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CMA Shipping
38th Annual Expo & Conference
March 21-23, 2023Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

James P. Spear, MNI
Lead, LNG Center of Excellence Faculty at Marine Transportation Department State University of New York Maritime College


James Spear is currently a Marine Transportation Department lecturer at the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. Since graduating from SUNY Maritime College in 2011, James has primarily worked at the intersection of energy, shipping and the environment with Shell, ExxonMobil and Cheniere Energy. A sixth-generation seafarer, James sailed onboard both Jones Act and international-flag vessels, including on LNG, crude and clean product tankers.Prior to joining SUNY Maritime, James’ shore-side work included roles in marine assurance, commercial optimization and terminal operations. He is a recurring delegate to IMO’s MEPC and the Board Secretary of the Navy League of the United States New York Council. At SUNY Maritime College, James primarily teaches courses in sustainability, marine tanker operations, commercial ship management and the newly-launched LNG courses. He also serves as the faculty lead for SUNY Maritime College’s LNG Center of Excellence and as a faculty advisor to Maritime College LGBTQ+ Pride.

Agenda Sessions

  • Maritime Education and Training: Need for new standards for a greener and safer shipping industry