Zeitler Marine Services LLC


about george

George Zeitler has been a major influence in the Maritime Industry for decades and has been recognized as an AMS® by the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors.  As the Chief of Vessel Inspection and School Chief for the US Coast Guard Center of Excellence, his leadership and decisions were far reaching and served as a positive inspiration for many.  As a Principle Surveyor and Lead Instructor for DNV he continued to earn the respect and admiration of leaders at the highest levels of the industry.  In 2014 his influence and experience played a vital role in bringing the M/V Grand Celebration into US service in an unprecedented 45 days.  Now as President of Zeitler Marine Services, George is ready to put his experience, knowledge and influence to work for you

A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he studied naval architecture, he combines a strong blend of shipboard operational experience, extensive technical knowledge, and an impressive regulatory compliance record.  His name is well known throughout the Caribbean maritime community for his extensive work in developing local regulatory schemes (e.g. – the Caribbean Cargo Ship Safety Code and IMO’s Small Commercial Vessel Code for Vessels under 24 meters) critical to improving the safety of ships operating in the region.

Some of George’s most successful work as a project manager involved his role as the on-scene coordinator for multiple ship groundings in the South Florida region.  Demonstrating his technical knowledge and his ability to manage diverse teams he was successful in overseeing the timely salvaging of 3 cargo ships (197m Clipper Lasco, 167m Federal Pescadores, 166m Eastwind) and the luxury motor yacht TV.

At the end of 2014, George left his role as a Principal Surveyor and Customer Service Manager for the international Classification Society DNV GL to help bring the cruise ship Grand Celebration into US service with a new cruise line in West Palm Beach.  His efforts were critical to the vessel completing a successful change of Flag, change of Class Society, and full USCG plan review and initial inspection; all within 45 days.

In 2015 after the successful startup of the newly formed Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, George utilized over twenty-seven years of experience and knowledge to start his own company: Zeitler Marine Services (ZMS), offering a wide range of services including Surveys and Compliance Management, Project Management and Consulting, and Training.  ZMS is standing by to meet your company’s needs.

Experience Summary:
2015 - Present:  President, Zeitler Marine Services, LLC (ZMS)
1    Year     VP Operations Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line start up
7    Years:  Principal Surveyor for DNV GL
17  Years:  USCG Marine Inspector
1    Year:   USCG Casualty Investigator
2    Years:  USCG Shipboard engineer/damage control expert
4    Years:  US Coast Guard Academy graduate

Experience Chronological:
2015 – Present: President of Zeitler Marine Services (ZMS)
Formed and operates Zeitler Marine Services (ZMS), offering a wide range of services including Surveys and Compliance Management, Project Management and Consulting, and Training. 

2014 – 2015: Vice President, Operations -  Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Severed as Vice President responsible for all aspects of management for the shore side and vessel operations including: Marine and Hotel Operations.  Also responsible for project management, oversight of the technical management company, and coordinating all safety and statutory inspections.  Acted as the direct liaison to US and Bahamian authorities. Brought into service in less than forty five days, passing all safety and compliance inspections in record time.

2008 – 2014: Principal Surveyor, DNV GL
Principal Surveyor for DNV GL’s Global Cruise Center.  Responsible for conducting Class and Statutory surveys as required by Class Rules and International regulations.  Routinely surveyed and issued international certificates on behalf of the vessel’s Flag Administration for numerous passenger ships including the world’s largest passenger ships Oasis and Allure of the Seas.  Served as lead customer Service Manager for 3 major cruise lines; primary point of contact for all technical and compliance issues on customer vessel’s worldwide.  Planned, prepared and conducted quarterly technical seminars with ship superintendents and company compliance departments.  Developed and taught first of its kind advanced passenger ship surveyor course for DNV GL personnel used to provide a significant increase in customer service and communication skills for select qualified surveyors globally.

 2002 – 2008: Chief, Vessel Inspection Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami (Retired February 2008)
Managed and led team of 27 marine inspectors and port state control officers responsible for ensuring the compliance and safe operation of US and foreign flagged vessels in one of the busiest ports in the US.  School Chief and Lead Instructor for the USCG’s Passenger Vessel Control Verification (CVE) Course.  Responsible for assisting in development of USCG policies and procedures for conducting examinations of foreign flagged passenger ships operating in US waters.

1998 – 2002: Seventh District Marine Safety Division, US Coast Guard
Managed vessel safety program for six Marine Safety Offices (MSO) maintaining consistent enforcement of U.S. and International laws.  Reviewed and commented upon marine casualty investigations.  Researched and made recommendations on appeals of local MSO decisions.  Drafted vessel safety code for vessels under 24 meters in length operating in the Caribbean; code adopted by International Maritime Organization

1998: Quality Assurance Department, Disney Cruise Line
 Worked for four months as a member of Quality Assurance Department.  Drafted and submitted company Search and Rescue Plan in accordance with International regulations.  Conducted walkthroughs of Disney Magic during new build identifying safety-related discrepancies for correction.  Assisted in training entire crew in safety procedures and the International Safety Management Code; participated in vessel audit for interim Safety Management Certificate.

1990 – 1998: Marine Inspector and Marine Casualty Investigator
7 years of experience as marine inspector responsible for conducting annual safety and compliance exams on US and foreign flagged vessels operating in ports from New York, to Chalreston, to Miami and throughout Eurpoe, Africa, and the Middle East.  1 year experience as the Senior Investigating officer in Charleston, SC responsible for conducting casualty investigations to determine cause and make recommendations to reduce further risk.

1988 – 1990: Engineering Watch Officer and Damage Control Officer, USCG Cutter
Two years of operational experience standing engine room watches on diesel eletctric propulsion system while underway.  As damage control officer, responsible for the training of ship’s crew to respond to fire, flooding, and other casualties on board. Qualified as officer in charge of a bridge watch.

Training and Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1988 with emphasis in Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering
Project Management, DNV 2012
Hull Structure Course, DNV, 2011
Survey of Lifting Appliances, DNV, 2011
Welding Course, DNV, 2010
Materials Technology, DNV, 2010
Auxiliary Boiler, DNV, 2008
Navigational Bridge Systems, DNV, 2008
Rudder and Rudder Damages, DNV, 2008
Maritime Rules and Regulations, DNV, 2008
ABYC Standards Certification Course, 2006
ABYC Stability Course, 2004
Passenger Vessel Surveyors Course, Lloyd’s Register, 1998
Human Factors Engineering Course, U.S. Coast Guard, 1997
Investigating Officer Course, U.S. Coast Guard, 1992
Inspection Department Course, U.S. Coast Guard, 1991
Shipboard Damage Control Officer Course, U.S. Navy, 1989

Skills and Knowledge:
Experienced Manager and leader:  Has been in management and leadership positions for over 25 years; experienced in dealing with diverse backgrounds.
Experienced public speaker, comfortable presenting technical material to groups with broad range of knowledge and experience.
In depth knowledge of international and domestic regulations.