Captain James Staples
Captain James Staples is a Master Mariner in the U.S. Merchant Marine and holds his seventh edition Unlimited Tonnage-Oceans Master License. Staples holds a BA in marine transportation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy; and he has continued his training within the Maritime Industry and continues those educational opportunities as well. Staples has been at sea for 30 years with 17 years command experience, operating worldwide. He has been Master on Ro-Ro vessels, Break Bulk and Containerships, as well as working on Tankers, Cable ships and Drilling vessels. He has extensive time operating in the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean area, Malacca Straits, South China Sea and the Gulf of Aden off Somaliaand has carried cargo to and from the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Recently Staples has bee carrying cargo for Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is certified as Company Security Officer, Ship Security Officer, hazardous material, and a small arms expert with tactical shipboard training, as well as contingency planning and Media response.
Staples has operated under time charter to the U.S. military and commercial interest such as NYK. His experience as Captain includes delivery of newly built vessels and living and working in Japanto see the final construction of a Ro/Ro vessel in shipyard. He is well-versed in trouble shooting and emergency procedures on board vessels associated with Maiden Voyage break in periods. Staples has written procedures for the ISM and ISPS code concerning operational and safety matters, including anti-piracy drills and procedures. In 1998 he was presented the American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy for the rescuing of four sailors in a sailboat while he was carrying a cargo of military ammunition and encountering severe weather conditions. This was the second incident he had been recognized for saving lives at sea. Staples has given testimony concerning piracy and vessel security to the US Senate Committee for Transportation under the leadership of Senator Lautenberg (NJ) and has testified in congressional subcommittee hearings concerning Piracy with Chair Person Congressman William Delahunt (MA).
He has lectured and taught at the collegiate level on Ship Security and Piracy, and been interviewed concerning piracy and vessel security by major networks and newspapers to include CNN Headline News, CNN World News, Channel News Asia, FOX News, MSNBC, BBC World, NBC Nightly News, Associated Press, USA Today, People Magazine, Al- Jazerra and local Boston News stations, Radio stations and papers. He has also made guest appearances on the TODAY show with Matt Lauer and Amy Robach, CBS Morning Show with Harry Smith, The Rachel Maddow show, Countdown with Keith Oberman, Fox News "Weekend Edition" with Jeraldo Rivera with guest speakers Montel Williams and Ann Coulter. Staples is associated with the Council of American Master Mariners.