Dykstra, Don L.

Expert Witness:
Member since:
Member of the Board of Directors of HMAA
Board role:
Back-Haul Shipping Inc.
Managing Director
17625 El Camino Real #308
(281) 782-7140
Open Website

EDUCATION: BS Nautical College Amsterdam;Master’s license unlimited tonnage all oceans; BS in Finance & MBA California State University Long Beach; HMAA training workshop (2x); Attended numerous chartering and marine insurance courses and seminars.

EXPERIENCE: Sailed as deck officer primarily on dry bulk carriers; Marine claims manager for Shell Oil Company to negotiate settlement for dock damage,oil spill clean-up, cargo losses, etc.; VLCC lightering advisor for ExxonMobil and Conoco.

BUSINESS: Owner of American Trade Co. an export trading company; Owner of Back-Haul Shipping Inc. Operated two large OBO’s for own account, first on time-charter and then on bareboat charter.

AUTHOR: of “Commercial Management in Shipping” published by the Nautical Institute in London. The book has detailed information on time & voyage charter contracts, laytime, demurrage/despatch, deadfreight, address and brokerage commissions, safe and unsafe ports/berths, proper Notices of Readiness; Maximizing cargo capacity; Voyage cost determination, World scale calculations; Bills of Lading, Hague-Visby Rules, Letters of Indemnity; Oil cargo measurement and comprehensive cargo loss claim calculations, pumping warranties; Vessel draft surveys; Fuel management, speed and consumption claims, economic speed formula; Financial planning, setting t/c rates, continue trading vs layup calculations, salvage value; Letters of Credit, INCO terms;Anatomy of an arbitration case. Wrote numerous articles for various marine publications.

EXPERTISE: See under author; Familiar with all facets of chartering and operations of bulk carriers and tankers.

ARBITRATION: Conducted arbitration on behalf of own company under LMAA (London)and SMA (New York) rules.