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Profile: Captain John C. Timmel

Starboard Ten Inc.
3013 West Hawthorne Road
Tampa, FL 33611
Phone: (813) 839-3210
Fax: (813) 839-3210

Captain John C. Timmel is a master mariner with more than thirty years of seafaring experience. He has been a harbor pilot with the Tampa Bay Pilot Association since 1989, during which time he has served in leadership and as Director of Deputy Training. As founder and president of Starboard Ten Maritime Forensics, Captain Timmel has been providing litigation support services and maritime expert witness testimony in admiralty cases since 1995. In addition, he has been very active in the maritime industry as well as in the yachting and boating communities in numerous ways and capacities. This experience, along with his capability to explain complex concepts in a clear and cogent manner, uniquely qualify Captain Timmel to render litigation support and compelling forensic testimony in commercial and non-commercial maritime cases as either a plaintiff or defense expert. He has testified before U.S. Congressional committees and the National Academy of Science and served as an Adjunct Professor of seamanship, shiphandling and watchstanding aboard New York maritime’s training ship.

Captain Timmel’s experiences, background and training provide him unique qualifications and the knowledge to render advice, guidance, opinions, and to provide expert testimony in matters of commercial marine operations and yachting and pleasure-craft practice. He explains complex technical terms, concepts and phenomena in a credible manner easily understood by non-mariners. Captain Timmel has been retained as both a plaintiff and defense expert witness in a wide variety of maritime cases. When retained as a trial consultant, Captain Timmel provides valuable knowledge, insight and maritime forensic guidance making him an indispensable member of a client’s legal team.


Education & Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in Marine Transportation – 1981 – State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. Graduated with Admiral’s Honors.
  • Florida State Unlimited Pilot License & Unlimited Federal Pilot License - Tampa Bay and all its tributaries
  • Master Mariner - 1600 GRT Upon Oceans
  • Chief Mate's License - Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans
  • Radar Observer's Endorsement & ARPA Training
  • Bridge Resource Management Endorsement I & II Training
  • FCC Radiotelephone Operator's License-Expired
  • STCW Endorsements
  • Various Continuing Education Training Seminar Certificates of Completion

Professional Affiliations:


  • Mayor’s Maritime Advisor & Liaison – City of Tampa, Florida
  • Member of Representative Castor’s Congressional Academy Appointment Committee for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, New York
  • Ex officio member (Mayor’s Representative) of the Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association
  • Member of the Tampa Bay Harbor Safety Committee—Vessel Movement Committee
  • Member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Port Maritime Council
  • Member of the Tampa Bay Dragon Boat’s Board of Directors
  • “Fleet Captain” ’06 – ’07 – Tampa Yacht & Country Club
  • “Sail Master” of the Tampa Gasparilla Festival’s pirate ship “Jose Gasparilla”
  • Past-President & Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Propeller Club—Port of Tampa


  • Member of Executive Steering Council of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council's Agency on Bay Management
  • Founding Co-Chairman of the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program's Citizen's Advisory Council
  • Past-Member of Tampa Baywatch’s Advisory Council.
  • Past-Member of Tampa Chamber of Commerce's Environmental and Natural Resource Council


  • Governor on the Tampa Yacht & Country Club’s Board of Governors
  • Director on the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Board of Directors
  • Trustee on the Tampa Bay History Center’s Board of Trustees—Membership Chairman
  • Director on the Tampa Dragon Boats’ Board of Directors
  • Chair of Leadership Tampa Alumni Association: 2000
  • Chair of Leadership Tampa’s Class of 1999
  • Chair of Leadership Tampa’s “Port Day”: 1992—2004
  • Graduate of Leadership Tampa - class of 1991
  • Assistant Scout Master of BSA Troop 22
  • Past Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Egmont Key Alliance
  • Past-Member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's Board of Governors
  • Past-Member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's Infrastructure Board of Directors
  • Past-Member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's International Trade Development Council
  • Past-Member of Tampa Chamber of Commerce's Education Council
  • Past-Participant in the Great American Teach-In and in S.E.R.V.E.’S Educational Out-Reach Programs

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • U.S. and International Navigational Rules
  • Boating Statues
  • Shiphandling
  • Seamanship
  • Shipping & Boating Accident Investigations & Reconstructions including: groundings, strandings, collisions, allisions, vessel/swimmer accidents, on board accidents
  • Experience regarding passenger & merchant ships, tugs & barges & other commercial vessels, pleasure boats & yachts, sail boats, and personal water craft