Focus Session: Medical Care Aboard Ship

Medical Care Aboard Ship:  Meeting Regulatory Requirements and Managing Risk

The obligation of Vessel Owners and Masters to provide for the medical care of those aboard ship is deeply rooted in Maritime History and is codified in contemporary regulations. While the mandate to give care is clear, the definition of what the standard of that care is, and how to ensure it is best delivered is not anywhere near as succinct.  Medical Care Aboard Ship will begin by discussing relevant federal and international requirements pertaining to Mariners, Passengers, Students and others aboard ship and then provide a facilitated conversation about implementing best practices for care and minimum training standards for crew.  The intended outcome is to assist organizations with the development of clear protocols and procedures for handling medical situations aboard their vessels, formulated on a more universal understanding of available external resources (USCG, Radio Medical Assistance) and on generally accepted levels of training of crewmembers aboard ship.

Presented by

Captain Jennifer Haddock- Marine Operations Coordinator, Sea Education Association
Captain Jonathan Kabak- Director of Marine Operations, USMMA Sailing Foundation
Jen is the Marine Operations Coordinator at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA. Jen oversees ship logistics, crew training and hiring, as well as sails as captain. She has been Program Director for Outward Bound, managing their Semester program in the Caribbean, and tall ship program from Maine, Bermuda, and Newfoundland. She was the Safety Director for The School for Field Studies, a semester abroad program located in six different countries.
Captain Jonathan Kabak
Captain Jonathan Kabak

A native of New York City, Captain Jonathan Kabak is the Director of Marine Operations for the USMMA Sailing Foundation where he coordinates vessel operations, maintenance and crewing.  After getting his start aboard Tall Ships as a young teenager, his diverse career in the Maritime Industry has included stints on Oceanographic Research Vessels, Workboats, High Performance Race Boats, and Academy Training Ships. He holds an Unrestricted STCW Ocean Master’s License and a 1600ton Ocean Masters License for Auxiliary Sail vessels.

When not underway, He works as a consultant, developing and delivering STCW and Maritime training curriculum and providing marine operations services. Jonathan is a member of Tall Ships Americas’ Board of Directors, serving as Chair of the Ship Operations and Safety Committee .  He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jennifer, and their two children Olivia and Nathaniel.




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