About the Author

CAPT Sean P. Tortora, MS, USMS is a Master Mariner with twenty-five years at sea. He is also an unlimited Master of towing vessels and Master of underway replenishment vessels. During his career at sea, CAPT Tortora has had Command of many different vessels including tankers, general cargo, break bulk, ammunition, ocean towing and salvage, special mission, as well as underway replenishment vessels. CAPT Tortora has conducted over 2,000 underway replenishment evolutions during his career.

CAPT Tortora is native on Long Island, New York, and is a graduate of Chaminade High School and holds both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler. He has served in the first Gulf War – Operation Desert Storm/Desert Sortie 1991-1992, Operation Noble Eagle – the response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and the second Gulf War – Operation Iraqi Freedom 2002-2010. After retiring from the sea, CAPT Tortora is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Transportation at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

CAPT Tortora is the author of the marine firefighting textbook, Study Guide for Marine Fire Prevention, Firefighting, and Fire Safety, published by Cornell Maritime Press. Read more about CAPT Tortora at LongIslandMaritime.com