July 25, 2005 

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Cal Maritime Appoints Director of Maritime Security Projects

 
   

VALLEJO, Calif., July 25, 2005 — The California Maritime Academy  (Cal Maritime), a campus of The California State University, today announced that it has appointed Captain Bruce Clark, USCGR (ret) to the newly created position of director of maritime security projects. 

As director of maritime security projects, Clark is responsible for guiding and participating in the statewide effort to establish and assess standards and protocols related to maritime security training and conduct effective exercises for California, as well as designing, implementing, and marketing replicable maritime safety and security courses and related training activities for the campus, maritime industry, and associated professions.  He is also responsible for providing guidance for the design, application, and evaluation of maritime security plans for ships, ports, and companies, and working to identify and create opportunities for maritime security grant and contract development.

Clark most recently served as vice president of operations for CEI Maritime, a firm specializing in professional consultation to the public and private sector on practical development and implementation of maritime security policy, strategy, and tactics.  CEI Maritime has placed particular emphasis on the development and execution of maritime security (MARSEC) training, drills, and exercises specific to the implementation of the U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code of the International Maritime Organization.   

While at CEI Maritime, Clark provided project management support as a non-paid consultant for Cal Maritime’s maritime security conference, MARSEC-CON ’04 — which featured former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry as a keynote speaker — and the role-playing exercise Cal Maritime conducted last fall that involved actors posing as terrorists who attacked Cal Maritime’s Training Ship Golden Bear.  The exercise involved students, faculty, staff, and local and statewide law enforcement and was geared toward helping to determine local and state agencies’ and the maritime industrial community’s readiness for a maritime terrorist attack.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Bruce Clark’s caliber joining us as director of maritime security projects,” said Dr. Michael Bittner, dean of sponsored projects and extended learning.  “Bruce has a proven track record in maritime security — both with his experience in the military and in the private sector — and has been integral in maritime security initiatives for the campus as a non-paid consultant for more than a year. “The addition of Captain Clark to the Cal Maritime campus community enriches the
academy’s outreach efforts, expands the skill and knowledge base of a talented teaching and research faculty and staff, and enhances the state maritime security planning team effort.  It is a win-win scenario.” 

Clark’s position is funded through a three-year, $1.2 million grant Cal Maritime recently received from the California Office of Homeland Security to guide the development and implementation of statewide standards for maritime security training, drills, and exercises for vessels, port facilities, harbors, maritime companies, and other organizations involved in moving freight to and from our nation’s harbors.  The grant will also fund an associate director of maritime security position, which is expected to be filled in the near future.

Clark’s civilian experience includes more than 25 years of considerable work on the design, estimation, and execution of engineering and construction design/build, structural infrastructure and environmental remediation and mitigation projects throughout the United States.  He has personally budgeted, supervised, and managed projects with values up to $5 million for both public and private clients. 

Clark’s 26 years of military experience with the U.S. Coast Guard and while jointly attached to the U.S. Navy includes field level, senior supervisory, command, and command staff assignments in marine safety, environmental protection, and port security/harbor defense missions both inside and outside of the continental United States.

“I am honored to be offered the opportunity to help guide the development and implementation of realistic, sustainable, and uniform maritime security training and exercise policy,” said Clark.  “Cal Maritime is particularly well positioned to provide the leadership and facilitation needed to ensure that maritime community stakeholders are working together to achieve functional maritime security at the operational level.”

 About Cal Maritime

Cal Maritime, a campus of The California State University, is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States, and the only one on the West Coast.  Tucked away in San Pablo Bay’s Morrow Cove in Vallejo, Calif., Cal Maritime offers four-year degrees in business administration, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering.  For more information about Cal Maritime, visit www.csum.edu.

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