Johan Schild

With more than 45 years of experience in maritime business, it is little wonder that Johan Schild regularly serves as an expert witness in maritime litigation cases. Since first providing expert testimony in 1980, he has testified in a dozen cases regarding cargo shifting and heating properties, nautical accidents, and commercial container explosion. Johan Schild’s nautical career began in Amsterdam’s Merchant Marine Academy where he earned a BS in Marine Transportation in 1962. Schild has since studied at Royal Nautical College in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to become a Master Mariner, Unlimited, in addition to earning his Master of Business Administration from Tulane University. Johan Schild gleaned much of his knowledge from his work, which spans the globe and includes positions on deck and in the boardroom. From 1965 to 1975, he served as Port Captain and Deck Officer for various international shipping companies. In these positions, Schild worked in global locations, handling vessels and their cargo and participating in salvage and recovery missions. In his next two positions with National Cargo Bureau from 1975 to 1977 and NauTech Marine Surveyors & Consultants from 1977 to 1988, Schild honed his surveying and salvaging skills, participating in oil- and chemical-spill cleanups and studying marine collisions. After earning his MBA in 1987, Johan Schild delved into the financial side of maritime business. While working with Thomas Pipe & Steel (1988 to 1992), he raised revenues to $25 million from $15 million and increased net profits by eight percent. In the mid-1990s, Schild worked as a consultant to maritime startup businesses with Marine & Management Consultants. In that role, he raised funds, suggested and supervised organizational changes, and prepared business plans for his clients. Johan Schild’s next several positions allowed him to apply both his practical and theoretical understanding of nautical enterprise. Today he serves as President and CEO of Mooring Masters, a division of Marine Consultancy, LLC. As President, he handles cargo negotiations, vessel inspections, fender rigging on all vessels, and marine equipment sales. He also oversees complex transportation planning and management, including the Awoba project, which transferred a gas-gathering plant from New Orleans to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Johan Schild continues to provide expert testimony as needed.