Marine Surveying Expert 318984 TX

Expertise Description

I have over 50 years experience in marine surveying and risk assessment. My areas of expertise include: marine operations in the offshore oil and gas industry; admiralty; accidents involving dock, shipboard, and offshore cranes; anchor-handling, towing, and mooring incidents; swing rope and personnel basket worker transfer accidents; pipeline damage; cargo and cargo container damage; crane failures; hurricane and heavy weather damage; mooring system failures; anchor-handling operational failures; towing system failures; rig moves; mobile offshore drilling units; and collisions. I have prior expert witness experience.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes Insurance and Marine Transportation.

Consulting Experience

My consulting services include: Loading, Securing, and Trip-in-Tow Surveys; Damage Surveys (Platforms, Rigs, and Vessels); Heavylift Transports of Drilling Rigs, Structures, Modules, and Equipment; Project Cargo Loadout, Securing and Transportation Surveys; Oilfield Condition and / or Valuation Surveys; Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Safety Audits; Rig Move Attendance with Special Emphasis on Difficult Locations; Hull Damage Survey; Rig Location Approvals; Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU) Wet Tow Approvals; MODU Securing Surveys; Facility Surveys; Drilling Rig and Vessel Condition Surveys, including International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Surveys and Dynamic Positioning (D.P.) Vessel Audits; Warranty Installation Surveys of Floating Production Storage (FPS), Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO), Spars, TLPs and Conventional Jacket / Deck Structures.

Relevant Experiences

I have over 40-years experience as a Marine Surveyor and Merchant Mariner. I have been qualified in numerous cases as an expert. I have provided deposition testimony in connection with marine casualties and have provided opinions with regard to the various issues arising out of such casualties, including causation and culpability. Over the years I have led an active seagoing career as a deck officer on tankers and bulk carriers; Terminal Controller in a container terminal responsible for the loading and discharging of ocean-going container vessels, Master/Offshore Installation Manager of semi-submersible drilling rigs and Marine Survey for the past 30-years involved with all types of surveys in the offshore industry including towages; heavy lift transportation; damage surveys; safety audits on fixed platforms and drilling rigs; installation of oil related structures; modules and equipment; rig move attendance and rig location approval.


Thames Nautical Training College
London University of Sir John Cass College
South Shields Marine and Technical College

Licenses Certifications

British Certificate of Competency – Master

Awards & Affiliation

Primary Affiliation

Marine Technology Society

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases