Master Mariner and Marine Surveyor


He is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Mariner of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans with an unlimited radar observer, GMDSS operator and maintainer, ECDIS, dangerous liquid cargo and chemical P.I.C., crude wash, inert gas, firefighting, and ship handling endorsements with pilotage for Prince William Sound, AK.  He has extensive experience in sailing as Chief mate and Master on oil tankers from Alaska to various ports on all coasts of the United States.  He is an accredited marine surveyor with SAMS and has extensive experience in providing marine surveying, consulting, and expert witness services to the marine industry and the legal community.  He has acted as cargo safety advisor aboard foreign flag tankers on behalf of oil majors, and possesses technical expertise in lightering operations, shipyard evolutions, tank cleaning operations, cargo contamination issues, electronic navigation, ECDIS, GMDSS communications, and the shipboard implementation of Safety Management Systems supporting the ISM Code.   He has been trained in causal analysis and marine investigation procedures.

He has provided expert testimony as to his findings while under oath.

Academic Background

United States Merchant Academy, Kings Point, NY, BS Marine Transportation/Nautical Science, Commission as Ensign U.S. Naval Reserve, 1982

Professional Experience

• RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD, Master Mariner and Marine Surveyor, July 2014 to present

• SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors), Worldwide Accredited Marine Surveyor, December 2013 to present

• Petroleum, and other oil majors, Cargo Safety Advisor, September 2012 to present

•, Aboard various ocean going oil tankers, Master and Chief Mate, Vessel Management and Cargo Operations, Safety and Training/Regulatory Compliance, September 1999 to present, and January 1985 to ATC start-up

• Aboard various ocean going oil tankers, Second Mate, Third Mate, January 1985 to September 1998

Professional Associations and Activities

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors


Licenses, Endorsements, and Training

• Master License –  Unlimited Tonnage     
• Radar Observer – Unlimited     
• Pilot First Class – Prince William Sound, AK, Cape Hinchinbrook to Rocky Point.
• Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping -  STCW
• Tankerman, P.I.C. (Person in Charge) for Dangerous Liquid Oils or Chemicals
• Tankerman P.I.C.  for Crude Wash, Inert Gas, and Vapor Recovery
• GMDSS Radio Operator and Maintainer License   
• General Radio Telephone License
• Bridge Resource Management, ARPA Observer, and Shiphandling from MSI
• 35 hour ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) course, Pacific Maritime Institute
• Ship Handling manned model course Warsash Maritime Center, Southampton, England
• Firefighting: Advanced and Basic from Texas A&M University
• Oil Spill Control Course from Texas A&M University
• Inert Gas and Crude Oil Wash systems certificate from  Texas A&M University
• BP, Cherry Point, WA, Refinery Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental training and certification
• Security Officer Training and certificate
• Move Smart Training Course: Slips, Trips and Falls
• Asbestos Training
• Tap Root Course in Root Cause Analysis
• Advanced Safety Audit Course
• Basic Safety Training
• GMDSS  70 hour course
• Rigging and crane operation course, Woodland, WA
• Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors,  (SAMS), Accredited Marine Surveyor
• American Boat and Yacht Council member
• Certified PADI and YMCA sport diver