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Currently an Assistant Professor at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kevin Duschenchuk brings more than 13 years of practical shipping experience, particularly in ocean transport of crude oil, to his students. Nearly a decade of experience on state-of-the-art tankers owned by Polar Tankers, Inc., underlies Commander Duschenchuk’s academic focus on tanker operations, shiphandling, and environmental regulation. Kevin Duschenchuk first began to teach at the USMMA as a part-time instructor in 2001. By that time, he already had experience as a Third Mate, Second Mate, and Dispatcher for a series of companies, including Keystone Shipping Company, SeaRiver Maritime, and Buchanan Marine LP. SeaRiver, a privately owned subsidiary of ExxonMobil headquartered in Houston, Texas, gave Mr. Duschenchuk a year’s worth of Mate experience in bulk liquid transportation of refined oil products and crude just before he accepted positions with the USMMA and Polar Tankers. For the next 10 years, he divided his responsibilities between the crude oil shipping company and the academy. Kevin Duschenchuk’s marine achievements subsequently brought a string of certifications and licenses. He has attained the status of Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of any Gross Tons Upon Oceans. Qualified in Advanced Ship Handling, he can also take on the duties of Vessel Security Auditor, Ship Security Officer, or Medical Care Person In Charge. Mr. Duschenchuk possesses a GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Safety System) Radio Operator License, and he has certification as a Chief Commercial Radio Operator Examiner by the National Radio Examiners. An undergraduate who majored in Marine Transportation and International Business, Kevin Duschenchuk received his Bachelor’s degree from State University of New York Maritime College in 1998. Because of Kevin Duschenchuk’s substantial experience as a Chief Mate on Polar Tankers vessels, Mark Huber, author of the seminal textbook for maritime colleges, Tanker Operations: A Handbook for the Person-In-Charge (PIC), asked him to contribute to the 2010 edition of the book. 

Work experience

Oct 2001Present

Assistant Professor

United States Merchant Marine Academy



SUNY Maritime College