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Johnathan Ishmael
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Marine Industry Operations Manager
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Marine Industry Operations Manager

About our Client

Marine Industry Operations Manager with a Master of Science, an interest in conservation, and international experience in providing vessel operation, asset management, operation compliance, logistics, and human resource management. Extensive knowledge in repair, replacement and maintenance of power and sail vessels. Customer-focused and creative problem solver with extensiveBluewater experience, a strong work ethic and a history of delivering top-quality work.


Professional Experience

Operations Manager and Vessel Operator (Independent Contractor), 2016- present

Most clients were high-net-worth individuals which required a high level of trust and discretion

• Safe vessel operation with crew and passengers

• Vessel repair, preventative maintenance, cleaning and provisioning

• Liaising with Customs andImmigration

• Logistics, supplies and personal request Instruction and training of crew

• Adjusting to local customs, culture and laws as necessary to perform job functions


SCHOONERS NORTH, Friday Harbour, WA, 

Operations Director / Captain, June 2014 – Sept 2015

• Operated Schooner Spike Africa, an 80ft gaff-rigged wood topsail schooner

• Led, trained and managed crew members to become safe sailors while attending to passengers

• Mentored and developed talent to precipitate industry improvements and maturations

• Managed expenses, ticket sales and bookings and assisted with Marketing strategy and promotion activities

• Oversaw daily and semi-annual ship maintenance projects and annual inspected Passenger VesselCertifications.

• Captained days sails, private day charters and overnight charters

• Managed outside vendors and tradesmen and excursion specialist



Captain, Mediterranean Sea, June 2013 – Nov 2014

• Operated Commercial M/V Andromeda, on Marine Archaeology Survey of shipwrecks in the Baltic and the Mediterranean Sea.

• Tow of side-scan sonar and use of underwater Seabotics ROV to aid survey activity.

• Provided support to Technicians, Writers and Research scientists during 24hr rotational schedule

• Assisted in educational development for youth in conjunction with national museum and education


• Handled logistics of international carnet shipping and on-the-ground solutions for projects


Captain, Sarasota,FL                                                                                                                       May 2011 - June 2011

• Sail TrainingVessel Schooner Argo, 112ft Langan Design Schooner (Sail Training Vessel)

• Short-term vessel operations in Gibraltar, France, Spain and Monaco with 15 crew


Captain, BVI, Leeward islands                                                                                                         Nov 2002 –May 2004

• SV Ocean Star,Peterson 88ft sailing schooner  

• Oversaw a teen sailing program focused on vessels ranging from 50 - 80ft



Captain,  S/Y Perfect Symmetry 5, Private SailingVessel, Hylas 70, Dec 2007 – Dec 2012

• ExtensiveCruising throughout Windward, Leeward and Virgin Islands, Western CaribbeanSea, North coast of South America, Mid-Atlantic Seaboard, West Coast of Mexico

• Maintained and operated vessel for private use and safely transited over 30,000 NM in 5yrs

• Finance, repair, customs, immigration, daily, monthly and annual maintenance, logistics of crew,

• Hired and managed permanent and temporary crew as needed for charters and deliveries

• Managed outside vendors, including mechanics, riggers, electricians, sail makers, fibreglass repair and fabrication, welding repair and fabrication, agents


Watch Officer/2nd Engineer for Delivery,  M/Y GRAN FINALE

• Yacht relocation from Tahiti to Panama, via Galapagos

• Assisted Chief engineer in operational maintenance and repair

• Performed and maintained watches utilizing navigation and electronics skills in a 30-day passage without incident



Captain - Full-time Live aboard Permanent, June 2004 -  May 2007

• New England, Mid-Atlantic,Caribbean (Virgin, Leeward and Windward Islands), Transatlantic Crossing, EasternMediterranean Sea

• Fulfilled 2yr commitment, then fulfilled agreement to continue employment until vessel sold 1 year later

• Assisted in the selection and purchase of an owner's first vessel


LIBERTY FLEET OF TALL SHIPS BOSTON, Custom 88ftSailing Schooner,

Captain                                                                                                                                              July 1999 – May 2002

• Progressed from deckhand to captain aboard tall ship Schooner Liberty (88ft) and Schooner LibertyClipper (125ft) performing harbour sails and charters in Key West, FL and Boston, MA, including in between transits.

After completing University study I was employed as an Industrial Hygiene Assistant and as a Biological Safety Officer and Laboratory Technologist / Technician at the University of Arkansas.


• Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Health

• Bachelor of Science in Zoology  

• Diploma in Boat Building


• ProvidedHurricane with Yacht Aid Global,

• Enjoy sailing, teaching sailing and helping new boat owners learn.

• Books that explore social changes due to economic, cultural, technological and environmental events.

• Recent interest in Physics and Cosmology


Technical Skills

  • General Boat Repair & Maintenance
  • Diesel Engine Maintenance and Repair
  • Rigging
  • Hydraulics
  • Electrical systems
  • Electronics
  • Plumbing
  • Refrigeration
  • HVAC
  • Watermaker
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