Experience You Can Count On ~ Integrity You Can Trust
5 Years: Owner Reliable Maritime Solutions, LLC (RMS).
6 Years: Owner Kinnear Maritime Services, LLC (KMS).
1 Years: President Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
5 Years: President Celebration Cruise Line.
3 Years: President Celebration Cargo Line.
3 Years: Senior Passenger Ship Surveyor – Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL).
8 Years: Senior Marine Inspector - US Coast Guard.
16 Years: Search & Rescue and Law Enforcement – US Coast Guard.
2 Years: Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard – US Coast Guard.
Charles H. Kinnear II, better known as Charlie, started his career in 1980 in the U.S. Coast Guard. Decades later, he has one of the most unique and in-depth backgrounds in the maritime industry. As an experienced Mariner, Flag Inspector, Class Surveyor, Expert Witness, and Maritime Executive, Charlie’s reputation is one of integrity and loyalty.
In 1998 after 18 years as a First Responder and Law Enforcement Officer, Charlie joined the USCG Marine Safety Program and launched a second career that would profoundly influence him and the maritime industry. He completed 8 more years as a USCG Marine Inspector, including 4 years in New York conducting hundreds of Port State and Flag State inspections. He also worked closely with the U.S. Attorney to find and prosecute several criminal cases for MARPOL violations. His last 4 years in the Coast Guard was spent at the Miami Cruise Ships Center, teaching, traveling the globe, and cementing his reputation as a skilled and knowledgeable Inspector.
In 2006 after receiving some of the Coast Guard’s highest awards in recognition for his dedicated service, Charlie retired from the USCG. He then accepted a position as a Class Surveyor and Instructor at the Passenger Ship Center for DNV-GL where he instructed courses and conducted complex surveys throughout Europe and the U.S. He was responsible for surveying some of the newest and largest ships operating at the time.
In 2009 he accepted a position as the President of the newly-formed Celebration Cruise Line. As general manager for the Line, He managed all aspects of the operation and was also the lead contact for regulatory compliance.
In 2010 Charlie founded Celebration Cargo Line for the owners of Celebration Cruise Line and served as President and general manager.
In 2014 after 5 years as President of the Cruise and Cargo Line, Charlie resigned and founded Kinnear Maritime Services to provide consulting and expert witness services to the maritime industry. Later that year, he was asked to return to the cruise line after the company lost its only vessel to a grounding. Once again, accepting the position as President, he established the new Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and brought the replacement vessel into service in an unprecedented 45 days. KMS now focuses on providing Expert Witness and Consulting Services and has completed several complex maritime cases for domestic and International law firms.
In 2015 Charlie resigned from the cruise line to focus on his consulting work and founded Reliable Maritime Solutions (RMS). RMS has assisted owners and operators of all sizes with the Maritime Authorities. They have successfully completed numerous pre-purchase surveys, valuations, compliance surveys, risk assessments, environmental evaluations, and root cause analysis on ships ranging from the newest cruise ships to military cargo vessels. As a third-party auditor, Charlie provided in-depth and practical environmental compliance audits worldwide for a high-profile environmental criminal case.
Summary: Charlie has been in management and leadership roles, nearly his entire diverse and far-reaching career. He has played a crucial role in successfully starting two cruise lines, a cargo line, and served as President for all three. He has used his considerable experience and leadership skills to successfully operate his own companies assisting the Maritime Industry in a multitude of disciplines, including consulting, expert witness, surveying, and training.
In addition to several cases working with the U.S. Department of Justice and his time in the USCG, Charlie officially took on the role as Marine Expert Witness in late 2015 and has been involved in the following cases:
Client RMS/KMS Case Number Case Level
Myers & Company, PLLC KMS-2002 - Saridakis v. Beard In Progress
Spangenberg Shibley & Liber KMS-2002 - Saridakis v. Beard In Progress
Georgelin Law PLLC RMS-2003 - Bland vs Carnival Investigation and Report
Clyde & Company KMS-1901 - Fulton vs Globalia Virtual Arbitration estimony
The Young Firm RMS-1924 - Young vs TGP Consultant Only
Cox, Wootton, LLP KMS-1819 - PGCL vs PGS Arbitration Testimony
Moure Law, PLLC RMS-1701 - Miller vs HAL Investigation and Report
Beregovich Law Firm RMS-1606 - Bentley vs Titusville Consultant Only
Kandell & Kandell RMS-1501 - Palermo vs Bright Touch Investigation and Report
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