Capt. John G. Peterlin, III

Assistant Professor of the Practice
Department of Maritime Transportation

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

– John D. Rockefeller

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Get To Know Capt. John G. Peterlin, III

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I did not originally pursue a career in the maritime industry. I would say it was incidental to my chasing something else - aviation. My father was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and I wanted to be a pilot. While trying to be able to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, I received an appointment to the federal maritime academy. Once I had the opportunity to sail overseas as a cadet in a commercial training berth in the U.S. flag merchant marine fleet I was hooked and never looked back. However, one must wonder about fate or predestiny because, looking back, many things I was exposed to in my youth had some maritime theme.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I hope they will recognize my enthusiasm and passion for the maritime industry and be inspired to persevere in their pursuit of the profession. I also hope my enthusiasm for meteorology will also excite them and motivate them to learn to become more attuned and aware of their environment. I would like them to gain an appreciation of the rich history and heritage of the industry they are studying and and working to enter, an appreciation of how dynamic and interesting it is and how it can provide them a good living and a life-long career.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Maritime History, Sail Training & Tall Ship sailing - I have been a Volunteer since 2007 on the Historic 1877 Barque SSV ELISSA at the Galveston Historic Seaport (formerly known as the Texas Seaport Museum). Continuing important maritime traditions and recognizing American Merchant Marine Veterans with the annual National Maritime Day Commemoration Ceremony on the Galveston waterfront. Also music, particularly traditional fiddle music.

Education

Nautical Science, Marine Transportation, United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, 1976

Licenses and Certificates:

Current Issue: February 1, 2019 – United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)

National Endorsements:

Master Of Self-Propelled Vessels Not Including Auxiliary Sail Of Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans, Radar Observer (Unlimited).

Able Seaman-Unlimited, Lifeboatman, Wiper, Stewards Department (F.H.).
First Issue: July 12, 1982 - U.S. Coast Guard License to Merchant Mariner – Master of United States Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans, Radar Observer; Able Seaman-Any Waters, Lifeboatman, Wiper, Stewards Department (F.H.).

Master Of Self-Propelled Vessels Including Auxiliary Sail Of Less Than 200 Gross Register Tons (GRT) Upon Great Lakes and Inland Waters.

Mate Of Self-Propelled Vessels Including Auxiliary Sail Of Less Than 200 Gross Register Tons (GRT) Upon Oceans.

Able Seaman-Sail

STCW Endorsements:

Basic Training, Advanced Firefighting, Vessel Security Officer, Vessel Personnel With Designated Security Duties, Security Awareness, Able Seafarer-Deck, Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch (RFPNW), Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (PSC). 

United States Coast Guard Medical Certificate: Expiration Date - July 15, 2023 (STCW) / July 15, 2026 (National). 

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) – Expiration Date: March 20, 2023.

Courses Taught

MART 215 Seamanship II

MART 208 Maritime Meteorology 

Awards & Recognition

2005 - Certificate of Merit - United States Coast Guard - For meritorious service as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC)

2012- Certificate of Merit - United States Coast Guard - For meritorious service as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) 

Professional Appointments

Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. (CAMMI) - Membership Committee - 2020

Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee
, a non-statutory committee constituted in 2012 after the cessation of the federal charter for the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC). It is composed of twenty-nine voting members representing the spectrum of four ports, operators of key ship types, terminals, refiners and related maritime industry stakeholders in the region and five non-voting members from each of the key federal agencies interfacing with the maritime industry. Committee Chairman, February 2014 to February 2016. Committee Vice-Chairman, 2012 to February 2014

Board of Pilot Commissioners of Galveston County: Member, Pilot Review Board - February 2007 to 2013.  Chairman, Pilot Review Board – July 2007 to 2013

Greater Houston Port Bureau and Marine Exchange of the West Gulf:  Board of Directors – July 2007 to June 2018. (Maritime Industry Non-Profit)  Member of the Executive Committee of the Board – March 2009 to June 2018

Contact Info

Capt. John G. Peterlin, III
Assistant Professor of the Practice
Department of Maritime Transportation


peterlinj@tamug.edu
Phone: 409-740-4583

3001, Kirkham Hall, Office 114


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