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Hands-on learning: New York Harbor School's Vessel Operations program
Vessel Operations

Vessel Operations prepares students for careers as licensed deck crews as well as serving as a stepping stone into management and operations positions aboard small passenger vessels and commercial towing units. 

Many students choose career pathways within the passenger vessels, marine transportation, and the tug and barge industry. Students enrolled in the program experience 6 semesters of hands on and practical experience in navigation, safety training and seamanship. Students participate in a robust work based learning program that connect job shadowings, guest speakers and internships. 


Capt. Aaron Singh, NYHS Faculty

Capt. Mark Melendez,  Billion Oyster Project


VO-1 Basic Seamanship

VO-2 Intro to Maritime Careers

VO-3 Coastal Piloting and Seamanship

VO-4 Safety at Sea

VO-5 US Boat Handling

VO-6 USCG Lic/Internship

Industry Recognized Summative Assessments

NYS Safe Boating Certificate

US Power Boating Certificate

FCC Marine Operators Permit

Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

USCG Limited Masters License


Vessel operations students will receive extensive theoretical and practical training in navigation, boat handling, seamanship, safety and industry rules and standards. Students train on the school’s vessels and through internships in the marine field during their last two years in the program. Internships will provide excellent opportunities to apply for positions upon graduation.

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