Lead Marine Casualty Investigator whose responsibilities includes expertise in conducting damage surveys, appraise losses, investigate claims, approve repair estimates, and assist in planning various marine ventures for clients. Notable investigations include cargo damage inspections and salvage operations,  loading and unloading of ocean vessels – outturns, containerized cargo, project cargo, loss control and general cargoes being moved via any and all conveyances. Warehouse inspection/condition surveys and loss investigations.  Load, stow and securement of heavy lift or oversized and specialized cargoes. Expert witness for various cargoes as well as hull claims. Handling Ocean and Inland Marine cargo insurance claims. Condition and on hire/off hire for all classes of commercial vessels, inland and deep sea. Hull and machinery damage surveys, including collision, grounding, fire and fuel oil contamination.  Hull and machinery condition surveys, including layup and reactivation. Surveys for trip-in-tow, including dead ships, combined with cargo. Tug and Barge damage and condition surveys.Surveys of Shipyards and Port Facilities, including risk assessment. P & I investigations, particularly vessel condition surveys.

Academic Background

  • United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, NY – B.S. Nautical Science, 1982
  • Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, MA – M.S. Maritime Management, 1990



  • U.S.C.G. Licensed Master, Unlimited Tonnage, All Oceans

Professional Experience

  • Lead Marine Casualty Investigator, RTI Forensics LLC, 2011-Present
  • Senior Marine Surveyor, Crawford Marine & Transportation, 2007-2011
  • Staff Surveyor, BMT Salvage Limited, formerly The Salvage Association Ltd., 1992-2006
  • Chief Officer and Second-in-Command, Palm Beach Cruises, 1991
  • Chief Officer, Watchstanding Officer, Safety Officer, BSL Cruises,1985-1991
  • Quality Assurance Engineer, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, 1984
  • Third Officer, Empresa Hondureña de Vapores, 1983
  • Third Officer, Overseas Enterprises, Inc., Hapag-Lloyd, 1983
  • Corporate Trainee, Hapag-Lloyd (America), Inc., 1982-1983
  • Apprentice, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, 1977-1978


Professional Associations and Activities

  • Certified member of NAMS, the National Association of Marine Surveyors
  • Specializations: Cargo, Hull & Machinery
  • Member of the SFMCA, San Francisco Maritime Claims Association