Background & Bio
John is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point (1983). John sailed commercially as Relief Master, Chief Mate and/or Second Mate on a variety of vessels including Ro-Ro, dry cargo, and tank vessels and currently holds a USCG Unlimited Master’s license (for continuity only). John also spent three years active duty in the US Navy as a surface warfare officer-- primarily as an engineering officer—including planning dry dockings in both a graving dock and floating dry dock.
Immediately before joining Bowditch, John was a vice president at Hudson Analytix/Hudson Marine where his experience included on-scene oil spill and major incident response. John has worked extensively with ship owner clients to help ensure compliance with US statutes and regulations, in the context of post-casualty or post-incident analysis as well as every-day consultations. He has current certificates for ICS 100 (Incident Command System-Intro), ICS 200 (Incident Command System-Supervisory) and IS-700 (National Incident Management System-Intro) as well as HAZWOPER.
In his free time, you will likely find John sailing on the beautiful Puget Sound.Back to Overview
United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, 1983
Boston University Law School, J.D., 1995
Did you Know...?
John learned to juggle while in college and juggles flaming torches every 4th of July for the neighborhood kids.
Fun Fact From a Co-Worker
John Kimmerlein can turn 50-feet of line into a turks head holiday wreath, the likes of which would rival any holiday ornament found on Etsy.com.