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A Tribute To Dr. John A.C. Cartner

November 6, 1947 to January 3, 2024


With great sadness, we announce the passing of Shipmaster Dr. John A.C. Cartner on January 3, 2024, a contributor and commentator on Maritime TV. A commemoration bio is below and here are some past sample video links to programs featuring John with his signature bow tie, in the Maritime TV series, Conversations with Cartner. John will be missed by many.

Conversations with Cartner: Maritime Expert and Attorney, Dr. John A.C. Cartner Maintains that the Maritime Industry is Unprepared for Cybersecurity Attacks, and a “Serious Disaster” is Looming

Conversations with Cartner: How the Maritime Labour Convention Consolidates the Authority of a Shipmaster

Conversations with Cartner: Collaboration of State Academies and USMMA- A "Virtual" Maritime University System for Domestic Training

Conversations with Cartner: Establishing a National Center for Maritime Excellence at the USMMA

In Memory of Dr. John A. C. Cartner - November 6, 1947 to January 3, 2024

Dr. John A. C. Cartner,
an intelligent and complicated man of exceptional accomplishments with unwavering dedication to the maritime industry, passed away from heart failure on January 3, 2024. Born on November 6, 1947, he leaves behind a legacy marked by education and a profound impact on the maritime community.

John graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1969 and embarked on an illustrious career at sea. Serving as a young third officer on ammunition ships and tankers during the Vietnam War, he demonstrated courage and commitment. His passion for maritime pursuits continued to flourish as he rose through licensure levels, simultaneously pursuing graduate studies at the University of Georgia.

While financing his M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies through summer sailing and naval reserve duty, John's commitment to education and service shone brightly. Following the completion of his doctoral degree, he commanded a tank ship.

His post-doctoral work with the U.S. Army Research Institute showcased his intellect as he developed mathematical models of tactical weapons systems performances. John's academic journey also included earning an M.B.A. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology/Georgia State University program.

A diverse career followed, including work with the Grumman Corporation, founding a naval architecture-marine engineering consultancy in Washington, D.C., and contributing to pollution response efforts for the Exxon Valdez oil spill under U.S. Navy contract.

John's pursuit of knowledge led him to law school at the Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He later obtained an LL.M. degree in international law from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

As a member of MENSA, various legal associations, including the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales, he also earned the designation of Proctor in Admiralty from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

John's influence extended beyond his professional accomplishments. As a regular columnist for prestigious maritime publications and a contributor to the Council of American Master Mariners, he shared his insights and knowledge generously. He was also a frequent contributor and commentator on Maritime TV.

He is the author of International Law of the Shipmaster and a subsequent publication, Cartner on the International Law of the Shipmaster On the New Command at Sea.

His dedication to justice and the maritime community was further evidenced by serving as an expert in maritime matters for various courts. John published numerous articles in law and engineering journals, authored books on maritime matters, and co-authored a book on human rights.

In his personal life, John found joy in sailing Cape Cod catboats, indulging in his love for ancient Greek literature, and participating in the New York Yacht Club and the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C. He was also an active member of St. Paul's Church in Beaufort.

A true visionary, John's impact on the fields of maritime law and naval architecture will be remembered for generations.


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Dave Gardy - TV Inc. - [email protected] / (703) 961-9250

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