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Expert in Marine Operations, Hazardous Materials Transportation, Maritime Security

Expert ID: 727919 New York, USA

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Expert is a Maritime Consultant and performs expert witness services on cargo, operations, and maritime security issues. He is a surveyor for condition and valuation, claims, subrogation and legal proceeding purposes.

Some of the services he provides includes the full spectrum of commercial surveying functions; Flag State, P&I and H&M surveys; ISM, ISPS, MTSA, PSC, VGP and DG audits and crew training; port captaincy, and ship owner's representation in statutory inspections.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2004 Degree: MS Subject: International Maritime Transportation Management Institution: SUNY Maritime College, NY
Year: 2001 Degree: BBA Subject: Operational Management Institution: PACE University, NY
Year: 1993 Degree: AAS Subject: Associates of Applied Sciences Institution: Great Lakes Maritime Academy, MI
Year: 1983 Degree: Certificate of Aprenticeship Subject: Naval Architecture, Yacht Building, ME Institution: Wooden Boatshop

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Maritime Consultant Department: Technical
Expert is a Regulatory & Compliance Consultant with more than 25 years of hands-on experience and a proven track record within the Maritime and Supply Chain regulated industries, as he has an extensive regulatory and compliance background within the myriad of International regulations and Codes as well as US domestic Laws, Rules and Regulations. Expert provides exceptional management services for vessels during port interphase and for port operations, as well as all other related statutory inspections and related regulatory requirements. Expert has been handling activities within the global regulatory and compliance landscape as he has performed these services domestically in the US as well as internationally. He also manages Supply Chain quality, regulatory and compliance projects with multiple competing priorities having a direct impact on commercial and operational efficiencies.
Expert’s background encompasses broad capabilities in statutory quality management systems and validation, regulatory compliance, auditing, interfacing with the regulatory agencies, managing enforcement actions and mitigating compliance exposure for companies. Expert has been previously engaged within the active US maritime fleet; and further worked in shoreside positions directly involved in operations and regulatory compliance, including a well-known NGO. Expert has also served as a subject matter expert for the USCG to the DSC Subcommittee at IMO and the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee. Expert has also served in various quality, regulatory and compliance management and advisory capacities with increasing responsibilities; and, is an accomplished industry speaker and author of technical and compliance related topics published in industry journals as well as authoring an extensive listing of regulatory training publications. Expert currently holds a USCG Master and Pilots License and a MS degree from SUNY Maritime.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2007 to 2011 Employer: China Shipping Container Lines Title: Manager Marine Operations / Security Department: Marine Operations
Provide seamless oversight for all US vessel and terminal operations.
Provide operational reviews and consultations for all Hazardous Commodities, and OOG or other high value / high risk cargoes.
Perform ISM / ISPS Code audits and reviews.
Act as Company Security Officer (CSO) to all US Governmental entities.
Act as liaison for US CBP C-TPAT program.
Administer all security related in-house functions, policies and procedure development.
Attend all PSC Inspections for a fleet of bulk and container vessel in the continental US.
Spearhead all high value / risk cargo review and logistics consultation.
Advise and assist in complex claims analysis and dispute resolution.
Act as technical expert for all Maritime related matters.
Serve on committees and organizations relevant to Maritime transportation.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: Bulkamerica Corp. Title: Manager Marine Operations Department: Marine Operations
Provide all pre and post-fixture operations for 20 plus vessels transporting bulk cargoes worldwide.
Liaise with brokers, sub-charterers, operators, agents, and masters worldwide to provide continuous support as needed.
Interface with port facilities and terminals on a daily basis to solve operational emergencies 24/7.
Serve as in-house (Owner’s) Port Captain, and travel both domestically and internationally to serve as intermediary between the vessels and port facilities, terminal managers, agents, receivers and sub-charterers.
Provide logistics and strategically planned solutions in order to maximize cargoes transported while reducing cost expenditure.
Inspect foreign and domestic terminal facilities for threat assessments under the MTSA and ISPS Code mandates.
Formalize and administer entry procedures for all vessels working in high risk environments.
Liaise with US and foreign governmental agencies on security related issues for commercial purposes.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1995 to 2004 Employer: National Cargo Bureau, Inc. Title: Chief Liner Activities Department: Technical Department
Negotiate and administer service contracts for all Liner Activities nationwide.
Administer all Liner Activities and related technical matters between 18 port offices domestically.
Create procedures and policies for field applications in accordance with domestic and international regulatory codes (CFR, SOLAS, IMDG, ISPS, etc.).
Liaise between US Coast Guard and other Competent Authorities with respect to regulatory revisions, interpretations, and internal distribution.
Act as public source of expertise with respect to shipboard cargo operations, hazardous materials and other technical issues.
Serve as US delegate to the DSC Subcommittee at IMO.
Serve on the USCG CTAC Subcommittee.
Serve as expert witness in various federal maritime proceedings.
Conduct investigations, surveys and inquiries as Competent Authority on behalf of the US Coast Guard and other flag state interests such as Vanuatu, Bahamas, Marshall Islands, and Panama.
Publish technical articles for trade magazines and other periodicals.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to 1995 Employer: Several Vessel Owners / Unions Title: 3rd Mate through Chief / 1st Class Pilot Department: Merchant Service
Devise trip and load plans and supervise the safe loading and discharge of multiple dry and liquid bulk cargoes.
Interface with terminal operators and port authorities with respect to cargo operations, documentary exchange, etc.
Responsible for all in-house documentary functions relating to cargo, customs entries, payroll, discharge, etc.
Act as Federal Pilot Unlimited Tonnage and pilot vessels in confined waters such as rivers systems, lake passages, lock systems, and harbors.
Act as direct liaison between the ship and the US Coast Guard during annual inspections, and with outside surveyors during draft, bunker and other surveys.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1983 to 1990 Employer: New England Shipwrights Title: Consultant, Builder Department: Yacht Restoration
Directly responsible for all P & L activities for the company.
Directed all daily production activities for the structural and cosmetic restoration of wooden yachts both sail and power to 130 feet in length.
Carved ship models and related nautical arts.
Provided yacht management, deliveries and emergency repairs.
Partner and General Manager of a yacht charter business owning five sport fishing vessels 38’ to 72’, and two sail 45’ and 87’.
Captained 87’ Alden schooner.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2003 to 2004 Agency: Dept. of State / USCG Role: Expert Representative Description: On behalf of the Deptartment of State and USCG he sat as a technical expert on maritime affairs at IMO in London on the Dangerous Goods Sub-Committee to the MSC.
Years: 2002 to 2003 Agency: Dept. of State / USCG Role: Technical Expert Description: On behalf of the Department of State and USCG he sat as a technical expert on maritime affairs at IMO in London on the Dangerous Goods Sub-Committee to the MSC.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Agency: Dept. of State / USCG Role: Technical Expert Description: On behalf of the Department of State and USCG he sat as a technical expert on maritime affairs at IMO in London on the Dangerous Goods Sub-Committee to the MSC.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1997 to 1999 Country / Region: Panama and Central America Summary: Performed training of terminal personnel to be cognizant and proficient in the regulatory requirements of the US CFR with regards to Maritime transportation.

Courses were held for several weeks, and over a period of several years mid-90s.
Years: 2001 to 2001 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Assisted the NKKK class society develop inspection procedures for vessel carriage of dangerous goods, performed requisite training in the IMDG Code and US 49 / 33 CFR applicable to same.

Addressed the Japanese Dangerous Goods Association with regards to current regulatory re-invention and the differences between the international and domestic regulatory requirements when transporting these cargoes through the US.
Years: 1999 to 2000 Country / Region: Puerto Rico / Carribean Basin Summary: Performed a series of training presentations for chemical plants, and local NVOCC associations with regards to the Hazmat transportation laws and regulations of the US.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Argentina Summary: Acted as vessel owner representative in vessel arrest and seizure of cargo due to alleged cargo claim by receiver. Vessel successfully discharged cargo, and returned to working trade without incident.
Years: 2010 to Present Country / Region: Trinidad & Tobago Summary: Provide regulatory training sessions in the IMDG Code as well as ISPS Codes for the safe and efficient storage, transport and operations both shoreside and on vessel of Dangerous Goods.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IVODGA (ex VOHMA) - Executive Committee Member 2009-2011;
Licenses / Certifications
USCG Master, Unlimited Tonnage, First Class Pilot Great lakes Basin including rivers, lakes and canal systems from Duluth through North Tonawanda and Cape Vincent.
CSO / SSO under the ISPS Code 2009.
CSO / SSO / FSO under the ISPS & MTSA Codes 2004.
Professional Appointments
International Vessel Operators of Hazardous Materials - IVODGA (ex VOHMA) - Executive Committee Member 2009-2011;
USCG - Chemical Transportation Committee (CTAC) member 2003;
International Shipmaster Association (ISMA) 2nd Vice President.
Awards / Recognition
Graduated with Honors.
Publications and Patents Summary
Written and revised over fifteen training publications relevant to the regulations and safe transport of cargo by sea.
Written and contributed to numerous articles on Maritime matters.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He is qualified to testify in state and federal courts, and has provided opinions for both arbitrations and legal proceedings.

He has provided expert witness opinions for Marine cargo operations and the transportation of Hazardous Materials; Maritime casualties; US domestic and international maritime regulations and relevant application to the maritime domain; Maritime personal injuries and Jones Act claims; and, Maritime security matters under the MTSA and ISPS codes.
Training / Seminars
He has attended numerous seminars under the general titles of:

Hazardous Materials both US and International Regulations 1 to 3 day courses;
Hazardous Materials self-study course USCG approved;
Radioactive materials transportation;
Explosive materials transportation and storage;
Hazwoper and chemical incident response;
Vessel Stowage and Segregation;
Placard Recognition;
Break-bulk, Out-of-gauge cargo stowage and securing.

He has delivered hundreds of the afore-mentioned training sessions and effectively trained thousands of participants yielding certificates of attendance and/or sea-service equivalency.
Vendor Selection
He has either a direct or indirect source of information and colleagues within all relevant fields of the International Transportation Chain.
Marketing Experience
The industry is a volatile, yet very dynamic means by which cargoes are transported at the cheapest cost per ton. As the global economy strides to recover, there will be a greater need to monitor economic factors, and regulatory requirements to analyze cost gain opportunities.

He has worked in the operation of vessels, and directly and indirectly affected the bottom line thereof. The individual experience and drive of the parts certainly make the whole, and he has had numerous opportunities to contribute to growth either through program development or operational oversight and control.

His years of shipboard experience and shoreside work make him a uniquely qualified individual to step into any situation and find immediate areas of improvement and overall profitability through cost reductions with overall improved efficiencies.
Other Relevant Experience
He has had the opportunity to develop many programs and procedures without many resources of time and capitol, so he understands the demands of achieving the maximum output with minimal initial resources.

In his experience he has developed a keen eye for detail, which is crucial in an environment of ever-changing factors such as in the Maritime domain.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish He grew up in the Caribbean, and was exposed to several dialects, as well as Spanish. Went to a Spanish speaking school through Elementary.

Fields of Expertise

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