NEWS: Seamanship Program receives plaque from bar pilots

NEWS: Seamanship Program receives plaque from bar pilots




Bar pilots association honors TPJCC Seamanship Program

December 15, 2017

On Nov. 29, in a ceremony at the Tongue Point Job Corps Center (TPJCC), the Columbia River Bar Pilots honored the center’s Seamanship Program with a plaque of appreciation. Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Kurt Nehring presented Capt. Len Tumbarello, Seamanship Program director, with the plaque in honor of their partnership in the Relief Deckhand Program.

During the presentation, Capt. Tumbarello shared a brief history of the Columbia River Bar Pilots. He also covered the history of the Relief Deckhand Program, which was started in 2006 by David Fastabend, boat operator for the bar pilots, and Chief Mate Gunnar Allen, TPJCC Seamanship Program instructor.

The program was created to address the operational needs of the bar pilots’ fleet, and to teach and train the top students in the Seamanship Program. Over the past 11 years the program has successfully trained 24 students.

“Our seamanship program is so fortunate to have one of the premier maritime entities in the world in our own back yard to partnership with,” Capt. Tumbarello said. “Our quality cadets help them perform their vitally important mission, and the Columbia River Bar Pilots’ training and guidance give the students deserving enough (an opportunity) to work with some of the finest mariners anywhere.”

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