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MOBIL GRANT TO AID NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM OF MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY

 MOBIL GRANT TO AID NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM
 OF MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY
 FAIRFAX, Va., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Corporation today announced a $50,000 grant to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to help establish the first undergraduate program in the country leading to a bachelor of science degree in marine safety and environmental protection.
 The program, which the Academy will offer in cooperation with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will train students in the scientific, management and legal foundations of marine environmental regulation.
 The grant was announced at the Academy's June 20 graduation ceremonies on its campus in Buzzard's Bay, Cape Cod.
 "The need for this program is evident in the ever-changing and complex field of environmental law and regulation," said Admiral Peter H. Cressy, the Academy president and program director. "Our objective is to provide local, state and federal agencies and industry with well- educated and trained managers of marine environmental programs and regulations."
 The $50,000 grant was made by Mobil Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Mobil Corporation. Gerhard Kurz, president of Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company, which owns and charters a worldwide fleet of tankers, said: "In producing a corps of managers trained in all aspects of marine environmental protection, the Academy's program with Woods Hole will provide the additional benefit of increasing the environmental awareness of graduates entering the merchant marine."
 The Massachusetts Maritime Academy is an accredited four-year college which draws students from throughout the United States. Founded in 1891, it is a prime source of officers for the Merchant Marine, the Navy and Coast Guard.
 The new program, which will begin in the fall, will focus on such subject areas as coastal development, coastal wetlands, fisheries and prevention of pollution and waste disposal.
 At the same time, the Academy will establish a Marine Spill Response and Prevention Simulation Training Center.
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 /CONTACT: John Lord of Mobil, 703-846-2500/ CO: Mobil Corporation; Massachusetts Maritime Academy ST: Virginia, Massachusetts IN: SU:


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