Captain André is currently employed as a Mooring Master / POAC in the lightering trade. He undertakes underway ship-to-ship (STS) transfers of oil offshore in the USA, Uruguay & Brazil, having decided to return to sea in the summer of 2012 after over eight years working ashore as a marine consultant in Houston, Texas.
As a consultant, he has undertaken frequent and varied casualty attendance, including salvage. He has conducted numerous investigations, (often involving pilots and unsafe navigation practices) including STS accidents, unsafe port, grounding, collision, allision, surge damage, heavy weather damage and sinking.
He emigrated from the UK to the USA in January 2004, leaving the London Pilotage Service where he was a first class marine pilot. Before becoming a pilot, André was Master of high-speed ferries, initially hydrofoils, then mono- and multi-hull ro-ro/passenger vessels.
André’s seagoing career formally (he left high school with almost 6 months sea time) began in the cargo division of Cunard Shipping Services Ltd. where he served as a deck officer in various ranks, gaining experience of a wide variety of vessels.
In 2013 he started his own company, DNA Marine USA LLC, where he specializes in providing Expert Witness services to the maritime community based on his vast marine experience. He has given written and verbal evidence at all levels, including live testimony at both Judge and Jury trials in US Federal Court.
Captain Andre is the current President of The Nautical Institute.