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Maritime Jones Act Marine Shipping Diving Equipment Vessel Design Engineering Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Marine Diving Consulting, Contracts Engineering, Design Operations Systems, Risk Management, Vessel Brokerage, Staff Placement Diving Shipping Yachting Business Marine Corps General Court Martial Proceedings, Injuries Passengers Sailing Excursion Vessel Due Lightning Strike, Vessel Construction, Diving Equipment Failure, Scuba Tank Explosion, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Commercial Diving Fatality, Ship Vessel Collisions, Snorkeling Accident, Vessel Operation, Swimming Accident, Air Compressor Negligence Cases, Police Diving Accidents, Vessel Liability Fatality, Diver Abandonment By Vessel, Diving Wrongful Death, High Pressure Filling Hose Rupture, Charter Boating Accidents, Jones Act Seaman Injury, Divemaster Injury, Freediving, Vessel Engineering Defects Construction, Hydro Electric Intakes, Diving Computer Product Liability, Snorkeling, Crew Injury Aboard Cruise Ship, Maritime Injury, Breathing Gas Devices,

Expert Witness No.1004

                                                                   Diving and Maritime Expert

Current:

President of a marine and diving consulting company. Projects include contracts for engineering, design, operations systems, risk management, vessel brokerage, and staff placement in a wide variety of situations in the diving and shipping/yachting business as well as serving as an expert witness for civil litigations and the U. S. Marine Corps in general court martial proceedings. 

Publisher and Editor & Senior Editor

Regular contributor to technical and medical professional publications on subjects of diving instructional technique, protocols for accident management, research in computer and dive table comparisons, deep diving and inert gas narcosis, shipping operations, technical equipment data, and training methodology. Over 100 magazine cover shots as photographer. Author or contributor to 65 books and technical manuals; 1000+ published articles.

Expert Witness

Expert witness appearances in over 300 cases since 1973 for plaintiff and defense litigation. in diving, shipping, certification training and standards, operations procedure and protocols, swimming, marine, medical treatment of hyperbaric injuries, water sports, diving equipment, tropical resorts etc. These cases were nearly evenly divided between defense and plaintiff files over the course of the last 40 years. 154 cases from 1973 to 1993 are not completely itemized due to non-computerized records. The majority of those cases were venued in the Caribbean, Florida, and U.S. Virgin Islands as well as criminal case work for the USVI’s Attorney General and U.S. Attorney offices.

  • Marine Diving Consulting
  • Contracts Engineering
  • Design Operations Systems
  • Risk Management
  • Vessel Brokerage
  • Staff Placement Diving Shipping Yachting Business
  • Marine Corps General Court Martial Proceedings
  • Injuries Passengers Sailing Excursion Vessel Due Lightning Strike
  • Vessel Construction
  • Diving Equipment Failure
  • Scuba Tank Explosion
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Commercial Diving Fatality
  • Ship Vessel Collisions
  • Snorkeling Accident
  • Vessel Operation
  • Swimming Accident
  • Air Compressor Negligence Cases
  • Police Diving Accidents
  • Vessel Liability Fatality
  • Diver Abandonment By Vessel
  • Diving Wrongful Death
  • High Pressure Filling Hose Rupture
  • Charter Boating Accidents
  • Jones Act Seaman Injury
  • Divemaster Injury
  • Freediving
  • Vessel Engineering Defects Construction
  • Hydro Electric Intakes
  • Diving Computer Product Liability
  • Snorkeling
  • Crew Injury Aboard Cruise Ship
  • Maritime Injury
  • Breathing Gas Devices

Diving Training
Development of diver certification training curricula; course standards, texts, support materials, etc. for instructors, assistant instructors, divemasters, and divers of all levels including nitrox and technical diving applications. Evaluation and comparisons of various agency certification programs on all levels. Duties and responsibility of instructors, assistant instructors and divemasters to students in training and diving tours. Industry standards and protocols for diver conduct. 

Diving Operations (Recreational, Scientific, Commercial, Military, Filmmaking Projects):
Specific protocols for dive vessel operation and safety; crew and dive staff training; emergency response and rescue practices; field medical protocols; tracking of divers through crew observation and log keeping; search & rescue; resort diving including shore and pool activities; “resort intro” non-certification diving programs; contingency planning and responses; compliance with diving-specific vessel regulations for crew and passengers; regional standards of practice and operation; conduct of training activities from vessels or shore based facilities. 

Equipment:
Manufacturing; design; sales; warranty support; required training oversight protocols; maintenance; repairs; forensic evaluation and analysis; outfitting of divers for various skill levels and intended dive activities; standard scuba components as well as specialized equipment, e.g. rebreathers, breathing gas mixing and systems, dive computers, underwater photography and filming, communications, thermal suits. Applicable standards and industry practices for equipment including compatibility with oxygen mixes and cleaning requirements

Medical:
Emergency procedures for diving injuries including decompression sickness, embolism, diving and hyperbaric barotrauma; first response critical evaluation and patient stabilization; evacuation; field treatment of decompression sickness and embolism in remote locations (including in-water protocols) when evacuation is not an option and no hyperbaric facility available; operation and supervision of recompression chamber treatments including medical staff and chamber attendants; treatment breathing gases; patient evaluation and diagnosis for appropriate treatment tables and contingencies. 

Vessel Operation:
Training of officers and crew; safety and operation procedures; voyage planning; overall vessel outfitting and maintenance; search and rescue protocols; usage of electronic communication and navigational equipment; storm and weather contingency planning; mechanical and vessel component failure and alternative recovery plans; interaction with evacuation response teams including USCG, helicopters and rescue swimmers; abandon ship protocols; use of life rafts, life jackets, EPIRBS, radio equipment, GPS locators, emergency flashers, strobes, and acoustic low pressure signaling devices; pyrotechnic emergency flares and smoke devices; watch standing duties on all officer and crew slots; relations with port clearances; foreign entry; required licensing and credentials of all officers and crew; fire safety; security for voyages in threat zones subject to hijacking or terrorist activities; duties of officers and crew to passengers, vessel, and cargo.

Licensing:
Compliance with all USCG, IMO, SOLAS and other regulatory and industry standards for officers and crew; vessel compliance for various trades including passenger, mineral & oil, freight, towing, submersibles; TWIC and other security credentialing; oversight to USCG Sub-Chapter T for passenger vessel requirements, periodic vessel inspections, in-water and dry dock inspections for compliance; international classing & flagging agencies and documentation procedures.

General:
Design, construction, engineering, maintenance scheduling and ship yard work, vessel systems (electrical, mechanical, navigation, tankage, rigging and deck equipment, galley, air conditioning, waste treatment and discharge, heating, etc.); compressors for diving breathing gases; nitrox mixing and membrane systems; life rafts, life boats and other safety equipment; interior outfitting and design; construction materials; vessel stability; maneuvering specialty mechanicals such as bow & stern thrusters; design of deck systems for efficient docking and line handling for crew duties; onboard medical facilities; requirements for morgue storage systems; custom design and integration of systems for specialized use or service, e. g. cruise ships, diving vessels, film support, scientific and oceanographic missions, commercial diving support. Oversight to vessel overhauls, modifications, renovations, rebuilds, and conversions.

Other Specialty Areas:
Oceanographic and sea condition evaluations and hind-casts; behavior of hazardous marine life and predators (sharks, sea snakes, barracuda, eels, etc.); accident investigation and evaluation; trial exhibit preparation and design for video and graphics design; relevant applicable law and regulations governing diving and maritime activities; overall assessment of liability in wrongful death and personal injury.

 

U.S. LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer's License as Master (current through 2018)  (includes endorsements for Steam, Motor, and Auxiliary Sail as well as Passenger Trade). This License will cover 40 years of continuous service until 8th issuance.
  • Homeland Security/TWIC security credentials issued as Maritime Officer. Additional Licenses: (Unlimited tonnage and Ocean Master licenses from Bahamas, Panama, and Liberia, non-current since retirement)
  • TWIC credentials (security clearance ID), Dept. of Homeland Security, new issue
  • Pilot, single engine aircraft
  • Submersible pilot, Perry and Kittredge vessels to 3000 fsw depth

Scuba Instructor/Technical/Medical Credentials:

  • Technical Diving International
  • Scuba Diving International         
  • Emergency Response Diving International (all highest levels for above agencies, Founder& Lifetime Member)
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (Instructor Trainer)(NAUI)
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors
  • National Association of Scuba Diving Schools
  • Undersea Photographers Instructor Association
  • American Nitrox Divers Inc.
  • Professional Diving Instructors Corporation
  • International Association of Nitrox & Technical Divers
  • Technical Deep Air, Trimix    
  • Visual Inspector of Scuba Cylinders
  • Hyperbarics International, Recompression Chamber Supervisor        
  • Emergency Oxygen Administration/Field Management of Diving Accidents, (Int’l Board of Underwater Medicine)    
  • Diver Medical Technician Instructor Trainer through:   
    • Int’l Board of Underwater Medicine                
    • Emergency Medical Field Supervisor, (Int’l Board of Underwater Medicine, International Society of Aquatic Medicine, American Professional Captain’s Ass’n

 

 

 

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