Maritime the Whole Time

Brad Lima accepts award

RADM Mark Buzby with Commodore Brad Lima '74

From April 9-12 Massachusetts Maritime Academy hosted a number of maritime colloquiums that brought industry professionals, educators, and cadets from MMA as well as many of the other maritime academies to Taylor's Point for workshops, exercises, lectures, and discussions, all with the goal of sharing real world experiences and best practices informing outbound strategies that will have a direct impact on businesses that are involved in every aspect of the global economy.

Members of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) kicked the week off with table top exercises and presentations involving crisis response, enviromental protection, and decision making which saw two of MMA's alumni, CAPT Richard Phillips '79 and CAPT Bradley Wellock '74 offering their experiences dealing with leadership during crisis and how training, preparedness, and contingency planning mitigated outcomes. Phillips spoke passionately as he recounted his experiences with the 2009 Maersk "Alabama" hijacking, and about his ability to make informed decisions based on training and readiness. At  the end he said "the pirates never took control of my ship", and the Alabama's crew, for which he was ultimately responsible remained safe throughout the four day ordeal.