Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Bob Umbdenstock, most recently Director of Planning and Corporate Relations for the Resolve Marine Group, has spent his professional life engaged in marine casualty response. Following initial training and earliest experience as a fleet salvage & diving officer in the US Navy during the Vietnam War era, he progressed in real time project management roles and held corporate executive positions in commercial marine salvage and marine spill response organizations. Work has influenced development of OPA 90 salvage and marine firefighting plans in the USA and in the domestic industry’s global expansion. Bob served as a Special Casualty Representative (SCR) for Lloyd’s Open Form with Scopic.
While most of his career has involved key roles in heavy salvage and wreck removal field operations like the Puerto Rican, Mega Borg, Bow Mariner, Athos I and Cougar Ace, he has also written technical manuals for the US Navy Supervisor of Salvage, worked on publicly funded studies of national and state salvage postures, assisted in marine casualty investigations, provided expert testimony in federal court, and served as a maritime arbitrator. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he has been a member of the American Salvage Association, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Marine Technology Society, Connecticut Maritime Association, and formerly chairman of the Salvage Committee at the New York Society of Maritime Arbitrators.
Projects have taken Bob to casualties in Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, the Great Lakes and numerous major rivers and ports. In his position with Resolve for clients including state and federal agencies, vessel owners and operators, marine property and liability underwriters, and admiralty attorneys in international markets, Bob developed the company’s OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan service programs.