(VALLEJO, California August 8, 2016) California State University Maritime Academy's Training Ship Golden Bear is returning to the state Wednesday morning. Students from Cal Maritime, Texas A&M Maritime Academy, and other schools are completing the second of two two-month long summer training cruises.

The Golden Bear will arrive at Pier 91 around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17. Tours for potential students and a reception for friends, family, industry supporters, and more will be held on Friday, August 19. Parking is accessible from 1st Street & Harbor Boulevard.

Students, faculty and crew departed Cal Maritime's Vallejo, California campus on April 24 for the Panama Canal. In addition to Los Angeles, the itinerary for the training cruises includes stops in the Fort Lauderdale, U.S. Virgin Islands, Baltimore, Puerto Rico, New York, San Francisco, and Charleston, South Carolina.

The first cruise ended on June 22 in Galveston, Texas, when new crew, students and faculty board the ship for the second cruise. The ship returns to Cal Maritime in Vallejo, California on August 22.

The annual training voyage is part of the specialized curriculum offered at Cal Maritime. For the duration of each summer training cruise, Cal Maritime cadets are responsible for running the ship, including navigating and driving, repairing and overseeing the engines, and maintaining the vessel. All training cruises are supervised by Cal Maritime faculty, the ship's captain and chief engineer, and a team of experienced mariners. During the cruise, cadets continue to attend classes, and intellectual learning, applied technology, and leadership development blend daily as cadets apply what they have learned in the classroom, in the lab, and on the waterfront.

To follow along on the Training Ship Golden Bear's two-month journey, visit the Follow the Voyage blog at http://voyage.csum.edu/.



Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.