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Winter 2017

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11 Learn more about... Crowley's Support of Maritime Academy Cadets at ? Left: Crowley has provided cadets like Bonnie Muchnick with scholarships and hands-on experience working on company owned, or managed, vessels. Real world experience is critical to becoming a safe and highly competent merchant mariner. Connections Winter 2017 that went beyond what he would have learned on a training ship. Currently a third mate on the Crowley-managed product tanker MT Golden State, Tuten learned how the tight knit crews aboard commercial ships foster teamwork and accountability. The commercial vessels often operate with 25-member crews, a fraction of the number of students aboard training ships, where responsibilities are narrower. Onboard the academy's training just in the classroom, said Raymond Vant, a senior at GLMA. He learned how to stand watch and the essential routines: logging positions, keeping a lookout, operating the radar, and logging the weather aboard Crowley- managed vessel St. Louis Express in the fall of 2015. "I was given the conn in traffic, and was allowed to make decisions with feedback from both the captain and the mate," said Vant, who is from New Jersey. "When not on the bridge, the bosun taught me how to maintain the ship. I chipped and painted almost every day. This gave me an appreciation for tasks that I likely wouldn't do as a mate, but would possibly be supervising. This also creates an appreciation for safety." Cadets start out doing paperwork and shadowing mates or engineers. Cadets are expected to arrive early and pay attention – the path to earning more responsibility and duties. Onboard the Crowley-managed product tanker MT Pennsylvania as a junior, recent CMA grad Daniel Tuten learned how to best run a petroleum tanker, including preventative maintenance ship there are 300 or more people. Cadets rotate through watch standing, classroom, day work and simulated exercises. Bonnie Muchnick began her sea year on the CMA's Golden Bear training ship before completing her commercial cruise during the summer of 2016 with Crowley on the managed product tanker MT Florida, which enhanced her education by teaching hands-on skills such as loading and discharging crude oil and safety operations with professional mariners. "Without Crowley's commercial cruise, I would not have all of the references and knowledge I have today," said Muchnick, who is completing her senior year at CMA. Bonnie Muchnick, performs a maintenance check on the hull of Crowley-managed product tanker MT Florida, where tugboats typically push, when the ship is being docked.

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