BOURNE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Massachusetts Maritime Academy's training ship is heading to New Jersey to help with superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.
Adm. Richard Gurnon, president of the state college, says government officials ordered the federally-owned T.S. Kennedy to the mid-Atlantic to serve as an off-shore hotel for relief crews working to clean up the destruction.
He told the Cape Cod Times the 540-foot ship will depart for Elizabeth, N. J., on Sunday for a monthlong stay.
The ship will act as a self-contained hotel for emergency workers, power crews and others helping get the area back on its feet. The vessel can hold a maximum of 700 people, including about 30 crew.
Gurnon says workers can get a hot meal, a hot shower and a warm bed without stressing the storm-ravaged areas. Click here for complete Sandy coverage.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.