MA Maritime Academy Unveils High-Tech Commons Building, Library

CapeCodOnline: On a gray New England morning, officials gathered at Massachusetts Maritime Academy huddled under a white tent to celebrate the school’s latest green jewel.

“I welcome you to the biggest, best, greenest and, possibly, wettest maritime academy in the country,” Capt. Francis McDonald, the school’s vice president of operations, said.

On Wednesday, the academy dedicated its new $23 million American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons that is so much more than your typical college campus library. Inside, for example, among the stacks of books, is a simulator of a ship’s bridge, which board of trustees chairman Paul Kelly joked is like a “$2 million Nintendo game.”

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