Focus Session: Maritime Education Institution Showcase

Maritime Education Institution Showcase

Updated 2.13.2013

Presenter(s): Richard A. Brown, Maritime Academy of Toledo (click here for the presentation)
                           Captain Andy Chase, Professor Marine Transportation, Maine Maritime Academy 
                           Captain Aaron Singh, Vessel Operations Instructor and Waterfront Director, New  York Harbor School  (click here for the presentation)

Description: A Presentation by some of the leading Maritime Institutions in the North East of various programs designed to advance the education of mariners and aspiring mariners.

Biography of Speakers:

Richard A. Brown (Rick) 
Rick Brown is the Director of Maritime Studies as well as the Director of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Program, which he teaches, for The Maritime Academy of Toledo. He designed and composed all the Marine Occupations CTE classes. It is the only program of its type in Ohio and is one of few such in the country. He has a BSEd and State of Ohio Teaching and CTE licensure and is a certified instructor for various USCG/ IMO approved courses. He holds a USCG licensed 1600 Ton Ocean Master and has more than 35 years experience commanding vessels, from assorted passenger vessels to seismograph ships. He was a Senior Instructor with the National Transit Institute for maritime security. Previously, he served as the Risk Manager and Director of Safety for the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) developing safety awareness, safety training and risk management mitigation programs for association members, produced several safety training videos and published monthly articles to PVA’s magazine, “The Foghorn”. In addition, he worked with the PVA’s approved insurance broker and several marine underwriters. He owned and operated a successful Water Taxi operation and USCG Licensing school, where he trained numerous law enforcement agencies and over 700 mariners and taught at STAR Center, Toledo, for several years. Brown also serves as a consultant to the industry and is an expert witness in vessel liability and Rules of the Road cases in both State and Federal Courts and has given testimony before the Joint Ohio Assembly Committee.

Captain Andy Chase 

Andy Chase LR cropped
Captain Andy Chase

Captain Andy Chase is a Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, Maine. He began his professional sea-going career at the age of 16 as a deckboy aboard a Norwegian bulkcarrier. 

He is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and holds a U.S. license as Master, unlimited, for power vessels, and Master of auxiliary sail vessels of up to 1600 tons. He has sailed aboard many types of merchant vessels, including tankers, container ships, tugs, and freighters. He has sailed as deckhand, Bosun, Third, Second, and Chief Mate. 

Captain Chase’s professional sailing career has primarily been aboard large, traditional sailing vessels.  He has sailed as deckhand, mate, and master under sail. 

He was the subject of a book about the U.S. Merchant Marine by author John McPhee, entitled Looking for a Ship, and is the author of a book by Cornell Maritime Press entitled Auxiliary Sail Vessel Operations–a textbook for professional sailing.

Captain Aaron Singh

Captain Aaron Singh
Captain Aaron Singh

Captain Aaron Singh has been sailing for the last 20 years in NY Harbor, Long Island Sound, and up and down the East Coast from Maine to the Caribbean.  His love for the water began aboard a Sea Scout ship sailing out of City Island, the Bronx. As so many sailors before him, the volunteer program at South Street Seaport Museum introduced him to schooners and subsequently led him to command every vessel that has operated out of South Street from 600 passenger ferries to wooden tug boats to Gloucester fishing schooners. In 2010, Captain Singh joined the teaching staff at the NY Harbor School on Governors Island and worked to create a three-year USCG and NYS Vessel Operations Career and Technical Education Program. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the school’s Waterfront Director overseeing marine operations on Governors Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


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