The Maritime Industry: Careers at Sea for You and Your Trainees

Focus Session: The Maritime Industry: Careers at Sea for You and Your Trainees

Sail Training and Sea Education vessels represent only a tiny percentage of the Maritime Industry.  Join representatives from Foss Maritime, NOAA, Maine Maritime Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy for presentations and panel discussion on opportunities for mariners beyond the ASTA fleet.  Learn about professional development opportunities, education and career paths that can keep you on the water and engaged in sail training.

Presenter: Jonathan Kabak

Jonathan Kabak

Captain Jonathan Kabak has literally grown up in the sail training industry.  Since his start as a young volunteer at South Street Seaport Museum he has sailed on over a dozen ASTA member vessels and now holds a 500ton Ocean Masters License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail.  A graduate of Franklin Pierce College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a focus on education, Jonathan has spent his career developing and implementing programs under sail.  He recently took command of the United States Merchant Marine Academy flagship, T/V Summerwind, a 1929 Alden schooner. When not busy taking Midshipmen to sea, he is an instructor for the Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) at Kings Point, which provides STCW training and professional development courses to mariners.  He is a member of ASTA’s Ship Operations and Safety Committee where he works on issues pertaining to rigging safety and licensing.  He and his wife Jennifer are family members of ASTA and split their time between New York and Providence, RI.

 Rick Miller, Maine Maritime Academy

Rick Miller

Captain Richard F. Miller is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine.  He holds a Master of Science in Education from Capella University.  He is an instructor of Marine Transportation including Meteorology, Small Craft Construction, Terrestrial Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Seamanship and USCG License Exam Preparation.  He also serves as Captain and Training Officer for MMA’s training vessel, schooner Bowdoin.  Captain Miller has also sailed with Sea Education Association’s (SEA) SSV Robert C. Seamans and SSV Corwith Cramer, Ocean Classroom Foundation’s (OCF) schooners Spirit of Massachusetts, Harvey Gamage and Westward, World Ocean School’s schooner Roseway and the Texas Seaport Museum’s Barque Elissa.

  Jeff White, Captain FOSS Maritime

United States Merchant Marine Academy ’95
Chief Mate Unlimited Tonnage, Any Ocean 1600 Ton Master
1600 Master of Tow
First Class Pilot of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any  Gross Tons Upon the Waters of Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors Including San Pedro Bay and Approaches. 

CDR Peter Fischel, NOAA Corps

Commander Peter C. Fischel is currently the Associate Regional Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Regional Office in Long Beach, CA.  He is scheduled to assume command of the NOAA Ship Miller Freeman in June of 2011.

  A commissioned officer for nearly 17 years, CDR Fischel has had a balanced operational career, with nine years of sea duty aboard four NOAA ships and almost eight years of land duty at two NOAA Fisheries labs and one National Marine Sanctuary.   All of the land assignments have involved significant small vessel operations in support of scientific research, monitoring and dive operations.

  Prior sea tours included time aboard the NOAA Ships Oregon II and Chapman in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic and Caribbean areas as Operations Officer; time aboard the NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan in the Eastern Pacific as Executive Officer; and time aboard the NOAA Ship John N. Cobb in Southeast Alaska as Commanding Officer.  CDR Fischel regularly augments aboard other NOAA ships and has also sailed aboard two UNOLS vessels.  He holds USCG Master (limited) and Mate (unlimited) licenses.

  CDR Fischel has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami and attended the United States Coast Guard Academy from 1987 to 1989.  He graduated from high school in Miami, Florida where he spent most of his wayward youth hunting fish from his thirteen foot Boston Whaler.

  CDR Fischel lives in Southern California with his wife Missi and their two sons.  He regularly sails and races his J/24, Rumblefisch.


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