Nautical Science Grad Looks Forward to Life at Sea
Friday, June 16, 2017

Tevin Plummer arrived at the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University four years ago in search of a career opportunity that only the ocean could offer. The Jamaica-native grew up surrounded by water and after learning how to make a ship move through a diesel engineering course, his interest shifted to navigation.

“I love sailing and being on the ocean,” said Mr. Plummer. “No two days at sea are ever the same so that, coupled with having the opportunity to learn and grow by navigating a ship around the world was very enticing to me. I had also heard really great things about MI’s nautical science program.”

Mr. Plummer learned of MI’s nautical science program through a family friend. After some research, he decided to apply for the program and selected MI over an institution in New York.

In the classroom, MI nautical science students learn to manage and safely navigate a vessel while caring for cargo, passengers and protecting the marine environments in which they operate. During their sea phases, they gain valuable experience on a variety of ships.

During his time at the Institute and at-sea phases with Atlantic Towing, Mr. Plummer made a lot of memories – so many that it’s hard for him to narrow it down to a favourite one.

“The relationships I’ve developed with classmates, friends and fellow sailors are irreplaceable,” said Mr. Plummer. “It was also quite an experience to be taught by experienced sailors and captains who helped me understand what to expect in the industry and with regards to navigation in general.”

On Friday, Mr. Plummer will cross the stage with his classmates as they receive their hard-earned diplomas. As for what’s next, he says the job hunt is on.

“I’m looking forward to settling in Canada and working within a field that I love,” he said. “This will mark the beginning on my journey to become a Master Mariner and obtaining valuable experience at sea.”

Ultimately, his goal is to sail the world and work in ship management. In the nearer future, he’s also exploring the idea of completing his Bachelor degree and looking forward to what doors that may open.

To those just starting out at MI and in the nautical science program, he has sound advice.

“Empty your cup and be humble,” he said. “Get to know your instructors, MI staff and fellow students – they are your family. You aren’t just a number here and that creates an exceptional learning environment.”

During his MI journey, Mr. Plummer has been an active member of the campus community, participated in numerous Nautical Skills Competitions and received two scholarships - Atlantic Towing Scholarship and the Donald W.K Dawe Memorial Scholarship.