Capt. Jonathan Mercer

Deck Officer

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


Euro tunnel

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


Captain

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.

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