The United States’ principal maritime safety advisory board, the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC), has appointed Captain Greg Menke, Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY, to offer input and advice relating to the prevention of accidents on American waterways. Menke brings over 40 years of experience in the river industry—both as a towboat captain and manager of shoreside operations—combined with years of training professional mariners for SCI.
Aimed at prevention and protection, NAVSAC members counsel US government leaders on matters relating to maritime collisions, rammings and groundings. Membership consists of 21 advisors selected for their expertise in navigation and vessel operations. Captain Menke serves the Council in his capacity as a professional mariner in an appointment that runs until 2015.
As a professional mariner, Menke brings his own first-hand experience of the challenges mariners face. He also harnesses the experiences of thousands of mariners who train at SCI–Paducah each year under his direction. Through his knowledge and close collaboration with several major maritime transportation companies and their employees, Menke’s finger is on the pulse of the industry.
Menke serves as a NAVSAC advisor concurrent with responsibilities as Director of SCI’s Paducah Center, synchronizing real-world knowledge with classroom experiences. “Harmonizing with his call to serve at SCI, Greg speaks as a mariner’s advocate,” says the Rev. David M. Rider, President and Executive Director of SCI, North America’s largest mariners’ service agency. “We are grateful he has the opportunity to share their valuable viewpoints and interests with decision makers responsible for the safety of our waterways.”