Navigating the Regulatory Seas
James Cavo, Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division, USCG
Captain Jonathan Kabak, Director of Sail Training, United States Merchant Marine Academy
Navigating the Regulatory Seas is Tall Ships America’s Ship Operations and Safety Committee Annual review of issues pertaining to the regulation and operation of member vessels as related to inspections, licensing and other items of national significance.
James Cavo has been involved with merchant mariner training and credentialing since 1997. He is currently with the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division in Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He has also served at the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center for over ten years. He has gained wise recognition for his knowledge of mariner credentialing and training issues, and his ability and willingness to provide plain language, pragmatic advice on mariner credentialing issues. Prior to employment with the Coast Guard, he worked for nine years as a deck officer on U. S. flag oil tankers, and for five years as a maritime attorney. He is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College, Maine Maritime Academy, and New England School of Law.
A native of New York City, Captain Jonathan Kabak has had a diverse career in the Maritime Industry. Since starting as a young volunteer at South Street Seaport Museum he has sailed on Tall Ships, Oceanographic Research Vessels, Workboats, High Performance Race Boats, and Academy Training Ships. He holds a 1600ton Ocean Masters License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail vessels. A graduate of Franklin Pierce College, with a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a concentration in education, Jonathan’s career in sail training has focused on the development of marine education and nautical science programs for all ages. Currently he serves as the Director of Sail Training at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Where in addition to supervising training at the Academy’s Waterfront, he coordinates the SOLAS curriculum and recently served as Master of school’s Flagship T/S KINGS POINTER. Jonathan also works as a consultant, developing and delivering STCW and Maritime Safety curriculum and providing marine operations services. He is a member of Tall Ships Americas’ Board of Directors, where he serves on the Ship Operations and Safety, and Membership Committees. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jennifer and daughter Olivia all of whom are members of Tall Ships America.