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This page contains maritime expert witnesses who testify, consult and provide litigation support on maritime and related issues. Maritime expert witnesses and consultants on this page may form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts. The issues and subjects these maritime expert witnesses testify regarding may include: Navigation, Seamanship, Maritime, Rules Of The Road, Admiralty, Cruise Ship, Pilot, Piloting, Ship, Towing, Yacht, Accident Investigation, Allisions, Barge, and Boat.

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Randall L. Pinetti, Captain Pinetti Maritime

Maritime - Marine Casualties and Accidents, Ship Pilot, Shiphandler, Channel Vessel Interaction, Oil Spill Response, Navigation Safety Regulations, Anti-terrorism, Anti-piracy, Shipboard safety and security, Rules of the Road, Maritime simulation development, Seamanship, Cargo Surveyor
Expert Shiphandler: Pilot and instructor Bridge Resource Management instruction and evaluation Marine casualties, simulations, and investigations Oil spill response and recovery Shipyard/drydock repairs and accidents Risk assessment and decision making Shipboard crew performance – culture and diversity Simulator evaluation/programming Captain, USNR (Ret.): Surface Warfare Officer, Merchant Marine Officer Master, Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans, STCW 95, 2010, 2017 compliant First Class Pilot - Unlimited Tonnage, 30 years - greater than 5000 ships piloted San Francisco Bay & Tributaries (15 yrs), LA Port Pilot (4 yrs), Chevron Mooring Master Barbers Point & El Segundo (8 yrs) Kuwaiti Pilot, Iraqi Freedom Two: Port Al-Shuaiba, Muhammed Al-Ahmed Naval Base Lightering Master-Military Sealift Command (2019-present) Pilotage endorsements: San Francisco Bay & Tributaries, Stockton & Sacramento, Monterey Bay Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbors, Hawai'i State Pilotage (all harbors), Chevron Haw...

Edward Sinclair, Captain

Juneau, Alaska
Maritime - Navigation, Navigation Safety, Rules of the Road, NAVRULES, Pilot, Piloting, Boating
Professional Licenses • Master, U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner License 1600 Gross Register Ton (1990) • Master, U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner License Any Gross Tonnage (2002) • First Class Pilot, Southeast Alaska (2004) • Deputy Marine Pilot, Southeast Alaska (2006) • Marine Pilot, Southeast Alaska (2010) Education • Bachelor of Science – Marine Engineering, United States Coast Guard Academy (1982) Employment • U.S. Coast Guard Assignments  USCGC WOODRUSH Sitka, Alaska: Operations Officer (1982-1984)  USCGC PENOBSCOT BAY New York, New York: Executive Officer (1984-1986)  U. S. Coast Guard District 17 Juneau, Alaska: Search and Rescue Coordinator, Admiral’s Aide, Operations budget manager (1986-1988)  USCGC BISCAYNE BAY St Ignace, Michigan: Commanding Officer (1988-1990)  U. S. Coast Guard District 11 Long Beach, California: Section Chief, Office of Aids to Navigation, Admiral’s Aide (1990-1993)  USCGC POLAR STAR Seattle, Washington: Operations Officer (1993-1995)  U...

Capt. David G. Bacon

Santa Barbara, California
Maritime, Slip Trip & Fall - boat, boating, ship, yachts, seaworthiness, captain, crew responsibilities, marine electronics, navigation, equipment failure, vessel collision, damage, sinking, drowning, vessel operations, safety, sport fishing, charter boat, jet ski, kayak, SUP, surfboard, marina safety, marina operations
Captain David G. Bacon, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed vessel captain, is available as an expert witness on cases involving; boating accidents, slip & falls, personal injuries, issues of responsibilities and liabilities aboard vessels and on gangways and docks and piers, drowning and vessel grounding or sinking. Passenger interaction and education is an area where many liabilities are generated and I can help with those issues. I have served as a vessel charter captain for 30 years, specializing in; crew training, safety procedures, crew drills and practice, passenger safety orientation, boating accidents, slip & fall, seaworthiness, marine electronics, navigation and rules of the road, expert report writer and public speaker. During that lengthy career I have had no accident or injury claims because I am a diligent seafaring professional and I know what dangers to look for and remedy before they cause problems. I drove passenger buses and vans for 2 years with no accidents nor inj...

Richard Marzano Independent Consultant

San Francisco, California
Maritime - Longshore Industry, Maritime Labor Consulting, Stevedore, Longshoremen, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Longshore Workers, Longshore Jobs, Labor Relations
Richard Marzano has spent over 25 years in the longshore/maritime industry, working in both marine terminal operations and labor management, becoming a West Coast longshore expert. With nearly 15 years in labor relations, bargaining with the ILWU and administering the ILWU-PMA Agreement(s), Mr. Marzano has in-depth knowledge of ILWU/West Coast longshore hiring and employment practices and processes, working and dispatch rules, benefits administration, the ILWU-PMA grievance procedure, the ILWU-PMA reasonable accommodation process (re. the Americans with Disabilities Act) and its application on US West Coast ports.

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. STCW 95 endorsed for domestic service. World Sailing Group 3 (professional) Competitor since 2004. US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea certification since 2004. ASA certified Advanced Sailing Instructor since 1992. ASA certified Coastal Navigation Instructor since 1991. ASA certified Bareboat Chartering Instructor since 1991. US Powerboating certified Advanced Powerboating Instructor since 2010. RBPA certified Twin Inboard Powerboating Instructor since 2009. RPBA certified Single Inboard Powerboating Instructor since 2009. RPBA certified Directed Thrust Powerboating Instructor since 2009. Owner San Diego Sailing Academy and San Diego Powerboating Academy established 1989. I am an expert in seamanship, navigation, boathandling, docking, anchoring, mooring, and man overboard recovery techniques as related to large and small sailing and motor yachts.

Joseph Quinn, M.S., P.E. Materials FACT

Los Angeles, California
Failure Analysis, Metallurgy - Automobile, Aviation & Aerospace, Motorcycle,Appliance, Engineering, Construction, Construction Defects, Corrosion, Maritime, Equipment & Machinery, Mining, Bicycles, Transportation, Medical Devices, Manufacturing, Plumbing, Products Liability, Fire, Electricity, Pipe, HVAC, CPVC, Oil & Gas, Welding
Joseph Quinn, MS, PE, is a Forensic Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering consultant. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Metallurgical Engineering and is registered in 7 states (CA, PA, UT, NV, AZ, CO, WA). He has provided over 1,000 Failure Analysis investigations on metallic and non-metallic (glass, plastic, rubber, and composite) materials or products. Mr. Quinn provides metallurgical and materials consultation, expert witness testimony, and forensic failure analysis for civil litigation with retentions by defendants and plaintiffs. He has received awards in the International Metallographic Contest and has conducted several presentations on metallurgical engineering and failure analysis subjects at universities, ASM meetings, and industry events. He has taught metallurgical engineering course topics in Principals and Applications of Steel Alloy Design at the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering. He was awarded outstanding graduate, presidents’ list, graduate...

Paul S Foran Consolidated Maritime Resources LLC

Jacksonville, Florida
Maritime, Safety - Oil tanker, Chemical tanker, Container ship, Bulk Carrier, General Cargo vessel, Loss Control, Accident investigation, Incident investigation, Regulatory violation, Regulatory issue, Cargo contamination, Safety issues, Stability issues, First Responder, Training, Vessel management, Personal injury.
Master Mariner Unlimited Tonnage, Safety Officer for salvage of car carrier MV GOLDEN RAY, OCIMF SIRE Inspector Category 1, Tanker Management Self Assessment 3 (TMSA3) Solutions, Marine Safety Advisor for Petroleum Load and Discharge Operations, Expert witness for maritime litigation, Safety Assessments / ISM Audits for Commercial and U.S. Military Sealift Command vessels, 20+ year’s in command of 15 ships, including tankers, Ro-Ro / Container, and break bulk. Vessel superintendent for Oil / Chemical Tank vessels, STCW certified instructor / assessor, Simulator Training Instructor, USCG Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee Member, ISM Safety, Quality management system development and fleet safety assessments, Development and implementation of multi-agency law enforcement training exercises, Emergency / Incident Response, Training in: HAZMAT, Shipyard Competent Person, Advanced Fire Fighting, Fast Rescue Boat, GMDSS, ECDIS, Naval EKMS, Force Protection, Maritime Security, CBRD,...

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...

Henry W Pickersgill, CMS, SNAME

Jupiter, Florida
Maritime, Appraisal & Valuation - Boats marine survey, yachts accidents, yachts fire, yachts marine survey, boats accidents, boats fire, shipyard billing, marine contracts, boat insurance disputes, yacht insurance disputes, boatyard billing, yacht appraisal, boat appraisal, Admiralty
Henry Pickersgill has decades of marine survey experience, especially with yachts, both power and sail. His survey work involves classic sailing yachts to high-tech sportsfisherman to motor yachts. He is megayacht experienced and has international survey experience leading survey teams in Europe and the Caribbean. He is a Certified Marine Surveyor (CMS) by the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMSGlobal) and certified as a Marine Engineer (SNAME) by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Mr. Pickersgill's marine survey experience includes pre-purchase, damage claims, yacht/boatyard service/repair/restoration disputes, insurance disputes, voyage, new construction, accident investigations and expert witness/trial work.

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 &...

CAPT Sean P. Tortora, MS, USMS Long Island Maritime, LLC

Long Island, New York
Maritime, Fire - Maritime / Marine Casualties, Admiralty, Maritime / Marine Collisions, Allisions, and/or Groundings, Marine fire / Marine fires / Marine Firefighting, Towing, Navigation Law, Underway Replenishment , Maritime Accident Investigations / Analysis / Consultation, Cargo Claims, Seaman Claims
CAPT Sean P. Tortora, M.S., U.S.M.S., is a Master Mariner with twenty-five years at sea. He is also an unlimited Master of towing vessels and Master and Commander of U.S Naval underway replenishment vessels. During his career at sea, CAPT Tortora had command of many different classes of vessels, including tankers, dry cargo, break bulk, ammunition, ocean towing, and salvage, special mission, as well as underway replenishment vessels. CAPT Tortora is a native of Long Island, New York. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School and holds a BS in Marine Transportation and MS, with honors, in International Transportation Management, both from the State University of New York Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler. He has served in the first Gulf War 1991-1992, Operation Noble Eagle—the response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and Operation Iraqi Freedom—the second Gulf War from 2002-2010. CAPT Tortora’s decorations include U.S. Navy MSC-Command-at-Sea Designato...

John M Walker, CEng,CMarEng,FIMarEST, SAMS AMS AqualisBraemar LOC Group

New York, New York
Maritime, Engineering - Marine,Ship,Shipyard,Ship building,ship repair, maintenance,Yacht,super yacht,engine,Boilers,Turbines,Bunkers,Salvage,Hull,Machinery,Cruise Ship,Maritime,accident investigation, root cause,fuel,lubricants,failure analysis,ISM,SOLAS,USCG,tug,barge,classification society,marine diesel, azipod
Has acted as an expert for shipowners, engine/equipment manufacturers and insurance Underwriters in high profile marine and energy casualties, both in the United States and worldwide. Prominent speaker at marine industry events. Course lecturer marine casualty and salvage. • Experienced hands-on Marine Engineer and Chartered Engineer(CEng), Surveyor and Consultant with 27 years in the marine industry • Project management, fleet maintenance, and new construction; cruise ships, mega-yachts and refrigerated cargo ships • Design and construction planning of marine power plants and propulsion systems • Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (FIMarEST) SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE: • Cruise ships and superyachts; new building and repair management • Marine Casualty Investigation • Root cause analysis of major incidents and failures • Diesel-electric and azipod propulsion • Gas turbines propulsion, large crosshead type, medium, and high-speed diesel engines • ...

Kevin A Rider, PhD, PE, CPE Forensic Human Factors, LLC

Columbus, Ohio
Human Factors, Engineering - Distracted driving, Driving behavior, Reconstruction, Biomechanics, Maritime, Manufacturing, Mining, OSHA, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Safety, Slips, Trips, Falls, Transportation, Warnings, Conspicuity, Cell phones, Texting, Lighting, Perception, Visibility, Instructions, Human Factors
Dr. Kevin Rider is a human factors expert and owner of Forensic Human Factors, LLC, providing investigations, reports and expert testimony for personal injury cases – plaintiff and defense. His expertise involves investigating how people interact with other people, products and environments in predictable ways, and applying this understanding to effective, efficient and safe products, services and systems. He has been retained as an expert in more than 40 states (+ Puerto Rico). Dr. Rider’s expertise includes: • MVAs and pedestrian collisions, incl. trucks, trains, buses, motor/bicycles • Illumination, nighttime visibility, and conspicuity • DUI/DWIs, where intoxication was not a proximate cause of crash • Adequacy of product designs and warnings • The design and maintenance of safe civil and occupational environments • Premises liability, and slips, trips and falls • Workplace and construction safety Dr. Rider is a Professional Engineer (PE), a Certified Professional Ergonomi...

Richard A Shema, CCM WeatherGuy.com, LLP

Lakeville, Pennsylvania
Meteorology, Maritime - Weather reconstruction, forensic meteorology, weather, marine meteorology, maritime, admirality law, weather routing, ship accidents, boating accidents, consulting meteorologists, tropical cyclones, hurricanes, tropical meteorology, extreme waves, oceanography, waves, marine insurance, insurance.
• Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) by the American Meteorological Society • Over 30 years experience in meteorology and physical oceanography • I am a U.S. Navy veteran with sea duty and therefore have firsthand experience in the effects of weather on operations • Past AMS board member that certifies CCM’s for technical knowledge, communication skills, and ethics • I provide quality testimony using the scientific method • My testimony is clear, concise, and technically complicated subjects are plainly described • Sound communication skills describing complex atmospheric processes are put into easily understandable words and presentations • My written testimony is quality controlled and peer reviewed to produce an error free report that stands up to scrutiny of cross examination • I keep abreast of the latest scientific developments in meteorology and physical oceanography by attending conferences, re...

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...

Randall L. Pinetti, Captain Pinetti Maritime

Everett, Washington
Maritime - Marine Casualties and Accidents, Ship Pilot, Shiphandler, Channel Vessel Interaction, Oil Spill Response, Navigation Safety Regulations, Anti-terrorism, Anti-piracy, Shipboard safety and security, Rules of the Road, Maritime simulation development, Seamanship, Cargo Surveyor
Expert Shiphandler: Pilot and instructor Bridge Resource Management instruction and evaluation Marine casualties, simulations, and investigations Oil spill response and recovery Shipyard/drydock repairs and accidents Risk assessment and decision making Shipboard crew performance – culture and diversity Simulator evaluation/programming Captain, USNR (Ret.): Surface Warfare Officer, Merchant Marine Officer Master, Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans, STCW 95, 2010, 2017 compliant First Class Pilot - Unlimited Tonnage, 30 years - greater than 5000 ships piloted San Francisco Bay & Tributaries (15 yrs), LA Port Pilot (4 yrs), Chevron Mooring Master Barbers Point & El Segundo (8 yrs) Kuwaiti Pilot, Iraqi Freedom Two: Port Al-Shuaiba, Muhammed Al-Ahmed Naval Base Lightering Master-Military Sealift Command (2019-present) Pilotage endorsements: San Francisco Bay & Tributaries, Stockton & Sacramento, Monterey Bay Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbors, Hawai'i State Pilotage (all harbors), Chevron Haw...
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