Submitted by Monique Valenzuela.

The Youth Marine Foundation (YMF) is preparing for the launch of its new state-of-the-art training vessel, the MV Doolin-Rogers, by hiring Vernon Moore as the ship’s Captain/Operations Manager.

Moore brings a wealth of current marine industry expertise, most recently supplying major marine navigational electronics and ship machinery to international customers. He holds multiple US Coast Guard Master’s License qualifications and has been a port engineering consultant. Calling the ship’s captain/manager of operations his “dream job,” Moore is thrilled to take the helm of the ship and help launch high school ship operations programs for Pierce County youth – – especially those that are traditionally underserved.

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“The MV Doolin-Rogers is perfectly suited to what the marine industry has asked for – giving students relevant hands-on experience in operating a workboat,” he says. “I can’t wait to join the YMF team to make this happen.”

As captain/ship operations manager, Moore will be responsible for the safe navigation and operations of the MV Doolin-Rogers, while supervising the crew, instructors and students en route. He will be responsible for navigation, health, safety, security, communications and training on board the vessel which is designed to provide maritime skills training and marine science education for young people.

“Our new vessel will launch hundreds of young people into the industry with vessel operating experience congruent with the many job openings currently available,” said YMF Managing Director/CEO Monique Valenzuela. “Captain Moore’s professional expertise in the international maritime community and his passion for mentorship make him the right person to lead us into the future.”

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A native of Savannah, Georgia, Moore first came to Washington while serving at Ft. Lewis in the U.S. Army. As a boater who fell in love with the waters of the Salish Sea, he knows it is difficult to educate young people about maintaining a healthy marine environment if young people have no experience on the water.

His commitment to mentoring young people on the water includes his decades of volunteering with organizations such as Grays Reef Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Fisheries & Cascadia Research and Foss Waterway Seaport. As a current active member of the Tacoma Sea Scouts, his favorite activity is boating training and he has been on more than a dozen week-long summer cruises.

The MV Doolin-Rogers is a 100 ton aluminum vessel which was completely refurbished in 2015 and is commercially licensed. The vessel can accommodate up to 100 passengers with a licensed captain and two deckhands.

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Visit www.tacomaymf.org to learn more about the Marine Youth Foundation and its programs.