and provide disaster response and humanitarian assistance.

A letter of support for FY 2017 NSMV construction funding from Congressmen Joe Crowley (NY) and Dan Benishek (MI) is on the U.S. Navy League website. Click Here, fill in your zip code to send a letter to your Congressional representatives asking them to sign the Crowley/Benishek letter.

Time is of the essence.  Please do this by Thursday, March 10th, and ask your friends, neighbors, and family members to show their support as well.

Empire State VI. Photo by Ross (CC 2.0)


State maritime academies produce 70 percent of our nation’s licensed mariners. Without the academies and their vessels, it will be impossible to meet the demand for licensed mariners needed to support our national defense and economy.

We are at a critical juncture. We need your help to secure federal funding in the FY 2017 budget so construction on the first NSMV can begin.  I am asking you to take a few minutes to show your support. Together, we will reap big rewards.  A similar campaign last year resulted in nearly 1,500 emails to Congress that prompted bipartisan support for NSMV design funding.  Let’s do it again!

Empire State VI (detail) Photo by Ross (CC 2.0)


More information regarding the NSMV program is available on our SUNY Maritime College NSMV Advocacy Webpage.

Time is of the essence. Please show your support by Thursday, March 10.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
State University of New York, Maritime College
6 Pennyfield Avenue – Fort Schuyler
Throggs Neck, New York 10465

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee via Roberta Weisbrod, WHC Chair