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Maritime expert witnesses specialize in a variety of fields, including shipping operations, marine engineering, naval architecture, offshore drilling, and maritime safety regulations. Some of the most common specialties among maritime expert witnesses also include shipbuilding, marine pollution, port management, underwater salvage operations, and maritime law enforcement. They have provided opinions on the effects of vessel collisions, oil spills, maritime accidents, piracy incidents, and navigation errors.

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Tomas Octavio BustoView profile

ID: 6841710

Mr. Tomas Octavio Busto

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Captain Tomas O. Busto has 31 years of experience in the Maritime Industry. He earned his BBA in Management from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and then his BS in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University Galveston. He previously worked for Royal Caribbean International and Royal Caribbean Group where he served as a 1st Officer and Chief Officer, a staff Captain and Second in Command, and...

Marine Transportation Safety and Vessel Security Expert WitnessView profile


Marine Transportation Safety and Vessel Security Expert Witness

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This expert has been working on and with seafaring vessels for over 40 years. He graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Nautical Science and Marine Transportation and holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master License. A retired Captain of the Untied States Navy, he served on numerous Navy warships and was the Head of Maritime Affairs for the Chief of Naval Operations during Operations...

Richard Allen MuellerView profile

ID: 6935852

Mr. Richard Allen Mueller

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Mr. Richard A. Mueller has 39 years of experience in Maritime and Boating Safety. He graduated from Olmsted Falls High School and he formerly served as a Salesman with Hyde Products, Inc. Currently, this expert is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Technical Services Co., Inc. and the Chief Executive Officer of Choice Ballast Solutions.

Admiralty  Maritime  and Boating Safety Expert WitnessView profile


Admiralty Maritime and Boating Safety Expert Witness

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This expert is well versed in all areas of maritime safety and regulation. He spent 30 years in the United States Coast Guard serving as a Boatswains Mate and Chief Warrant Officer, among other positions in operations and safety. He has conducted a myriad of law enforcement boardings to ensure vessels were in compliance with federal law and safety requirements. He is Coast Guard trained in Jones...

Richard Thomas Nicholls, MBA, PEView profile

ID: 6935853

Mr. Richard Thomas Nicholls, MBA, PE

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Mr. Richard T. Nicholls has 49 years of experience in Marine Engineering. He earned his BS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan, his MEng from Stevens Institute of Technology, and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. Today, this expert is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the States of Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Formerly, this expert served as a...

Fisheries Expert WitnessView profile


Fisheries Expert Witness

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New York

This expert has over 50 years of experience in the fisheries industry. Most of his career was spent at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in various positions including Fisheries Economist and Project Manager. He participates in regional and international fisheries conferences and contributes specialized fisheries articles for publication in regional and international...

Marine Engineering and Mooring System Expert WitnessView profile


Marine Engineering and Mooring System Expert Witness

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This expert has been working with floating drilling and production vessels for over 40 years. He completed his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering in Hong Kong prior to earning an M.S. and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Houston. He began his career as a Design Engineer and Computer Specialist with The Offshore Company, where for 6 years he performed analyses for the...

Maritime Operations Expert WitnessView profile


Maritime Operations Expert Witness

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This highly qualified maritime safety expert has been captaining ships for more than 30 years. He is trained in all operations of maritime operations and safety and has instructed on ships and ship safety extensively. He currently owns his own maritime safety and transportation logistics consulting firm, where he conducts training in the class room, in ports, and aboard ships.

Cruise Ship Medicine Expert WitnessView profile


Cruise Ship Medicine Expert Witness

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This cruise ship physician, trained in emergency medicine, earned his MBBS (British equivalent of MD) at London's top medical institution. He has more than 18 years of experience in acute clinical medicine and more than 7 years working in the cruise ship industry, both as shoreside management and at sea as a ship physician. He began his career as a Senior Physician at Carnival Cruise Lines,...

Coastal Engineering Expert WitnessView profile


Coastal Engineering Expert Witness

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This expert is a coastal engineer with 16 years of experience in engineering and project management. His wide-ranging expertise includes dredging and navigation studies, wave and hydrodynamic studies, beach nourishment, physical and numerical modeling, feasibility studies, design of traditional and innovative short protection structures, and coast flood plain mapping. He has considerable...

Cruise Ship Captaining and Operation Expert WitnessView profile


Cruise Ship Captaining and Operation Expert Witness

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This highly experienced expert has spent over 45 years in maritime-focused education, work, and consulting. He studied at Metropolitan University in London, where obtained a Master of Foreign Going degree. The expert also completed many other nautical courses and served in roles ranging from Sub-Lieutenant to Commander with the Royal Naval Reserve. He was a Chief Officer with P&O Cruises and then...

Maritime Safety & Security Expert WitnessView profile


Maritime Safety & Security Expert Witness

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New Jersey

This maritime safety and security expert spent 38 years working for the Horizon Lines / CSX Lines / Sea-Land Service entity, most recently serving as the Director of Marine Services from 1995 until 2013. In this position, he was responsible for vessel safety and security, crew management, and operations oversight. He launched an emergency response system during his tenure and also implemented new...

Dock Engineering & Design Expert WitnessView profile


Dock Engineering & Design Expert Witness

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South Carolina

This expert is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio with 40+ years working in structure design for marinas and waterfront facilities. Currently, he represents clients in special projects, expert testimony, marina/waterfront design, and regulatory matters through his personal consulting business. The expert earned his B.S. in...

Maritime Safety & Jones Act Personal Injury Expert WitnessView profile


Maritime Safety & Jones Act Personal Injury Expert Witness

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This expert has a quarter century of experience in offshore and high-level onshore marine related positions in the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries. A United States Coast Guard licensed Master since 2007, her background includes operational experience on container vessels, tankers, general cargo vessels, Ro-Ros, LMSRs, research vessels, and yard patrol craft. Her knowledge base also...

Marine Insurance & Claims Expert WitnessView profile


Marine Insurance & Claims Expert Witness

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This highly experienced marine insurance and claims consultant began his career as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer. He went on to become a Claims Executive and eventually earned his M.A. in Maritime Policy from Greenwich University. The expert spent 12 years with CP SHIPS, where he was the Vice President of Insurance & Claims and reported to the CFO of the 80-ship company. He was a delegate to the...


Maritime and Admiralty Expert WitnessView profile


Maritime and Admiralty Expert Witness

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This expert has over 20 years of experience as a mariner. He received a B.S. in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Marine Management from the Maine Maritime Academy as well as a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. In addition, he served on the United States Naval Reserve for over 20 years, eventually retiring as a Commander, and trained hundreds of cadets...

Marine and Fishing Safety Expert WitnessView profile


Marine and Fishing Safety Expert Witness

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This expert has about 40 years experience in waterway and maritime safety. He started his career working on fishing vessels before moving into the maritime government and policy work. He was the Chairperson for the Waterways Committee for the Town of Chatham in MA before moving onto the Cap Cod Commission, also managing waterway regulation. He has worked for the US Senate working on issues...


Hydrology Expert WitnessView profile


Hydrology Expert Witness

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This expert has over 35 years of engineering experience specializing in the modeling of surface water resource systems, forensic hydrology and hydraulics, and alternative flood control measures. He is also an American Academy of Water Resources recognized Diplomate as a Water Resouces Engineer. The expert has managed both flood control and water supply projects as well. As a State Board Member of...

Marine & Coastal Waterfront Engineering Expert WitnessView profile


Marine & Coastal Waterfront Engineering Expert Witness

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New York

This marine structures engineer earned his B.S. in Structural Engineering from Michigan State University and his M.S. in Architectural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and Illinois, and he has also earned the ADCI Air Diver Certification at the OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Certification. The expert has 20 years of...

Offshore Oil & Gas  Cargo Loss and Marine Personal Injury Expert WitnessView profile


Offshore Oil & Gas Cargo Loss and Marine Personal Injury Expert Witness

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Rhode Island

This qualified expert of Maritime Operations has over 25+ years of experience in the industry. He obtained his BS in Nautical Science at the Maine Maritime Academy Castine. He is a certified Master USCG and has a Liberian Unlimited License, and is currently a Captain for a Major Drilling and Rigging Company.

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Maritime Expert Witness FAQs

A maritime expert witness is a professional with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of maritime operations. They provide testimony or evidence in legal cases related to maritime issues.

Maritime expert witnesses can handle a variety of cases, including ship collisions, oil spills, cargo disputes, personal injury on vessels, and violations of maritime law.

Yes, there are several subspecialties such as naval architecture, marine engineering, offshore drilling, shipping regulations, and marine safety among others.

They can provide insights into safety protocols, equipment maintenance, crew training and other factors that may have contributed to the incident.

An expert can provide detailed analysis on cause of the spill, impact assessment, cleanup procedures and adherence to environmental regulations.

Expert Institute offers a personalized approach to help you find the highest quality experts. We source actively-practicing professionals who match all your requirements for specialty areas, work experience, litigation history, fee range, certifications, location, and more.

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