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In this issue:

  • Meet Your Skipper
  • Meet a Local Maritime Business - Flagship Management, LLC
  • FLMC Slate of Officers for 2021
  • 2021 FLMC Renewal - Don’t wait! Renew your membership for 2021!
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recently Filed Maritime Cases
  • Trivia - Can you answer this month’s trivia question?
  • Deck or Engine?
  • Farewell to Beverly Reilly

Benjamin W. Dowers
2021 Yeoman

meet your skipper

IMr. Tom Nolan with Latitude Marine, Inc. assumes the helm as the FLMC Skipper for 2021. Tom has some great ideas for the year and you can reach him at: [email protected].

Dear FLMC members,

Thank you for electing me as your FLMC skipper this year. The FLMC officers and I are hoping that we can hold more activities and have a great Marine Insurance seminar in the fall. Our Yeoman Ben Dowers who is in charge of the newsletter is featuring bios on our officers and has asked me a few questions which are answered below. I hope to see you soon.

Best regards,
Tom Nolan
2021 FLMC Skipper

Where are you from/raised?
I am originally from the Washington D.C. / Alexandria, Virginia area. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and later earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering after moving to Florida.

How did you get involved with the maritime industry?
I held an Engineering Manager position for 20 years at a multinational telecommunications corporation where I successfully managed many international projects. After traveling for many years, I attended the Chapman School of Seamanship for Yacht and Small Craft Surveyor and started Latitude Marine, Inc. in 2003.

What do you do? What does Latitude Marine do?
I began surveying by performing pre-purchase and condition and value surveys for individual clients. After surveying hundreds of vessels, I transitioned to mostly performing loss prevention and damage surveys.

When did you join FLMC and what were your prior positions?
I joined the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club in 2006 and have served on the seminar committee for over 12 years, as well as serving as Historian, Bosun,
Purser, and the 2016 Seminar Chair.

What are your goals for the FLMC this year?
My primary goal this year is to lead our FLMC officers in the “re-opening” of the club as conditions permit. Secondarily, I would like to increase our membership numbers. I ask that each club member bring in at least one new member who is associated with the marine insurance industry. Who will you bring in?

What do you foresee for our annual FLMC Seminar?
The seminar committee is a very talented and resourceful crew that has weathered many storms. We have crafted the seminar into one of the premier marine insurance events in the industry. Michelle Otero Valdes is the seminar chair this year and I am confident that she will lead the seminar committee in another successful seminar this fall. Please attend if you can, it’s a great way to network, learn and earn your continuing education credits. 

What do you tell people who are on the fence about paying a membership fee to join the FLMC? 
This year more than ever we need all of our members to renew. Your presence, dues and continued membership are very important to our club and the charities we support.

What value does the FLMC give our members?
The Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club is a great way for professionals associated with the marine insurance industry to enjoy social gatherings with other maritime professionals. Our club contributes to many worthy charities in our local area which require our support. Our monthly luncheons which include an informative presentation from a local maritime speaker have been well attended. Several activity events are held during the year including a jazz brunch, dinner cruise, picnic, summer get-away, annual marine insurance seminar, golf tournament and holiday party. We will try to hold as many events as possible this year given the current environment. We will be sending out an activities survey by email shortly so please let us know your thoughts. Also, please let Roy Scott our activities Chair or our officers know any suggestions you have about club events and activities for 2021.

What do you do for fun?
My hobbies are fixing up our old boat, going boating, I play guitar and computer chess and read. I’ve been boating on local waters for over 35 years. I volunteer for the US Power Squadrons as a safe boating and navigation instructor where I am a past Commander and Squadron Education Officer. And, of course, I attend as many FLMC events as possible. 

meet a local maritime business

Each month, the FLMC Newsletter will introduce a local maritime business to its members. The goal is to show members the breadth of maritime businesses in the local area and the different services offered.

This month’s local maritime business is Flagship Management, LLC with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, and in Ireland. Flagship Management is the maritime industry’s leading firm for personnel recruiting and executive search. A unique point of Flagship Management is that the US-based partners graduated from maritime academies, the majority of which have sailed as licensed officers on merchant and navy vessels. Flagship Management works with maritime employers to find qualified candidates throughout the United States. If you are a maritime business looking for qualified talent or know someone seeking employment, then please reach out to Mick Tansey at 954-557-5100 or [email protected]. You can learn more about Flagship Management by visiting their webpage:

FLMC New Slate of Officers for 2021

Please welcome the FLMC slate of officers for 2021!


In February’s newsletter you will learn a little about each of the officers.


Thank you for supporting the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club. We encourage you to stay on board and renew your membership for 2021. Memberships
for 2020 expired on December 31st, 2020. The annual renewal fee is $50.00.

Reminder from our bylaws: Failure to pay dues before the February luncheon meeting will result in forfeiture of active membership. A member may then apply for reinstatement by writing a letter to the skipper and payment of full delinquent dues plus a penalty of $10. The member's name must be presented to the membership committee and approval of reinstatement granted by an affirmative vote of that committee.


If you prefer to submit your renewal by mail, please send a check for $50.00 made payable to:

Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club Attn: Membership Renewal P.O. Box 21750 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335-1750 (Please note that the club P.O. box is only checked periodically and we recommend that you pay using the link above). Important: Please include a note on the check that payment is for 'Membership Renewal' and the name of the renewing member. 

If a firm is paying for multiple members then all of their names must be included in the notes.

Upcoming Events

There is no January 2021 Luncheon. Details for the February 2021 Luncheon will be forthcoming. On Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 10am - 11:10am, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida is hosting a free webinar for its members. Please attend if you can. 

Member Webinar: Shipyard, General Liability and UNL&H 
Register here: Register for Webinar

Recently Filed Maritim Case in the Southern District of Florida (December 2020)

Below are a few of the many maritime cases filed in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida. If you find an interesting case filed (in any jurisdiction), then please contact Ben to have it placed in next months’

Biscayne Towing & Salvage, Inc. v. M/Y Petrus and Chartered Yachts Miami, LLC (20-cv-25239-MGC) 
The complaint alleges that on November 7, 2020, Biscayne Towing & Salvage received a call from the USCG concerning a yacht, the M/Y Petrus, taking on water and sinking on the Miami River. Captain Christopher Miller took his vessel, the M/V Biscayne, to the sinking Petrus, and found another salvage vessel on scene. About two hours after leaving, Capt. Miller received a call that the first salvage vessel was fired for lack of pumps and air bags. Capt. Miller returned to the scene to render aid. As the Petrus was being pumped, Capt. Miller noticed that a back hatch was open and dove into the water to close the hatch. Later, Capt. Miller donned SCUBA equipment to tie airbags under the Petrus’s hull. After pumping out water, the Petrus righted but fuel began pouring from its exhaust ports. Capt. Miller and another member dove into the water to plug the exhaust ports to stem the discharge of fuel. Seven hours after arriving on scene, the Petrus was dewatered and towed to dock. However, the fun did not stop, as Tropical Storm Eta arrived, Capt. Miller and his crew worked throughout the next 24 hours to continually pump water and clean the Petrus. It is alleged that Petrus’s captain signed a Standard Open Form Salvage Contract with Biscayne Towing. Later, the Biscayne submitted a salvage claim and invoice for $47,778.75, which the M/Y Petrus’s owner and the insurance carrier have refused to pay. In turn, Biscayne filed the lawsuit for a maritime lien.

Harold DeWayne Harmon v. Carnival Corporation d/b/a Carnival Cruise Line (20-cv-24938-KMM)
Passenger Harold D. Harmon was aboard the Carnival Glory and allegedly sustained serious injuries when another Carnival vessel (the Carnival Legend) was docking and collided with the Glory. The collision occurred in Cozumel, Mexico. The alleged injuries include a complex tear of the meniscus and ACL in the right knee. The Glory is underway, and the Legend’s bow slices through the Glory’s port side at the stern: Click Here to See Collision

In Re: Petition of Chris Cerniglia (20-cv-82376-AMC)
Plaintiff Chris Cerniglia filed a complaint seeking protection under the Limitation of Liability Act arising from a vessel incident. Per the complaint, the vessel’s owner’s son was operating the vessel in the intracoastal and struck a person who was being towed by another vessel resulting in injury. Under the Limitation of Liability Act, the vessel owner can petition the court to limit its liability to the amount of the vessel - here $42,410.00.

LJ IV, LLC v. Sundeck Yachts, S.R.L. 20-cv-82259-AMC
Defendant Sundeck Yachts, SRL sold a yacht to Plaintiff LJ IV, LLC. Inclusive with the sale were two warranties: a 24-month warranty on the vessel and a 48-month optional warranty on the engines. LJ IV claims it placed Sundeck Yachts on notice of various defects with the vessel including paint defects, issues with the fire suppression system, and others. LJ IV claims it paid for immediate repairs because of life-safety, and demands that Sundeck Yacht pay for the incurred repairs and to address other defects.

Gladys Ryken v. Broward County 20-cv-624520-PCH
The case was originally filed in Florida state court in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Broward County, but was then removed to federal court. Ms. Gladys Ryken alleges that Broward County was responsible for the gangways for the ingress and egress at the Port Everglades facilities. Ms. Ryken alleges that where the gangway terminated on the ship’s deck the angle significantly steepened without warning, and the steep angle did not comport with the Americans with Disability Act. Ms. Ryken was boarding via the gangway with her motorized scoot, but when she encountered the steep angle she was thrown from her scooter suffering extensive injuries including a distal femoral fracture. Ms. Ryken was transported to a nearby hospital where she received urgent care and eventually had to undergo surgery the following day. The allegations are that Broward County negligently operated and maintained the gangway and was the cause of the injury.


Level: Difficult

The oldest – and probably most known – active U.S. Naval vessel is the USS Constitution also known by its nickname Old Ironsides. She was constructed at Edmunds Hartt’s Shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts and launched in 1797. In 1881, she retired from active service and was designated a museum ship in 1907. Currently, she is located at the Charlestown Navy Yard, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. 

According to the USS Constitution Museum, it is believed that only 10-15% of the USS Constitution’s wood is original - namely white oak at the ship’s keel, lower futtocks, and the deadwood at the stem and stern. In the 1970s, during an overhaul of the USS Constitution, there were significant issues obtaining proper white oak. In response, in 1976 the US Navy dedicated a ceremonial grove for the USS Constitution to maintain over 150 white oak trees for future repairs and replacement.

Question: Can you name the ceremonial grove and its location?


Each year cadets from the various maritime academies and students from various U.S. Coast Guard approved schools take the U.S. Coast Guard
License Exam to become third mates or third engineers. Are you more suited for the deck or engine? Answer the following U.S. Coast Guard Examine Questions and see how you fare.

Deck Questions:

1. Which kind of conditions would you observe as the eye of a storm passes over your vessel’s position?
A. Huge waves approaching from all directions, clearing skies, light winds, and an extremely low barometer
B. Flat calm seas, heavy rain, light winds, and an extremely low barometer
C. Flat calm seas, heavy rain, light winds, and high pressure
D. Huge waves approaching from all directions, clearing skies, light winds, and high pressure

2. Mariners are FIRST warned of serious defects or important changes to aids to navigation by means of ____.
A. Marine Broadcast Notice to Mariners
B. Weekly Notices to Mariners
C. Corrected editions of charts
D. Light Lists

3. Where will you find information about the duration of slack water?
A. American Practical Navigator
B. Sailing Directions
C. Tide Tables
D. Tidal Current Tables

4. A vessel is “wind rode” when it is ____.
A. At anchor and heading into the wind
B. Backing into the wind
C. Carrying lee rudder
D. Necessary to apply a leeway correction to the course

5. Which material makes the strongest mooring line?
A. Sisal
B. Manila
C. Nylon
D. Polypropylene


1. Connecting rods in a diesel engine are used to connect the __________.
A. Crankshaft to the gear train
B. Rocker arm to the camshaft
C. Engine to the bed
D. Piston to the crankshaft

2. The thermal energy added to the gas as it flows through the combustion section has what effect on the gas?
A. Increase pressure
B. Decrease volume
C. Decrease pressure
D. Increase volume

3. Concerning the arrangements of a disk-oiled line shaft bearing, what statement is true?
A. The disk is clamped to the shaft with the lowermost part immersed in oil, and the distribution of the oil to the bearing is by the action of an oil wick
B. The disk fits loosely on the shaft with the lowermost part immersed in oil, and the distribution of the oil to the bearing is by wick action
C. The disk is clamped to the shaft with the lowermost part immersed in oil, and the distribution of the oil to the bearing is by the action of an oil scraper
D. The disk fits loosely on the shaft with the lowermost part immersed in oil, and the distribution of the oil to the bearing is similar to the action of oiling

4. Which of the following describes the purpose of a striker or doubler plate?
A. Provides a surface for the application of force, or the installation of machinery
B. Provides landing surface for the sounding bob of a tank sounding tape
C. Absorbs machinery vibration
D. Prevents valve stem over travel

5. A pneumercator tank gage utilizes __________.
A. A Bourdon tube indicator
B. A balance chamber
C. An electronic sensing line
D. All of the above


Trivia: The grove is called the “Constitution Grove” and it is located in
Crane, Indiana. Bonus points if you know can define “futtocks.”

Deck Questions:
1. A
2. A
3. D
4. A
5. C
Total Right: ___

Engine Questions:
1. D
2. D
3. C
4. B
5. B
Total Right: ___

Deck Questions 
0 correct: Engineer
1 correct: Cadet
2 correct: Able-bodied Seaman
3 correct: Bosun
4 correct: Third-Mate
5 correct: Master Unlimited
Engine Questions
0 correct: Steward
1 correct: Cadet
2 correct: Wiper
3 correct: QMED
4 correct: Third-Assistant Engineer
5 correct: Chief

If you have any events, news, or photos to include in the monthly newsletters,
please reach out to Benjamin W. Dowers, 2021 
Yeoman at [email protected].

Officers for 2021
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