Expert Witness Biography

John Sullivan is a Marine Engineer with over thirty years of professional experience both at sea and ashore. He has been a Chief Engineer on Steam and Motor Vessels of unlimited Horsepower. He has also been a Port Engineer, Technical Superintendent and Fleet Manager for shipping companies. He has performed several re-flagging and change of Class procedures for vessels operating under the US Maritime Security Program.

John has significant experience in the new construction and oversight of marine equipment and systems, including shipyards throughout the world, overseeing newbuilds, retrofits, commissioning, drydockings, and surveys. He is an expert at Failure Mode Effect Analysis and Dynamic Positioning for offshore installations of all types and sizes. John possesses an extensive technical background in marine mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, HVAC, and automation.

Outside of the Maritime Industry John has installed wireless networks from the ground up in places like Jamaica, St. Maarten, and on a college campus in Charleston, SC. After 9/11 he helped vet new technologies developed at US National Labs for integration to Port Security Systems and Container Tracking.

John earned his degree in marine engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He is a member of several professional marine organizations and has completed many advanced training programs.

Specialty Practice Area: Offshore Oil & Gas Operations

Chief Engineer John Sullivan is a recognized subject matter expert on Drilling Vessels such as Drillships, MODUs (Mobile Offshore Drilling Units), Semi-Submersibles, FPSOs (Floating Production Storing and Offloading Vessels), Jackups and Stationary Rigs. John has spent extensive time in shipyards in Asia overseeing Newbuild Drillships and MODUs for O&G Companies with focus on minimizing any downstream downtime. He is intimately familiar with all drilling and associated machinery, having performed several surveys in the Gulf of Mexico and South America as well as Asia. He is an expert at Dynamic Positioning Systems DP-2 and DP-3 made by Kongsberg, L-3, Rolls Royce, and Navis. His background in marine incidents and investigations makes him a textbook choice when it comes to offshore operations.