Expert Witness Testimony and Maritime Legal Case Support
Captain Eric Takakjian of Quest Marine Services, has been a professional mariner since 1978. He has experience in providing expert witness testimony and providing expert consultation support for maritime legal cases. Captain Takakjian’s diverse maritime background makes him an ideal candidate for assisting legal teams and providing insight from the professional mariners perspective. Captain Takakjian is well versed in the regulatory compliance requirements facing the maritime industry today, including compliance with the American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program, AWO/RCP, major oil company SIRE inspections and requirements for tank vessels, the International Safety Management Code, ISM, and federal requirements for US flag commercial vessels.
Currently Captain Takakjian is sailing as master of an oceangoing tugboat engaged in the Jones Act petroleum transportation trade. Captain Takakjian holds a 1600 / 3000 ton upon oceans masters license, with first class pilotage endorsements for vessels of any gross tons, as well as a master of towing vessels upon oceans endorsement. Captain Takakjian is also a U.S. Coast Guard Designated Examiner for applicants engaged in the Towing Officer Assessment Record, TOAR requirement process. Additionally Captain Takakjian holds numerous certifications and endorsements under the STCW code, as set forth by the International Maritime Organization, IMO. Over the course of his career, Captain Takakjian has sailed aboard coastwise and ocean going tugboats, cargo ships, passenger vessels, research vessels and the worlds first dynamically positioned deepwater drill ship.