Dennis Bryant has many years’ experience in the field of maritime regulations. After graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1968, he served 27 years active duty with the Coast Guard, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1995. While on active duty, he made three Arctic patrols on the icebreaker NORTHWIND (and was seconded to the icebreaking tanker MANHATTAN during its transit of the Northwest Passage in 1969).
After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School, he served in a variety of legal assignments, including as the Coast Guard’s Law of the Sea Officer. He also served in the Office of International Affairs and negotiated international agreements related to the Coast Guard. For three years, he supervised the largest rulemaking project in Coast Guard history to that date: implementation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). This project involved preparation of regulations relating to double hulls for oil tankers, vessel response plans, lightering zones, and approximately 40 other rulemaking and study projects.
In 1995, Bryant joined the admiralty law firm of Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, specializing in the government regulation of ships. He advised clients worldwide on compliance with international, US, and state laws and regulations impacting vessel operation. As part of that practice, he published a daily newsletter on recent governmental developments impacting the maritime industry. The newsletter – Maritime Items – was distributed via email to 4,000 readers worldwide.
In 2009, Bryant moved into maritime regulatory consulting. He continues to publish a daily newsletter, but it is now posted on his website and distributed via a blog. He writes extensively, speaks at fora worldwide, and is quoted frequently in the trade press.