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Best Practice Recommendations for Ocean Towing MODUs

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Presentation

This paper was written by Bartley Eckhardt, P.E., of Robson Forensic; and Capt. Eric Johansson of SUNY Maritime College; and presented at the International Tug & Salvage…

Technical Analysis of Ocean Towing Evolutions

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Presentation

Ocean towing in general, and non-routine tows in particular, present unique technical challenges to towing vessel owners/operators, salvors, the offshore oil/gas and wind industries, and others. When…

See & Be Seen: Tips for Small Boats on Crowded Waters

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Article

Collisions between non-powered recreational watercraft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, etc.) and faster, wind or motor powered vessels can be catastrophic for passengers in the slower vessel. Any…

Tugboat Capstan Fatality - Expert Opinions

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E. & Ruhi Arslanoglu, Ph.D.
Expert Article

A federal court has awarded a multimillion-dollar judgment to the family of a tugboat deck hand who was killed in a capstan related accident on New Jersey’s Hackensack River in 2009. The company…

Towing Vessel Regulations: An Expert’s Perspective

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Article

Historically, the majority of towing vessels in inland and coastwise service are classified as “uninspected vessels.” Although inland and coastwise towing vessels are regulated by CFR,…

Towing Vessel Safety: Risk-based Maintenance and Inspection of Towing Vessel Machinery and Systems

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Article

This paper was originally presented at the 2013 ASME/USCG Workshop on Marine Technology & Standards in Arlington, VA. Download the article in PDF in the Details section of this page. Failures of…

Marine Towline Fatality - Ruling Against Tug Boat Operator

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Article

Experts at Robson Forensic were involved in a lengthy trial, in which a federal judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff. In this case, a 58-year-old deckhand employed on a tugboat was crushed to death…

Visibility Factors in Small Boat Collisions Research

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Article

This study examined powered craft operators’ ability to identify a kayak under differing visibility conditions. The kayaker was either wearing a dark PFD or a fluorescent shirt over the PFD, and…

Caught on Rotating Power Take-Off Shaft - Expert’s Opinion Supports $510,000 Settlement

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Article

In this case, Robson Forensic expert, Bart Eckhardt, P.E., opined that the machine manufacturer failed to provide an interlock for the power take-off shaft guard and that the manufacturer failed to…

Worker Trapped in Machine - Expert’s Opinion

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Article

In this case a worker in a copper tubing processing plant became trapped in a machine while trying to clear a jam. Robson Forensic was retained by plaintiff's counsel to investigate the incident.…