Maryland Governor Visits PHC, Offers Congratulations on 50th Anniversary

 

January 2018

 

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) visited the union-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education (PHC) Dec. 4 in Piney Point, Maryland, to offer his congratulations on the facility’s realization of a significant milestone: 50 years of excellence in maritime training.

 

The anniversary formally was celebrated Sept. 26 during the Seafarers International Union of North America’s 2017 Convention on the southern Maryland-based campus. (Hogan was unable to attend that event because of prior commitments.)

 

After being introduced by SIU President Michael Sacco, the governor addressed the audience, which was comprised of SIU officials, rank-andfile Seafarers and apprentices during the union’s monthly membership meeting in the PHC’s John Fay Memorial Auditorium.

 

“Thank you for giving me this opportunity to help you celebrate this incredible milestone,” Hogan said upon taking the podium. “For years now, the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education has been a national leader in offering the most U.S. Coast Guard courses of any maritime school in America.”

 

After informing those present that they should all be proud of the achievements made by the school, its founders and officials over the years, the governor elaborated briefly on the PHC’s rich history.

 

“This campus and the Paul Hall Center have undergone significant transformation over the years,” he said, “transitioning from a facility with no formal classrooms into the nation’s largest training facility for merchant seafarers.

 

“Despite the change and incredible progress that has been made here over the decades, one thing has remained the same,” the governor said. “This stateof- the-art facility continues to provide world-class education and training to its thousands of students.” To drive home his point, the governor pointed out that the husband of his current deputy chief of staff (Jeannie Haddaway-Ricio, who was present) underwent his training at the PHC.

 

Hogan said the many achievements of the PHC team over the years in large part are the direct result of the vision and dedication of the school’s early leaders, including Seafarers International Union Presidents Harry Lundeberg and Paul Hall.

 

“We are so blessed that [the school is located] right here in Piney Point,” the governor concluded. “And thanks to your current leaders, the Paul Hall Center and the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship will continue to be a (source) of pride for Southern Maryland and the entire state for many generations to come.”

 

At the conclusion of his remarks, Governor Hogan presented President Sacco with an official state proclamation which lauded the school’s accomplishments. His visit ended with a tour of some of the school’s facilities, including its state-of-the art simulators.

 

Editor’s note: Visit the SIU Facebook page to see more photos from the governor’s visit

 

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