Fort Lauderdale-based Resolve Maritime Academy, the learning arm of Resolve Marine Group, has hired Chauncey Naylor as the academy’s new director responsible for operational management as well as strategic course and certification development.
Naylor started working with fire services at age 19 and spent 10 years in fire services at Port Everglades. In the early 1990s, he designed what has become known as the Gray Manatee, Resolve’s fire fighting simulation center.
In 1996, he “retired” and went to work with Williams Fire and Hazard Control in Texas, where he would spend the next 23 years, including time as the director of emergency response and training.
“By the first of the year, we’ll have a fresh new look,” Naylor said.
Now 25 years old, the Gray Manatee will get an upgrade, and the bridge simulator, which was previously reserved for employees of Royal Caribbean cruise lines, will now be available for the entire industry.
“Without question, [the Gray Manatee] is the best experience you can get in the industry,” he said.
Resolve’s primary focus is in fire training, and it has three full-time instructors and 24 adjunct instructors in that sector.
“We’re not trying to be everything to everybody,” said Stacy Payne, a marketing executive with the company. “We do what we do well. What sets us apart is we have people teaching who have all been on burning vessels.”
Naylor first met Resolve founder Joseph Farrell in the early 1990s, and it was Farrell’s support that built the Gray Manatee. During that time, they worked a salvage project together in the Dominican Republic when their tugboat sank.
“We left a vessel together,” Naylor said. “If it wasn’t for Joe, I wouldn’t have made it.”
Farrell’s instruction before the men when overboard was for everyone to be tied together, keeping them together as the current and waves tried to separate them.
“Our obligation to the industry is to make sure the content of our courses provides a realistic experience, and to make the courses they need to take meaningful,” Naylor said. “When the bell rings at 3 a.m., they will know if they should suit up or get the life boat. Young people embarking on a maritime career, that’s what we owe them.”
The former director of the academy, Denise Jones, remains with the company now in charge of government contracts.
Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.