Seamanship Expert Witnesses

Seamanship expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on seamanship. The seamanship expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Accident Reconstruction, Maritime, and OSHA.

Michael C Monastra, Captain Privateer Maritime Inc.

San Diego , California
Maritime, Accident Reconstruction - Seamanship, Sailing Yachts, Motor Yachts, USCG Navigation Rules, Bareboat Charter contracts and disputes, Racing Rules of Sailing, Jones Act, Injuries, Accidents, Dismastings, Sinkings, Collisions, Allisions, Navigation, Engineering, Boatyard and Insurance Company repairs and disputes.
Professional Sailor since 1989. USCG Licensed Captain since 1990. World Sailing Group 3 (professional) Competitor since 2004. (retired) US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea certification since 2004. ASA certified Advanced Sailing Instructor since 1992. (retired) ASA certified Coastal Navigation Instructor since 1991. (retired) ASA certified Bareboat Chartering Instructor since 1991. (retired) US Powerboating certified Advanced Powerboating Instructor since 2010. (retired) RBPA certified Twin Inboard Powerboating Instructor since 2009. (retired) RPBA certified Single Inboard Powerboating Instructor since 2009. (retired) RPBA certified Directed Thrust Powerboating Instructor since 2009. (retired) Owner Privateer Maritime Inc, San Diego Sailing Academy and San Diego Powerboating Academy established 1989. I retired from on the water instruction in December 2021. I am an expert in seamanship, navigation, boathandling, docking, anchoring, mooring, and man overboard recovery techniques as r...

Captain John G. Jacobsen

Miami, Florida
Maritime, Accident Reconstruction - Admiralty Law, Marine & Maritime Incident Analysis & Accident Reconstruction, AZIPOD Ships, Podded Ships, Commercial Vessel, Passenger, Cruise Ship, Tug, Barge, Towing, Pilot, Piloting, Navigation, Seamanship, Rules of the Road, Boating Safety, Boating Accident, Yacht, Pleasure Craft, Container Ship
After attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Captain Jacobsen served as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine for nine years. He sailed in many positions, attained his master’s license, and has been a Port of Miami harbor pilot since 1994, including serving as Chairman. He has piloted yachts, tugs & barges, and ships of all types and sizes including Azipod ships, podded ships, freighters, tankers, container ships, ferries, cruise ships, passenger vessels, naval vessels, research vessels, and tall ships. Active in boating and yachting all of his life, Captain Jacobsen is a member of a yacht club in Miami where he serves on various committees. Captain Jacobsen remains an active pilot and avid boater to this day. Harbor Pilot: actively providing State & Federal licensed pilotage services to all types of ships, including Azipod ships, cruise ships, NeoPanamax container ships, tugs & barges, yachts, and other vessels of unlimited size and tonnage in Port of Miami. Have co...

Captain John C. Timmel Starboard Ten Maritime Expert Witness Services

Tampa, Florida
Maritime, Accident Reconstruction - Admiralty, Marine & Maritime Incident Analysis & Accident Reconstruction, Commercial Vessel, Passenger, Cruise Ship, Tug, Barge, Towing, Pilot, Piloting, Navigation, Seamanship, Rules of the Road, Boating Safety, Boating Accident, Yacht, Pleasure Craft, Sailboat, Sailing, Jet Ski & PWC
Captain Timmel began his professional career after attending New York Maritime College serving as an officer in the US Merchant Marines for seven years. He sailed in many different positions, attained his Master’s license, and has been a Tampa Bay harbor pilot since 1989, including serving as President. He has made over 6,500 transits piloting yachts, tugs & barges, and ships of all types and sizes including freighters, tankers, container ships, ferries, cruise and passenger vessels, naval vessels, research vessels, and tall ships. Captain Timmel has taught as an Adjunct Professor at New York Maritime College teaching shiphandling, piloting, watchstanding practices, and seamanship to cadets aboard their training ship, the T/S EMPIRE STATE VI, during Summer Sea Terms. Active in boating and yachting all of his life, Captain Timmel served as Youth Sailing Director, Fleet Captain, Governor, and Commodore of the Tampa Yacht Club and is serving as a Director, Gulf Coast Fleet Captain &...

Reginald E. McKamie, MBA, CPA, JD

Houston, Texas
Maritime - Captain, Seaman, Gangway, Master Mariner, Seamanship, Boat, Ship, Collision, Deck, Shipboard Safety, Allision, Cruise
Captain McKamie has 48 years of experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore. Captain McKamie is a licensed Unlimited Master Mariner for over 33 years and is a retired U. S. Navy Captain. At sea Captain McKamie was Captain of a very large crude carrier that traded on U. S. domestic and international voyages. While in the Navy Captain McKamie taught shiphandling to Prospective Commanding Officers and Prospective Executive Officers at the Navy School for Shiphandling. Ashore Captain McKamie has management experience in vessel manning, crew training and marine insurance. McKamie, a graduate of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York might assist you in matters involving marine cargo, marine insurance, marine casualties, marine collisions, marine navigation, marine seamanship, deck seamanship, marine allisions, marine rules of the road, seamanship, seaman claims, marine radar, International Safety Management Code (ISM) application, SOLAS, marine safet...

John E. Dunn, SMS BassLine Consulting

Seabeck, Washington
Maritime, OSHA - Maritime Shipboard Safety, Marine Casualties and Accidents, Maritime Worker Injuries, Vessel Safety Inspections, Fishing Vessel Safety, Maritime Safety Management Systems, Seamanship
I have over 35 years of experience in the maritime sector. I served for just shy of 30 years in the US Coast Guard as a deck watch officer, Officer in Charge of various commands, and retired as a Master Chief Boatswains Mate. In addition to my Coast Guard background, I have experience in vessel construction project management, and most recently as the safety director for a fishing company that operates large factory trawlers involved in at sea seafood processing. As a fishing company safety director, I have extensive experience in vessel safety inspections, identification and mitigation of hazards, development of comprehensive programs to ensure crew/employee safety, incident and accident investigations, root cause analysis and implementation of corrective actions, mitigation of risk through engineering design and programmatic changes. Education, Certifications and Training include: -Bachelor of Science, Business Administration -Board certified Safety Management Specialist (BCS...

Randall L. Pinetti, Captain Pinetti Maritime

Everett, Washington
Maritime - Marine Casualties/Accidents, Maritime Root Cause Analysis, Ship Pilot, Shiphandler, Channel Vessel Interaction, Navigation Safety Regulations, Anti-Terrorism, Anti-Piracy, Shipboard Safety/Security, Rules of the Road, Maritime Simulation Development, Seamanship, Cargo Surveyor
Expert Shiphandler: Pilot and Instructor Bridge Resource Management Instruction/Evaluation Incident Investigations/Root Cause Analysis Oil Spill Response/Recovery Shipyard/Drydock Repairs and Accidents Risk Assessment/Decision Making Shipboard Crew Performance – Culture and Diversity Simulator Evaluation/Programming Captain, USNR (Ret.): Surface Warfare Officer, Merchant Marine Officer Master Mariner, Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans, STCW 95, 2010, 2017 compliant First Class Pilot - Unlimited Tonnage, 32 years - greater than 5000 ships piloted San Francisco Bar Pilot (16 yrs) Los Angeles Port Pilot (4 yrs) Chevron Shipping Port Captain/Mooring Master, Barbers Point - Oahu, Hawaii (8 yrs) Master, Tanker & Cargo Vessels (3 yrs) Kuwaiti Pilot, Iraqi Freedom Two: Port Al-Shuaiba, Muhammed Al-Ahmed Naval Base (2 yrs) Lightering Master-Military Sealift Command (2 yrs) Pilotage endorsements: San Francisco Bay & Tributaries, Stockton & Sacramento, Monterey Bay Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor...