Michael is the President and Principal Surveyor of Marine Safety Consultants, Inc. He graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a degree in Nautical Science and Marine Transportation. He joined the firm in 1985, with extensive commercial sea-going experience, and had served as a marine law-enforcement officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During tenure as the general manager of a large yacht club, he was also the President of a marine towing and construction company.
He has been certified as an instructor in Navigation and Seamanship by the Massachusetts Department of Education and has practical teaching experience in these and related subjects. He has worked extensively in the management of vessel loss claims, and is a recognized expert in vessel construction, repair and valuation appraisal. His experience includes commercial hull condition and safety surveys; workplace safety and marine construction equipment evaluations; personnel training; oil spill management and third-party claims handling.
He holds a Merchant Marine license as Third Mate, unlimited, oceans; is a Mass licensed real estate agent; is a USCG certified fishing vessel drill conductor and instructor; formerly held a Mass Construction Supervisor’s License for many years; and is a member of the United States Naval Institute, National Fire Protection Assoc., Propeller Club of Boston, as well as other organizations. He is 40-hour Hazwoper certified.
Neil is Vice President and Senior Surveyor of the firm. He is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in Nautical Science and is our resident surveyor in our Portland, ME office. He has extensive sea-going experience, both as a Deck Officer aboard ocean-going tankers and towboats, but also as Master aboard coastwise small passenger vessels between New England and Florida, with time also spent on the Great Lakes and inland rivers in this capacity. Shoreside, he was a construction inspector and project manager for over twelve years with a greater Boston consulting engineering firm.
Since joining MSC in 1991, Neil has specialized in the investigation and management of personal injury cases aboard fishing vessels and passenger vessels, as well as condition and damage surveys of yachts and commercial vessels. He holds a USCG license as Third Mate, any ocean any tonnage, with a Radar Observer endorsement. He is a Certified Surveyor by the National Association of Marine Surveyors.
Dean serves on the Board of Directors of MSC, and is our compliance, safety and emergency response management specialist, leading our Regulatory Compliance Group. A 1977 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in nautical science, he has extensive experience sailing aboard deep draft ships, offshore anchor handling supply, ocean tow/salvage vessels and private vessels worldwide, sailing as a USCG licensed Master or ships officer. Since stepping ashore in 1993, he has operated his own company offering maritime consultant services to the industry. His background includes management and coordinated training for a 12-man Salvage Action Response Team dedicated to responding to a cross range of maritime emergency evolutions, including marine firefighting, salvage operations, and oil spill response management operations to OPA-90 compliance requirements. From 1999-2007 he supervised and managed bulk stevedoring operations in the ports of Providence, RI, New Jersey and Sydney, Nova Scotia. Since joining MSC in 2007, he has specialized in marine emergency response management, environmental, security compliance services, safety, project management, plan development, curriculum development and training. In addition, he is a cargo loss and hull/machinery loss surveyor, with extensive experience in bulk cargo losses and cargo facility damage claims.
Dean is the principal writer of over 250 USCG approved Vessel/Facility Response Plans, Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plans, Facility/Vessel Security Plans, Safety, and Operation manuals. He also developed curriculum, trained corporate and front-line personnel in marine safety, emergency response operations, environmental and homeland security compliance evolutions. During the MC-252 Deep-water Horizon spill he served as Operations section Chief on the BP-command staff of a forward operating base, and later as Dry Dock manager for the BP vessel re-delivery team. He has over 15 years’ experience conducting condition and valuation surveys on commercial ships, tugs and barges as well as private vessels. He is a certified ISM, Lead Auditor, has been a certified AWO Responsible Carrier Program auditor and is a past member of the Port of Providence Propeller Club. He is 40-hour Hazmat certified and is a USCG certified fishing vessel drill conductor and instructor.
Neil is a Senior Marine Surveyor and marine claims investigator with Marine Safety Consultants in the Taunton, MA office. He is a former member of the United States Coast Guard and ex former commercial fisherman who joined the firm in 2006 with extensive seagoing experience and twenty-three years’ experience as a marine surveyor.
Prior to coming aboard, he was a Senior Marine Surveyor and Manager with SGS Marine Services in Raynham, MA and also spent fifteen years as a staff surveyor with Hull & Cargo Surveyors in Boston, MA. Neil has worked extensively in marine claims management and loss control. His 33 plus years experience includes P & I claims investigation and claims handling, hull and machinery claims investigation, and oil pollution management and third-party claims handling. He holds both Rhode Island and Connecticut property & casualty adjusters licenses and is a charter member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS).
Dennis is a Senior Surveyor and yacht specialist in our Fairhaven, MA office, handling claims and assignments over the entire Southern New England area. A retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer, he received training in such areas as marine engineering, structural integrity, passenger safety and pollution prevention. Upon retirement in 1986, he served as operations manager for a large commercial shipyard.
He joined Marine Safety Consultants, Inc. in 1989 as staff surveyor until 1996, when he formed his own yacht surveying firm, Maritime Consultants, Inc. Dennis rejoined Marine Safety Consultants, Inc. in 2004 to supervise our yacht claim department. Dennis is a Certified Marine Surveyor of the National Association of Marine Surveyors, a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the Military Officers Association of America.
Dana is a Senior Marine surveyor who specializes in many surveying and assessment aspects of Commercial vessels, Pleasure vessels and land based marine concerns. He operates out of our Fairhaven, MA office.
He served four years in the U. S. Coast Guard, both as an auxiliary engineer on a 378’ cutter in the Northwest and Alaska, as well as a small boat engineer at a search and rescue station in Rhode Island.
After leaving the USCG he was employed by Brownell Systems of Mattapoisett, MA as boat hauler, using their specialized hydraulic equipment. During the off season, he carried out heavy equipment and diesel engine maintenance for Brownell, as well as learning wood and fiberglass vessel repair and construction techniques.
Since joining Marine Safety Consultants, Inc in 2004 Dana has specialized in barge and tug surveys, conducting On and Off Charter surveys, load and stow inspections and off shore trip and tow surveys along the East and Gulf Coasts and the Caribbean. He is our lead CAT team surveyor who worked Hurricanes Francis, Wilma, Katrina, and Sandy.
He is also one of our experts in marina liability and operational safety surveys, conducting surveys on the East and Gulf coasts.
He has received accreditation from the American Boat & Yacht Council and is a certified AMSEA drill instructor, who teaches fisherman safety for Fishing Partnership in New England and New York
Tom is the General Manager and a Claims Specialist at MSC. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College in Salem Virginia. Tom has spent over 30 years in the insurance industry, including being president of a Marine only insurance agency. Tom has held a “Certified Insurance Counselor” designation for 25 years and was involved with all aspects of underwriting, risk management, claims mitigation and settlement. During this time, Tom gained knowledge and understanding of the Federal Jones Act which has been useful in his role at MSC.
He has been on the water his entire life, once holding a CG license to carry passengers in Padanaram Harbor, Dartmouth, MA. Aside from the insurance industry, Tom has worked at an Exxon Coal Liquification Plant in Baytown, TX, spent time building Fortier Boats in Somerset, MA and in general carpentry. He has crewed on boat deliveries and raced for many years on one design boats. He was on the Board of the New Bedford Yacht Club for six years and on the board of the Lloyd Center for Environmental studies for 12 years.
Jeffrey joined the Fairhaven office staff in 2009 from the high-tech sector. With his background as a key-client/OEM sales account manager in both foreign and domestic markets, Jeff brings that experience to his current role as a critical member of our P&I claim team. His responsibilities include Jones Act liability investigations, administration of seaman’s benefits, evaluation of claim exposures, negotiating compromised resolutions, and executing seaman’s releases. His ability to also closely assist in legal defense efforts when amicable settlements are unattainable has proven invaluable to a number of marine insurance underwriters and their assured parties. Jeff also has gained additional experience within the commercial yacht, hull and cargo, and third-party liability arenas. He is currently working to attain his AIC certification, and is an active member of The Mariners Club of Massachusetts.
Kayleigh is a Marine Claims Investigator in our Fairhaven, MA office, managing the P & I claims of injured Jones Act seamen and commercial fishermen. Her experience includes investigating liability, managing maintenance and cure and settlement resolution. The investigation and management of passenger injuries is her specialty. Kayleigh has been trained in many facets of the company, including audio gauge surveys, hull and machinery losses and facilities/security plan management.
Kayleigh is a 2009 graduate of the University of Rhode Island Honors Program, with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Economics. While at URI, Kayleigh earned academic distinctions in both political science and economics and was a teacher’s assistant for both majors.
Kayleigh’s experience working on boats includes four years with the New England Fast Ferry Co., which gave her the qualifications needed to obtain her 100-ton USCG Captain’s license in 2015. Prior to becoming a surveyor and claims investigator for Marine Safety Consultants in 2012, Kayleigh held a variety of jobs in the maritime industry, including dockhand at Fairhaven Shipyard and Marina and as Mariner Licensing Officer at Northeast Maritime, and has been a delegate to the IMO in London. Kayleigh recently became certified in OSHA 10 Maritime Industry.
William has worked in the boat industry for over 25 years, during which time he has built, owned, repaired, restored, and operated many different types of craft, working in every aspect of construction and maintenance including developing his own boat designs. He is familiar with a wide variety of construction methods including fiberglass, steel, aluminum, carbon, and wood, as well as ship’s systems, hull repair, engine repair and maintenance, and boat interiors and finishes.
His interest in wooden boats took Bill to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD, where he worked as Special Projects Manager, building and restoring historically significant wooden boats such as the Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks, the 1909 log-built 50′ buyboat Old Point, and the presidential yacht USS Sequoia. Bill then took his shipwright skills to the Gannon & Benjamin boatyard in Vineyard Haven, MA, where he worked on a series of build and restoration projects from antique catboats to 55-foot wooden schooners.
In addition to his many years of hands-on experience, Bill has ABYC training in Electrical, Corrosion, and Systems. He holds 100-ton master licenses in sail and steam with offshore endorsements and is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He has also worked as a charter boat and ferry captain on several different vessels, and is currently based in Edgartown, MA, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Mark is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer with more than 25 years of experience in virtually all aspects of maritime safety and security. As an instructor at the Coast Guard Officer Candidate and Marine Safety schools, Mark has trained hundreds of marine safety professionals. Mark has served as a marine inspector and casualty investigator in the ports of New York, Boston and Hampton Roads. He has extensive environmental response and salvage experience, including Federal On-Scene Coordinator’s Representative duties in Hampton Roads, VA and Providence, RI as well as serving as a response team leader during the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters.
Mark has considerable waterways management expertise, having served on the waterways management staffs in Boston, MA and Providence, RI, where he was involved in planning and execution of major waterway evolutions including Air Shows and Tall Ships Celebrations as well as hundreds of smaller events. As an operations and logistics planner and responder, Mark has planned and participated in Incident and Unified Command organizations for major national security events, including the 2004 G-8 Summit, Super Bowl XXXIX, and 2004 Democratic National Convention.
As a marine safety staff officer in St. Louis, MO, Mark co-authored the Coast Guard’s integrated Western Rivers operations plans, one of the first of its kind in the U.S. He is considered an expert in federal oil spill response funding and has also served as a safety officer for federal response and security operations. At MSC, we rely on Mark for his expertise with our Regulatory Compliance Group.
Russell is the medical claims specialist for our P&I division. Stemming from his work as managing ferry boat and commercial fishing injury cases, he developed a cost containment program for the resulting medical bills and has continued to cultivate this important sub-function for our P&I clients. His work includes negotiating with doctors, hospitals, and other care providers to bring medical payments for Jones Act cases in line with healthcare industry norms. Our medical bill review program is today a growing and thriving entity led by Russell’s vision and experience.
Russell holds an Associate in Claims (AIC) Certification through the Insurance Institute of America.
Christopher is a Fairhaven, MA based yacht surveyor and claim specialist for MSC. A career maritime professional, he joined us in 2015 to assist in the management of yacht damage claims, as well as conduct condition & valuation surveys.
His early career included boat hauling and transportation, during which time he was proprietor of a Florida-based firm providing intrastate boat transportation. He joined The Marine Surveyor’s, Inc in Florida in 1992 as a technical specialist. In 1995 Chris founded his own survey firm in 1995 in Marion, MA. Along the way he was Yard Manager at Brewer St Boat Works in Newport, production manager at the famous Brownell Boat Yard in Mattapoisett, MA, Director of Sales & Marketing at Brownell Trailers and Boat Stands, and Service Manager at J&J Fabricating in Somerset, MA.
In 2009 he joined Travelers Insurance Co. as a marine surveyor in the boat and yacht division where he was a member of the catastrophe team during hurricane Irene. His knowledge of vessel construction, especially composites, as well as his experience with vessel systems, is a valuable asset for boaters and underwriters in the northeast.
Matt is a multi-skilled surveyor working from our Fairhaven, MA office. He graduated from Westfield State College in 2007 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. While attending college he worked as a firefighter/ EMT in South Hadley, MA, and a diesel and gasoline mechanic in Chicopee, MA. After apprenticing with Marine Safety Consultants, Matt earned a full-time position in 2008. Matt is a certified ABYC Master Technician specializing in gasoline and diesel engines and electrical systems. He has trained extensively in claim handling, loss investigations, and recreational and commercial surveying. He is a member of MSC’s Hurricane Response Team, having been dispatched throughout the United States to coordinate salvage, preservation, and repair of vessels damaged in CAT storms. Matt is also one of our lead barge surveyors specializing in pre and post charter surveys. In addition to surveying, he is a U.S. Coast Guard-Certified Fishing Vessel Safety Instructor, an EMT, and an active safety instructor for the Fishing Partnership.
Katelyn is a marine surveyor in our Fairhaven, MA office working primarily with our Regulatory Compliance Group performing safety audits on offshore wind vessels. Prior to joining MSC Katelyn was working as an officer on DP 3 construction vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a degree in Marine Transportation and has over ten years experience in shipping and vessel logistics. Katelyn has extensive Dynamic Positioning experience and is an instructor approved by the Nautical Institute to teach Dynamic Positioning.
She has previously worked as a USCG approved instructor, training personnel in STCW, various other classes and was a technical advisor for the development and approval of the OSVDPA. Katelyn has numerous qualifications and certifications including USCG Licensed 2nd Mate Unlimited, Unlimited Dynamic Positioning Officer, USCG approved ECDIS &STCW instructor, GMDSS, Medical PIC, FRC, HUET, Train the Trainer meeting IMO 6.09. She is also STWC certified with all associated shipboard Firefighting, First Aid and CPR.
Jay is a Marine Surveyor in our Fairhaven, MA office, working primarily with our Regulatory Compliance Group. His experience with MSC also includes liability investigations and workplace safety assessments.
He graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2015 with a degree in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection. During his time at the academy he also worked full-time for the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Cape Cod Canal conducting patrols and serving as a first responder under the dispatch of Marine Traffic Controllers. He completed an internship on the Panama Canal boarding various transiting vessels and learning international Safety Management Systems. He also completed an internship as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist in civil and marine construction. Jay brings a widespread knowledge base in OSHA compliance.
Since graduating from the academy, he has held positions in the construction safety industry, including completing a safety engineering training program for nuclear power plants. His professional experience also includes working as a Safety Consultant in the workers compensation insurance industry conducting safety audits, claim investigations and facilitating in overall injury prevention. He is a certified CPR/First aid instructor, a certified Lift Operator Instructor through the National Safety Council, is OSHA-10 Maritime Industry certified and he is 40-hour HAZWOPER certified.