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John Poulson

New York, NY
Phone:
+1 917 216 5027
Email: johnpoulson@atlanticmarineassociates.com

Executive Vice President of AMA Inc., John Poulson brings 40 years' experience in marine engineering, surveying, consulting, claims, loss prevention, and provision of expert witness services. While Poulson has served in senior manager roles for the past 17 years, positions he has held throughout his career have involved expertise in the coordination and oversight of worldwide surveying and consulting operations, quality control, and dispute resolution.  

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Experience

Atlantic Marine Associates Inc., New York, NY    

Executive Vice President and Principal Surveyor | Providing independent marine surveying, consulting, claims handling, and expert witness services globally. 

GL Noble Denton, New York, NY  

President | Opened and established the New York office for marine casualty investigation. Responsible for the coordination and oversight of surveying and consulting operations, quality control, and dispute resolution throughout the Americas for the company's marine casualty investigation sector, reporting principally to Underwriters concerned. Responsible for regional development of the business sector, and training and skill development of technical surveying personnel. 

Performed field survey work; assisted attorneys; provided expert witness reporting and testimony. Performed casualty investigations with an emphasis on major casualties, including: collisions, fires, groundings, machinery failures, shipyard liabilities, and damages to third party installations. Warranty survey work included voyage and towage approvals, vessel moorings, and lay-ups / reactivations. 

Shipowners Claims Bureau, Managers of the American P&I Club, New York, NY

Principal Surveyor: Loss Prevention, Risk Control and Technical Services | Globally responsible for management of the survey department; monitored the condition and standard of Member vessels entered with the club, a fleet comprising several million tons. Liaison with claims handlers on technical and vessel third party liability issues. Conducted work on personal injury cases. 

BMT Salvage Ltd (the SA), New York: Regional Office for the Americas 

Regional Manager, the Americas | Manager directly responsible for all aspects of company operations throughout Canada, North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. Responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of survey operations, quality control, and dispute resolution. Performed casualty investigative survey work; assisted attorneys; provided expert witness testimony with depositions and court appearances in the U.S. and abroad; conducted field training and evaluation of personnel; conducted warranty survey work, including voyage and towage approvals, vessel moorings, and lay-up / reactivation. 

Acted as liaison at board level, reporting to company directors. Responsible for regional development, including start-up of joint ventures; establishment of new office locations; acquisition of subsidiary surveying companies; recruitment of technical and administrative personnel; marketing; presentations to Underwriters and industry personnel; speaking as conference delegate at IUMI and IMCC; and giving guest presentations for technical instruction courses. 

Conducted administration-level duties, including trustee-ship of company pension and retirement funds, general business management, and general administration. 

The Salvage Association, Ltd., New York: Head Office for the Americas

Staff Surveyor | Performed salvage, casualty, warranty, and condition surveys in the Eastern Seaboard, Great Lakes, and Gulf regions of the U.S.; Canada; the Caribbean; and Central and South America. 

Conducted casualty work with an emphasis on major casualties, including collisions, fires, groundings and machinery failures, fixed and floating object damages, and builder’s risk and repair liability. Warranty work included vessel and power-barge mooring approvals, towage and voyage approvals for vessels of various types and damages, fishing vessel risk assessment, and loss prevention engineering. 

Represented Underwriters on occasion in Europe and the Far East. Acted as regional manager for the Americas. 

The Salvage Association, Antwerp Office, Belgium 

Staff Surveyor | Conducted salvage, casualty, warranty, and condition surveys throughout Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East.  

Reederei Roth, GmbH, Hamburg, Germany

Chief Engineer | Responsible for all engineering matters, personnel, main and auxiliary machinery, and plant. Assisted shore-based technical management with preparation of dry dock and repair specification, including modification of vessel systems. Sailed on multipurpose vessels engaged in container line trades and carriage of bulk liquid cargoes. 

Certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping for continuous survey of machinery (CSM). 

Andrew Weir & Co. Ltd. (Managers of the Bank Line Ltd.) 

Second Engineer | Responsible for all operational matters pertaining to main and auxiliary machinery and plant. Assisted with dry docking and repairs. Sailed on multipurpose vessels engaged in container line trades and carriage of bulk liquids. Specifically responsible for on-board care and handling of bulk edible oil cargoes. 

Junior to Third Engineer | Performed various watch-keeping and maintenance responsibilities. Sailed on container, general, and refrigerated cargo vessels. 

Education & training

South Shields Marine & Technical College | South Shields, UK

National Diploma in Marine Engineering with Endorsements  

Shore-based and sea-going training

University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, UK

Master of Science (MSc), Maritime Studies

qualifications

UK Department of Transport (DOT) First Class Certificate of Competency: Marine Engineer, Unlimited horse power  

DOT Second Class Certificate of Competency

DOT Class Four Certificate of Competency  

Chartered Engineer (CEng): UK Engineering Council 

Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng): Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology 

Registered Marine Surveyor (RMS): International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS) 

career development

GL Noble Denton:  'Leading with Integrity' - Certificate of Completion 

Bond Solon, London: Excellence in Written Evidence & Witness Familiarization 

BMT Fleet Technologies: 'Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of Ship Structures' - Certificate of Completion  

Course presenter on 'Viewpoint of the Underwriters' Surveyor' 

North of England P&I Association: Residential Course in Loss Prevention and P&I Insurance - Pass with Distinction

Professional affiliations

Fellow: Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (FIMarEST)

Member: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) 

Member: International Institute of Marine Surveying (MIIMS) 

Member: Maritime Law Association, U.S. (non-lawyer) 

Associate Member: Association of Average Adjusters of the U.S. and Canada 

Chairman: Association of Average Adjusters of the U.S. (2005-2006) 

Past Member: American Bureau of Shipping, Special Committee on Ship Operations 

Past Member: Ship Technical Committee, International Group of P&I Clubs 

publications & presentations

Ballast Water Management   Presented at International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin, 2017 

Ever Feel Like a Spare Part?   Presented at International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin, 2016 

E-Mission Control, We have a Problem   American P&I Club, 'Currents' periodical

Article discussing problems encountered with operation of fuels necessary to comply with impending environmental legislation 

Design or Latent Defect   Presented jointly at International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin, 2013

Comparison of coverage under English, German, Norwegian, and U.S. law 

The Deadliest Cargo   The Nautical Institute, 'Seaways' periodical, 2013

Discussion of the dangers of nickel ore cargoes 

Watery Graves   American P&I Club, 'Currents' periodical, 2013

Discussion of the dangers of nickel ore cargoes 

It Must Be the Fuel   Presented at International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin, 2009

Life at the Sharp End   Presented at International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin, 2008

Hatch Covers - An Open and Shut Case (Fact, Fiction and Fallacies)   American P&I Club, 'Currents' periodical, 2007 

Human Error - the Challenges Facing Mariners Today   Address presented at International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), Copenhagen, 2007

Where Do We Go from Here?   Chairman's address at the Association of Average Adjusters of the U.S., 2006

Bilge Water Discharge - Still Hazy After All these Years?   American P&I Club, 'Currents' periodical, 2006

Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of Ship Structures   Course material published for The Viewpoint of the Underwriters Surveyor, British Marine Technologies (BMT), 2004

Construction of Merchant Vessels in the U.S.   Lloyds of London Press, 2003