Jo Ann Cantú

USCG Unlimited Tonnage Master’s License

USMMR  1991-2011 – Commander

Over 26 years experience inclusive of extensive offshore and high-level onshore marine related positions.

Teaching Experience & Course Development

Intertek Consulting and Training USA & Sub-Sahara AFRICA (August 2014 – Present)

USCG Approved MODU Stability Instructor

MODU OIM, BS, BCO Licensing Course Instructor

Houston Marine Exam-Prep Training Center (August 2014 – Present)

Maritime Instructor teaching license candidate’s Celestial, Coastal and Inland Navigation as well  Rules of the Road, Deck General, Navigation General, Deck Safety, and Chart Plotting to prepare and successfully pass USCG licensing examinations.

Gulf Coast Training Technologies (September 2014 – December 2014)

USCG Approved MODU Stability, Active and Passive Stability Course Instructor

MODU OIM, BS, BCO Licensing Course Instructor

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (April 2012 – June 2014)

IADC/NI and USCG approved Stability and Ballast Control Instructor.

MODU Able Bodied Seaman courses.

  • Responsible for instructing offshore company personnel on proper stability, ballast & damage control operations.
  • In charge of training manual revisions, creating exams, training exercises and simulator scenario programs.

Hawaii Maritime License Center / Waianae Maritime Academy (2003 – 2004)

STCW Basic Safety Training Course Instructor

US Naval Academy (1993)

  • Instructed USN Midshipmen in Navigation, Watch Standing, Ship Operations & Ship handling on YP craft during summer training cruise,
  • Wrote Navigation Exams for US Naval Academy

Galveston Independent School District (1989 – 1991)

Grades K-12

  • Specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Developed Lesson Plans for ESL Students
  • Developed Marketing Materials for Bilingual Assistance and Tutoring Program.
Deep Sea Experience

First Officer – Horizon Lines 2006 – 2011

Second in command of all ship activities inclusive of cargo stowage and load planning, annual regulated safety inspections and audits, overtime and budget planning, personnel management, deck maintenance, navigational bridge watch and crew training.

Second & Third Officer for Masters, Mates & Pilots International Maritime Union 1991 – 1995  &  1998 – 2005

Responsible for safe navigation and on time service of the vessel along with the safety of the crew, safety inspections and safety equipment, bridge navigational equipment and route planning.

Shore Side Experience

Marine Transportation Specialist – National Maritime Center, USCG 1995 – 1998 Washington,DC

Marine Transportation Specialist – Responsible for review of Marine Licensing Examinations, Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QA / QC) for USCG license exams. Involved in roll out of Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping (STCW) Course Approval Process for USCG certified maritime training centers. Development and publication of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for International Maritime Organization (IMO) manuals. Revised Personnel Qualifications Handbook (PQS) – US Coast Guard Developed Volume III of the ICAO/IMO Search and Rescue Manual


Advanced Ship Handling
Advanced Watch Keeping
Automated Radar Plotting Aids
Ballast Control Operations
COLREGS – Rules of the Road
Coastal Navigation
Celestial Navigation
Cargo Operations – In-Port Infrastructure
Damage Control – MODU
Electronic Integrated Navigational Systems
Rig Pass Instruction
Ship’s Business
Technical Writing
Vessel Personnel Management
Marine Operations
Maritime Personal Injury Claims
Marine Casualties
Marine Licensing and Certification
Course Development
Coast Guard Safety Rules & Regulations
Professional Development Training
Radar Use and Requirements
Shipboard Emergency Procedures
Safe Operating Practices
Vessel Manning Requirements
Collisions, Groundings and Capsizing
Marine Investigations

Advisory Committees & Awards


1996 – Chief Office of USCG Search & Rescue  USCG Official Recognition

  • For outstanding teamwork, professionalism, and preparation of ICAO/IMO Volume III Manual

1998 – USCG Meritorious Team Commendation – National Maritime Center Course Approval Department

  • For meritorious service, implementing STCW course curriculum to USCG approved schools/courses
  • For creating working database for tracking courses throughout course approval process
  • Reviewing and creating qualifications for Qualified Instructor, Designated Examiner approval and Quality Standard System acceptance.

USCG NAVSAC (Navigation Safety and Advisory Committee) member 2008-2011

Served as a member of the advisory committee which provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating the prevention of maritime collisions, ramming and groundings; including the Inland and International Rules of the Road, navigation regulations and equipment, routing measures, marine information, diving safety, and aids to navigation systems.

Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation  Registered Member  1998 – Present

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is the only major national memorial honoring all women who served in our nation’s armed forces throughout history.    By being a registered member, the story of women serving in defense of our nation is recorded and never forgotten.

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