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General Manager - Chief Engineering Officer 

Educated, resourceful, and highly experienced in Marine Management. Knowledgeable in all aspects of vessel and shipyard building & repair operations, facilities maintenance, security and safety regulations. Responsible for the administration of personnel, formulation of budgets, training, purchasing, and all systems related to corporate operations. 

Education/Specialized Training

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay MA          Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine and Electrical Engineering           June 1971                                                                                                                      US Coast Guard Marine Engineer’s License                                                                        1971 – Present        USCG Chief Engineer of Motor or Gas Turbines Vessels  of Any Horsepower                     Third Assistant Engineer of Steam Vessels of Any Horsepower.                Solar Gas Turbines Inc., San Diego CA Operation and Maintenance of Marine Gas Turbines Certification             June 1997 Gas Turbine Electronic Control Systems Certification                                June 1997 Computational Systems Inc, Knoxville TN  Vibration Analysis for Machinery and Electrical Motors Certification          May 2000 Wessex Marine Consultancy, UK    ISO High Speed Code Instructor               Sept. 1997 Examiner For Engineers                                                                              Sept. 2000      RSES, Hartford CT EPA Refrigeration Certified Technician                                                    Nov 1994 Military Sealift Command, Freehold NJ Advanced Firefighting School                         Apr. 1993 Sun Oil Company, Philadelphia, PA   ISO 9000 Training and Certification                                                            Sept. 1994 

Belzona, Inc. Miami, FL    Nov. 2004 Marine and Industry Polymeric Application Certification

Fisher Maritime Consulting Group, New Jersey Shipyard Contract Management Certification          Apr. 2010           

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Employment History

Delaware River & Bay Authority March 2005 to Present Sr. Port Engineer / Director of Engineering

 Oversee and direct all aspects of Shipyard Repair including writing, approving, and implementing vessel Shipyard repair, ship modifications and dry docking contracts.  Prepared & implemented over 20 shipyard repair contracts. Interface with shipyard personnel for change orders, estimating and refitting of various ship repair & refit projects.  Relate to USCG, ABS and other regulatory bodies for inspections as needed.   Formulate and implement the Engineering budget in excess of 4 million dollars for the Cape May / Lewes  Ferry operation. The direction of all aspects of the maintenance and repair of (5) 1000 passenger / 100 car Ferries. Also, manage operation of  (2) 100 passenger only ferries for the Fort Mott –Pea Patch Island State Park service including docking barge operation and maintenance.    Chairman of Cape May Ferry Operations Safety Committee.  The administration of the Chief Engineers and Assistants, Shore Technicians, Paint gang, passenger terminal cleaning staff and the deck maintenance group. Off season numbering about 60 persons – in season numbering over 120 persons.  Management of all aspects for the purchase, maintenance, repair, and installations to vessels and docking facilities - including recommendations for purchase of major equipment, input into the Marine Master plan, and technical advisor to Operations Director.

Fox Navigation LLC / Pequot River Shipworks      1997 to 2005  Director of Engineering & Interim General Manager                    

 Formulate and implement budget for a Marine Transportation operation. The direction of all aspects of the maintenance and repair of 3 High Speed Ferries.  The administration of eight chief engineers and six shore technicians.  Management of all aspects of the purchase, maintenance, repair, and installations to docking facilities; including - barges, outbuildings, workshops and office space.  Consulted on the building of 5 aluminum high speed passenger ferries at Pequot River Shipworks in New London CT. Recommended machinery and placement of machinery within the hulls. Carried out Failure Mode & Effect Analysis for all vessels.   Oversee and direct all aspects of Shipyard Repair.   (Salary $80,000/yr)            

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Sun Oil Company                                                                                     1992 – 1997  Chief Engineer Tanker ‘Northern Sun’

 Responsibilities: Inventory control, prepare reports, shipyard planning, and the maintenance and repair of all shipboard systems.  Keep vessel up to ABS specifications as well as ready for Coast Guard inspection.  Troubleshoot vessels automation system and make repairs where needed.  Advise, supervise and inspect all work done by outside contractors.  (Salary  $75,000/yr)

Reinauer Transportation Co.                                          1988 - 1992 Chief Engineer M/V ‘JoAnne Reinauer’ 

 Responsibilities:  Maintain  inventory, prepare reports, shipyard planning, and the maintenance and repair of all systems relating to vessel operation.  Supervise and perform the overhaul of the vessels various pumps, winches, and hydraulic systems.

Hess Oil Co.                                                                                          1980 - 1988   Chief Engineer/Acting Port Engineer on M/V ‘New Haven’    Responsibilities: Acting Port Engineer for Shipyard repairs and modifications of motor vessel.  Hiring contractors, supervising, and inspecting work necessary for vessel operation. 

Spentonbush / Red Star Co.                                                                                               1971 - 1980     Chief Engineer on M/V ‘New Haven’     Responsibilities: Shipyard management. Perform and schedule maintenance on Caterpillar Main and Generating diesel engines. Also maintain inventory, determine needed repairs, and carry out the repairs for all vessel systems (hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, mechanical etc).

Professional Courses, Certifications & Professional Organizations U.S. Coast Guard Approved:  Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Course              Bridge Resource Management Course  Personal Survival Techniques Course   First Aid/CPR Course  Basic Safety - Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities Course  Instructor / Examiner for High Speed Craft Type Rating Training – program #16720/4         
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Additional  Member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers  Marine Consultant on several new build projects  Consultant, Shipboard Fuel Cell testing for Maritime Administration   CEO of Gillespie Marine Service LLC a Marine Surveying and Consulting Firm  Shipyard Competent Person Certification  Marine Vapor Recovery Certification   Benzene Training  Hazardous Materials Training  Nautical System Computer Training  Respirator Use & Fit Training  Toxic Substance Control Course  Hazwoper Certification  Independent Consultant for the building of the “Atlanticat” for BBO LLC at Blount Shipyard in Warren Rhode Island.  (130 foot Crowther Design Aluminum Catamaran)  Familiar with aluminum shipbuilding techniques as well as steel construction estimating


Adam Wronowski    Thames Shipyard Co-Owner     Farnsworth St       New London, CT 06320       860-442-8764

Joseph Eckhardt    Caddell’s Shipyard Vice President    Foot of Broadway & Brighton St       Staten Island, NY 10310       718-442-2112

John Waggoner    Hornblower Marine Services Vice President    1 River Point Plaza       Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-218-9570

John Falvey     Alaska Marine Highway System General Manager    7559 North Tongass Ave       Ketchikan, Alaska 99901 907-228-7255

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