Expert Witness Biography

Captain Lewis has more than 34 years in the Marine industry, both at sea and ashore. He is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master of Steam and Motor vessels of not more than 1600 gross tons upon oceans and a 3rd Mate of Steam and Motor vessels of any gross tons upon oceans. He has been a Captain for more than 25 years on Tug and Barge ocean-going units. He has also worked as a 3rd Mate aboard Ocean going tankers.

As the Captain of the vessel he was responsible for the overall operation of the vessel including the safe navigation of the vessel, compliance with all company and regulatory body requirements, compliance with all safety policies and procedures including vessel security and insured all vessel maintenance schedules were up to date. He was responsible for all aspects of the operation: budget planning, purchasing of stores, spare parts, safety equipment, electronics, fuel, as well as crews payroll and overtime.

As a Captain and Mate aboard Ocean Tankers and Tanker Barges he was responsible for developing critical vessel onboard procedures and protocols to comply with company policies. This included writing procedures for oil and cargo transfers as well as an operation manual for all tasks done aboard the vessel. He was also responsible for all vessel inspections, audits, onboard injury investigations and analysis.

Captain Lewis is a graduate of the State University of NY, Maritime College at Fort Schuler, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation.