Capt. Jonathan Mercer
British & Commowealth
September 1969 – January 1980 (10 years 5 months) London, United Kingdom
Apprenticed as a Deck cadet and promoted to 3rd Navigating officer, having obtained my 2nd officer's certificate. Served on General cargo ships and Union-Castle 'Mail' ships. Promoted to 2nd officer in 1975, having obtained ' First mate's certificate'; served on General cargo, Reefer, Bulk carriers and Container ships.
Townsend Thoresen Ferries, (later P&O European Ferries)
January 1980 – June 1994 (14 years 6 months) Dover, United Kingdom
Having obtained my Masters Foreign-going certificate, employed on cross-channel ferries as 2nd Officer, Chief Officer and Master
Terminal Operations Manager
July 1994 – September 1995 (1 year 3 months) Folkestone, United Kingdom
Responsible for the operation of the Folkestone terminal. Safe and efficient traffic flow, monitoring of terminal operations and Human resource management of personnel
Holland America Line
October 1995 – Present (21 years 2 months) World-wide
Management of large cruise ships; ensuring safe and efficient operation; fiscal management of departments, $ return on investment, management of 600-900 crew and Safety + well-being of 2000+ guests. Considerable ship-handling experience and mentoring of officers in management and handling skills. Presently assigned to World cruises on the fleet's Flagship, completing 5 highly successful thus far and still doing so.