Crew Track

Thinking about applying for the Professional Development Grant but unsure which sessions will be geared specifically towards crew? Below is a crew-centric agenda for you to get the most out of your conference experience (descriptions for most sessions are found on this blog)….

Sunday, January 29th,  1300-1600

1. Join the staff and Midshipmen crew of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Training Vessel Liberator for a cruise on Narragansett Bay showcasing how the vessel is utilized as a navigation laboratory. Participants will have the opportunity to try auto pilot, electronic chart plotting, gyro-compass and learn about the ship’s integrated navigation set up. Participation is limited to 20 people.  Vessel will depart and return to the Newport Shipyard(across the street from the conference hotel).  Please arrive no less than 15 minutes prior to the 1300 departure time. Dress appropriately.

2. Visit the Maritime Simulation Institute in nearby Middletown where you will have the opportunity to observe or actually pilot various simulated ownships and tugs from the wheelhouse mock-up aboard one of our four marine simulators (including a full-mission ship’s bridge and a purpose built Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) Tractor Tug wheelhouse).  The simulations will take place in one or more of our U.S. and foreign port visual geographic database areas (including Narragansett Bay, of course).  Following the facilities tour and simulations, the Maritime Simulation Institute will offer a presentation focused on the various ways they make use of marine simulation to include: mariner and pilot training, evaluation and assessment; port project feasibility studies; validation of normal, unusual and emergency vessel operating procedures; marine terminal design evaluation; human factors studies; and casualty investigation and reconstruction.  Bus to the Maritime Simulation Institute will depart from the main entrance at 1245.  Participation is limited to 20 people.

Monday, January 30th

1. Learning to Deal with Behaviorally Challenged Participants in the Field)
2. Navigating the Regulatory Seas 1 – Latest issues
3. Hot Topics in Marine Science
4. Careers At Sea: So You Want to Sail for a Living?-Career guidance and coaching with top Industry Professionals   
5. New Member/Program Showcase (A)
6. Future of Marine Weather Prediction 

Crew Pre-Reception Dinner at the Tall Ships America Office 

Tuesday, January 31st 

1. Employment “Speed Dating”  Bring your resume for a chance to meet with those responsible for hiring at Sea Education Association, Tole Mour, Soundwater, and many more….
2. Medical Pre-Screening and Managing Students on Prescriptions
3. Navigating the Regulatory Seas 2 – Rigging Inspection Update
4. Risk Management & Decision Making
5.Apps for Caps – Takes Place aboard the Liberator
6. New Program Showcase 

Wednesday, February 1 

Safety Under Sail Forum
1. Meteorology
2. Stability
3.  The Human Factor

 Education Under Sail Forum

1. Ocean Education, Current Opportunities and Emerging Trends in Education – Part One: NOAA Presentation; Part Two: Engaging Students in New Ways
2. Financial Sustainability for Education Programs – Part One, Part Two



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