Focus Session: Bridge Resource Management for Sail Training Vessels

Bridge Resource Management For Sail Training Vessels-Where does Experiential Education Fit in?

Updated 2.21.2013

Presenter: Captain Jonathan Kabak, US Merchant Marine Academy (click here for the presentation)

Session Description: In today’s modern maritime industry, Bridge Resource Management and Bridge Team Management have changed the way that crews function and ships operate in an ever demanding world of Standard Operating Procedures, Voyage Briefings, Safety Management Systems and Regulations.  At the same time, the process of discovery and inquiry based learning are key components of Sail Training that seemingly conflict with the idea of keeping the ship chugging down the track.  This session will focus on key aspects of maintaining a safe navigational watch while also providing students with an engaging and challenging experience aboard that pushes their limits while not surpassing yours.

Biography of Speaker:

Captain Jonathan Kabak
Captain Jonathan Kabak

A native of New York City, Captain Jonathan Kabak has had a diverse seafaring career ranging from time on over a dozen Tall Ships America member vessels, to the commercial maritime and passenger vessel industries. Jonathan has a strong background in both vessel operations and in developing and implementing marine education and nautical science programing for all ages.  He holds a 500ton Ocean Masters License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Franklin Pierce College with a concentration in Secondary Education. 

Since 2010 he has worked at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the Department of Waterfront Operations and Training where he is the Director of Sail Training.  There, he coordinates vessel operations and training opportunities for the Academy’s Midshipmen across a diverse fleet.  In addition, he has provided STCW training and professional development courses to Professional Mariners, the NOAA Corp and the United States Navy.  He is a member of Tall Ships Americas’ Board of Directors, where he is Chair of the Membership Committee and also serves on the Ship Operations and Safety Committee.  He and his wife Jennifer are members of Tall Ships America and reside in Brooklyn, NY.


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