> 50%

tank ships trading in US waters that we support

3

continents on which we’ve improved port resilience

> 8,000

vessels we help make compliant and emergency-ready

Shipping and transportation companies that are prepared for disruption consistently outperform those that try to respond on the fly.

That’s where we come in. Our effectiveness is built on decades of experience. We’re the market leader in shipping, supporting over 8,000 ocean-going vessels and their owners or managers. Our port preparedness experience ranges from the US to Brazil and Cameroon. We’ve analyzed the resilience implications of shipping crude oil by rail.

Our services integrate compliance planning, regulatory updates and briefing manuals with ship and shore-side training and exercises. We help vessel operators and other transportation companies meet their US legal obligations per OPA-90, the Clean Water Act, other state laws and regulations as well as international regulations covering Canada, Panama, and MARPOL/SOLAS Port State Control. Our proprietary VesselPro software provides our clients with secure access to their plans, anywhere in the world.

Contact a preparedness expert

Mike Gallagher

Senior managing director

Charlie Fisher

Senior managing director

Sean Rock

Associate managing director

Case Studies

Regulatory enforcement and whistleblowers raise compliance stakes for vessel owners and managers

Actions speak louder than words. It’s not enough to have a great plan. When disaster strikes, it’s all about how you respond.

It’s also about having a trusted partner who’s been through it before, who can help you master the situation and rebound. We respond to over 1,600 incidents every year. Our front-line experience includes successfully managing the response to the most significant maritime incidents in recent history including the T/V Dubai Star, M/V COSCO Busan, M/T Athos I, M/T Exxon Valdez, and Deepwater Horizon.

We’re your force multiplier. We enable a high-velocity response. The lessons we’ve learned over more than 30 years help you avoid the mistakes of the past and maximize your team’s effectiveness.

Contact a response expert

Mike Gallagher

Senior managing director

Sean Rock

Associate managing director

Ed Turner

Director – response operations

Case Studies

Tanker breach spills oil into the Delaware River near Philadelphia

Your team has the disaster under control. Now it’s time for recovery. This phase will determine whether your organization remains severely damaged, or emerges even stronger than before.

No other firm rivals Witt O’Brien’s recovery experience. We’ve partnered with our clients to win and administer over $40 billion in Federal disaster recovery funds, representing more than 80,000 discrete projects. We’ve helped manage over 1,000 hazard mitigation projects valued at more than $3 billion.

We stand with you to get your organization back up and running, stronger than before, as quickly as possible. We know what it takes, because we’ve been there before.

Contact a recovery expert

Mike Gallagher

Senior managing director

Bill Riley

Managing director

Mark Misczak

Senior managing director

Case Studies

North Dakota reacts to public concern over crude oil transportation