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  • 907.228.4568
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  • Fax: 907.225.3895


Ketchikan Regional Maritime and Career Center

600 Stedman Street

Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Byron "Dick" Rice

Maritime Adjunct Professor

Phone: 228-4568


Career Education: Marine Transportation

Ketchikan Regional Maritime and Career Center, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus


USCG 100 Ton Master Near Coastal License

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) Instructor

Alaska Boating Safety Instructor

Rescue 3. International Instructor

Emergency Medical Technician I

American Canoe Association Certified Sea Kayak Instructor

Courses Taught

100 Ton Master/OUPV

OUPV Guide Restricted to the Fresh Waters and Rivers of Western Alaska


Captain Rice brings over 30 years of maritime experience to the UAS Marine Transportation Program.  His specialty is small boats and he is the Owner/Operator of Back Country Sports, guiding clients full time on the rivers, lakes and oceans in Alaska.  He has been an Adjunct Professor with UAS for over 5 years and is our distance specialist, traveling to remote communities as far North as Barrow to teach our 100 Ton Master course.  He is well known for his can-do attitude and ability to respond flexibly to challenging situations!

Claire Fine

Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation and Operations

Phone: 228-4575Fax: 225-3895


Career Education: Marine Transportation

Ketchikan Regional Maritime and Career Center Robertson 106, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus


B.S. State University of New York

Neil Nickerson

Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation

Phone: 796-6153Fax: 796-6577


Career Education

Technical Education Center, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus


1996: Master of Arts, Naval War College, Newport RI
1983: Bachelor of Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

USCG Licenses:
Master of Motor Vessels, Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans
Master Any Towing Vessel Upon Oceans
Able Seaman, Unlimited

Courses Taught

Master 100T/OUPV
Master 200T Upgrade
Basic Safety Training
Able Seaman
Crowd Management
Crisis Management
Proficiency in Survival Craft
Radar Operator - Original & Upgrade
Apprentice Mate - Steersman


Captain Nickerson is our Juneau based Maritime Professor.  He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our program and through his efforts has expanded the UAS Maritime presence in Juneau immensely.

Captain Nickerson is a retired USCG officer and has many years of command experience aboard a variety of USCG Cutters.  Upon his retirement from the USCG, he worked as a Mate aboard towing vessels with Crowley Maritime in Valdez and as a relief Mate/Chief Mate for the Alaska Marine Highway System.  Captain Nickerson also was the owner/operator of Alaska Sailing Charters, commanding a 49 ft ketch on expedition, sightseeing and dinner charters.  In his spare time, Captain Nickerson enjoys surfing, kayaking and travel - especially to destinations with big waves!


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