SUNY Maritime College Hosts Ribbon Cutting Naming Ceremony For “Hornblower E-Navigation Lab”

Published on March 04, 2020, 2:51 pm
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There is a new wave of maritime talent hitting the shores of New York Harbor as one of the oldest maritime institutions in the country continues to expand its partnership with one of the biggest ferry operators in the country. SUNY Maritime College officials joined Hornblower executives for a ceremony renaming the College’s navigation lab the “Hornblower E-Navigation Lab.” The naming served as a celebration and expansion of Hornblower’s longstanding partnership with Maritime College to inspire local maritime talent.

Other components of the Hornblower Maritime College partnership includes Hornblower crews having access to Maritime College facilities for training purposes including its two, 360-degree full-mission bridge simulators, mentorships for students to engage with Hornblower crews and workforce opportunities across its several business units including its dining and sightseeing cruise operations, Statue Cruises and NYC Ferry by Hornblower. Many Hornblower employees are also Maritime College graduates.

The Hornblower E-Navigation Lab is used for instructional exercises and applied learning for deck license students in their sophomore and junior year, with a total of 20 workstations, 10 in each of the lab’s two floors. Each station mimics the bridge of a ship, allowing students to work individually or as a team of two at each station. Instructors control simulation exercises, which promotes an interactive class experience and students gain exposure to the electronic navigation equipment in a vessel’s bridge. Students are also taught the importance of promoting safety through communication by being introduced to interacting with other vessels. The lab is essential to the license program and helps students focus and familiarize themselves with key equipment, one piece at a time.

“We are extremely grateful to have Hornblower as a valued industry partner,” said Rear Admiral Michael Alfultis, Maritime College President. “Their generous donation demonstrates a commitment to supporting the maintenance and modernization of these sophisticated navigation simulators and helps ensure that our students graduate with the training and skillset they need to operate vessels safely.” 

“Having a presence in such a prestigious institution allows our team to be surrounded by rich maritime history and a strong network of maritime professionals,” said Richard Paine, Hornblower’s Regional Director for HSSQE and a SUNY Maritime College alumnus. “We are honored by this truly special naming recognition by SUNY Maritime, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to the school, its programs and its students.”

SUNY Maritime College has over 1,800 students, including over 360 from New York City, many of whom learn about maritime operations in the classroom. Students and cadets also have access to internship and career development opportunities with the Hornblower team. Hornblower is also beginning to hire additional crew for NYC Ferry in anticipation of upcoming route launches the next two years, including the addition of a stop in nearby Throggs Neck.

About SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime College educates dynamic leaders for the global marine transportation industry, shipping business, engineering, energy, facilities management, finance, the armed forces and public service. Students choose from 11 undergraduate majors, including five ABET-accredited engineering programs, and two master’s degree programs. Students participate in 17 varsity athletic teams and more than 40 clubs and organizations, ROTC options and U.S. Coast Guard license programs. The license program prepares students to navigate, power and operate marine vessels.

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About Hornblower

Hornblower Group operates the official ferry boat service to Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island National of Immigration on behalf of the National Park Service as well as Hornblower Cruises and Events, NYC Ferry, American Queen Steamboat Company, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Victory Cruises Lines, Boston Harbor Cruises, Spirit Cruises, Odyssey Cruises, Potomac Riverboat Company, Seadog Cruises, CityCruises in the United Kingdom and HMS Global Maritime. The expansive portfolio reflects almost a century of sector expertise and innovation – from pioneering the earliest river sightseeing tours and dining cruises to developing the revolutionary Hornblower Hybrid, a vessel powered by wind, solar and battery electricity.

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