CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship has cast off for its annual two-month training voyage that is taking students to U.S. ports as well as Malta, Italy and Ireland.

The 500-foot State of Maine departed Castine this morning with 230 students and 55 crew members aboard.

The ship’s first port of call will be Norfolk, Va., followed by Valetta, Malta; Civitavecchia, Italy; and Cobh, Ireland. Upon returning to the U.S., the ship will stop in Portland before arriving back in its home port on June 26.

The ship this year has a new skipper, Capt. Leslie Eadie, who is taking command following the retirement of longtime master, Capt. Larry Wade.