(VALLEJO, Calif. – April 24, 2014) – Cal Maritime students sailed the Training Ship Golden Bear out of San Francisco Bay Sunday for the first of two training cruises this summer. The itinerary calls for stops in areas such as South Korea, Vietnam, and Hawaii.
The crew of 255 cadets and 52 faculty and staff members will change on June 25 in Honolulu when the second cruise begins. This year, cadets from Texas, Massachusetts, and Maine Maritime Academies will join Cal Maritime students on cruise.
The ship departed Cal Maritime’s Vallejo campus at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, April 27. In all, the ship will travel more than 26,000 miles before returning to campus on August 24. Captain’s receptions are scheduled for Honolulu in June and San Diego in August.
For the duration the cruise, cadets – who are supervised by Cal Maritime faculty, the ship’s captain and chief engineer, and a team of experienced mariners – are responsible for running the ship, including navigating and driving the ship, repairing and overseeing the engines, and maintaining the vessel. They also continue to attend classes.
Cal Maritime graduates boast a placement rate of around 94 percent within weeks of commencement, and enjoy excellent career opportunities on land, in ports, and at sea. The unique Cal Maritime program combines classroom learning with applied technology, leadership development and global awareness, preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics.