Ethical Dilemmas in the Maritime World
Date: October 2, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Place: University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Hospitality Center
One Sand Shark Drive, Hilton Head
Presenter: Thomas G. “Tom” Anderson, M.D. Captain (ret) US Navy
Assigned Coordinator: Marion Conlin
Abstract: Ethical issues are as common in seagoing occupations as they are in other professions. Resolution of these issues in the maritime world is often complicated by geographic remoteness and cross-cultural diﬀerences. Many nations and cultures do not share the same ethical principles or honor the same values that are important in our culture. Examination of real-world maritime ethical dilemmas can illustrate the challenges of resolving ethical issues in this unique environment.
Bio: Thomas “Tom” Anderson, a native South Carolinian, may have been destined for a maritime career from boyhood, having lived in Charleston where he could watch ships arrive and depart every day. It came as no surprise that he accepted a commission in the United States Navy after earning his PhD and a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of South Carolina. Following Tom’s thirty years of service in the U.S. Navy he retired as a Flight Surgeon with the rank of Captain.
His medical career continued as he worked in Emergency Medicine in the Virgin Islands, and for a time in China and Guam, always choosing locations with an ocean view.
Throughout his career in the U.S. Navy and as an Emergency Medicine physician, he took every opportunity to observe and study his maritime surroundings. He acquired a keen interest in maritime history and became especially interested in the inﬂuence of world events on the maritime environment.
For the past ten years, Tom has nurtured and expanded his interests in the maritime world while lecturing on cruise ships. In this capacity he has visited dozens of ports while
circumnavigating the globe and observing cultural adaptations to the evolution of globalization and geopolitics amid rising sea waters and land loss due to climate change.
Tom and his wife Elaine moved to the low country from Whidbey Island Washington four years ago. When he is not at sea, Tom spends his time researching, speaking, and writing about the Maritime World.
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