The U.S. Maritime Administration decided Monday night that the training ship Kennedy assigned to Massachusetts Maritime Academy will not be included in humanitarian relief efforts unfolding in Haiti.

The U.S. Maritime Administration decided Monday night that the training ship Kennedy assigned to Massachusetts Maritime Academy will not be included in humanitarian relief efforts unfolding in Haiti.


Earlier in the day, the vessel was to be re-routed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from the MMA semester-at-sea voyage to Curacao, and the academy was preparing to fly underclassmen home to Taylors Point next to the Cape Cod Canal.


That changed. “They decided won’t need our ship,” MMA Communications Director Chris Ryan said shortly after 9 p.m. Monday.


Captain Thomas Bushy of North Falmouth is the Kennedy skipper with 599 MMA cadets aboard the former Navy cargo vessel.


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