Oil spill prevention specialist who performs hazard assessments upon all oceangoing ships entering the waters of California.  He acts as state liaison to the Port of Hueneme and the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee and is a salvage expert for marine incident responses.  He also tracks ship Loss of Propulsion incidents due to fuel switching for the State of California.  He is appointed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Safety Advisory Council, and represents state agencies with vessel and port safety.  Additional areas of expertise include navigation and navigation equipment, COLREGS, stability, lifesaving equipment, International Ship Management, International Ship and Port Security, marine firefighting, salvage, emergency towing, ship container stowage, bunkering operations, and dangerous and hazardous material container stowage.



Academic Background

  • California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA, B.S. Nautical Science, 1975


Additional Academic Activities / Honors

  • United States Coast Guard License Third Mate, Any Tonnage Upon Oceans; Issue Number 1.


Professional Experience

  • RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD, Oil Spill Prevention Consultant, July 2014 to present
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Oil Spill Prevention Specialist, Sacramento, CA, May 2010 to present
  • Independent Contractor, California, Auditor – International Safe Management Internal Audits, December 2009 to April 2010
  • APL Maritime Ltd., Bethesda, MD, Ship Master, July 2000 to November 2009
  • American President Lines, Oakland, CA, Chief Mate, Second Mate, Third Mate, 1978 to 2000


Professional Associations and Activities

  • Council of American Master Mariners
  • United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II – “SS Lane Victory” Assisted in putting together Vessel Security Plan and Facility Security Plan
  • San Francisco Coast Guard – Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit
  • USCG – Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC)
  • Nautical Institute – Associate Fellow


Registrations and Licenses

  • United States Coast Guard Licensed Master, Any Tonnage Upon Oceans; Issue 10
  • United States Coast Guard Qualified Assessor for assessment of competence of candidates for STCW endorsements – effective September 1, 2014
  • First Class Pilot of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon the Waters of Los Angeles and Long Beach including San Pedro Bay and Approaches
  • First Class Pilot of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon the Waters of Port Hueneme and Approaches
  • Radar Observer (Unlimited)
  • American Bureau of Shipping: Certified ISM Code Internal Auditor
  • Hazwoper 24 Hour
  • Incident Command System (ICS)-100, 200, 300 and 400
  • Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies Certificates: Vessel Security Officer,  Bridge Resource Management, Contingency Planning Workshop, Advanced Firefighting, Media Response Workshop, Vessel Personnel Management and Shipboard Medical among others
  • FCC licensed: GMDSS Radio Operator
  • Military Sealift Command Certificates: Damage Control, Chemical Biological and Radiological Defense, Force Protection Officer, Small Arms
  • Maritime Administration Certificate: Master Mariners Readiness Course
  • Security Clearance: Inactive
  • Transport Worker Identification Card (TWIC): Holder