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Cadet Shipping

During the summer after the sophomore year, unlimited USCG license students are assigned to merchant vessels as cadets for further familiarization in shipboard procedures. These students major in:

Note: Candidates for the US Coast Guard 3rd assistant engineer license must complete 180 days sea time. USCG 3rd mate license candidates will be required to complete 365 days sea time. Sea time will be met through specialized laboratories, simulation, and three training cruises.

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  • Cadet Shipping includes an extensive preparation program aimed at maximizing the learning experience in the real world of shipping. Here is a list of companies offering Cadet Shipping billets.
  • Cadet shipping will involve training, watches and maintenance in the students' area of major.
  • In addition to the practical experience gained, students have the opportunity to visit ports of call in the United States and foreign countries. In several cases, students have circumnavigated the globe.
  • Many students find this experience to be a major advantage in finding employment following graduation.
  • In recent years, most students on Cadet Shipping assignments received cadet wage and reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Seatime - A minimum of 60 days is required for 3rd Assistant Engineer license candidates, 90 days for 3rd Mate license candidates, which is credited toward the sea service required for a USCG license.
  • Maine Maritime Academy was the first state maritime academy to incorporate this popular program into its curriculum.
  • Each student must submit a satisfactory Sea Project, Cadet Shipping Report, Ship's Officer's Evaluation Report, and evidence of sea time to be awarded course credits.
  • A passport, a drug-free certificate, and a merchant marine document are required for all students going cadet shipping.

Note: Freshmen and juniors in the unlimited license programs take a training cruise aboard Maine Maritime's training ship State of Maine.

This is a partial list of companies who offer cadet shipping billets to our students. It is not a mere coincidence that these companies are the same ones listed as "Employers" of our licensed graduates. Our students are trained so well that these companies want our graduates to work for them.


Alaska Tanker Company
American Ship Management
American Steamship Company
Army Corps of Engineers

Bay Ferries

C.F. Bean
Cross Sound Ferry
Crowley Marine Services

Dixie Carriers
Edison Chouest Offshore
Foss Maritime
Global Santa Fe
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company

Horizon Lines

Interlake Steamship Company
Interocean Ugland Management

K-Sea Transportation
Keystone Shipping Company

Maersk Lines, Ltd
Military Sealift Command
Moran Towing

Ocean Shipholdings, Inc.
Overseas Shipholding Group
Polar Tankers
Premier Pacific Seafood, Inc.
Pronav Ship Management

Seabulk International, Inc.
Seacor Smit, Inc.
Sealift, Inc.
SeaRiver Maritime

Tidewater Marine

USSM, Inc.
Waterman Steamship Corp.
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