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Capt. David G. Bacon
4010-5 Calle Real
Santa Barbara CA 93110
phone: 805-895-3273
Capt. David G. Bacon, is a Maritime Expert with over 20 years of vessel charter experience. He has a United States Coast Guard Captains License (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel - unlimited tonnage) and a Transportation Workers Identification Certificate (TWIC).

Capt. Bacon's vessel charters include fishing, cruising, eco-tours, whale watching, diving, kayaking, photography, oil seeps, and oil spills. Owner, operator, and captain of Wavewalker Charters, he has decades of vessel operations experience with zero accidents and zero injuries.

Capt. Bacon is experienced with crew training, safety procedures, crew drills, and practice. The Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization providing at-sea educational adventures for special-needs children and adults, he has extensive knowledge of passenger safety orientation and creating/maintaining a safe environment for passengers, including special-needs passengers in for-profit and nonprofit (501c3) ventures.

Litigation Support - Capt. Bacon offers expert witness services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He is an expert in marine electronics selection, installation, and maintenance and operations, including at-sea or dockside equipment failure analysis and repair. Capt. Bacon is also skilled at vessel inspection, maintenance schedules and procedures, and repair of equipment and systems. His cases include:
  • Boating Accidents
  • Vessel Collision, Damage, Sinking
  • Vessel Operations and Safety
  • Seaworthiness
  • Pleasure Crafts
  • Yachts
  • Jet Skis
  • Sport Fishing
  • Charter Boat Liability
  • Boating Captain / Crew Responsibilities
  • Marine Electronics and Navigation
  • Boat Equipment Failures
  • Capt. Bacon has spent 30+ years participating as a technical writer for marine electronics and electrical journals, work procedures, user manuals, magazine articles, on-line publications, and social media. He is a public speaker with 15 years of experience hosting seminars, informational/motivational lectures, and presentations for civic organizations and clubs.

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    Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
    P.O. Box 799
    Bedford TX 76095-0799
    phone: 817-571-7731
    David E. Cole is a Retired USCG Commander with 20 years of service. Mr. Cole holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University of New Orleans, LA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime College. Mr. Cole’s maritime consulting business is practiced Nationwide. He provides various consulting services in all areas of Maritime & Admiralty, for both Plaintiff & Defense. Mr. Cole is qualified to testify in both Federal and State Courts. His 20 years service as a US Coast Guard Officer, retiring as a Commander, enables him to thoroughly analyze maritime matters.

    Mr. Cole is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Maritime Law Association of the US, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, American Boat & Yacht Council.

    Consulting Services Provided:
  • Personal Injury & death
  • Collisions
  • Allisions
  • Groundings
  • Regulatory Analysis
  • Jones Act
  • Navigation
  • Seamanship
  • Permitting
  • Bridges
  • General Maritime Safety
  • Offshore Oil Field
  • Vessel Access
  • Determination of Navigable Waters
  • Vessel Operations & Manning
  • OSHA Regulation
  • Legal Services Offered:
  • Litigation Support
  • Navigation Analysis
  • Vessel Inspections
  • Collision Analysis
  • Deposition Appearances
  • Research
  • Reports
  • Agency Liaison
  • Trial Appearances
  • Standards and Regulations
  • David Cole is Experienced in all Types of Vessels:
  • Recreational Boats
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Barges & Fishing Vessels
  • Tug Boats
  • Charter Vessels
  • Tank Ships
  • Passenger & Cargo Vessels
  • Towing Vessels
  • Crew & Supply Boats

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    Chad Fuhrmann
    All States USA
    phone: 920-750-8844 or 920-915-7151
    Chad Fuhrmann is a Marine and Mechanical Engineer with two decades of experience in the marine industry including 17 years in the Dynamic Positioning Sector.

    Background - After graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1998, Mr. Fuhrmann sailed as an engineer in the international offshore sector earning his Chief Engineer’s license. In 2008, he shifted his focus shoreside, working internationally as a consultant serving the DP sector and the marine industry at large.

    Mr. Fuhrmann maintains his U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer’s license and continues his professional development with various continuing education coursework in project management, expert witness training, and incident / accident investigation. He is the recipient of a full scholarship to the inaugural 2014-2015 WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Program at Louisiana State University.

    Mr. Fuhrmann is currently the Americas Business Director for Maritime Assurance and Consulting Ltd (MAC) and volunteers his time with focused industry groups including the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and the Marine Technology Society.

    Litigation Support - Chad Fuhrmann provides expert witness services for cases involving onshore and offshore maritime issues. His services are available nationally and internationally to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Dynamic Positioning (DP) Assurance
    • Incident / Accident Investigation
    • Fitness for Purpose Assessment
    • Gap Analyses
    • Competency Assessment
    • Marine Assurance
    • Operations Management
  • Shipyard Newbuild and Upgrade
  • Project Management
  • Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Marine Survey
  • Redundancy Analyses
  • Operations Management Issues
  • Engineering Ethics & Principles
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    Captain Stephen A. Richter
    Master Mariner and Pilot
    101 Alter St.
    Philadelphia PA 19147
    phone: 908-902-8613
    Captain Stephen A. Richter, Master Mariner and First Class Pilot, has been a licensed Ship Master for over 30 years and brings almost four decades of experience to his work as an expert witness and marine consultant.

    He holds first class pilot endorsements for nearly every waterway between the Delaware River and the Boston Harbor, in addition to the lower Mississippi River and St. Croix in the U.S.V.I. As an experienced Bar Pilot, River Pilot, and Docking Pilot, he has piloted ships of all types, sizes, and registry including tankships, containers ships, car ships, naval vessels, tugs and barges, ATB’s, and smaller crafts.

    As a sea pilot, river pilot and docking pilot, Captain Richter piloted over 3500 vessels in New York Harbor, the Delaware Bay and River, the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and the ports of Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He piloted, docked, and undocked ships with various propulsion arrangements, I.T.B’s., A.T.B’s., Tugs and Barges and ships in excess of 160,000 Deadweight tons and completed transits as well as docked and undocked vessels in areas of heavy traffic, anchored ships in crowded anchorages, and piloted in all conditions.

    Captain Richter is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the South Easter Admiralty Law Institute, the Marine Advisory Committee for the Delaware River, and the Advisory Board for the Maritime Academy Charter High School in Philadelphia.

    Litigation Support - Captain Richter utilizes his experience in the marine industry to assist with depositions and case preparation, prepare expert witness testimony, and consult on Marine Safety and Navigation resulting in numerous favorable settlements. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Recent Case Issues
    • Cause of Damage to a US Navy Installation
    • Personal Injury sustained While Ship Made Fast to Berth
    • Allision with a Port Facility
    • Tug Crew Personal Injury
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