Seaworthy Industries’ Michael Sheklin appointed to serve on Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

Congratulations to Propeller Club Board Member Mike Sheklin, for his appointment to the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee! Read on for the full announcement…

Seaworthy Industries, LLC announced today that Managing Partner, Michael A. Sheklin has received a federal appointment from Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson to serve on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), via the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to personnel in the U.S. Merchant Marine, including but not limited to training, qualifications, licensing, certification, and fitness standards. The Committee will advise, consult with, and make recommendations reflecting its independent judgment to the Secretary. The Committee consists of members who have particular areas of expertise, knowledge, and experience in the maritime industry. Mr. Sheklin was appointed to serve a three year term of office from the date of his appointment on 13 August 2015.

Michael Sheklin brings to this office over forty years of experience in the maritime industry. A professional mariner, holding a U.S. Coast Guard Master’s License, he is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College and has pursued a career in the marine business that includes marine operations, technical management, ship surveys and inspections, marine investigations, training and safety. He is currently a managing partner of Seaworthy Industries, LLC.

“The U.S. Merchant Marine and maritime industry have given me a fascinating and fulfilling life’s work, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute something in return. I have the utmost respect for the United States Coast Guard and their magnificent history of success, with ever expanding responsibilities. Likewise, my fellow U.S. Mariners are among the world’s best trained and professional seafarers and I am proud to be one of them. It is an honor and privilege to work as a member of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and I will fulfill my responsibilities to the very best of my ability,” said Sheklin.