18226 Sunset Way
Edmonds, WA 98026-5332
(425) 640-3048
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C U R R I C U L U M  V I T A E

Marine safety specialist, marine casualty investigator, boating accident

reconstruction expert and regulatory specialist.


Raised on the waters of Long Island Sound. Operated yachts as a paid skipper, owned and operated a ski boat and raced sailing boats. A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy with over five years sea experience both on deck and in the engine room of ocean going ships and twenty years in the Coast Guard's Commercial Vessel Safety program, including major vessel casualty investigation. Executive Secretary of the Rules of the Road Advisory Committee which formulated the Inland Rules of the Road. Retired in 1982 while holding the positions of Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge Marine Inspection and Group Commander, Portland, Oregon. Now a private consultant. In addition to the many ship casualties, has investigated numerous recreational boat accidents and slip & fall accidents.


Numerous recreational vessel and personal water craft collisions.
Fishing vessel personal injury cases including numerous slip and falls.
Passenger ship, tanker and offshore support vessel collisions.
Reconstruction expert in criminal trial of Captain Hazelwood of the grounding rounding of the EXXON VALDEZ.
Reconstruction expert on numerous tug allisions with bridges including the Sunset Limited case in Mobil, AL in which forty some people died.


Collision and Fire at Sea, Kings Point, NY, Sept 27-29, 1995
Advanced Boating Accident Investigation, Underwriters Laboratories, Salt Lake, May 9-13, 1994.
Ergonomics for Managers, NW Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Seattle, WA, January 1994.
Accident Investigation Seminar [recreational boating], ABYC Annapolis, MD, November 1-2, 1993.
Sleep Deprivation and Job Safety, King County Labor Council, Jan 20, 1993
Various computer classes, 1980-1981
USCG Marine Safety Management School, 1978
USCG Hazardous Chemicals School, 1978
J. D., University of Puget Sound Law Center (now Seattle University School of Law), 1977
DOD Computer Institute, 1976
Army Instructor Training School, 1967
Merchant Marine Safety School, 1958
LORAN School, 1956
Navy Damage Control School (including fire fighting), 1955
DESLANT Engineering School, 1955
Navy Fire Fighting School, 1954 and 1956
B. S., U. S. Coast Guard Academy, 1953


Pacific Northwest Fishing Vessel Owners' Association
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) (past member)
American Boat and Yacht Council
Washington State Bar Association (inactive status)


The Expert, a biannual newsletter, 1984 - 1999.
OSHA Jurisdiction over Vessels (update)
- paper presented to WSTLA on June 2, 1995
Manning of Tugs
- Article in THE EXPERT newsletter, Spring 1995
OSHA Jurisdiction over Vessels
- paper presented to the Seattle King County Bar Association seminar on
    Admiralty/Maritime Law. November 7, 1992
A Legal Storm - The EXXON VALDEZ
- paper presented to the Ohio Association of Civil Attorneys, 4 May 1990.
Marine Standards of Care
[for recreational boats], paper presented 26 January 1989 at a Products Liability Seminar,
    Phoenix, AZ.
Maritime Standards of Care
[for uninspected commercial vessels], paper presented 20 October 1988 at the Washington
State Trial Lawyers Associations seminar, Seattle, WA.
Manning of Uninspected Tug Boats II
, article in THE EXPERT newsletter, Fall 1988
Manning of Uninspected Tug Boats
, article in THE EXPERT newsletter, Spring 1988
Back Injuries
, article in THE EXPERT Newsletter, Spring 1988
Marine Fire Investigation on Uninspected Commercial Vessels
, St. Paul Fire & Insurance Ocean Marine
Claim Conference paper, October 15, 1987
Burning Ship Contingency Plan
, USCG, 1982
Oily Bubbles
, (a study of the source of bubbles causing spills during loading of fuel on ships from barges),
Proceedings of the Marine Safety Council, 1980
Agency Preemption of OSHA Jurisdiction
, Georgetown Law Center paper, 1977
Alcohol and Boating Deaths
, (a study of the methodology of taking blood alcohol tests of boating casualty victims),
National Safety Council paper, 1976
Merchant Marine Investigator's Handbook
, (192 pages), USCG, 1974
Hylebos Waterway
, (a study of the navigability of the Tacoma, Washington waterway), NTIS, 1973
Casualty Control Manual
, for 327' class CG ships, 1955


1978 - 1982 Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Office, Portland, OR.
1975 - 1978 Executive Secretary, Marine Safety Council, Washington, DC.
1970 - 1975 Marine Inspection, Seattle, WA.
1968 - 1970 Executive Officer, Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, VA. Intimately involved with the direction, execution and fiscal management of 1000 person, 150 acre unit with $1.5M operating budget.
1967 - 1968 Officer in Charge and instructor, Merchant Marine Safety School, Yorktown, VA. Responsible for curriculum and training of all officers entering Marine Inspection field.
1965 - 1967 Chief Engineer, 327 foot Cutter TANEY - twin steam turbine - based in Alameda, CA. In charge of ships engineering plant and fiscal policies.
1962 - 1965 Senior Merchant Marine Inspector and casualty investigator in Alaska. Director of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for State of Alaska.
1958 - 1962 Merchant Marine Inspector and casualty investigator, New York City.
1957 - 1958 Base Engineer and Industrial Manager, Base Alameda, CA.
1956 - 1957 Commanding Officer, isolated LORAN station, Cape Sarichef, Alaska.
1953 - 1956 Deck and engineering watch officer, on two 327 foot ships home ported New York City.


New York - Cases included personal injury, negligence and misconduct of merchant seamen, and vessel casualties including two major passenger ship collisions: SS CONSTITUTION/MV JALANTA and the SS SANTA ROSA/MV VALCEM. Both involved use of radar in fog. Negligence and misconduct cases were prosecuted before an Administrative Law Judge with an average of three courtroom appearances each week.

Alaska - From 1962 to 1965, conducted numerous fishing vessel and barge casualty investigations. Investigated grounding of a passenger ship in Wrangell Narrows.

Seattle, Washington - From 1971 to 1974, investigated numerous fishing vessel casualties including the capsizing of a 210' fish processing vessel, MV MERCADOR. Major casualty cases investigated were: three fog related freighter collisions in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington; Recorder of a Marine Board investigating the sinking of the SS SILVER DOVE in mid-pacific; explosion and ensuing fire from static electrical discharge aboard the tanker MV CYGNUS in Seattle harbor; and President, Marine Board investigating the disappearance with all hands of the oceanographic vessel MV HOLOHOLO in Hawaiian waters.


In the last three and a half years, has consulted on 124 cases. Retained by approximately 84% plaintiff attorneys, 16% defendant attorneys.

Assisted owners/insurers attorneys in Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigations.

Reconstruction of events and determination of the cause of the following major cases:
1995 Tug/barge allision with railroad bridge with resulting derailment of Amtrack train and deaths of 47 passengers, Mobile AL.
1992 Collision between Washington State ferries SEALTH and KITSAP in fog. Defending Coast Guard action against license.
1991 Collision between passenger ships ISLAND PRINCESS and REGENT SEA in Skagway, AK, under pilotage. Action by state against pilot license.
1990 Collision between F/V MITZI BEE and another F/V while setting net in Kashak Bay, AK
1989 Collision between tank ships PROSPERITY and CHEVRON LOUISIANA in the Columbia River under pilotage without an accompanying oil spill. Developed a computerized system to interpret course recorders and plot track lines for this case.
1989 Grounding of the EXXON VALDEZ in Prince Williams Sound, Alaska with a resulting spill of 11,000,000 gallons of crude oil. Did trackline reconstruction and identified vessel location when specific events occurred. Visited vessel twice afloat, first time in execution of State search warrant while aground on Bligh Reef. Examined vessel on drydock in San Diego to analyze bottom damage and its causation. Testified on behalf of State of Alaska in criminal proceedings against Master.
1988 Collision between the tug OCEAN SERVICE and her oil barge resulting in 231,000 gallons of oil spilled. Accident occurred off Grays Harbor Washington. Investigated and prepared report on the cause of the accident and negligence of persons involved.
1988 Collision between the car carrier TOSCA and a fishing vessel off the coast of California.
1987 Allision of Sause Bros. tugs with Coos Bay, OR Southern Pacific bridge (2 cases)
1987 Allision of HENRY FORD II with Fort St. bridge in Michigan
1986 Grounding of the freighter MING WINTER while under pilotage in the Columbia River on the outfall of the Trojan nuclear plant.
1985 Grounding of the tankship ARCO ANCHORAGE while under pilotage in Port Angeles, Washington with a resulting spill of 239,000 gallons of crude oil. Conducted investigation of cause of grounding. Inspected vessel on drydock to analyze bottom damage and relate it to cause of oil spill. Testified on behalf of the State of Washington before the Environmental Board against the pilot in a pollution action. The board upheld the fine by the State for negligently causing the spill.
1985 Allision of the freighter CENTURY LEADER while under pilotage with the Astoria, Oregon bridge.
1984 Safety survey of Western Transportation tug operations, Portland, OR