Richard A. Mueller, President
Richard A. Mueller has been a leader in the maritime industry for more than three decades as an executive, project manager, consultant, and more. His experience includes overall corporate management, project management as an owner’s representative in oversight or hands-on positions. As a maritime management consultant, Mr. Mueller also has extensive experience in vessel operations, manning, personnel, traffic and dispatch issues as well as providing repair and maintenance oversight. Additionally, he has a wide range of crisis management experience: including vessel groundings, major mechanical casualties, on-scene investigations, oil spills, etc.
Mr. Mueller is a 30+ year member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME); and the United States Propeller Club, Port of Cleveland and Port of Tampa. He has served in various elected positions including the Central Region vice president and the past chairman for the Great Lakes Section of SNAME, and is currently SNAME’s Vice-President of Planning/Public Policy, and serves on SNAME’s Governing Council and Executive Committee.
Jan Flores, Sr. Business Development Director
Jan Flores has worked in the maritime and offshore industry in various capacities for over two decades. Prior to joining Netsco he headed the FSO Group and was responsible for Business Development in the offshore market for OSG. Also with OSG, Jan was the Technical Project Manager overseeing the development of the MT Overseas Cascade and the MT Overseas Chinook. Both vessels were the first two dedicated shuttle tankers in the Gulf of Mexico and now support the FPSO Pioneer, serving the Petrobras deepwater fields known as Cascade & Chinook. This groundbreaking project placed the Pioneer into service as the first FPSO in the United States’ waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Flores was also part of Crowley Maritime Corporation, where he held several positions, including Technical and Marine Superintendent, Project and Sr. Project Engineer involved in various offshore projects in the Gulf of Mexico and internationally, and Manager of New Builds.
In his various roles, Jan has developed a wide range of expertise including specialized and bulk marine transportation, complex offshore projects, offshore support vessels, shuttle tankers, FPSO/FSO, and LNG/CNG
Educated at the Florida Institute of Technology, Jan is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida, holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering, with a specialization in Naval Architecture. He is a member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and served as a member of the American Bureau of Shipping Americas Technical Committee.
Shawn Collins, Sr. Project Manager
Mr. Collins has worked in the Great Lakes maritime industry over a span of almost three decades for G&W Industries, Manitowoc Marine Group (Cleveland Shiprepair Co.) and Oglebay Norton Marine Services before coming to Netsco. Mr. Collins has held several positions with management responsibilities during this period of time focused on shipyard management and services, maintenance and repair oversight, emergency response and services, vessel operations, budget administration, business and project management.
In these various roles Mr. Collins has had extensive personal experience in machinery and structural repair, welding processes and procedures, metal fabrication, industrial construction, construction estimating, vessel operations, personnel, traffic, repair and maintenance oversight, marine machinery and equipment, new vessel construction, vessel re-powering, major system and structural replacements, system modifications and material handling systems both ship-board and shore-side.
Mr. Collins is a member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).
Jerome J. Mueller, Jr., P.E., Vice President – Engineering
As Vice President – Engineering, Mr. Mueller has responsibility for all engineering work done by Netsco. During his over three decades in the marine business, he has served as project leader for marine engineering projects such as boiler automations, self unloading conversions, bow thruster installations, diesel engine re-powering and marine sanitation device retrofits. Mr. Mueller provides assistance and advice for the preparation of technical specifications and design as well as detailed drawings for new installations and existing system modifications including diesel re-powerings, major conversions, piping system modifications and ship machinery surveys. Also, he has prepared, coordinated and supervised dock trials and sea trials for new and converted ships, both foreign and domestic.
A registered professional engineer in the States of Ohio and Florida, Mr. Mueller is a member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), The United States Propeller Club, Port of Cleveland as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Richard T. Nicholls, P.E., Chief Naval Architect / Marine Engineer
Mr. Nicholls’ 30+ years in the maritime industry includes four years at the U.S. Coast Guard Technical Office on Governors Island, New York, ten years at Marine Consultants and Designers, Inc. and five years in the defense industry. In addition, he worked nine years as project manager in the petrochemical industry.
Over his career, Mr. Nicholls, has been responsible for all phases of project management as well as building, piping and structural modifications, plus storage tank installation, designs involving hazardous materials, environmental compliance and use of special corrosion-resistant materials.
His project experience includes vessel design, lengthening, repowering, self-unloader conversions, electrical generator installation, automation and other modifications for both ocean and lake vessels. He has worked on bulk carriers, tankers, gas carriers, barges, tugs, passenger vessels and integrated tug barges.
At Netsco, Mr. Nicholls is the lead naval architect and is responsible for ensuring that projects are completed in a timely manner, in accordance with contracts and design requirements.
He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio, Florida, and Wisconsin. He holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, a graduate degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute, and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College.