cargo-ships-at-sunset-alasdair-turnerFounder of Centanni Maritime, LLC

Richard Ferraro is a maritime safety, environmental and security consultant with a career that includes operational experience and global regulatory development, in both public and private settings. He brings more than 32 years of leadership, marine technical, maritime emergency response and operations, instructional skills, and management experience. Mr. Ferraro has an extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge of the maritime domain, gained through his 21-year tenure in the U.S. Coast Guard and the past 12 years with Lloyd’s Register Group, Ltd., a large multi-national maritime third party verification and consulting firm. Mr. Ferraro’s practical experience has earned him industry honors, where he is often the guest speaker at venues with MarineLog, ACI, and many port and pilot organizations, and where he has presented on topics ranging from emergency response operations, risk management, maritime security, safety and environmental issues. As the External Client Training Manager and a lead instructor for Lloyd’s Register Americas, he has garnered many technical authorizations. His involvement in the earliest days of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code development and implementation, set the stage for his role in creating and administering ISPS Code training across his organization and throughout the islands in the Caribbean Basin.

Highlighted Recent Experience

U.S. Coast Guard Liaison – Developed relationships with all USCG Marine Safety components (Sectors) within the U.S. to productively deal with port state issues relative to foreign flag vessels operating in/out of U.S. ports. Practical experience applied in developing proactive measures to improve safety, assess and deal with risks, and create a lasting marine safety bond between industry and the USCG.

Oversight of a safety training effectiveness assessment across a fleet of passenger ships that included seven cruise lines in the aftermath of the Costa Concordia incident. Results of the assessment were used in sweeping changes to training fundamentals, human element considerations, and instructional design.

Managed class society role in a major vessel operator change of flag process to the U.S. Flag. Worked with U.S. flag administration (U.S. Coast Guard), class societies, and technical bodies to successfully guide the process to a successful conclusion. Vessel operator has “reflagged” over 30 ships in this process under the United States Maritime Security Program, all overseen by Mr. Ferraro during his time at Lloyd’s Register.

Overhauled the Lloyd’s Register training program in the Americas, to provide more up-to-date and relevant materials, ensure trainer qualifications were stringent and met by all trainers, and ensure adequate document version control measures.

Previous Maritime Safety Work Experience

Recognized expert in conducting marine casualty investigations and the implementation of crisis incident command systems and responses. Noted leader in the USCG for marine accident investigations, ranging from small craft to major marine incidents – lead investigator in the IGLOO MOON, CONTSHIP HOUSTON, CARNIVAL ECSTACY, NEPTUNE JADE casualties and other major marine accidents (1996-2001). Personally delegated by the Commandant USCG to investigate two extra-territorial marine casualties threatening the marine environment.

Member of cadre that developed and implemented the maritime security training strategy for Lloyd’s Register Group. Responsible for the development and execution of training for internal personnel on maritime security audits, and the training of industry personnel on carrying out the ISPS Code requirements. Completed global shipboard ISPS Code audits and security risk assessments for various ships. Conducted on-site security surveys, gap analyses, to identify vulnerabilities in physical, technological, and procedural measures; utilized results of these assessments to develop recommendations to address gaps and weaknesses in security, response, and recovery measures. The outcomes enabled ship operators to prepare for impending ISPS legislation implementation and upgrade overall security profiles fleet-wide.

Executive Officer – USCG Marine Safety Office Miami (now Sector Miami) culminating in 2001 following seven USCG Maritime Safety assignments 1981-2001.

Statutory and practical aspects/requirements for Maritime Safety, Environmental Protection & Security:

  • Ship Inspection Damage and Repair
  • ISPS and ISM Code Compliance & Training
  • Incident Command and Management
  • Shipboard Safety Training Effectiveness
  • Environmental legislation and implementation
  • Marine Risk Management and Incident Investigation
  • Instructional Technology
  • Training and Exercising
  • Project Management


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