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Captain Eric Knott


Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation
Member of the Nautical Institute


A commercial fisherman, going to sea with his father in 1973 he was awarded his Master’s Certificate of Competence in 1984 and sailed in that position out of northern European ports until 1994 when he joined a nautical training school as senior instructor operating 12 sea-going training vessels working throughout Europe and into the Mediterranean.

During this time, he also undertook consulting for law firms, police departments and insurance companies, investigating maritime accidents in Europe and the US. He has presented evidence to various courts, hearings and tribunals more than 200 times over his career.

In 2003 he moved to the USA and joined Landfall Navigation to run the developing Marine Training Center, gaining various authorities from both state bodies and the USCG. On being granted Citizenship in 2008, he also gained his US master’s license and now has the distinction of being licensed under both US and UK authorities.

Leaving Landfall in 2006, he joined the safety department of Moran Towing Corporation and is responsible for safety audits and inspections of ship assist tugs throughout the US and for liaising with the USCG, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and other industry bodies. He has received training and certification from USCG, ABS, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB). He has just completed his dissertation for Middlesex University and Lloyds Maritime of London for his Master’s Degree (MSc) in Marine Surveying and is awaiting the result.

In his spare time, he fishes from his own boat, a 23’ Steigercraft, Little Bear or with his grandson, Peter in his 9’ skiff Boris Jr. who, if asked why he pumps out after rain replies “Bilge levels should be kept to a minimum”.

Eric has recently been appointed by the Governor of Connecticut as Harbor Master for Stamford Harbor.


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