Master Mariner

This expert has over 32 years of professional experience in marine operations, vessel movements, and marine incident case work.  He has been involved in more than 160 cases, resulting in favorable outcomes for his clients’ interests.  He has successfully testified in Federal and State Courts.

Registrations and Licenses

• Master Mariner (Unlimited Tonnage) – U.S. Merchant Marine
• Steam or Motor Vessels of any Gross Tons Upon Oceans
• Federal Pilotage (Unlimited Tonnage); Houston and Brownsville, Texas
• STCW ’95 – Endorsed as Master / GMDSS / Tankships / Medical PIC
• ASA 101 Certification – 2012 (American Sailing Association)

Academic Background

• Marine Transportation, B.S. Degree, 1984, Texas A & M University, Galveston, Texas

Professional Experience

• RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD, Master Marine Consultant, January 2017 to present

• Private Company, 2004 to Present, Owner; providing Independent Consulting Services
Legal Case Reviews & Expert Witness; Bridge Simulator Course Consulting
Project Consulting for Ports / Terminals; Contract Lightering Mooring Master

• 3D Marine USA, Inc. – Houston, TX Full Time:  1993 to 1994
Marine Consultant / P. & I. Surveyor Contract; 1993 to 2004
Managed Brownsville, Texas Office
Legal Case Reviews & Expert Witness
Surveys; P & I Condition, Pre-purchase Condition, Collisions,
Cargo Contamination, Stability, Salvage, Steel Outturns, Pre-loads,
Heavy Lift / Project Cargo Loading

Lightering Operations

Have Safely Conducted approximately 924 Lightering Operations to Date
• Oct. / Nov., 2009 Conducted Industry’s First Underway Moorings between a ULCC and Fully Loaded VLCC’s / Total of 3 Operations
2,000,000 bbls. STS Transfers for Shell Oil and Vitol
(ULCC – M/T TI EUROPE / 441,561 dwt / 1,247 Ft. x 230 Ft.)
(VLCC’s – Various / 300,000 dwt / 1,090 Ft. x 196 Ft.)

• 2007 to Present: Contract Offshore Lightering Mooring Master
(Providing Independent Services to Marine Industry)

• 2002 to 2007: OSG Lightering, LLC – Houston, TX
(Formerly - Heidenreich Lightering) Full Time; 2004 to 2007
Offshore Lightering Mooring Master Contract; 2002 to 2004
• 1995 to 2002: MTL – Petrolink, Corp. – Houston, TX Full Time; 1995 to 1999
Offshore Lightering Mooring Master Contract; 1999 to 2002

Harbor Pilot

• 1999 to 2004: Brazos Santiago Pilots Association
Port of Brownsville & Port Isabel, TX

• Commissioned Branch Pilot – State of Texas
Harbor Movements included all types of vessels, including
Towage of Jack-up & Semi-submersible Drilling Rigs and
Scrap Vessels / Dead Ship Tows

• Association’s Presiding Officer 2002 to 2004
Established First Issue of Navigational Guidelines,
Worked closely with Port and Harbor Tug Company to upgrade existing fleet for Port
Restructured & Upgraded Internal Business Operations

Harbor Tug Operations

Between Full Time Employment
• 1985 to 1998: G & H Towing Co., Galveston, Texas
Relief Quarter Master – Harbor Tug Operations
Ports of Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Corpus Christi, Texas

Contract / Part Time Positions
Between Sea Service 1990 to 1993

• Quantum Marine, Inc. – Houston, TX
Oil Loss Control Surveyor and Cargo Expediter

• Radio Holland Group, USA – Houston, TX
Integrated Bridge Sys. Sales & Special Projects Coordinator

• Gleneagle Ship Management Co. – Houston, TX
Personnel Manager / Operations Technical Assistant

• Masters, Mates, & Pilots – Houston, TX
Port Relief Officer

Sea Experience

1990 to 1993  Chief Officer   S.S. Cape Island (RO/RO)
S.T. American Explorer (Tanker)
Glomar Robert F. Bauer (Drillship)
M.T. Ocean City (Tanker)

1986 to 1993  Second and   S.T. Mormacsky (Tanker)
Third Officer   S.T. Mormacstar (Tanker)
S.T. Texaco New York (Tanker)
S.T. Ocean Runner (Tanker – VLCC)
M.T. Chesapeake Trader (Tanker)
M.V. Eagle – 1 (Hopper Dredge)

1985 to 1986 Ballast Control Officer (MODU) Offshore Tug & Barge Units

Yacht / Pleasure Craft Experience

2012 – 2013  36 Ft. Hunter Sailboat – Kemah, Texas
Fractional Owner – Sailing Trips in Galveston Bay, Texas

1995 – 1999  Charter Boat Owner and Operator
26 ft. Mako w/ twin 130 HP Johnsons – M/V ISLAND MISTRESS
Vessel marketed and chartered under Aqua Safari Charters
1985 to 1991  Aqua Safari Charters – Galveston, TX
Summer time / Part Time Charter Captain - Sport Fishing
Operated 20 ft. Robalo Center Console, and
40 ft. Delta Custom Built Yacht – M/V ISLAND GIRL