Frequently Asked Questions    

June 14, 2022

The information provided in the FAQs below is based on currently available information. It is subject to change with little notice due to factors beyond the control of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

Updates related to the Summer Sea Term are released on Thursdays when applicable. Follow the Texas A&M Maritime Academy at @texasmaritime for update notifications.

Pre-Embarkation    

What is the check-in process for vaccinated cadets?
What is the check-in process for vaccinated cadets?

There is not a separate check-in process for vaccinated or unvaccinated cadets, nor are there testing or mask requirements at this time. 

However, additional governing entities, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, MARAD and port authorities, may impact our COVID-19 safety protocols. We will provide weekly updates as information is made available to us. 

What is the check-in process for non-vaccinated cadets?
What is the check-in process for non-vaccinated cadets?

There is not a separate check-in process for vaccinated or unvaccinated cadets, nor are there testing requirements at this time. 

However, additional governing entities, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, MARAD and port authorities, may impact our COVID-19 safety protocols. We will provide weekly updates as information is made available to us. 

Is a COVID-19 vaccine required?
Is a COVID-19 vaccine required?

Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas A&M Maritime Academy do not require COVID-19 vaccines, however, we do strongly encourage vaccines. 

The CDC differentiates between fully vaccinated and up-to-date on the COVID-19 vaccine: 

  • Individuals who receive the primary series of vaccines (Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Moderna) are defined as fully vaccinated.
  • Individuals who receive both the primary series and the recommended booster when eligible are defined as up-to-date. 
  • Additionally, the CDC recommends individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson primary series receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster when eligible. 

Additional governing entities, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, MARAD and port authorities, may impact our COVID-19 safety protocols. We will provide weekly updates as information is made available to us. 

What are the COVID-19 safety protocols?
What are the COVID-19 safety protocols?

We continue to closely watch the spread of COVID-19 and assure you that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We are carefully tracking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Levels 1, 2, and 3 risk assessment for COVID-19 and have implemented guidelines on campus consistent with direction for The Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M University. Regular updates can be found on the Texas A&M COVID-19 information page. These guidelines will determine how we respond to impacts on the Summer Sea Term port schedule. Any impacts will be communicated to cadets and the FAQs on this site will be updated accordingly.

Additional governing entities, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, MARAD and port authorities, may impact our COVID-19 safety protocols. We will provide weekly updates as information is made available to us. 

What are the required documents for pre-embarkation processing?
What are the required documents for pre-embarkation processing?

Required documents for pre-embarkation are:

  • TWIC
  • Merchant Mariner Credential
  • Medical Certificate
  • Passport
  • Student ID Card
Where do cadets purchase their overalls?
Where do cadets purchase their overalls?

The Texas A&M University at Galveston Campus Bookstore.

Address:
1001 Texas Clipper Rd.
Galveston, Texas 77554
409-740-4488
Website

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Based on feedback from cadets, we recommend purchasing two pairs.

What are cadets required to have in their seabags?
What are cadets required to have in their seabags?

The Cadet Ship Operations Manual contains complete information on seabag, packing and uniform requirements. 

A packing list is also available to aid in preparation. 

 

My syllabus contains items not listed under seabag requirements. Do I still need to have these items?
My syllabus contains items not listed under seabag requirements. Do I still need to have these items?

Yes. The syllabus lists items required for a specific class that all cadets may not be taking. The seabag is a listing of items all cadets are required to have.

Where can cadets on Summer Sea Term store their on-campus belongings?
Where can cadets on Summer Sea Term store their on-campus belongings?

Personal belongings are not able to be stored on campus. Campus residence halls are used by various summer camps and programs throughout the summer and our staff performs extensive maintenance and cleaning during breaks in use. Cadets often take their belongings home or use off-campus storage facilities in Galveston or the surrounding areas.

Will there be public access at the ship dock?
Will there be public access at the ship dock?

At this time, we are planning for public dock access on May 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, this is subject to change with limited notice. Plan to be flexible. More details on all SST events are available on the events page.

 

Is on-campus parking available for students while on Sea Term?
Is on-campus parking available for students while on Sea Term?

Parking is available for cadets to leave a vehicle on-campus during SST. A survey will be distributed to cadets prior to STT that will include parking spot registration for approved spaces. 

Cadet Sea Term Parking Map

What are the move-in arrangements for cadets?
What are the move-in arrangements for cadets?

Residence halls for returning cadets will be available per Campus Living & Learning move-in dates and times. All cadets returning for the Fall semester may check in to the residence hall upon completion of SST. 

Additional move-in questions should be directed to Campus Living & Learning and the Office of the Commandant.

Campus Living & Learning:

Office Location:
Pacific Residence Hall
Bldg. 3031, Office Suite 5110
Phone: 409.740.4445
E-mail: cll@tamug.edu

Underway Section

Underway    

What kind of connectivity will cadets have?
What kind of connectivity will cadets have?

Cellular service will be sporadic while underway. Cadets may be reached only in the event of an emergency by contacting Texas A&M University at Galveston Campus Police Department.

 Campus Police:
Front Office:
(409) 740-4545
Officer on duty/after hours/weekends/holidays:
(409) 740-4545 or cell phone: 409-771-5185
Police@tamug.edu

Will civilians be able to contact cadets aboard the ship via mail or letters?
Will civilians be able to contact cadets aboard the ship via mail or letters?

Letters and packages should be mailed directly to the port. Any mail or packages sent to the Maritime Academy Offices in Galveston will be delivered upon return to Galveston. 

Reykjavik, IC: 
TS KENNEDY
[CADET NAME]
MS Armann Shipbrokers ltd
Harbourbuilding - Tryggvagata 17
101 Reykjavik. Iceland

New York, NY:
TS KENNEDY
[CADET NAME]
Norton Lilly International
26 Papetti Plaza 2nd Floor,
Elizabeth, N.J. 07206

Note: There are a number of variables that the Academy cannot control in each port and therefore cannot guarantee delivery. Effective SST 2023, we will no longer be accepting packages on campus or in port. We encourage you to coordinate with individuals who are visiting ports of call to deliver letters or packages to cadets. 

How can cadets be contacted in case of an emergency?
How can cadets be contacted in case of an emergency?

Contact the Texas A&M-Galveston Campus Police Department in the event of an emergency. Campus police will notify the ship’s designated shore-side contact who will coordinate communication with the ship. Please keep in mind that communication will take time due to technical limitations while underway.

 Campus Police:
Front Office:
(409) 740-4545
Officer on duty/after hours/weekends/holidays:
(409) 740-4545 or cell phone: 409-771-5185
Police@tamug.edu

Will there be a ship store?
Will there be a ship store?
Yes, there will be a ship store with items from food to personal hygiene to purchase with cash only
How are liberty allowances handled?
How are liberty allowances handled?

Liberty allowances are determined at the sole discretion of the Captain. 

Emergencies Section

Emergencies    

How do I report or submit a complaint while underway?
How do I report or submit a complaint while underway?

General Concerns/Complaints:
Concerns should be made in writing to the Captain aboard the ship.


Academics:

Students should address concerns or complaints related to academics with their Department Head. Assistance from the ship counselor is available to aid in helping students determine the best way to approach their Department Head with a concern.


Title IX:

We are committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning environment on campus and while at-sea. Title IX reports or complaints may be made to any university official while underway.  All A&M-Galveston faculty and staff are required to promptly report all known information about the incident to:

Jennifer Smith
Assistant Vice President and Title IX Officer
Email: civilrights@tamu.edu
Tel: 979.458.8167


All Other:

Concerns or issues not specifically identified above may be addressed to any university administrator and/or the counselor.

There was an incident aboard the ship. How will the safety and security of cadets and staff be communicated?
There was an incident aboard the ship. How will the safety and security of cadets and staff be communicated?

In the event of an incident aboard the ship, the university will provide information through the SST website and Texas A&M Maritime Academy social media channels. If individual cadets are affected the university will contact the students’ emergency contact via information provided in the Howdy Portal. Expanded communication beyond the means listed above will be determined by the nature of the incident.

How is the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting Summer Sea Term?
How is the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting Summer Sea Term?

We continue to closely watch the spread of COVID-19 and assure you that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We are carefully tracking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Levels 1, 2, and 3 risk assessment for COVID-19 and have implemented guidelines on campus consistent with direction for The Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M University. Regular updates can be found on the Texas A&M COVID-19 information page.

These guidelines will determine how we respond to impacts on the Summer Sea Term port schedule. Additional governing entities, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, MARAD and port authorities, may also impact our COVID-19 safety protocols. We will provide weekly updates as information is made available to us. 

There is bad weather forecasted along the ship route. What are the ship's protocols and where can I find more information?
There is bad weather forecasted along the ship route. What are the ship's protocols and where can I find more information?

The ship is fully connected to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and international weather sources. While the route most often can be adjusted to avoid inclement weather, the ship is fully equipped to tackle the roughest weather conditions. Any weather deviations are at the sole discretion of the Captain in consultation with shore-side meteorologists and the campus.

How do cadets handle medical emergencies?
How do cadets handle medical emergencies?

A limited-capability hospital facility with a doctor is aboard. Should a person aboard need extended care off-board they will be transported to the nearest shore-side facility and accompanied through the duration of their care by a university staff member.

What is the Medical History Form for?
What is the Medical History Form for?
Cadets should submit a Medical History Form annually. This form will be kept in the ship's hospital for reference in case a cadet is unable to provide medical information in case of an emergency. All information is confidential per FERPA or HIPAA and will only be disclosed as laws permit.

Ports Section

Ports    

What are the ports of call this year?
What are the ports of call this year?

Currently scheduled ports of call include Charleston, South Carolina, Reykjavik, Iceland, New York, New York  and Galveston. 

While we are confident in our scheduled stops, there is always a possibility that these locations will change due to variables beyond the control of Texas A&M University at Galveston. Plan to be flexible. 

Are there COVID-19 vaccine restrictions in ports?
Are there COVID-19 vaccine restrictions in ports?

At this time, there are no COVID-19 vaccine restrictions in the scheduled ports of Charleston, South Carolina and Reykjavik, Iceland, and New York, New York. Review "Is a COVID-19 vaccine required" FAQ for more details. 

 

Dining Sections

Dining Services    

What meals will be served during SST?
What meals will be served during SST?

Traditional ship-board meal service will be served including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight rations. Menus have been developed in conjunction with the food service sea term committee and utilizing menu survey responses.

How are food allergies and/or dietary restrictions being handled?
How are food allergies and/or dietary restrictions being handled?

Please notify Texas A&M-Galveston Dining Services at 409.740.4590 prior to SST to allow ample time to modify dining options if necessary.

Communications Section

Communications    

Where can I get official information regarding Summer Sea Term?
Where can I get official information regarding Summer Sea Term?

Official information on SST is available on this website and through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Additionally, cadets receive information through their university email account and during ZOPT briefings.

Follow us on @texasmaritime and don't forget to tag us in your SST photos/videos. 

How can media get more information about SST?
How can media get more information about SST?

Media may contact Rebecca Watts, Marketing & Communications Director via email at rwatts@tamug.edu

 

Will there be livestreams from the ship?
Will there be livestreams from the ship?

Livestreams will be offered based on connectivity and resources. When possible, livestreams will be available on the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Facebook, Instagram and YouTube social media accounts. 

Follow us on @texasmaritime and don't forget to tag us in your SST photos/videos.

Where can I see photos from Summer Sea Term?
Where can I see photos from Summer Sea Term?

The SST Flickr album is available here. Media and social media sharing should credit Texas A&M Maritime Academy. 

End of Sea Term Section

End of Sea Term    

When will cadets have access to on-campus housing?
When will cadets have access to on-campus housing?

Cadets will follow all traditional move-in protocols and processes. For questions regarding move-in, please contact Campus Living & Learning.

Campus Living & Learning
Office Location:
Pacific Residence Hall
Bldg. 3031, Office Suite 5110
Phone: 409.740.4445
E-mail: cll@tamug.edu

Will cadets be starting the fall semester late?
Will cadets be starting the fall semester late?

No.

Is there an extended add/drop date for cadets on cruise?
Is there an extended add/drop date for cadets on cruise?

No. Based on the current schedule the Fall semester will not be impacted.

Cost Section

Cost    

How much does Texas A&M Maritime Academy cost and how does it compare with other state academies?
How much does Texas A&M Maritime Academy cost and how does it compare with other state academies?

Updated Apr. 2022

Funding sources for the academies differ from state to state, as does the manner in which a student is billed, which has caused considerable confusion regarding costs between the academies. Some academies charge fees to cadets in the fall and spring to support their summer sea term. For a true comparison of summer sea term costs, the annual cost of attendance must be considered.

Below is a table of how our billing and how this revenue is used, along with a comparison to SUNY Maritime.

TAMMA Billing & How the Revenue is UsedSUNY Maritime Cost Comparison