Vice Chair Crowley Announces Funding for New Maritime Academy Training Vessel Design Included in Government Spending Bill

December 22, 2015
Press Release

Funds Will Benefit Nation’s 6 Maritime Academies, Including SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx

(Bronx, NY) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, applauded the inclusion of $5 million for the design of a new National Security Multi-Mission Vessel for the country’s six State Maritime Academies in the bill funding the federal government for FY2016 recently signed by President Obama. For over a year, Crowley has championed the need for updating our nation’s aging training ships, spearheading multiple bipartisan letters to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

“Our maritime industry continues to play an essential role in our nation’s economy and national security,” said Rep. Crowley, whose district includes SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. “Yet, our maritime academies – the institutions that produce the next generation of mariners – are stuck with an aging, outdated fleet of vessels. We need to ensure that SUNY Maritime College and other academies have the resources necessary to continue developing highly skilled mariners – and that means replacing the vessels where they are being trained.”

“We are extremely grateful to Congressman Joe Crowley who spearheaded this initiative over the past several years. His leadership and enthusiastic support have been outstanding. I appreciate Congressman Crowley’s keen understanding of the nation’s need to maintain a strong maritime workforce,” said RADM Michael A. Alfultis, (USMS) Ph.D, President, State University of New York, Maritime College.

Last year, Crowley led 25 bipartisan members of Congress in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget with the initial request that the agencies to develop and support a plan to replace the aging ships used by our nation’s State Maritime Academies. In February, President Obama designated $5 million in his budget to design and replace aging ships. In April, Crowley announced that the bill to fund the Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development would include these funds, which was just signed into law as part of the larger bill funding the entire government.