REMARKS PREPARED FOR
MARK H. BUZBY
2019 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Good morning. Thank you, Commodore Lima for that kind introduction. It's great to be with you in Buzzards Bay on this fine maritime morning, and it's especially good to be with you - the great class of 2019!
Ladies and gentleman, I bring you greetings from our Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and everyone at the Department and in the Maritime Administration. The Secretary and I, and all of the folks back in Washington congratulate you graduates on the four - or more - years of hard work that brought you here today.
Admiral Mcdonald and your instructors prepared you well for the industry that you are about to enter, and I'm here to catch you, and welcome you aboard.
Our maritime industry may not be as large as it once was, but it has never been more critical to the economic security and national security of our nation. I need every one of you.
OK: because old admirals love to give advice, I'm going to give you some .... Hopefully, something that's useful and that you'll remember!
Where are my engineers? Alright, pay attention here: you can take this one to the bank: keep the oil and fuel on the inside of the pipes; if you see it on the outside, something's wrong - fix it! It does not belong in a puddle in the bilge - or over the side!
Deckies: as a lifelone ship driver, my simple advice to you is this: when in doubt, keep the ship in the white part of the chart - no captain likes scratches in their bottom paint.
I wish you all the very best. Sail safe, carry on!