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.
Mr. DeSimone, who is a Bronx native, holds a Master of Business Administration in Management and International Business from Manhattan College in Riverdale, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation and Economics from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. He also holds a Professional Certificate in Chartering from the Association of Shipbrokers and Agents in New York, and a United States Coast Guard License - Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans, with first-class pilot endorsements.
Captain DeSimone is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council and Secretary of the APTA Waterborne Transit Subcommittee. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School and Kingsborough Community College Marine Technology Program, and is a member of the Standing Committee of the Marine Society of the City of New York.
The Staten Island Ferry was founded in 1905 and is today the nation's largest passenger ferry carrying over 22 million passengers annually. The Staten Island Ferry is also the only marine operator in the United States to have voluntarily complied with the International Maritime Organization's Safety Management System.