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Expert in Maritime and Safety, Navigation, Rules of the Road, Regulatory Compliance, ISM Code and Safety Management Systems, Safe Work Practices, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act

Expert ID: 736589 Florida, USA

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Expert is a shipmaster, who has operated a maritime consultancy for the past 10 years. During his sailing career, he worked on ocean-going towing vessels, towing-supply vessels engaged in rig supply and rig moves, container ships, general cargo ships, bulk carriers, roll on-roll off ships, trailer ships, crane ships, tankers, passenger ships, a missile tracking ship and a spy ship.

As a subject matter expert, he has worked with admiralty attorneys in Florida, New York City, and the Gulf of Mexico. Expert is experienced, proficient, and versed in the following competencies. Piloting, the COLREGS, vessel navigation, and ship handling. The use of mooring equipment and ground tackle. Vessel stability, cargo handling, and stowage. Opening and closing of hatches and holds, ramps, side ports, and water-tight doors. Hull preservation and maintenance and safe work practices. Operation of vessel survival craft. Operation of ships cargo gear to include container gantries, booms, cranes, associated lifting appliances. Cargo securing, Stevedoring-Longshore, and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Passenger vessel safety. HAZMAT and enclosed space entry. Pilot boarding arrangements. Ocean towing. Ship and Facility security. Implementation and compliance with our domestic laws and international conventions such as CFR's, STCW, SOLAS, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL, MLC, IMDG Code.

Expert is a flag state surveyor for the Administrations of the Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, and a Classification Society Surveyor for the International Naval Surveys Bureau. In addition, he performs on and off-hire surveys, fit-for-purpose surveys, safety surveys, and vessel and facility security audits in accordance with the MTSA- 2002 and ISPS Code. Expert is a contract instructor at the largest maritime training school in the United States. He still sails on his license, holding a United States Coast Guard Unlimited Masters License and a United Kingdom Certificate of Equivalent Competency.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Marine Transportation Institution: State University of New York Maritime College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: A flag state surveyor for the Administrations of the Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, and Vanuatu. Surveyor for the Classification Society International Naval Surveys Bureau. Independent vessel and company audit as required by the International Safety Management Code, International Ship and Port Security Code, and the Maritime Labor Convention. In addition, perform on and off-hire surveys, fit-for-purpose surveys, safety surveys, and vessel and facility security audit in accordance with the MTSA- 2002 and ISPS Code.

Develop Safety Management Systems under the ISM Code for shipping companies and operators of yachts.
Serve as a Designated Person Ashore and Company Security Officer
Continue to sail on his license, holding a United States Coast Guard Unlimited Masters License and a United Kingdom Certificate of Equivalent Competency.
Years: 1985 to 2013 Employer: American Maritime Officers Title: 3Third Mate to Master Department: Deck Responsibilities: Officer in charge of navigation watch, Loading and Discharging of various vessel types. Hull and Machinery maintenance. Implementation of Company Safety Management Systems. Department Head ensuring compliance with US Coast Guard and International regulations.
Years: 1981 to 1985 Employer: Crowley Maritime, Orca Shipping Limited, Hanna Marine Services Title: Second Mate to Captain Department: Deck Responsibilities: Mate then Expert of towing and supply vessels and Mate of a sysmic vessel. Performing rig supply, rig moves, and salvage in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and West Africa. Expert of an ocean tug coupled to a 51,000 bbl. asphalt barge delivering asphalt from Texas and Louisiana to ports on the west and east coast of Florida.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1981 to 2005 Agency: United States Navy Role: Various Description: Retired with rank of Commander.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1977 to Present Country / Region: Having worked or visited more than 70 countries in the capacity of a Merchant Marine Officer. Summary: Engaged in International Trade and in support of the United States Military and our coalition partners.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club
Alumni Association State University of New York Maritime College
Licenses / Certifications
United States Coast Guard Master of Steam and Motor Vessels of any Gross Tonnage.
United Kingdom CEC
Flag State Surveyor for the Administrations of Cook Islands, Vanuatu, and the Marshall Islands.
Surveyor for Classification Society International Naval Surveys Bureau (INSB Class)
IMS Internal Auditor
ILO MLC 2006 Internal Inspector
International Vessel, Company and Port Facility Security Officer Instructor Certification
OPITO Tropical Helicopter Underwater Escape Training

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Provided subject matter expertise in cases involving:
Company policies and procedures, or failure to implement the same.
International Safety Management Code.
Safe work practices. The requirements for fall protection when working from heights, in a case where a boat detailer fell to a concrete pier suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Companies' failure to implement their safety management system resulting in the death of a second mate.
Longshore and Harbor Workers Act. Longshoremen fell through elevated, wasted catwalk grating suffering traumatic and career-ending injuries.
Injury sustained while running on a passenger ship during a sponsored activity.
Failure to secure windy decks on a passenger ship resulting in a passenger being blown over, sustaining injuries.
Private yacht leaving a channel and grounding, resulting in injuries.
Charter yacht leaving a channel and grounding, resulting in numerous passenger injuries. Analysis of Captains failure to comply with the Rules of the Road when being overtaken, inability to understand or read a chart, failure to understand the vessel dynamics when operating on a plane as opposed to when in the displacement mode.
Training / Seminars
International Safety Management Code, International Ship and Port Security Code, Maritime Labour Convention

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