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.
IMB Sea Term 2020 - Panama Report
This sea term has been busier than ever with a Panama Transit (once every four years), field trip to the Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) and the reception on board the TS 'Kennedy' during the Port call (Bilbao, Panama) between Jan 24-Jan 27, 2020.
The Panama Transit was a rare opportunity that the IMB students could witness as the TS 'Kennedy' negotiated the famous Panama Canal locks on its transit from the Atlantic to the Pacific side of the Americas. The southerly transit gave the students an opportunity to observe ship operations that included anchoring, mooring in the locks and Port docking in a spate of 24 hours.The easterly transit is due on Feb 4 as the ship crosses back into the Atlantic Caribbean from the Pacific.
The field trip to MIT, a state of-the-art container terminal was arranged in close cooperation with the top management at MIT that included a welcome lunch, presentation by MIT executives and a guided tour of the facility. Students were able to apply the theoretical concepts learned in class to experience how a container terminal works in practice. A good lesson in container terminal logistics and box management was the take away from the field trip.
The field trip had 30 students that included the IMB and MSEP Co-op students to Panama as well. UMIP was very helpful in providing us the transport to Colon(MIT) and back.
The reception onboard provided a great networking opportunity as the MIT personnel, UMIP executives and Panama Canal Authority (PCA) executives joined a large number of MMA alumni and Pilots to celebrate the ship transit.