A Captain’s View - IN-PERSON EVENT

When:  Dec 7, 2023 from 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM (NT)
Associated with  Canadian Atlantic Section

This is for in-person attendance, to attend virtually click here

Presented by the SNAME Canadian Atlantic Section.

Ever wanted to hear a ship captain's view about various things related to ship operations, engineers, and designers that can make the captains' lives easier?Join the SNAME Canadian Atlantic Section on December 7th for a captain’s view by Captain Christopher Hearn at the Marine Institute (MI) Conference Center.NOTE: The event is hybrid (In-person and virtual)


Marine Institute (MI) Conference Center 155 Ridge Rd, St. John's, NL A1C 5R3(The Conference center is located in the basement. Use the stairs that will be in front of you when entering from the Marine Institute main door to descend to the basement.)AGENDA

*Newfoundland Standard Time (NST)

06:30 pm – 07:00 pm Registration, networking, and opening note

07:00 pm – 08:00 pm Ship Captain’s view

08:00 pm – 09:00 pm Closing note and networking

AbstractChristopher Hearn will take us on a journey from the very beginning, starting with talking about the background to becoming a ship's captain, and how the education, additional training, and experiences build the necessary competence. Then, he will talk about the requirements of the legislative and regulatory burden and what the daily operations are like onboard ships in general, as well as the challenges faced on board. In addition, a look at the implementation of new technology and its ramifications, such as what are the thoughts of ship's captain on automated systems and autonomous vessels. Commentary on security and risk issues faced on ships today such as piracy. And finally, the interface between design and operation. How can engineers / naval architects and other designers make captains' lives easier?


Captain Christopher Hearn
Director, Centre for Marine Simulation, Marine Institute of Memorial University

Member of the Nautical Institute (MNI), Captain Christopher Hearn began his career after graduating from the Marine Institute’s Nautical Science Program in 1994. He quickly moved his way through the marine ranks and certification to Master Mariner and obtained command of several types of vessels in the deep sea and subsea sectors.

First coming ashore as a Marine Superintendent with shipping companies engaged in subsea cable laying and repair, seismic work, and general cargo operations, he was involved supporting at sea operations and managing relationships with flag state authorities, class, insurers and clients. Additional activities including working with Human Resources identifying training needs and methods for improving competency among crews.

Captain Hearn returned to the Marine Institute in 2008 as the Director of the Centre for Marine Simulation. The Centre is the largest and most comprehensive marine simulation facility in North America and covers an entire range of training, industrial assistance, and research and development capabilities through the use of simulation technology. CMS’s particular areas of expertise include the modeling and simulation of harsh maritime environments, human performance in moving environments, simulation of offshore oil and gas operations, and port design evaluation and maritime operational risk analysis.

Captain Hearn has maintained an active role in the advancement of the maritime industry. Assisting government agencies with development of competency strategies for on ship operations in Polar regions. Participation and contribution to industry and governmental working groups focusing on adapting new technologies into maritime training. Captain Hearn is a member several marine industry boards and associations of the Regional Coast Guard Advisory Board, former national president of the Master Mariners of Canada.



Marine Institute (MI) Conference Center
155 Ridge Rd.
St. John's, NL A1C 5R3

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