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This is MM&P Country. Pictured above is the M/V BRIDGETON, the largest vessel sailing under the American flag and one of five tankers owned by the Chesapeake Shipping Company. The BRIDGETON is the second of Chesapeake Shipping's five tankers to come under the watchful eyes of MM&P officers and supervisory crews. Originally reflagged U.S . as a protective measure during the Iran-Iraq war, the expertise of MM&P Masters on the vessels has created a demand for MM&P officers and supervisory personnel to sail aboard the BRIDGETON as well as the other vessels remaining Americanflagged- the SEA ISLE CITY, OCEAN CITY, CHESAPEAKE CITY and SURF CITY. The BRIDGETON, an Ultra Large Crude Carrier, was constructed in 1977 and measures 1, 159 feet in length . At more than 400,000 deadweight tons, she is powered by a 45,000 horsepower steam turbine engine and has a carrying capacity in excess of 550 million gallons. Fully loaded, the BRIDGETON draws nearly 100 feet below the waterline . The successful operation of this ship has been entrusted to MM&P deck officers and supervisory personnel, who regularly attend the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS) at Linthicum Heights, MD. The premier maritime training facility worldwide, MITAGS offers the most modern and comprehensive simulator equipment available, allowing ship officers to sharpen their skills and learn new ones-all on dry landwhile they navigate their way through any number of simulated waters and conditions with complete safety. MITAGS is the result of a close collaboration between MM&P and the American-flag shipping companies in their joint Maritime Advancement , Training, Education and Safety (MATES) Program. ROBERT J. LOWEN

F. EL WOOD KYSER

International President

International Secretary-Treasurer

International Organization of

Masters, Mates & Pilots 700 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 •Tel: (301) 850-8700 •Cable: BRIDGEDECK, Washington, DC• Telex: 750831

Sea History 051 - Autumn 1989  

Sea History 051 - Autumn 1989  

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