Capt André L. LeGoubin
The Nautical Institute
André is currently employed as a Mooring Master in the lightering trade, undertaking underway ship-to-ship transfers of oil, offshore in the USA and South America, having decided to return to sea in the summer of 2012 after over eight years ashore, working as a Marine Consultant in Houston, Texas.
He emigrated from the UK to the USA in January 2004, leaving the London Pilotage Service where he was a first class marine Pilot. Before becoming a Pilot, André was Master of high-speed ferries, initially hydrofoils, then mono- and multi-hull ro-ro/passenger vessels.
André’s seagoing career formally (he left school with almost 6 months sea time!) began with Cunard Shipping Services Ltd. where he served as a deck officer in various ranks, gaining experience of a wide variety of vessels.
In 2009 he achieved a Pass with Distinction, MA Work Based Learning Studies (Marine Accident Investigation), from Middlesex University, London and he was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute in the same year. Following on from his research degree, André wrote the book Mentoring at Sea – The 10 minute challenge which was published by the Nautical Institute in December 2012 and in October 2013 he was awarded the British Merchant Navy Medal for services to the maritime industry and The Nautical Institute.
In 2013 on request of some former clients, Andre founded DNA Marine USA LLC to offer his services as expert witness and consultant based on his over 40 year’s experience in the maritime industry.
In July 2022 he was elected President of The Nautical Institute.
André and his Wife live in Florida, USA and have three adult children, all settled in various parts of the US.