Creating Your Safety Management System

Creating Your Safety Management System

Presenter: Captain Jonathan Kabak, Director of Sail Training, USMMA

Creating Your Safety Management System is a workshop style session focusing on the development of policies and procedures that take shape in an organization’s Safety Management Manual. Participants will work in small break out groups to draft sample versions of key documents such as:  Orders to Masters, Criteria for delaying departure or canceling programming, Key staff responsibilities, and Aloft clearance.  Time will be given to discussing how to best implement these types of guidance documents in a range of organizations from owner operated day sail vessels, to multi-week offshore semester programs.


Captain Jonathan Kabak
Captain Jonathan Kabak

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.



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