Inaugural Int’l Shiphandling Championship to be held in Mass.

The following is the text of a press release issued by Northeast Maritime Institute:


(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) — Northeast Maritime Institute will be hosting the First Annual International Shiphandling Championship in Fairhaven, MA. The competition, to be held June 5 to June 7, 2009 will offer a total of $50,000 in prizes to the top three contestants.

The International Shiphandling Championship will challenge contestants to demonstrate their skills in handling four different vessel types ranging in size from modern tugs to large containerships. Participants will face challenging ship handling scenarios on Northeast Maritime TRANSAS simulators.

The Institute has limited the competition to only fifty contestants and currently there are already 22 spaces being held, with more inquiries every day. The countries that are currently represented are: Canada, Norway, China, New Zealand, Spain, Greece and the United States. Some of the companies and/ or organizations that are being represented are: Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, Columbia River Pilots, Hawaii Pilot Association, New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots, Jacobsen Pilot Service, Norwegian Maritime Officers Association, the Manukau Institute of Technology, the Polish Naval Academy, and Gdynia Maritime University.

Sponsors to date for the event are TRANSAS, Professional Mariner Magazine,, the International Maritime Pilots Association (IMPA), the Dominica Maritime Registry, Inc. and the U.S. State Department.

To learn more about the competition and how to register, please visit us online at

Competition Contact:
Elizabeth MacWhirter
508-992-4025 x317

By Professional Mariner Staff