Christopher Hearn

Member of the Nautical Institute (MNI), Captain Christopher Hearn began his career after graduating from the Marine Institute’s Nautical Science Program in 1994. He quickly moved his way through the marine ranks and certification to Master Mariner and obtained command of several types of vessels in the deep sea and subsea sectors.

First coming ashore as a Marine Superintendent with shipping companies engaged in subsea cable laying and repair, seismic work, and general cargo operations, he was involved supporting at sea operations and managing relationships with flag state authorities, class, insurers and clients. Additional activities including working with Human Resources identifying training needs and methods for improving competency among crews.

Captain Hearn returned to the Marine Institute in 2008 as the Director of the Centre for Marine Simulation. The Centre is the largest and most comprehensive marine simulation facility in North America and covers an entire range of training, industrial assistance, and research and development capabilities through the use of simulation technology. CMS’s particular areas of expertise include the modeling and simulation of harsh maritime environments, human performance in moving environments, simulation of offshore oil and gas operations, and port design evaluation and maritime operational risk analysis.