For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Maritime the Whole Time
RADM Mark Buzby with Commodore Brad Lima '74
From April 9-12 Massachusetts Maritime Academy hosted a number of maritime colloquiums that brought industry professionals, educators, and cadets from MMA as well as many of the other maritime academies to Taylor's Point for workshops, exercises, lectures, and discussions, all with the goal of sharing real world experiences and best practices informing outbound strategies that will have a direct impact on businesses that are involved in every aspect of the global economy.
Members of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) kicked the week off with table top exercises and presentations involving crisis response, enviromental protection, and decision making which saw two of MMA's alumni, CAPT Richard Phillips '79 and CAPT Bradley Wellock '74 offering their experiences dealing with leadership during crisis and how training, preparedness, and contingency planning mitigated outcomes. Phillips spoke passionately as he recounted his experiences with the 2009 Maersk "Alabama" hijacking, and about his ability to make informed decisions based on training and readiness. At the end he said "the pirates never took control of my ship", and the Alabama's crew, for which he was ultimately responsible remained safe throughout the four day ordeal.