Maine Maritime Training Ship Forced to Move

State of Maine. Photo Tom Richardson

The Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship State of Maine was forced to move from its berth along the Castine waterfront to nearby Searsport on July 10, after some Castine residents raised concerns over sewage effluent, pollution, and noise. Everyone aboard the ship were tested twice for COVID-19 prior to boarding, according to the MMA.

Maine Maritime Academy President William Brennan said in a statement: “I have never been opposed to moving the vessel, but until I was absolutely sure that our testing, quarantine and isolation measures kept the virus off the ship, I was unwavering in my view that the ship needed to be alongside our pier in case of a medical emergency.” Brennan added: “The distraction of complaints from a few Castine residents is out of proportion and embarrassing for a town that is largely supportive of the college and our mission. The way in which the academy, my students and crew have been treated in this matter is not something I will soon forget.”

The State of Maine will remain in Searsport until at least August 8.