Specializing in Regulations, Navigation, Safety at Sea, and Yachts
CAPT. JAKE DESVERGERS
SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, MLC,
ISM Code, ISPS Code, US Law, CFRs,
US Coast Guard, Offshore Registries, Licenses, Oil Record Books
Operations, Voyage Plans, Groundings, Collisions, Allisions, Emergency Responses, Total Losses, Accident Investigations
Lifesaving Appliances, Firefighting Operations, Radio Equipment, Medical
Yacht Codes, MCA, Offshore Registries, Operations, Tender Tows, Construction, Accommodations, Contracts, Insurance, Shipyards
Passengers, Guests, Crew, Harbor Workers, Longshoremen, Surveyors, Technicians
FLAG / CLASSIFICATION
Vessel Registration, Ownership Structures, Construction Rules, Newbuild Contracts
Growing up on the waters and beaches of Florida, I was instantly drawn to the ocean at a very young age. Whether that involved chasing schools of fish, swimming with dolphins, or surfing the waves, a career involving the ocean was my choice.
At the young age of 18, I received a congressional nomination to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. As one of the nation’s five service academies, Kings Point is to the Merchant Marine, what West Point is to the Army, and Annapolis is to the Navy. It is a premier education institution where all students attend on a full scholarship.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree, a license as a merchant marine officer, and a commission in the US Navy Reserve, I began my professional life at sea. Quickly working my way through the ranks from Third Officer up to Master, I transitioned to shoreside positions in ship management, classification, and flag-state administration.
Having over 30 years of shipboard and shoreside experience and dealing with thousands of different people across multiple cultures and demographics, I have gained the unique trait to easily explain and teach complicated topics. My audiences have ranged from the Board of Directors to seasoned Technical Staff in the field to new green crew having just made their first view of the sea.
This ability to translate complicated topics into simple, layman’s terms, both in written reports and verbal explanations, has allowed me, as a maritime expert witness, to assist lawyers, judges, juries, and arbitration boards to fully understand and comprehend the issues before them.
C.V. / RESUME
CAPT. JAKE DESVERGERS
United States Merchant Marine Academy, USA.
Bachelor of Science, Marine Transportation, Ship's Officer Program
Columbia Southern University, USA.
Master of Science, Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Engineering
Master of Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans, USA.
Vessel types included Ro/Ro, Containers, Oil and Chemical Tankers, Bulk, General Cargo, Passenger, Training, Oil Spill Response, Offshore Supply, Tugs, and Research
United States Navy, Commander, Strategic Sealift, Retired.
Over 30 years at sea and ashore in various senior management roles. Involved in all aspects of the maritime and yachting industries, including operations, surveys, audits, regulatory compliance, flag-states, classification societies, and training schools.
A full listing of education, experience, licenses, memberships, publications, and case history is available upon request.
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Boca Raton, Florida 33432