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PORT PERSON Training Future
Glen Paine is the Executive Director of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) near BWI Airport and the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), based
in Seattle. MITAGS-PMI is considered a leader in maritime training and simulation, providing comprehensive training for today’s seafarers.
MITAGS shares its 40-acre campus in Linthicum Heights with the Maritime Conference Center, also under Paine’s direction.
The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, the nonprofit trust dedicated to enhancing mariner professionalism, founded MITAGS and PMI in 1967. The organization’s training programs in leadership, education and safety have been preparing professional deck officers, masters, pilots and military personnel ever since. Both campuses offer extended courses, as well as individual classes for personnel renewing or upgrading their licenses.
Paine’s maritime background is extensive. His interest began, however, as a teenage hobby, racing sailboats on the New Jersey shore. Not thinking about a lifetime career, he applied to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) on the advice of a friend who told him the academy had a great sailing team.
His acceptance to Kings Point, as USMMA is often called, charted his course in the maritime industry. Graduating as a third officer, he worked through the hiring halls of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, upgrading his license along the way.
“I had the opportunity to sail on a wide variety of ships, including offshore tugs, container ships and tankers,” Paine said. “During my seagoing career, I had the opportunity to sail to Alaska, the Far East, the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean, Europe and Central and South America.
“After sailing deep-sea for a number of years,” he continued, “I came ashore and began a new career in maritime
Maritime Leaders
BY MERRILL WITTY | Photograph by Kathy Bergren Smith
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