United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni
Port of Houston Chapter
March Monthly Luncheon
Date: March 21, 2013
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy
2019 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
What:Monthly Luncheon Featuring
Capt. Stephen Polk of the
Seaman's Church Institute
Cost:$30 for Full and Lifetime Members
$35 for all others
The Board of Directors of the Port of Houston Chapter is pleased to announce that Stephen Polk will be speaking about Fatigue Study.
Please plan to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to visit with members and guests, followed by lunch at 12:00 p.m. Space is limited, so please make your reservation early to ensure your space.
Captain Polk started in the maritime industry as an Able-Seaman (A.B.) and Third Mate for Polar Tankers and as Master for Kirby Inland Marine working in the harbor in Houston. He has previous experience on container ships, MODU’s, and product tankers. He graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1997 with a B.S. in Marine Transportation.
Stephen is also a US Navy veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom; he served 12 years in the US Navy reserves with two patrol boat units. Honorably discharged as Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in 2009, he previously worked in various leadership and supervisory roles such as Communications Officer, Training Department Head, and Operations Department Head for both of the patrol boat units he was assigned to. While deployed during OIF, Polk logged over 10,000 hours of tactical and underway command experience while protecting ports and performing escorts of MSC and Navy warships in and out of ports in the Persian Gulf.
At SCI, Stephen actively teaches and facilitates training for Inland, Western Rivers, and Ocean going Towing Vessel Officers and Masters which is 90% of the training at the center, but Stephen’s customers also include the LOOP Mooring Masters, and AET Ship to Ship Mooring Masters. Additionally, Stephen teaches the CEMS Coaches class to individuals and companies wanting to learn more about the USCG non-regulatory solution to fatigue, and how to implement a fatigue mitigation and prevention program for shoreside or vessel managers.
Captain Stephen Polk supervises SCI’s Center for Maritime Education centers in Houston, TX and Paducah, KY. Before joining SCI, he worked as a Senior Port Captain for Kirby Inland Marine, LP managing 20 inland towing vessels in the Canal Division. Captain Polk holds a USCG Master of Towing Vessel and Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage Oceans License, and is a USCG certified Expert for Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS).
We look forward to see you at the lunch