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Expert Witness


Expert Consultant / Witness

Marine Accident Investigator
and
Coast Guard Regulatory Enforcement Expert

Alameda, California

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  • Over seventeen years as Independent Marine Surveyor and Legal Liability Consultant / Expert
  • 20 years as a U.S. Coast Guard Officer involved in commercial vessel inspection and accident investigations.
  • Established as an Expert Witness in civil and criminal litigation.
  • Unbiased, Professional Opinions.

 CURRICULUM VITAE IN BRIEF

 

Personal Information

Randell Battelle Sharpe
242 Inverness Ct.
Alameda, CA 94502
Phone (510) 337-0706
Fax     (781) 623-8386
E-mail:
rsharpe@sharpesurveying.com
Website: www.sharpesurveying.com

 

Current Occupation:

July 1999 to Present: Marine Surveyor, Accident Investigator, and Marine Industry Consultant. Conducting condition & value and insurance surveys on yachts and small craft as an independent marine surveyor. Conducting damage surveys on vessels for insurance claims. Consulting with the commercial vessel industry in the capacity of marine surveyor and liaison between the commercial marine industry and regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard. Consulting as an expert with admiralty attorneys regarding civil and criminal actions related to the marine industry.  SAMS® Accredited Marine Surveyor as of November 2001. 

Work History:  Click to see legal case work history.

 

 Prior Military Service:

U.S. COAST GUARD Commissioned Officer; 23 May 1979 to 31 May 1999.

Chief Casualty Investigations Department, Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay:  June 1996 to May 1999

Assistant Chief Inspections Department, Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay:  July 1995 to June 1996

Chief Inspections / Investigations Department, Marine Safety Office San Juan, Puerto Rico:  July 1992 to July 1995

Staff Member Compliance & Enforcement Division, Coast Guard Headquarters Washington, D.C.:  May 1988 to July 92

Supervisor Marine Safety Detachment, Key West, Florida:  June 1984 to May 1988

Inspector / Investigator trainee, Port Arthur, Texas:  July 1981 to June 1984

Student Engineering Officer, USCGC TANEY:  June 1979 to July 1981

 

Education

Completion

Course Title

Brief Description

01-Jul-77

Damage Control School

Introduction to shipboard control of damage and flooding

15-Jul-77

Shipboard Fire Fighting School

Basic techniques in shipboard fire fighting

23-May-79

US Coast Guard Academy

Bachelor of Science; Major in Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering

14-Aug-79

Navigation Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road training for Deck Watch Officers

17-Dec-79

In Port Engineering Officer

Designation after completing training on in-port emergency procedures

08-Feb-80

Shipboard Engineering Part A

Practical training in the systems aboard a 327 foot steam powered ship

18-Apr-80

Damage Control Assistant Course

Principles of ship board fire fighting, flooding, stability & damage control

10-Jun-80

Engineering Officer of the Watch

Designation as Qualified Engineering Officer aboard the USCGC Taney

27-Jun-80

Shipboard Engineering Part B

Practical training course in all aspects of Steam ship engineering

28-Nov-80

Deck Watch Officer

Designation as Qualified Deck watch Officer aboard the USCGC Taney

24-Mar-82

Marine Safety Basic Indoctrination

12 Week course in regulatory procedures for vessel inspections

30-Apr-82

Commercial Diving Operations

Introductory overview of commercial diving operations

19-Aug-82

Offshore Survival Technology

Practical use of lifesaving Appliances and water survival

12-May-83

Tank Fire Prevention & Control

Texas Safety Association Course in Tank Fire Prevention & Firefighting

27-May-83

Hazardous Chemicals Training

Regulatory requirements for shipment of hazardous materials

27-Jan-84

Marine Safety Investigating Officer

Practices for conducting casualty investigations administrative hearings

11-Oct-85

Surveying Fiberglass Vessels

Methods and practical application for survey of fiberglass vessels

26-Sep-86

Inspection of Wooden Boats

Methods and practical application for survey of wooden vessels

24-Oct-86

T-Boat Plan Review Course

Review of ABS rules & Federal Regulations for small passenger vessels

15-May-92

Chief Inspections Department

Coast Guard policy and procedures for Inspections Department

04-Mar-97

DNV ISM Code

Covered purpose and implementation process for ISM Code

06-Mar-97

DNV Internal Auditor Course

ISM Safety and Quality Management Course

01-Sep-98

ISC 100 training

Introduction to Incident Command Structure

01-Oct-98

ISC 300 training

Advanced training in Incident Command Structure

26-Oct-2001

ABYC Certification Course  Marine Electrical Technician;  Certified
2001- present SAMS Annual Conferences Three day educational symposiums for marine surveyors 
7-Apr-2002 ABYC Certification Course ABYC Standards Accreditation; Standards Accredited
22-24 Sep 02 NAMS Annual Conference Three day educational symposium for marine surveyors
2003-present SAMS annual Pacific Regional Conferences Two day educational symposiums for marine surveyors

 

Awards by order of precedence 

Award date

Award

Accomplishment

24-Jun-92

Commendation Medal

Developing legislation for Passenger Vessel Safety Act 1993

17-May-95

Commendation Medal

Reforming dept eliminating backlogs standardizing processes

19-May-99

Commendation Medal

Promotion of Safety Initiatives effecting national CG policy

23-Nov-83

Achievement Medal w/O device

Coordinating & implementing major military exercise

18-Jul-84

Comdt Ltr of Commendation w/O device

On Scene Fire fighting Assistance Tank Ship Mara Hope

10-Jan-95

Comdt Ltr of Commendation

Investigation of Morris J. Berman major oil spill

15-Jun-92

DOT outstanding Unit award

Issued to Members of MSO San Juan Puerto Rico

07-Oct-94

Unit Commendation w/O device

Response to major oil spill from the barge Morris J. Berman

30-Nov-94

Meritorious Team Commendation

Bring substandard freight vsls into compliance safety standards

09-May-95

Meritorious Team Commendation

Multi agency effort to prosecute illegal toxic waste dumping

15-Sep-76

Meritorious Unit Commendation w/O

American Bicentennial Cruise on board USCGC Eagle

25-Oct-95

Meritorious Unit Commendation w/O

Major oil spill in PR & Grounding of T/S Mantinia & 2 ship fires

17-Apr-97

Meritorious Unit Commendation w/O

MSO San Francisco operations

01-Jun-79

Refresher Training E ribbon

USCGC TANEY refresher training receiving all Es

02-Jan-90

Bicentennial award

Service in Coast Guard during the 200th anniversary

16-Dec-80

Humanitarian Service Medal

Cuban Refugee Relief Operations aboard the USCGC Taney

01-Jan-94

Humanitarian Service Medal

CG operations in 7th district saving refugees in Caribbean

07-Oct-94

Special operations service ribbon

Response to major oil spill from the barge Morris J. Berman

07-Sep-01

Marine Safety & Environmental Protection Professional Demonstrated proficiency in multiple inspection & Investigation disciplines while serving in the Coast Guard.  

 

Other Information

Memberships in Organizations:

  • SAMS® (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) Accredited Marine Surveyor
  • ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council)
  • NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
  • SNAME (Society of Navel Architects and Marine Engineers,
  • IAMI (International Association of Marine Investigators)
  • Boat U.S. (National organization lobbying for safe boating)
  • U.S. Sailing (National organization promoting organized sailing)
  • USCG Alumni Association