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Captain Arlen Leiner, MMS, AMS
6530 Fairway Gardens Dr.
Bradenton FL 34203
phone: 800-782-2106
Captain Arlen Leiner, MMS, AMS is an Accredited Marine Surveyor, Master Marine Surveyor, and has an engineering degree from the University of Toledo. He is trained for MARPOL, SOLAS, and IMO. He has performed Marine Surveys and Inspections in Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, nation, and worldwide( including Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America as well as Asia a. He is considered an expert in the marine inspection industry.

In his 40 years surveying boats and other watercraft, Capt. Leiner has provided expert witness testimony in marine litigation involving vessels of any size or type. This includes numerous depositions and trials in state and federal court, with each damage and casualty survey prepared so that findings can be defended in the court of law. Capt. Leiner is qualified to analyze evidence, form a professional opinion, and communicate his findings to a jury.

Capt. Leiner's services are necessary for litigation in many different situations, requiring expert evaluation of any vessel's value or seaworthiness. These situations can include:
  • Marine Surveys
  • Boating Accidents
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Insurance Settlements
  • Injury and Death
  • Damage Claims
  • Vessel Warranties
  • Product Liability
  • Manufacturing Faults
  • Claims Disputes
  • St. Petersburg / Tampa / Sarasota Office
    Fort Lauderdale / Palm Beach Office
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    William Dobson
    CMI, LPI, IAMI, Certified Marine Investigator
    540 Jackson Avenue
    Mandeville LA 70448
    phone: 985-626-1876
    fax: 985-626-3493
    Wm. H. "Bill" Dobson is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, retired Lt. Colonel, Commander of the Special Operations Division of the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office, with more than 30 years of public service. He is the cofounder and President of Applied Marine Technology, Inc., a consulting company incorporated in 1986 that specializes in Marine Accident Investigations and Reconstruction, headquartered in Louisiana with affiliates in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Rhode Island, Mass, Arkansas, Oregon and Florida.

    Mr. Dobson is a court-accepted expert in Marine Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Boating Safety, Navigation, Search and Rescue,Personal Watercraft Off Throttle Steering, and Air Boat Operations, in numerous Federal and State jurisdictions. He serves as Executive Director of S.E.L.S.A.R., Southeast Louisiana Search and Rescue organization, which comprises more than 140 Federal, State, and Local governmental and private agencies.

    Mr. Dobson served as a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice. He is the holder of the Airmen's Medal for heroism from the U. S. Air Force, was named the Law Officer of the Year by Kiwanis International, and is the holder of Outstanding Achievement Awards by the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association and the National Association for Search and Rescue. Mr. Dobson was selected as an Honored Member of WHO'S WHO in Law Enforcement for 1991 and was the 2003 recipient of the iami President's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Maritime Policies and Procedures
  • Maritime Water Safety
  • Boat Accidents and Reconstruction
  • Boat Fires and Explosions
  • Air Boat Operations
  • Memberships & Affiliations:
  • International Association of Marine Investigators
  • Charter member of I.A.M.I. and serves on The Board of Directors for the United States
  • Member of American Boat and Yacht Council.
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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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    Capt. Mike Jacobs
    S. Douglas Devoy
    4544 Post Oak Place, Suite 160
    Houston TX 77027
    phone: 800-231-2375 or (713) 622-1633
    fax: 713-622-1644
    douglas devoyS. Douglas Devoy has over 30 years experience in Marine and Offshore Oil and Gas Industry acting as Senior Vice President / Director of Matthews-Daniel Company, Houston, Texas with worldwide group responsibility for Marine Surveys. He supervises staff and performs all types of Marine related Surveys including Wet and Dry Ocean Transport of Rigs, Structures, Modules and Equipment, Trip-in-Tow Surveys, Loss Investigations, Safety and Valuation Surveys or Marine Equipment and Warranty Surveys, and Location Approvals.

    Mr. Devoy has Coordinated Salvage Efforts and Negotiated Salvage Contracts on behalf of Underwriters and Owners. He has also supervised all aspects of Ocean Tows / Voyages including all Engineering Aspects. Adjusting Marine and Energy Related Losses.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Surveying of Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Marine Accident Investigation Naval Architecture
    • Marine Engineering
    • Engineering Technology
    • Accident Investigation and Loss Adjustment for Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Valuations for Offshore Oil & Gas Industry Assets

    mike jacobsMichael A. Jacobs has over 40 years experience in the Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Industries including an Active Seagoing Career as an Deck Officer on Tankers and Bulk Carriers, Terminal Controller in a Container Terminal responsible for the Loading and Discharging of Ocean-Going Container Vessels, and Master / Offshore Installation Manager of Semi-Submersible Drilling Rigs. Capt.Jacobs is also a Marine Surveyor involved with all types of surveys in the offshore industry including Towages, Heavy Lift Transportation, Damage Surveys, Installation of Oil Related Structures, Modules and Equipment, Rig Move Attendance and Rig Location Approval.

    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
    • Cargo and Cargo Container Damage
  • Pipeline Damage
  • Hurricane and Heavy Weather Damage
  • Mooring System Failures
  • Anchor-handling Operational Failures
  • Towing System failures
  • Rig Moves
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Units
  • Collision
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    Hector V. Pazos P.E.
    Ocean-Oil Expert Witness, Inc.
    FL LA
    phone: 727-347-2556 or 504-367-4072
    fax: 727-343-9717
    Florida Office:
    P.O. Box 47188
    St. Petersburg, FL 33743-7188
    T: (727) 347-2556
    Fax: (727) 343-9717
    Cell Phone: (727) 698-2556 (24/7)
    Louisiana Office:
    3501 Holiday Drive, Suite #314
    New Orleans, LA, 70114
    Cell Phone: (504) 367-4072 (24/7)
    Fax: (504) 367-3790

    Hector V. Pazos, P.E., is a Registered Professional Engineer, Naval Architect, Marine Engineer, Marine Accident Investigator and Expert Witness. For the past 39 years, Mr. Pazos has been retained to assist lawyers, insurance companies and owners regarding technical matters in a substantial number of litigations (over 1,200). He has made surveys and inspections, prepared reports and / or testified by deposition and in court in more than 400 cases.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Power and Sail Pleasure Boats
    • Passenger and Cargo Vessels
    • Offshore Platforms
    • Drilling Rigs
    • Fishing Vessels
    • Pipelines
    • Barges
    • Floating Cranes
    • Collisions
    • Salvage
    • Towing
    • Damages to Docks
    • Slip and Fall
    • Inclined and Vertical Ladders
    • Fires and Explosions
    • Diving Accidents
    • Noise and / or Vibration
    • Containers
    • Dredges
    Services Include:
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Product Liability
    • Equipment Failure
    • Structural Failure
    • Latent Defects
    • Vessel Safety and Seaworthiness
    • Aquatics / Recreation
    • Design / Construction Defects
    • Cause of Vessel Sinking
    • Vessel Stability
    • Salvage of Vessels
    • Engine and Steering Damage
    • Personal Injury / Safety
    • Biomechanics
    A "gauger" employed by an oil production company was going by boat to different well locations to get the wells flowing. In other words, although he was performing oil field related activities, he was a seaman and the gauger was employed in consideration of his seamanship abilities because to perform the duties required by his employment he was obligated to spend the majority of his time aboard vessels and/or on marine structures and operate vessels without assistance regardless of weather or water conditions.

    Wakes are moving waves created by a boat or vessel when advancing across the water. A ship moving through the water is accompanied by at least three "pressure disturbances" on each side, which produces several trains of waves. This wave system is characterized by: a). divergent waves; b). transverse waves; and c). a line of crest intersections (cusps) where the divergent and transverse waves meet.

    During a very nice seven-day cruise on a large passenger vessel in the Caribbean, a lady passenger decided to use a coin operated laundry room, available aboard the vessel, which was available to the passengers. The washers and dryers were heavy-duty stackable units, with the washers resting on the deck or floor of the laundry room, and the dryers mounted on a steel frame just above the washers. After drying the clothes just washed, the passenger was pulling clothes out of one dryer when the dryer fell on her resulting in serious injures.

    10/27/2015 · Marine - Maritime
    The accident took place in an open ocean anchorage area (blue water) off the coast of Colombia, about 5 miles offshore. At this location, bulk carrier vessels are moored to buoys and floating cranes are used to transfer coal from barges to the oceangoing bulk carriers.

    Some types of accidents are well known because despite of the continuous efforts to reduce them, they continue happening, such as slip and fall accidents. Others are less common but are easy to prevent or to minimize their consequences. The following is a sample of an offshore accident that could have easily been prevented.

    A lady passenger aboard a cruise ship was walking in the proximity of the Purser's desk, in a "Public Space" (interior passageway), when she tripped and fell to the floor hitting also a fire control door, sustaining serious injuries. The fall was caused by tripping on a large metallic fire screen door threshold, which was protruding substantially above the carpeted floor

    7/2/2015 · Boating
    The boat accident described below, resulting in the death of two occupants, presented the challenge of determining who of the four occupants of the boat was the driver at the time of the accident, and what was the seating position of each occupant.

    6/6/2015 · Boating
    Crew boats are such relative simple marine equipment that it appears that the possibility of accidents unrelated to machinery should be very remote.

    This is a sample of numerous accidents investigated by the author of this article. The assistant driller on a Jack-up Rig owned and/or operated by an Offshore company, was performing various tasks on the drilling floor, when, one of the floor hands (roustabout) had to leave the drilling floor and the assistant driller replaced him.

    1/16/2015 · Boating
    This 48-foot 66 MPH luxury power cruiser was beautiful inside and outside, but during trials and during the test ride, a squeaking "humming noise" was noticed in the proximity of the icemaker cabinet door. The frame of the cabinet door was attached to the hull and the salesman convinced the potential buyer that the noise would disappear after the boat was operated a few hundred miles. According to the salesman, there were built-in residual stresses that will be released by operating the boat with motions and slamming for several hours. The boat was sold despite of the squeaking.

    12/9/2014 · Marine - Maritime
    The task of transferring personnel to and from offshore facilities to crew boats or offshore supply boats, as well as transferring personnel between boats has been accomplished for many years utilizing personnel transfer nets and personnel transfer baskets. Despite of the continuous efforts to improve he designs and operating procedures to eliminate identifiable hazards, accidents such as the ones described below are not uncommon.

    10/31/2014 · Injury
    The spine is a sensitive mechanism. Certain lifting or equivalent to lifting actions can cause irreversible damage that can lead to permanent injury.

    9/18/2014 · Boating
    The following is a typical type of accident due to Manufacturing Defects. Manufacturing Design Defect and U.S.C.G. Recall Campaigns: A boat or item of associated equipment is subject to a safety recall if it fails to comply with Coast Guard Safety standards or contains a defect that creates a substantial risk of personal injury.

    4/10/2013 · Marine - Maritime
    Because the exposure to the marine and offshore environments, slips and falls are a significant source of personal injuries on floating vessels and offshore equipment, probably the rate of personal injuries due to slip and falls in a marine environment is substantially greater than most industry groups.

    Low transverse stability was reported on this vessel prior to the accident, but no action was taken to investigate the cause of the low stability.

    1/21/2013 · Marine - Maritime

    11/8/2012 · Marine - Maritime
    After inspecting more than 100 marine stairways, in which accidents occurred, we found several deficiencies in the steps and handrails of stairs that are consistently repeated.

    8/28/2012 · Marine - Maritime
    This accident happened in a large compartment of an Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV), which, because of lack of appropriate ventilation and toxic atmosphere it should have been treated as a confined space.

    6/27/2012 · Boating
    Gasoline is very dangerous. This explosion left two people with very serious injuries and destroyed the boat.

    4/26/2012 · Marine - Maritime
    The majority of accidents involve personal injuries and/or fatalities, although the strong and continuous improvement in the field of accident prevention is resulting in a constant reduction of the number of marine related fatalities.

    10/19/2011 · Marine - Maritime
    The M/V Salvador Allende capsized and sunk on or about December 9, 1994, in the Atlantic Ocean, with the loss of almost the entire crew. Only two (2) members of the crew survived, the third engineer, Mr. Alexander Tarenov, and the second mate, Mr. Ivan Skiba.

    3/12/2009 · Aquatics Safety
    An experienced Marine Surveyor was in the process of inspecting the cargo in one of the holds of a bulk carrier. He was climbing out of the hold using a vertical ladder, which terminated in an access hatch of approximately 25" x 25

    3/12/2009 · Aquatics Safety
    There are numerous public records of self-actuated transmission accidents for both automobiles and boats. However, record-keeping practices does not identify most of the marine incidents of self-actuated transmissions