My name is Jaquelyn Burton.
I am currently part of the Smar.ly Executive Masters of Business Administration program and am due to graduate in May of 2018.
I graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Maritime Operations and Technology and an additional certificate in Leadership and Ethics.
I currently hold a Master Mariner of Unlimited Tonnage upon Oceans Licence issued by the United States Coast Guard.
I have been working primarily on Liquefied Natural Gas Tankers, completing not only conventional loads and discharges, but also Ship to Ship transfers, commissioning, and Regasification discharges. I also have recent experience onboard of RoRo/pure car carriers including emergency operations and firefighting.
In January of 2017, I was in a leadership role and took command of emergency response on the scene in conjunction with the captain on the bridge to ensure the safety of crew during a fire and emergency situation at sea.
We released CO2 to extinguish the fire. I oversaw emergency towing with the salvage master once the fire was out including management of the tow operation; accomplished without power while maintaining crew safety through the use of the tugs’ winches. The accident was declared a major marine casualty and an investigation was conducted by U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board. I was interviewed and fully cooperated with federal authorities. Our oversight and dedication ensured the safety of all crew, who sustained no injuries, nor cargo damage.
The full report is still yet to be published.
Working on ships is a great opportunity to travel the world and work with people from many backgrounds and cultures – to see and try new things. It has brought me to every continent (except Antarctica – I still want to go) and to meet so many people who I am lucky to know.
I hope to raise the awareness of the industry as a whole to the public. And that you will be an involved part of our maritime community. Helping to share best practices, to improve the safety, efficiency, and to lessen the impact our industry has on the environment. To continue the free movement of people and goods across the oceans to the benefit of us all.
Please take part in discussions, but be courteous or your comments will be removed.
I wish you fair winds and following seas,