Marine Safety Center

Marine Damage Surveys 

Engineering investigations and surveys to ascertain the cause, the nature and extent and the recommended repair of damages to ships, tugs, barges, docks, piers, bulkheads and other marine structures.  Provide scientifically based reports and expert testimony.

                       

 Collisions-at-sea 

Analysis and opinion in collision/allision allegations pertaining to speed of advance/angle of blow.  Application and applicability of the Minorsky energy methods.
 

Vessel Capsizings and Sinkings 

Forensic intact and damaged stability analysis of floating vessel’s stability and ability to withstand hull damage with resultant flooding.  Analysis of storm and external loads on stability in both the intact and damaged condition.  Wind loads, ice loads, grounding loads, passenger loads and other forces that could upset the vessel’s stability.
 

Construction Accidents 

Floating and shoreside crane and derrick set-up and operations, crane foundation analysis, ground conditions, outrigger loads, crawler crane pad loads.  The effect of weather and sea conditions on  crane operations.

Rigging and hoisting operations, overhead hoists, personnel/material hoists, rigging rollers, wire rope and slings.  Engineering analysis, vector analysis, strength analysis, suitability for both shoreside and marine environments. 

Scaffolding, swinging and suspended scaffolds, engineering analysis of structural failures, foundations, wind loads.  Selection and erection of scaffolds.

Shipyard/boatyard/marina operations.  Construction, repair and overhaul of vessels of all types.  Standard of care relating to maintaining a safe work place.  Hazardous materials, fire protection and toxic torts.  Fire protection of vessels during construction, repair and lay-up.  Facility layout and design.

 

Personal Injury 

Engineering analysis of personal injury claims involving rotating machinery, rigging, vessel operations, blocks, ropes, ladders, gangways, welding grinding, steel fabrication, scaffolding, cranes, prudent seamanship, shipyard operations. 

Engineering analysis of recreational swimming and boating accidents.  Dynamic stability and forces in planning boat hulls, hydrodynamic forces in rivers and channels.  Fluid flow around natural and manmade structures.  Hydraulic modeling, velocity profiles, in-situ testing, analysis and opinion. 

 
Engineering Analysis of Products Liability/ Toxic Torts 

Engineering analysis of negligence, strict liability based on warnings and defective design, concealment, strict liability based on abnormally dangerous/ultra hazardous activities.  Bulk suppliers, marine bulk cement carriers, marine quarry loading docks, operations/warnings, regulations/practices, historical and present day operations.

 

Engineering Analysis of Environmental Liability/ Toxic Torts 

Engineering analysis of vessels/facilities, oil spill investigations (technical analysis of chromatography results), marine sanitation devices, shipyard operations, silica based abrasive blasting, painting operations, underground storage tanks, waste disposal, US Navy and commercial practices, historical/present day regulations and practices.

 

C.A.S.E. “Court Appointed Scientific Expert” 

Admitted to the National Academy of Forensic Engineers a charted affinity group of the National Society of Professional Engineers, through peer review of my credentials.  Members of the Academy are pre-qualified to act as “CASE” experts under an agreement between NAFE and the judiciary. 

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