Amy Morley Beavers, vice president of regulatory compliance at Maritime Professional Training in Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed vice chairman of the U.S. Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC).
MERPAC advises the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) via the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on training, qualifications, licensing, certification and fitness of seamen in the merchant marine in national and international service.
Beavers directs all of MPT’s regulatory compliance matters ensuring course offerings, licensing and maritime certification requirements meet national and international standards. She has represented the maritime industry as a member of the public at MERPAC meetings and working groups since 1998 and was vice president of the Maritime Education Standards Council (MESC). She was first appointed to MERPAC by then-DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano last February.
“Since my appointment I have enjoyed and welcomed the opportunity to contribute my knowledge and experience in maritime regulatory matters on such a distinguished and important committee,” Beavers said. “I anticipate that as vice chair I will serve as an advocate for the mariner and be able to communicate how policies implemented by the USCG may impact the industry.”
Beavers is well-known in yachting circles for helping untold mariners got and upgrade their licenses. She offers counseling at the school, helped develop the MPT Career Reference Manual, and writes a monthly column on licensing.
“We continue to be proud of Amy’s achievements on the national front as part of important organizations like MERPAC and in discussions that are integral to the lives and livelihoods of mariners,” said Lisa Morley, vice president of sales and marketing at MPT and Beavers’ sister.
“She has proven immeasurably valuable to us at MPT and I know her leadership, knowledge of the issues, and interest in moving forward on the issues that matter to MERPAC will continue to be evident as she takes up the role of vice president,” said Capt. Ted Morley, chief operations officer at MPT, and Beavers’ brother.