Elliott Tulloch

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Elliott Tulloch

Senior Master Mariner


work Houston

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Career Summary

Elliot has 25 years of experience in the maritime industry, 20 of which as a Marine Surveyor and Consultant with 3D Marine. He has seagoing experience in both deck and engine departments, having sailed on tankers, dry cargo, research, tugs and supply vessels.


Project Manager on behalf of Shipowners for the design, contracting and construction of a zero-emission container carrier, with primary wind propulsion and auxiliary hydrogen fuel cell power generation. 

Project Manager on behalf of Shipowners, a five-year, $165 million dollar shipbuilding project, responsible for the design, contracting, construction, supervision and site management of ten inspectors during construction of a 200 passenger ice-classed Polar expedition vessel with aviation and small boat facilities.  Vessel was successfully delivered to owners in April 2021, on time and on budget.

Whilst at 3D Marine he has carried out surveys & investigations of collisions, groundings, sinking, pollution, personal injuries, fatalities, engineering casualties, steel, grain, petroleum, cotton, pharmaceutical & chemical cargoes, condition & valuation surveys, on/off hire surveys, and safety and condition surveys of Polar passenger vessels.

As General Manager of 3D Marine Belize, Ltd., he operated a fleet of workboats and tugs engaged in line handling services to the multi-buoy tanker mooring, towage of tank barges to the outer islands, hydrographic surveys, the design, installation, construction and repair of aids to navigation, dredging, and salvage.  As a Marine Surveyor and Consultant, he has advised government and industry on port operations, dredging projects, design and construction of aids to navigation, maritime training and education, and implementation of international codes such as Polar Code, ISM, ISPS and STCW. He has written, developed and taught courses compliant with STCW and USCG standards, such as Officer in Charge of Navigation Watch as per IMO Model Course 7.03, Lifeboatman, Oil Spill Control, Bridge Resource Management, and Fast Rescue Craft.

Elliott has carried out several large loss mitigation and salvage projects, such as the salvage and recovery of a $30 million dollar cotton cargo damaged by hurricane. Elliott has represented clients in court and in depositions as an Expert Witness, including significant collision cases where he has pioneered the application of full-mission hydrodynamic simulators in accident reconstruction. 

He is an arbitrator with the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association.

Professional Qualifications

Third Mate of Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons upon Oceans


100 tons


Professional Associations

Maritime Arbitrators Association

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Marine Transportation, Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics and Philosophy, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM.

Previous Employment History

3D Marine USA, Inc., Marine Consultant and Surveyor, Houston, Texas

General Manager, Waller Marine Belize, Ltd., Naval Architects and Engineers, Marine Consultant and Surveyor, Belize City, Belize

General Manager, 3D Marine Belize Ltd, Marine Consultant and Surveyor, Belize City, Belize

United States Merchant Marine

Surveying and Consultancy Experience

  • Project Management of newbuilding projects
  • Hydrogen fuel cell technology
  • Wind propulsion technology
  • Polar Expedition Ships
  • Polar Code compliance
  • Research Vessels
  • Products Tankers
  • General Cargo
  • Breakbulk
  • Lighter Abroad Ship (LASH)
  • Offshore Supply Vessels
  • Oceanographic Research Vessels
  • Collisions
  • Groundings
  • Sinking
  • Pollution
  • Personal injuries
  • Fatalities
  • Engineering casualties,
  • Steel
  • Grain
  • Petroleum
  • Cotton
  • Pharmaceutical & chemical cargoes,
  • Condition & valuation surveys,
  • On/off hire surveys,
  • Safety surveys
  • Tugs


  • STCW 95,
  • ARPA,
  • Tankerman PIC (DL),
  • Radar Observer,
  • Bridge Resource Management,
  • GMDSS Operator and Maintainer,
  • Radar
  • Maintainer,
  • Ballast Control Officer,
  • Advanced Marine Firefighting,
  • Shipboard Medical Provider

List of Admiralty Cases

Legal Testimony by Elliott Tulloch

1. C.A. No. 24-C-06-003079;

William Joseph McCoy vs. Weeks Marine, Inc. and Dann Ocean Towing, Inc.; In the Circuit Court for Baltimore City

Court Testimony:   November 18th and 19th, 2008 (Judge Althea Handy)

Case Description:   Personal Injury on Dredge Scow - Stanchion Broke Loose

Lawyers:                              Simms Showers LLP

2. C.A. No. 59,937;

Ronald S. Irby & Susan McIrihan-Irby v. T.W. LaQuay Dredging, Inc.;

In the County Court at Law No. 2, Galveston County, Texas

Court Testimony:   August 5th, 2010

Case Description:   Alleged Personal Injury When Pleasure Boat Hit Dredge Pipeline

Lawyers:                              W. Sean O’Neil, Attorney At Law

3. C.A. No. C-29.754-2010;

Chaucer Foods Ltd. / South-Am Freeze Dry S.A.; In the 5th Civil Court of Santiago, Chile (5E Juzgado Civil de Santiago)

Court Testimony:   March 17th, 2011

Case Description:   Alleged Transportation Damage to Freeze Dried Strawberries

Lawyers:                              Morales & Besa, Ltda.

4. In the Matter of the Complaint of Kirby Inland Marine, LP, Owner of the M/V MISS SUSAN, Kirby 27705, Kirby 27706 Petitioning for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability; Civil Action No. 14-1321 Consolidated with In Re: Sea Galaxy Marine SA, as Owner of the M/V SUMMER WIND Petitioning for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability; Civil Action No. 14-134

Court Testimony:   December 17-18, 2015

Case Description:   Collision Incident

Lawyers:                              Chaffe McCall, LLP

5. C.A. No. 4:13-cv-01871;

Maya Special Maritime Enterprise vs. Tug M.L. CROCHET, her engines, tackle, appurtenances, etc., in rem Crochet Boat Company, in personam, and D&S Marine Service, L.L.C., in personam; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

Court Testimony:   February 16-18, 2016

Case Description:   Collision Incident

Lawyers:                              Chaffe McCall, LLP

6. C.A. No. 4:15-cv-03116;

JCL Performance Products, LP vs. Shippers Stevedoring Company; In the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

Deposition Testimony:   January 5, 2017

Case Description:   Collision Incident

Lawyers:                                          Chaffe McCall, LLP

7. C.A. No.81985;

Toby Peters vs. Candy Fleet Corp. And Total Safety U.S., Inc.; In the Sixteenth Judicial District Court, Parish of St. Martin, State of Louisiana

Deposition Testimony:   March 20, 2017

Case Description:   Personal Injury – Gangway

Lawyers:                                          McAlpine & Cozad

8. Eagle Otome c/w Dixie Vengeance

Deposition Testimony:   August 22, 2018

Case Description:                            Collision Incident

Lawyers:                                          Holman Fenwick Willan USA, LLP

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