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Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Captain Michael Burns Addresses Workforce Development at New Orleans Offshore Wind Summit

BUZZARDS BAY, MA, ISSUED JANUARY 27, 2023…Captain R. Michael Burns Jr., executive director of the Maritime Center for Responsible Energy at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA; www.maritime.edu), a top-ranked public university with undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, was a featured speaker during the January 19-20 annual OSW O& M/Health & Safety Summit held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The two-day summit, hosted by The Business Network for Offshore Wind, focused on how the offshore wind industry can ensure that safety remains a high-level priority as the industry develops and grows.

Captain Burns, one of several speakers at the summit, contributed to the discussion that focused on “Strengthening Local Communities: Workforce Development Needs in O & M” (Operations and Maintenance), which highlighted how public officials, developers, supply chain companies, and unions can prepare their communities for the opportunities offshore wind brings.  He was joined by Dr. Tamika Jacques, director of workforce development and supply chain at Avangrid, and Lori LeBlanc, principal consultant at ERM/Southeast LA Economic Council.  Ben Etherton, strategic advisor for Arcon Training Center, moderated the discussion.

Additionally, Mauricio Guzman, business development manager – renewables for RelyOn Nutec, the Academy’s partner for offshore wind, was one of several market entrepreneurs who talked about how to meet the challenges associated with quickly training tens of thousands of new workers.

The summit also featured several Academy alumni, including Will Kenyon (2007), head of QHSE, Development, and EPC – Americas for Ørsted, who spoke on “The Need for Transparency:  Data-Sharing to Improve Health and Safety”; and Dustin Varnell (2003, MS2018), U.S. country manager for Osbit, and Julie Shebroe (2012), account manager and business development, Northstar Marine, Inc., who both spoke about “Safety on the Sea:  A Look at Vessel Operational Safety in Construction and O&M.”

“It was a privilege to have the opportunity to speak at this important summit and be among so many leaders in the growing offshore wind industry,” said Captain Burns, noting that the operations and maintenance of offshore wind farms is poised to be a significant economic driver for many coastal communities.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has prepared students for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and a thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB:  @massmaritime, @MassMaritime.Advancement; IG: @massmaritime, @mmacademyalumni; Twitter: @MMAadmissions, @MMAcademyAlumni; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

Photo:  Captain Michael Burns (second from left) with other panelists at the New Orleans Offshore Wind Summit.

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WAREHAM, NEW BEDFORD, MA, ISSUED DECEMBER 19, 2022…Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the City of New Bedford, in conjunction with the prime minister of Cabo Verde, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Consul General of Canada to Boston Rodger Cuzner, and many other state and local government officials, recently welcomed the return of the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Ernestina-Morrissey with a celebration held on Saturday, December 17, at 49 State Pier in New Bedford.  The vessel was also open for public tours over the weekend.

The Schooner Effie Morrissey was launched in 1894 and for the next 20 or so years carried Gloucester fishermen to the Grand Banks, Labrador, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Following that, she served as an arctic exploration ship and then as a supply and survey ship for the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1948, Captain Henry Mendes purchased the ship and brought her back to life after a catastrophic fire. Renaming her the Ernestina, he then began sailing her as a transatlantic packet, carrying goods and passengers between the Cape Verde islands and the United States through 1965. For years thereafter, she was an important means of inter-island transportation and communication in Cape Verde. After five years of dedicated fundraising and restoration work, in 1982 the Ernestina was given to the people of the United States by the people of Cape Verde in recognition of the longstanding ties between the two countries.

Legislation passed in 2019 returned the Sailing School Vessel Ernestina-Morrisey to her home port of New Bedford, under the care of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. For years to come, she will serve the Commonwealth – and her citizens of Cape Verdean descent – as an educational asset, teaching upcoming generations about the majesty of the oceans, the history of sail navigation, the strength of the Cape Verdean people, and the ties that bind them all together.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy will focus the efforts of the SSV Ernestina-Morrissey on undergraduate sail-training and leadership training for cadets, K-12 STEM programming, and community outreach and awareness within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. These three pillars will look to ensure the legacy of Ernestina-Morrissey as an educational asset for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“There has been amazing excitement on our campus and throughout our region thinking about the return of the Ernestina-Morrissey,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  “She has had such a storied past, and to think now about her future of training young mariners in front of her is very powerful.”

Added New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, “Grand Banks fishing vessel, Arctic explorer, packet ship, passenger liner for Cape Verdean immigrants – the Ernestina-Morrissey has left its mark across a broad sweep of American history.  Thanks to the commitment of the Commonwealth, the City, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, SEMA, and inspired philanthropists, it will live on to tell its story right here in its homeport of New Bedford.”  

The Honorable Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts, was unable to attend the festivities, but shared his thoughts on his role with the schooner.  “It was my great privilege as Governor in 1977 to sign the legislation authored by the late state representative Tom Lopes creating the Schooner Ernestina Commission and to appoint Julius Britto as its first Chairman. This allowed the Commonwealth to accept this magnificent gift from the people of Cape Verde. Later in 1983 after she arrived in Massachusetts, I worked with the legislature to provide funding to allow Captain Dan Moreland and his crew to complete the restoration and begin her educational programing, setting a standard that continues to this day. This is a proud day for all those who have labored so long for this great schooner."

“Recognizing the importance of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey and its impact on the Commonwealth’s maritime history, our Administration invested $5 million to restore and ready the vessel to sail at sea once again,” added Governor Charlie Baker. “After 40 years of stewardship, we are proud to help bring the Ernestina-Morrisey home, where she will be utilized as an educational vessel for decades to come.”

“The collective efforts and collaboration between our Administration, state legislators, the Schooner Ernestina Commission, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy serve as a tremendous example of the dedicated, strong partnerships to ensure the Official Vessel of the Commonwealth returns to navigating the open seas,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By contributing to the assessment, design, and construction of the Ernestina-Morrissey, we are giving Massachusetts residents and visitors an opportunity to learn about this historic ship.”

The Ernestina-Morrissey also has an important history with the Republic of Cabo Verde.  Said Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva, Republic of Cabo Verde, "The Ernestina-Morrissey is a proud symbol of the unique and enduring connection between the peoples of Cabo Verde and Massachusetts.  Our stories are so richly intertwined, and the wonderful restoration of this vessel – by so many who cared so deeply and gave so generously – boldly affirms the great promise of our shared future. On behalf of Caboverdeans everywhere, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all that made today possible."

“The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey is a treasured gift from the people of Cape Verde that reflects the strong, enduring bond between our nations,” added State Senator Mark Montigny (D-2nd Bristol and Plymouth), who has long-supported capital and operating needs for the Ernestina-Morrissey and successfully led legislation to secure her restoration.  “It is almost hard to believe that after decades of securing millions of state dollars in earmarks and legislation, she is finally back home in New Bedford, fully restored and ready to navigate the open seas.  Our law forever protects this historic vessel and her Cape Verdean heritage, and New Bedford is proudly displayed on her stern.  Today is a special day for our community and the Commonwealth, and I look forward to the day when the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey can set sail for beautiful Cape Verde.” 

State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, echoed these sentiments.  “As the official vessel of the Commonwealth, the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey means a great deal to so many people, and today marks the culmination and a celebration of a long journey to preserve, protect and return this historic vessel to the port of New Bedford, while honoring our state’s strong ties with the people of Cape Verde and our Cape Verdean community here in the South Coast.  Thanks to the hard work and advocacy of Senator Montigny, Representative Cabral and others, we were successful in securing state funding and passing a law to protect this National Historic Landmark, ensuring that the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey would proudly sail again as a fully restored vessel and serve as an educational asset for our communities and the Commonwealth for many, many years to come.”

State Senator Susan L. Moran (D-Plymouth & Barnstable) shared her thoughts on the schooner’s arrival in New Bedford.  “I cannot think of a more perfectly suited place for the Ernestina-Morrissey to dock and call home,” she said.  “Not only will it be wonderful to have this historic vessel available to the public, but it is touching that the legacy of this ship will live on to educate and train the next generation of sailors.”

“I am very proud to welcome home the historic Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey,” shared Sate Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-13th Bristol).  “The Ernestina-Morrissey is a living testament to the connection between the people of Massachusetts and Cabo Verde. Its future as a floating classroom and training vessel for Massachusetts Maritime Academy will ensure that history — and the importance the Ernestina-Morrissey holds not only to the Cape Verdean community, but to New Bedford seamen — will not be lost.”

"I am proud to help welcome the Ernestina-Morrissey to its next life with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy," added State Representative Steve Xiarhos (R-5th Barnstable). "This legendary schooner has a rich and compelling history, involving people on both sides of the Atlantic. It is important for us to be able to pass along the stories of this heritage to the next generation, while also creating new adventures for the vessel in the years ahead. This is an exciting day for our Commonwealth."

“The rehabilitation of the Ernestina-Morrissey is critical to our ongoing conservation efforts for state-managed landmarks and ensures a thoughtful approach and strategy in preserving the Commonwealth’s rich history,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card.  “The vessel’s restoration and homecoming is an exciting milestone for the Baker-Polito Administration and will improve the vital connection to those who came before us.”

Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Doug Rice added, “Over the last 40 years, the Department of Conservation and Recreation has worked to maintain and rehabilitate the Ernestina-Morrissey, the Official Vessel of the Commonwealth.  We are proud to bring this historic vessel home to New Bedford and we look forward to continuing to aid the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the process to restore this historic vessel to her former glory.” 

“The Ernestina-Morrissey captured my imagination the moment I stepped aboard over 25 years ago, a small time in the life of this historic ship,” remembered Bob Hildreth, able seaman and founder and chair of the board of Inversant. “But it was a critical time during which we saw the ship in danger of being hauled ashore to make it into a museum only to appear as a gleaming and seaworthy ship today. I have tried to be there with my treasure at every stage. It is truly a wonderful day!”

Added Jose Couto Centeio, Esq., chair of the Governor-appointed Schooner Ernestina Advisory Board (SEMAB), “When we work together, we can go places and do beautiful things with Ernestina-Morrissey.”

“It’s an honor to be entrusted with a ship of such historical significance and to carry forward this new mission of the SSV Ernestina-Morrissey,” concluded Captain Tiffany Krihwan, master of the SSV Ernestina-Morrissey.

For more information about the SSV Ernestina-Morrissey, please visit https://www.maritime.edu/fleet/ernestina.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has prepared students for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and a thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB:  @massmaritime, @MassMaritime.Advancement; IG: @massmaritime, @mmacademyalumni; Twitter: @MMAadmissions, @MMAcademyAlumni; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

Photos:  The Ernestina-Morrissey; from left to right State Representative Steve Xiarhos; State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues; State Representative Kip A. Diggs; Bob Hildreth; State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral; Jose Couto Centeio, Esq.; Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito; New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell; Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva, Republic of Cabo Verde; U.S. Representative William B. Keating; State Representative Christopher Hendricks; State Representative David T. Vieira; Capt. Elizabeth Simmons, Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Wendy Pearl, Department of Conservation and Recreation; Julius Britto; Consul General of Canada Rodger Cuzner.

 

WHEN:    Saturday, December 17, 10:00am-12:00pm (invitation only, RSVP required). Additional information is located at: https://givebutter.com/ernestina

WHAT:    Please join us in a welcome home of the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Ernestina-Morrissey. The vessel will be open for public tours Saturday 12/17/2022 from 2-4pm and Sunday 12/18/2022 from 11am-1pm (first come first serve, no reservation required)

WHO: Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the City of New Bedford, Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Lt. Governor Polito, along with State and Local Government officials

WHERE: 49 State Pier, New Bedford, MA

WHY:   The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Originally a fishing vessel, over the course of her long history she sailed to within 600 miles of the North Pole, and later brought immigrants to the U.S. Returned to the U.S. in 1982 as a gift from the newly independent Cape Verde, she sailed as an educational vessel until 2005. Sitting dormant for many years, after a 7-year refurbishment in Maine, under the care of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, she has returned to the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy will focus the efforts of the SSV Ernestina-Morrissey on undergraduate sail-training and leadership training for cadets, K-12 STEM programming, and community outreach and awareness within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. These three pillars will look to ensure the legacy of Ernestina-Morrissey as an educational asset for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy: Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, the Academy has prepared women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, the Academy challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and a thirst for adventure. Follow the Academy on FB:  @massmaritime, @MassMaritime.Advancement; IG: @massmaritime, @mmacademyalumni; Twitter: @MMAadmissions, @MMAcademyAlumni; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA, ISSUED DECEMBER 12, 2022…It’s less than 25 days and counting until Sea Term 2023 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (www.maritime.edu), a top-ranked public university with undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning.

As of now, nearly 18,000 PreK-12 students and their classroom teachers from around the world have excitedly signed up to participate in the Academy’s Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program, a one-of-a-kind STEM adventure on land and sea.

The no-cost program, running from January 3-February 19, 2023, will allow registered participants to virtually travel aboard the TS Kennedy, a former commercial freighter and current training vessel of the United States Maritime Service, presently under the command of Massachusetts Maritime Academy alumnus Captain Michael Campbell, a member of the class of 1987. With a new training ship scheduled to be delivered next winter, this will be the final voyage of the TS Kennedy.

So far, students from 33 states, three U.S. territories, and eight foreign countries are looking forward to being “on board” to experience a unique resource of projects and activities as they remotely travel and learn alongside Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets. Students and their teachers will feel as if they are right beside cadets as the TS Kennedy conducts anchoring drills off the coast of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and visits Bridgetown, Barbados, Oranjestad, Aruba. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Fort Lauderdale.

In addition, a team of cadet bloggers will share day-to-day shipboard life with participants, talk about what they are learning in their classes, explain their engine and deck watch responsibilities, and fill followers in on their maintenance obligations. Weather forecasting, celestial navigation, ocean currents, rust removal, engine maintenance, sewerage treatment, firefighting, and seawater desalination will be among the many topics addressed.

For the first time, PreK-12 classes from Department of Defense schools and schools located on military bases will participate the program.  Base schools presently registered include those from Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Bragg, Fort Buchanan, Fort Carson, Fort Hood, Fort Wainwright, Hanscom Air Force Base, Marine Corp Base Quantico, and Travis Air Force Base.

“The excitement surrounding the 2023 Follow The Voyage – Share the Experience Program is building at a rapid pace as we count down to January 3rd,” said Nancy Franks, K-12 Outreach Coordinator at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Over the years this one-of-a-kind virtual journey has allowed hundreds of thousands of students to experience the ultimate STEM adventure on land and sea.”

“The importance of offering STEM programs to students from an early age cannot be overstated,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program offers a unique and engaging learning experience that participating students and their classroom teachers are certain to remember!”

The Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program, formerly named Follow The Voyage, originated in 1997 as a partnership with Hanson Middle School in Hanson, Massachusetts, with the goal of promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to students in grades seven and eight. In 2017, the program was expanded to include students in grades 2-8. One year later, the program grew to include Pre-K – 12 students at which time it was renamed Follow the Voyage – Share the Experience.

Educators are invited to email ftv@maritme.edu by January 1st to register a class, grade level, troop, club or school for The Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program.

Everyone else is encouraged to share in the excitement on the Academy’s website after January 3rd.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has prepared students for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and a thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB:  @massmaritime, @MassMaritime.Advancement; IG: @massmaritime, @mmacademyalumni; Twitter: @MMAadmissions, @MMAcademyAlumni; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, RelyOn Nutec Win 2022 Ventus Award

Partnership celebrated for offshore wind industry achievement

BUZZARDS BAY, MA, HOUMA, LOUISIANA, ISSUED DECEMBER 6, 2022…Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA; www.maritime.edu), a top-ranked public university with undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, in partnership with RelyOn Nutec (www.relyonnutec.com), the leading provider of safety services globally, was named winner of the 2022 Ventus Award by the Business Network for Offshore Wind at the Ventus Gala, held November 17 in Washington, D.C.

The Ventus Awards represent the offshore wind industry’s highest level of professional recognition, celebrating the cutting-edge innovations and the trailblazing people, companies, and organizations ushering in a new era for offshore wind energy.

MMA and RelyOn Nutec were joint winners in the Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year category for their Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Basic Safety Training (BST) hybrid program, in place at the Academy since November 2019. In less than three years, some 200 participants have successfully completed the training, including 82 members of the District Council of New England Ironworkers.

The award was presented to Mauricio Guzman, business development manager for renewables for RelyOn Nutec, and Captain Michael Burns, executive director of the Maritime Center for Responsible Energy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, at the Ventus Gala, where hundreds of professionals across the global offshore wind supply chain came together to celebrate the industry’s collective accomplishments.

“We are honored to be recognized with this Ventus Award along with our partner RelyOn Nutec,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We congratulate all the finalists, and look forward to continuing to contribute to advancements in the offshore wind industry.”

“Thank you to the Business Network for Offshore Wind for this recognition,” added Jenni Lewis, RelyOn Nutec managing director, U.S., Mexico & Caribbean. “We are proud of our partnership with the Academy, and look forward to continuing to innovate, apply, and provide vital safety training for all those in the industry together.”

“It is critical that the U.S. offshore wind industry invests in developing a highly skilled, trained, and most importantly, safe workforce,” said Liz Burdock, president and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, the host of the Ventus awards. “The innovative and comprehensive Adaptive Learning Model developed by RelyOn Nutec and tested by Massachusetts Maritime Academy addresses knowledge gaps and blind spots that are critical to address, particularly as it relates to safety and response procedures.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has prepared women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and a thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB:  @massmaritime, @MassMaritime.Advancement; IG: @massmaritime, @mmacademyalumni; Twitter: @MMAadmissions, @MMAcademyAlumni; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

About RelyOn Nutec:  RelyOn Nutec delivers safety, compliance and competence services and solutions across the world. Through +30 facilities, RelyOn Nutec helps clients protect their people, assets and the environment. RelyOn Nutec has a history dating back over 50 years. 

RelyOn Nutec is leading the safety and technical training field and has a broad range of innovative digital services, including digital learning, simulation technology and a market-leading suite of SaaS applications. The digital services include a modular approach to managing safety across business processes while minimizing risk, revolutionizing workforce safety, compliance and competence tracking. To learn more, please visit: www.relyonnutec.com.

Photo (left to right):  Michael Burns, Executive Director- Maritime Center for Responsible Energy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Bryan Stockton, Orsted Head of Regulatory Affairs; Mauricio Guzman, Business Development Manager for Renewables for Relyon Nutec.