Captain John G. Jacobsen Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Phone: (305) 439-0528
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Maritime and Accident Reconstruction

Specialty Focus: 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

Education: B.S. Marine Transportation, United States Merchant Marine Academy; Master & Pilot License , U.S. Coast Guard; Port of Miami Harbor Pilot License , State of Florida; Port of LA/LB Pilot License, U.S. Coast Guard

Years in Practice: 25+


Additional Information

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 conducted over 11,000 safe transits, docking, undocking, and anchoring maneuvers. Available to provide expert witness services pertaining to piloting, ship handling, Azipod ships, podded vessels, seamanship, navigation, International and U.S. Inland Rules of the Road (COLREGS), and commercial and pleasure craft operations and safety regulations. Captain Jacobsen’s training and experience have given him the knowledge and unique qualifications to render advice, guidance, opinions, and to provide expert testimony in matters of commercial marine operations and pleasure-craft practices. He is an expert in forensic reconstruction and analysis of maritime accidents and has the ability to explain complex technical terms, concepts, and phenomena in a manner understandable to non-mariners.