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2019 Gala Honoring Capt. James DeSimone, SI Ferry Chief Operations Officer

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Downtown Association, 60 Pine Street, New York, NY 10005

6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Award will be presented at 7 p.m. by Andrew Genn Senior Vice President, Ports & Transportation NYCEDC

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About Captain DeSimone

Captain James C. DeSimone

Captain James C. DeSimone was appointed as COO of the Staten Island Ferry in April 2004.

He is a maritime industry professional whose background includes vessel operations, shore-side management, and training and education experience, in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining NYCDOT, he served as Vice President of Operations for the Brooklyn-based New York Water Taxi, overseeing all aspects of the marine operations for that company. Prior to that, from 1996 to 2003, Mr. DeSimone was Senior Vice President of Operations with the Cleveland-based Great Lakes Group, where he was responsible for the overall marine operation of a 51-vessel fleet providing services across the Great Lakes, in Florida, the Caribbean and in the Hawaiian Islands.

From 1987 to 1996, Captain DeSimone was Commandant of Cadets and Master of the Training Ship at our nation's oldest maritime institution, the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, where he was responsible for all college activities external to academic affairs and the operation of college training ship. Prior to that, from 1973 to 1987, Mr. DeSimone was employed with various steamship companies in all shipboard capacities from Able Seaman up to, and including, Master. During that time, he also served as port captain and cargo surveyor for various ship and cargo owners.

See more on the Department of Transportation website.

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Thank you for your support of the Working Harbor Committee and our programs. We hope you will consider making a donation to support us in continuing our mission in 2018.

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The WHC does not rent tugboats nor at this time know of any nonprofit organizations that offer tug rides or charters. If we learn of any organizations in the future that offer such services, we will post them on our website.




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Fair Winds
Captain John W. Doswell


Captain John W. Doswell, our captain, our North Star, our guiding light passed away on Friday 2 January, 2015

"...As executive director of the Working Harbor Committee, John would orchestrate the most amazing extravaganzas. 22 years of Tug Boat Races, international ship visits (including a 16th century replica of a Spanish Galleon), OpSail 2012, where part of the challenge was to find berthing for dozens of vessels from around the world. Only one man could make it all happen. Doswell...."

To read full article
by Mai Armstrong on the WHC Blog

Click Here

Click Here
for an important NY Times article about the future of the NYC seaport district by Paul Greenberg, Roland Lewis & Joan K. Davidson

Click Here
for a great blog write up about
a recent Hidden Harbor Tour
by Claude Scales

Click Here
for a great article about our Hidden Harbor Tour to Newark Bay
by Peggy Taylor


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