About Us

Maritime Technical Services offers a wide range of maritime consulting services to assist vessel owners in improving the safety and efficiency of maritime operations.

With over 70 years of experience in U.S. Coast Guard regulations and compliance issues, our experience and the services we provide can help you and your company in a wide range of areas that include: Technical support on inspected vessels including MSP reflags, Environmental, Safety, Quality Management, Risk Assessments, Training, Vessel Security and Counter-Piracy planning as well as a host of other areas.

Tony Guild, Principle
Contact Number:  510-499-2995
Tony Guild Bio (PDF)



Brian Peter, Consultant
Brian Peter Resume (PDF)

What We Do

Our Consulting Services Include:

We provide assistance and support to vessel owners before, during and following Coast Guard inspections.  We provide pre-inspection and ISM auditing services for companies to assist them in preparation on upcoming Coast Guard inspections.  We have a staff of personnel that conduct internal ISM audits, accident investigations, self assessments, and surveys to assist companies in meeting their annual auditing requirements or in determining the cause of any incident or accident.  Additionally we provide the following services:

MSP Reflag Support

We provide a host of services for companies that are considering, or are reflagging a foreign vessel(s) to the United States Flag. Our service include:

  • Evaluating vessel for selection as a MSP reflag candidate
  • Developing GAP documents to meet USCG regulatory/policy requirements
  • Completing environmental audits to ensure compliance with TSCA and the required MARAD statement of compliance.
  • Completing Safe Manning study to meet International, U.S requirements and company obligations under the ISM Code regarding proposed manning levels. For more information click on the Safe Manning button below.
  • Development of Periodic Safety Test Procedures to ensure vessels can operate UMS immediately following the reflagging and after issuance of the USCG Certificate of Inspection.

Small Passenger Vessel Support

With extensive experience in the field of Small Passenger Vessels we can assist your company in a wide range of areas:

  • We provide all of the services to assist you in determining if your existing vessel can be brought into small passenger vessel service. This includes developing required technical drawings to meet regulatory requirements.
  • We assist owners in completing simplified stability tests on small passenger vessels to meet small passenger vessel rules.
  • We complete deadweight surveys, and work with our Naval Architect to conduct formal inclining stability analysis on inspected vessels.
  • We assist owners in developing plans for proposed modifications to meet CG requirements including assisting vessel owners with complex plans required when re-power their vessel.
  • For California vessel owners with assist with submittals to CARB for grant money when they are considering replacing older propulsion or auxiliary marine engines with newer more environmentally friendly machinery.

Ship Recycling & Hazardous Material List Development

We perform shipboard environmental audits of vessels to determine if the vessel contain PCB’s for scrapping or when reflagging vessels in or out of the U.S Flag. This audit are completed to support the required MARAD self certifying statement from the company that the proposed vessel is free from containing PCBs above regulated levels.

Training Support

Fire & Safety Plan and Marine Salvors Fire Fighting Plans

We assist companies in the development or updating existing Fire and Safety Plans and also develop the Salvors Marine Pre-Fire Plan (SMFF) per NFPA 1405.


Maritime Technical Services offers classroom and online training for maritime professionals.  

We have professional development courses that range in length from three to five days and are constantly upgrading and expanding our curriculum and capabilities. Several of our course have been contracted by the United States Coast Guard to help develop  marine inspectors in their jobs.  Some of our courses are designed for the maritime professional to assist them in understand complex regulatory issues. Regardless who you are, we have a course that can help improve your knowledge of the industry. Continue reading “Training”

Automation & Engine Room Manning Training

Maritime Technical Service’s course of instruction on Automation and Machinery Space Manning offers a comprehensive look at modern “Vital System” automation on commercial vessels and how those vital systems are intricately intertwined with U.S. Flag state machinery manning and watch-keeping requirements.

The following topics are covered in our course:

This class will offer a comprehensive look at automation used in commercial vessels.  The training cover the following topics:

  • The History of Automation from a Coast Guard and Industry Perspective
  • How automation has transformed the maritime industry
  • Instrumentation and how automated systems function
  • Automation Rules and Standards (1988 Rule making, NVICs, and Part 61 and 62)
  • DVTP, PTSP, FMEA and Plan Review of Automation Systems
  • Performance Based Testing of Automation Components (PSTP)
  • How automation is used to augment or replace machinery space watch standing functions (The road to UMS)
  • STCW and machinery space watch keeping
  • The Principles of Safe Manning
  • How the ISM Code relates to Machinery Space Automation and Plant Reliability

This class is a one week (40-Hour) course that all Class Surveyors and USCG Machinery Inspectors should attend to augment their professional development.

Call for details: 510-499-2995

New Construction Oversight & Plan review Training

Gain the skills needed to develop and understand how the various Coast Guard regulations, policy and standards interact with each other when developing or reviewing technical plans for review and submittal to the Coast Guard for for inspected vessels.  This course includes best practices for overseeing complex and long term new construction projects, documentation, verification of approved plans and performance based training on the review and approval of plans at the local level.

Small Passenger Vessel undergoing re-power

Course Objectives

Using instructor-led techniques, we will provide the student with the advanced competency needed to efficiently oversee the review of plans for vessels going through the certification process, undergoing repairs or when being modified. To ensure confidence in your new skills, we extend the training course with 90 days of free follow-up support on all class material.

Topic Covered

Policy & Regulations covering Plan Review

  • Project Management
  • Round Table Discussion regarding Unit and MSC Plan Review
  • Introduction to Structures (Wood, FRP, Aluminum and Steel)
  • Machinery Systems
  • Electrical Systems, Grounding & Bonding w/Practical
  • Subdivision & Stability Drainage w/practical
  • Fire Protection. Pre and custom engineered systems plan review w/practical