James L. Dolan


James L. Dolan   

Professional Experience: 2011 – Present

President Emeritus, MARTIN, OTTAWAY, van HEMMEN & DOLAN, INC.

1995 – 2011

President, MARTIN, OTTAWAY, van HEMMEN & DOLAN, INC., a full range marine consulting firm with offices in Red Bank, New Jersey and New Orleans, Louisiana. Duties included:

Management of the firm and its procedures and financial well being

Ship surveys including condition, safety and security aspects, pre-purchase, cargo, hull and machinery and P&I

Casualty investigation of Marine vessels and structures as a result of fires, explosions, sinkings, collisions and allisions

Quality, Safety and Environmental Consulting for shipowners, facility owners and review of such management systems for interested parties

Insurance claim presentations

Vessel appraisals

Expert testimony in legal cases including in Court and at Arbitrations throughout the world

Attendance at IMO on behalf of a Flag State

1993 – 1995

Partner, MARTIN, OTTAWAY, van HEMMEN & DOLAN, INC. Areas of specialization include classification and regulatory matters, marine engineering, structural surveys, construction supervision, industrial verification, technical personnel management and safety, environmental and quality operational procedures.

1991 – 1993

Senior Vice President, Marine Coordination, AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING. Responsible for ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures, standards and work instructions are established and implemented worldwide. Rendering decisions on operating issues of critical importance to ABS marine business by virtue of strategic impact or external sensitivity. Providing authoritative reviews relative to granting or removing ABS Classification. Liaising with the Law Department on legal matters pertinent to ABS at a corporate level.

1987 – 1991

Senior Vice President – Classification/Certification, AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING. In charge of all worldwide operations including budgeting, manning, field and technical services and client account management.

1985 – 1987

Vice President, Operations, AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING. In charge of Operations staff at world headquarters including field surveys, policies, instructions and guidance, statistical reporting, rule development, maintaining vessel records and status, SOLAS/IMO implementation and fees and billing.

1983 – 1985

Area Principal Surveyor for Western Europe, Northern and Western Africa, AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING, London, United Kingdom. Responsible for all company activities and P & L in area, including 32 exclusive offices and 19 non-exclusive offices with approximately 80 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects.

1979 – 1983

Assistant Chief Surveyor – Operations, AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING at headquarters, responsible for vessel reporting, and project management, including damage assessment of major casualties on site. In addition, responsible for overseeing, tracking and advising on repairs to classed offshore drilling units at the corporate level.

1967 – 1979

Ship Surveyor, Senior Surveyor and Principal Surveyor for AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING in various parts, including United States, Japan and Taiwan, R.O.C. Duties included all types of new construction and existing vessel surveys as well as administrative duties dependent on position.

1962 – 1967

Ship’s engineer for AMERICAN EXPORT-ISBRANDTSEN CO., in various ranks on various vessels. Received U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer’s license while working for this company.

Notable Projects

Served variously as an advisor to the U.S. State Department, the Republic of Panama – Maritime Affairs and the Marshall Islands delegations to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee and Marine Environment Protection Committee from 1996 to present.

Council member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) from 1991 to 1993, with the responsibility of promoting interaction and continuity of standards between major classification societies.

Developed full operating environmental and safety procedures for ship owners and ship management companies applicable to U.S. and foreign flag operations. Also conducted training, implementation and auditing of ship operation/management systems.

Developed rapid response program for casualty response for ABS.

Instituted quality, environmental and safety management programs for a major cruise line and a U.S. tanker operator.

Expert/policy witness on the classification process and general survey requirements of commercial vessels in various U.S. and International courts.

Project management of a number of new building contracts including large Container vessels and Reefer vessels.

Education and Professional Qualifications

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, B.S. Marine and Electrical Engineering – 1962

A.M.A Management Course (4 weeks) – 1981

Marine Diesel Course – 1983

Harvard Business School (13 weeks), Program for Management Development – 1986

Crosby Quality College, Executive Course – 1992, M.M.A. – Qualified Individual Course – 1994 with annual refresher courses

Internal Auditor Training Course, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping – 1994 & 1999

Certified Qualified Individual for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and proven competent at the level of OSHA 24-Hour On-Scene Commander as per 29 CFR 1910.120(q) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Center for Marine Environmental Protection and Safety

Qualified as an Internal Auditor for ISO 9000 & 14001 Certification

Technical Publications

“International Maritime Regulations, Their Application and Their Potential for Mis-Application” – January 25, 2008

“International Shipping Regulation Update, 4, 2004” – April 2004

“The ISPS Code – International Ship & Port Facility Security Code and SOLAS Amendments 2002” – November 2003

“The Marine Environment – A Marine Consultant’s Perspective” – published in Cleaner Seas in summer 2003

“Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis” – October 1998

“ISO 9000 – Practical Consideration Towards Ship Operators/Classification” – May 1994

“Machinery Damage” at IUMI – September 1992


United States Coast Guard

Chief Engineer – Steam, any horsepower

Third Engineer – Motor, any horsepower


Member, American Bureau of Shipping

Member, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

Member, Society of Marine Port Engineers of New York

Member, Society of Naval Engineers

Associate Member, Institute of Marine Engineers – London

Associate Member, Association of Average Adjusters – United States

Subscriber of Association of Average Adjusters – UK

Trustee, United Seaman’s Service


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