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Expert in Maritime, Accidents, Boatbuilding, Marine Diesels, Accident Reconstruction including deaths, Marine related fields

Expert ID: 733529 Florida, USA

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Expert has been involved with Boating, Maritime Accidents and claims including sinkings, deaths, engine problems, construction, electric and non electric doors, as well as slip and falls.


(1)Numerous experience as certified expert witness in the Marine Field in the past 33 years, including Diminished Valuation, Accident Reconstruction, Vesselcollisions, Sinkings, Fire Reconstruction, Injury and Death, Cruise ships Accidents, Boat Construction, Repair and Quality Control, Marine Engines and Installations, Testifying in the United States, Great Britain, BVIs, Mexico, Spain,Puerto Rico, France, Poland and Greece.
(2)Experience with Docks (loading and unloading), Boatyards, and Marinas, Boat Construction, Repair and Quality Control, Boat and Ship Construction, as well as Management of New Construction and Repair.
(3)Experienced boat builder Ocean Horse Label (before HIN’s) 178FRP Commercial boats, 3 Steel, 3 Aluminum, 7 Wood, 8 sail 5 FRP and 3 Steel, and from 2007 on under the AMS HIN Experienced and licensed operator (Master since 1963).
(4)Experienced Marine Engineer License 4000 Horsepower or greater from 1970 to 1993 (not renewed due to lack of use).
(5)Appraiser for recreational, commercial charter, and fishing vessel safety(Certified to give the USCG inspections of commercial fishing vessels, and commercial work boats).
(6)Inspector of over 14,000 boats and ships for condition, valuation, insurance,donation, finance, risk, disaster, salvage, damage, repair, hull, moisture,delamination, corrosion analysis, wood, Kevlar, FRP, including Ships,Submarines, Submersibles Landing Craft, Barges, Tow Boats, Jack Up Rigs,Tankers, Mega Yachts, Yachts, Commercial fishing, Sport fish, Sail, Houseboats,Pontoon, Boat Trailers, I/O engines, Outboard gas engines, Gas and Diesel Inboard Engines, Freight, Sea Trials, On and Off Hire Surveys, Trip and Tow Surveys, as well as Cargo by all shipping methods. Extensive knowledge of scaffolding and ladders as well as the use of ladders and scaffolding to board vessels in boat and shipyards as well as the proper securing of ladders to vessels due to use in family boat yard in New York, as well as thousands of boarding of boats and ships in boat and shipyards to inspect vessels.
(7)Inspect MOLEX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, Pumps, Motors,Electrical Panels, in two Plants in St. Petersburg, Florida. Using FLIR Infrared Thermal Imaging.
(8)FLIR INFRARED THERMAL IMAGING and Bore-scoping of marine vessels and land based properties for mold and water intrusion.
(9) Certified Internationally NDT testing (Audio gauging Steel and Aluminum).
(10) Steel and Aluminum Construction under tutelage of Duckworth Boats.
(11) Equipment Associated with Boats and Ships.
(12) 2010 POLISH REGISTRAR OF SHIPPING Inspection Course (2 weeks) on CE examinations and ship inspections (Gedansk, Poland).
(13) Certified Diver, Familiar with Deep water work as well as shallow work, including remote as well as attached tankage, Deep water saturation work.
(14) Engine Surveys and Inspections, Diesel Engine Schools Attended, GM Diesel and Gas (all venues), YANMAR, VOLVO PENTA Diesel, CATERPILLAR, JOHN DEERE, MAN, MTU, DEUTZ, LEHMAN, PERKINS, IZUSU, CUMMINS, and ONAN. Gasoline Engine Schools, MERCURY, MERCRUISER, VOLVO PENTA, YAMAHA, EVINRUDE, HONDA, SUZUKI, TOHATSU.
(15) ABYC Electrical ABYC Electrical Systems.
(16) ABYC Collision Investigation.
(17) First Marine Claims Seminar.
(18) Knox Claims Seminars 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014.
(19) ABYC Composites Course.
(20) ABYC Electrical Corrosion Course.
(21) ABYC Composites Course.
(22) IBEXU Composites Course.
(23) IBEXU Advanced Composites Course.
(24) IBEXU Surveying and repairing Advanced Composites.
(25) IBEXU Improving Gel Coat Quality.
(26) IBEXU Demystifying Propeller Design.
(27) IBEX National Meetings 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014.
(28) WORKBOAT National Seminars, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013.
(29) IAMI National Seminar 2003 (Panama City Beach, FL), 2008 (Baton Rouge, LA).
(30) SAMS® National Seminars 1999, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014.

Project management for Yachts and Ship retrofitting

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Tampa, Florida - Saint Petersburg, Florida - Orlando, Florida - Clearwater, Florida - Cape Coral, Florida - Lakeland, Florida - Largo, Florida - Sarasota, Florida

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1966 Degree: Masters, Mechaical Engineeri Subject: Engineering, Marine Combustion Engines Institution: U of Toledo
Year: 1962 Degree: High School Diploma Subject: General Institution: Westbury High School

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Worked on Litigation against BP during Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Department: Responsibilities: Combining all affiliate Corporations in 2008, including family boat building and boat repairs.
Years: 1970 to 2008 Employer: KNOT Just Maritime Services, SAGA Marine, Davie Marine Engine Rebuild and AAC Marine Surveyors Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Marine surveying of boats and engines including pre-purchase as well as damage, Vessel and ship deliveries around the world which included commercial Tug and Barge Handling, as well as Yacht deliveries and Private Captain for large sport-fishing boats. Boat handling and operational experience including running and operational hands on experience of Ships to 650 feet, Commercial Fishing Boats including, large trawlers, factory style vessels, shrimp boats, long line commercial fishing boats, offshore scallop boats and commercial grouper fishing boats. construction of commercial boats. Davie Marine Engines, rebuilds of marine diesel and gasoline engines’.
Years: 1967 to 1979 Employer: GM Title: Operator Department: Responsibilities: Operator party fishing boat fleet, Brooklyn, NY; Management fleet of
seven boats between New York, Mass. and Florida for family. Worked for GM in engineering on upgrades concerning GM 71 and 53 engines
Years: 1959 to 2017 Employer: Title: CEO Department: Responsibilities: Family's business which has been involved in the Marine Industry since the mid 1920's

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1994 to 2016 Country / Region: Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Summary: Testifying

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
(1) Numerous experience as certified expert witness in the Marine Field in the past 32 years, including Diminished Valuation, Accident Reconstruction, Vessel collisions, Sinking’s, Fire Reconstruction, Injury and Death, Cruise ships Accidents, Boat Construction, Repair and Quality Control, Marine Engines and Installations, Testifying in the United States, Great Britain, BVI’s, Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, France, Poland and Greece.
(2) Experience with Docks (loading and unloading), Boatyards, and Marinas, Boat Construction, Repair and Quality Control, Boat and Ship Construction, as well as Management of New Construction and Repair,
(3) Experienced boat builder Ocean Horse Label (before HIN’s) 178FRP Commercial boats, 3 Steel, 3 Aluminum, 7 Wood, 8 sail 5 FRP and 3 Steel)), and from 2007 on under the AMS HIN Experienced and licensed operator (Master since 1963)
(4) Experienced Marine Engineer License 4000 Horsepower or greater from 1970 to 1993 (not renewed due to lack of use)
(5) Appraiser for recreational, commercial charter, and fishing vessel safety (Certified to give the USCG inspections of commercial fishing vessels, and commercial workboats)
(6) Inspector of over 13,000 boats and ships for condition, valuation, insurance, donation, finance, risk, disaster, salvage, damage, repair, hull, moisture, delamination, corrosion analysis, wood, Kevlar, FRP, including Ships, Submarines, Submersibles Landing Craft, Barges, Tow Boats, Jack Up Rigs, Tankers, Mega Yachts, Yachts, Commercial fishing, Sport fish, Sail, Houseboats, Pontoon, Boat Trailers, I/O engines, Outboard gas engines, Gas and Diesel Inboard Engines, Freight, Sea Trials, On and Off Hire Surveys, Trip and Tow Surveys, as well as Cargo by all shipping methods. Extensive knowledge of scaffolding and ladders as well as the use of ladders and scaffolding to board vessels in boat and shipyards as well as the proper securing of ladders to vessels due to use in family boat yard in New York, as well as thousands of boarding of boats and ships in boat and shipyards to inspect vessels.
(7) Inspect MOLEX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, Pumps, Motors, Electrical Panels, in two Plants in St. Petersburg, Florida. Using FLIR Infrared Thermal Imaging
(8) Certified Internationally NDT testing (Audio gauging Steel and Aluminum)
(9) Steel and Aluminum Construction under tutelage of Duckworth Boats
(10) Equipment Associated with Boats and Ships
(11) 2010 POLISH REGISTRAR OF SHIPPING Inspection Course (2 weeks) on CE examinations and ship inspections. (Gadansk, Poland)
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(13) Engine Surveys and Inspections, Diesel Engine Schools Attended, GM Diesel and Gas (all venues), YANMAR, VOLVO PENTA Diesel, CATERPILLAR, JOHN DEERE, MAN, MTU, DEUTZ, LEHMAN, PERKINS, IZUSU, CUMMINS, and ONAN. Gasoline Engine Schools, MERCURY, MERCRUISER, VOLVO PENTA, YAMAHA, EVINRUDE, HONDA, SUZUKI, TOHATSU
(14) ABYC Electrical ABYC Electrical Systems
(15) ABYC Collision Investigation
(16) First Marine Claims Seminar
(17) Knox Claims Seminars2007,2009,2012,2014
(18) ABYC Composites Course
(19) ABYC Electrical Corrosion Course
(20) ABYC Composites Course
(21) IBEXU Composites Course
(22) IBEXU Advanced Composites Course
(23) IBEXU Surveying and repairing Advanced Composites
(24) IBEXU Improving Gel Coat Quality
(25) IBEXU Demystifying Propeller Design,
(26) IBEX National Meetings 1996, 1998, 2000,2002,2004,2006, 2008,2010,2012, 2014
(27) WORKBOAT National Seminars, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009,2011, 2013
(28) IAMI National Seminar 2003(Panama City Beach, Fl.),2008(Baton Rouge La)
(29) SAMS® National Seminars 1999,2004,2007 2009,2011, 2014

Licenses / Certifications
USCG Merchant Marine Master', at 1 time held unlimited
Engineering License Greater than 4000HP
CERTIFICATION/PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS (past and present)
 International Bureau of Shipping (INSB).
 Registered US boat builder under HIN: AMS.
 International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI).
 Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).
 US Surveyors Association (Certified Master Marine Surveyor).
 National Association of Marine Surveyors.
 American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).
 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
 Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS®), (Accredited Marine Surveyor).
 USPAP Certified.
 US Boat Exchange.
 Certified Diver.
 Member Boat US CAT team.
 USCG/Merchant Marine Master, 11th Issue since 1963.
 Completed all STCW’s for US and International Requirements.
 Unlimited Towboat license since 1967.
 Marine Engineering License Greater than 4000H.P.
 Level 3 Internationally Certified INFRARED THERMOGRAPHER (over 7900 vessels inspected since 1995).
 Internationally Certified NDT Audio gauge certification.
 Approved Subcontractor to Lloyds of London.
 Certified and approved to testify in US Federal Court.
 Certified and Accredited Engine and Electrical Surveyor.
 Associate to PRS (Polish Registrar of Shipping).
 Named associate to IMCI and EUROCONTROL, both European CE marking Notified Bodies.
 Maritime Services International- UK, Surveyor and Expert.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
(1) Numerous experience as certified expert witness in the Marine Field in the past 32 years, including Diminished Valuation, Accident Reconstruction, Vessel collisions, Sinking’s, Fire Reconstruction, Injury and Death, Cruise ships Accidents, Boat Construction, Repair and Quality Control, Marine Engines and Installations, Testifying in the United States, Great Britain, BVI’s, Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, France, Poland and Greece.
Training / Seminars
ABYC Electrical ABYC Electrical S ABYC Collision Investigation
First Marine Claims Seminar
Knox Claims Seminars2007,2009,2012,2014
ABYC Composites Course ABYC Electrical Corrosion Course
ABYC Composites Course IBEXU Composites Course
IBEXU Advanced Composites Course
IBEXU Surveying and repairing Advanced Composites
IBEXU Improving Gel Coat Quality IBEXU Demystifying Propeller Design,
IBEX National Meetings 1996, 1998, 2000,2002,2004,2006, 2008,2010,2012, 2014
WORKBOAT National Seminars, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009,2011, 2013
IAMI National Seminar 2003(Panama City Beach, Fl.),2008(Baton Rouge La)
SAMS® National Seminars 1999,2004,2007 2009,2011, 2014

Vendor Selection
Experienced boat builder Ocean Horse Label (before HIN’s) 178FRP Commercial boats, 3 Steel, 3 Aluminum, 7 Wood, 8 sail 5 FRP and 3 Steel)), and from 2007 on under the AMS HIN
Other Relevant Experience
Inspector of over 13,000 boats and ships for condition, valuation, insurance, donation, finance, risk, disaster, salvage, damage, repair, hull, moisture, delamination, corrosion analysis, wood, Kevlar, FRP, including Ships, Submarines, Submersibles Landing Craft, Barges, Tow Boats, Jack Up Rigs, Tankers, Mega Yachts, Yachts, Commercial fishing, Sport fish, Sail, Houseboats, Pontoon, Boat Trailers, I/O engines, Outboard gas engines, Gas and Diesel Inboard Engines, Freight, Sea Trials, On and Off Hire Surveys, Trip and Tow Surveys, as well as Cargo by all shipping methods. Extensive knowledge of scaffolding and ladders as well as the use of ladders and scaffolding to board vessels in boat and shipyards as well as the proper securing of ladders to vessels due to use in family boat yard in New York, as well as thousands of boarding of boats and ships in boat and shipyards to inspect vessels.

I am a licensed USCG Master since 1963 and have held a USCG Engineering License > 4000 H.P, in addition to an unlimited towboat license. My experience goes all the way back as a boy of six starting in my family's business of party and commercial fishing boats (a family business which goes back to the 1920's in New York). As I grew older I worked in the engine repair facilities and boatyards the family owned. At 14, I was docking 140' boats. I have done hundreds of inspections, depositions and court cases since the mid 1980's including work on the BP Deep Horizon oil spill. I have testified as an expert witness in cases worldwide as well as the U.S. and Florida. I have done accident reconstruction on small craft, yachts, as well as commercial fishing and work boats and large ships including the newest 1000' long passenger ships. These include collisions, sinking’s, fire, groundings, death cases including alcohol related. I have also done diminished value claims. My business has built over 150 vessels in Fiberglass, composite, wood, steel and aluminum under the USCG Hull Identification AMS and in earlier years, before Hull Identifications, the "Ocean Horse" label. I have attended most of the marine engine schools over the years and did some work for GM on the early upgrades of the 53,71 and 149 engines as a young engineer. I am a certified FLIR Infrared Thermographer as well as a certified Non-destructive Testing audio-gauger, and have all the latest equipment including engine computers, bore-scopes, and ultrasound equipment in addition to the infrared thermal imager and audio-gauge. I attend various schools and seminars throughout the year on accident reconstruction, electrical, and vessel construction. I do work for the Polish Registrar of Shipping, Lloyd's of London, as well as several French and domestic insurance companies. I HAVE BEEN HIRED BY BOTH PLAINTIFF AND DEFENSE AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ACCEPTED AS AN EXPERT WITNESS AND SURVEYOR. MY POSITION IS ALWAYS "JUST THE FACTS".
As a ships Master, Engineer, as well as a surveyor I have inspected ships elevators, electrically and hydraulically controlled water tight as well as passenger doors in used, as well as new condition or as the ship has been reconstructed. I do condition, appraisal inspections as well as valuation appraisals, Infrared Thermal Imaging, NDT audio-gauging, Accident Reconstruction, including death, fire collision sinking, collapsing hatch supports both mechanical, electric and hydraulic, slip and falls, boatyard accidents, Diminished Valuation, Seaworthiness, Proper Repairs and Build, Boat and ship engines, and Paint condition.

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