George Zeitler, MSc, has over 30 years of experience in the Marine Industry in various regulatory, management, and consulting roles. He is an Accredited Marine Surveyor (Y&SC) by the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors and a Member of the International Institute of Marine Surveying.
Background Experience - Mr. Zeitler served 18 years as a USCGMarine Inspector / Casualty Investigator, and 7 years as a Class Society principal surveyor (DNV). He then spent 1 year as VP of Operations for a niche cruise line. Mr. Zeitler went on to serve 5 years as a technical consultant for various segments of the marine industry, including 2 years as third party environmental auditor for criminal pollution cases. He has been an Accredited Yacht and Small Craft Surveyor for over 15 years.
In 2002, Mr. Zeitler formed Zeitler Marine Services (ZMS), using his experience and knowledge to offer condition and valuation (pre-purchase and insurance) and damage survey services to the yachting and recreational boating communities in south Florida. He is currently the Director of the Chapman School of Seamanship Yacht and Small Craft survey course.
Litigation Support - Mr. Zeitler uses his vast experience verifying Compliance with Applicable Maritime Laws / Regulations through on site surveys and audits of client's vessels. His years of operational and regulatory enforcement help provide clients with a unique perspective that is key in identifying vulnerabilities onboard vessels as well as gaps in policies and procedures. He functions as a Court Appointed Monitor in situations where vessel operators are negotiating a plea agreement for a DOJ-approved Environmental Compliance Programs.
Areas of Expertise:
Vessel Design and Construction
Vessel Compliance with International and US Laws and Regulations
Compliance with Federal and Voluntary (ABYC) Standards for Yachts and Small Craft
The public wants to know who is directly responsible for cruise ship safety. Well, the simple answer is that responsibility for safety starts and ends with ship owners and managers. However, owners often seek assistance from classification (class) societies in identifying and evaluating safety risks. Although often referenced in the maritime world, class society roles and responsibilities relating to vessel safety are not widely known.
The adoption of the International Safety Management Code by the International Maritime Organization as a means to promote a change in maritime industry’s attitude towards safe operating practices has been well documented. The code placed a strong level of responsibility on the ship owner or operator to conduct a self-assessment of their policies and practices in order to develop and implement a safety management
Ocean Ridge Maritime Consulting, LLC provides Surveying and Auditing, Consulting, and Project Management services to Marine and Offshore companies globally. Ocean Ridge Maritime offers expertise for short and long term engagements in the areas of Project Management, Marine Surveying and Auditing, and Emergency Response.
Among its many clients, Ocean Ridge Maritime provided Project Management to MSRC and BP after the Macondo Spill crisis, as Base Deputy for Aerial Dispersant Operations, Logistics Management for the MSRC response fleet, and Technical Manager of the Vessel Redelivery Team for BP. More than 50 Marine Surveyors and 15 Marine Engineers were directly supervised and over 1500 redelivery surveys conducted.
Survey Services: Survey planning and execution for shipyard and drydock periods including Upgrades and Repairs, UWILD and SPS, Lay-Up and Reactivations, and pre-planning for Out of Service periods. Examples include:
Shipyard attendance during UWILD and SPS
Lay-Up (Cold and Warm) of 20+ Drillships and Semi-Submersibles
Reactivation of Drillships / Semi-Submersibles from Warm/Cold Lay-up
Development and execution of Client Acceptance tests on MODU's
Project Management Services: Founder, Gerald (Gerry) Nielsen, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with 35 years of experience across the Shipping and Offshore Industries.
Audits and Compliance: Assistance with Development and Execution of Audit Plans and Programs, as well as with Conducting Audits on existing systems. Examples include:
Conducting ECP Audits on Offshore Drilling Rigs as DOJ Approved Third Party Auditor
Co-Author of DOJ Approved EMS for a Major Cruise Line
Ensuring Regulatory Compliance during Project Planning and Execution
Emergency Response Management
Management System Implementations
Audit Program Development
Shipyard Periods (including reactivations and Lay-Up preparation)