July 2009 – Present
President, Fernandes Maritime Consultants, LLC
President, Martin, Ottaway & Fernandes, Inc
1997 – 2007
Manager, Principal Surveyor and Marine Consultant, Martin, Ottaway, van Hemmen & Dolan, New Orleans Office. Branch office of MOvH&D engaged in surveying, engineering and marine consulting activities in the Gulf and Caribbean area.
1996 – 1997
Engineer and Surveyor with MARTIN, OTTAWAY, van HEMMEN & DOLAN, INC. Areas of specialization include vessel vetting and condition surveys, forensic engineering, mechanical engineering, structural and mechanical system surveys, and failure analysis.
Liquid and solid cargoes damage inspections, follow-up surveys, loss mitigation and verification, cargo outturn and pre-shipment inspections, dock damage, and personal injury investigations carried out for owners, charterers and their P&I underwriters.
1991 – 1996
Marine Surveyor, Associated Independent Marine Surveyors, Inc. (AIMS, Inc.), Jersey City, NJ. Responsibilities included: Inspection of hull and machinery damages, supervision of repairs and verification of costs, recommendations to prevent recurrence, vessel vetting and condition inspections.
Cargo damage inspections and loss verification, cargo outturn inspections, pre-shipment inspections in the field of commodities, manufactured products, arts and antiques.
1987 – 1990
First Asst. Engineer, Singa Ship Management, Singapore. Responsibilities included day-to-day management of engine room operations and maintenance; supervised multinational crew.
1980 – 1986
Junior Engineer to Second Asst. Engineer, Tradax Gestion S. A., Switzerland. Responsibilities included operations and maintenance of specific machinery.
Following instructions from European Marine Underwriters, researched and made recommendations to South American liner refrigerated container carrier during 1991-1992, that were successful in preventing recurring generator break-downs.
Participated in successful evacuation of M.V. “NORMAN ATLANTIC”, loaded with naphtha, and destroyed in bombing attack during the Iran – Iraq war in December 1987.
Education and Professional Qualifications
Degree: MS in Maritime Management
College: Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine; graduated 1991
Electives: Marine Insurance and Maritime Law, Intermodal Transportation
License: Chief Engineer’s Certificate of Competency (Motor). Issued by the Government of the United Kingdom, 1986.
Diploma: Mechanical Engineering
College: Central Polytechnic, Madras, India; graduated 1978.
Elective: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.
Evening college studies in Mechanical Engineering
Apprenticeship, Marine Engineering, Binny Engineering Works, Madras, India, 1974-1979
Certified Welding Inspector in compliance with the American Welding Society requirements.
Certified Qualified Individual for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and proven competent at the level of OSHA-24-Hour On-Scene Commander.
Certified by SDT-MacGregor, Belgium to test hatch covers using SHERLOG ultrasonic equipment.
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Welding Society
English, Hindi, Konkani
United States Citizen