Captain Peter McGuiness Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

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  • Company: American Maritime Information Service LLC
  • Phone: (925) 997-8429
  • Cell: (925) 997-8429
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Maritime and Management

Keywords/Search Terms:

newbuilding sea trials, bridge resource management, watchkeeping, watchstanding, navigation, shiphandling, tanker operations, cruise ship operations, quality and safety management systems, ISM Code, ISPS Code, regulations for preventing collisions at sea (“Rules of the Road”), teaching and training


BS, US Merchant Marine Academy; MBA, University of San Francisco

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Highly accomplished shipmaster and manager of over thirty years’ commercial maritime industry experience. EXPERIENCE -- Newbuilding sea trials shipmaster (over 100 sea trials in over 50 new ships) -- Operations, health, environment and safety superintendent -- Quality and safety management system lead auditor -- Shipmaster and officer in commercial merchant ships on international and US coastwise voyages -- Appointed shipmaster of a new refined products tanker in US coastwise service, at age thirty -- Served as second mate and chief mate on four maiden voyages, two on new trade routes for the respective shipowners EXPERTISE -- Command in newbuilding sea trials -- Bridge resource management, watchstanding, watchkeeping, navigation, shiphandling -- Petroleum tankship operations -- Tanker Management Self-Assessment 3 (TMSA3) -- Cruise ship operations including operation of their tender boats and rescue boats -- Design, administration and audit of quality management systems, safety management systems, and security management systems -- International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) -- International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) -- International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and US Inland Navigation Rules (“Rules of the Road”) ("COLREGS") -- Risk assessment and evaluation -- Teaching and training in seamanship, maritime operations and maritime management EDUCATION US Merchant Marine Academy: Bachelor of Science (Nautical Science) University of San Francisco: Master in Business Administration LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS US Coast Guard: Master of Self-Propelled Vessels not including Sail or Auxiliary Sail of Unlimited Tonnage upon Oceans, with endorsements including First Class Pilot, Tankerman-PIC, Medical-PIC, Fast Rescue Boat Operator, and Vessel Security Officer American Society for Quality: Certified Quality Auditor RECOGNITION US Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation: Outstanding Professional Achievement Award