James F. Pritchard, President and co-founder of North American Marine Consultants, LLC, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has worked nearly 40 years in the marine industry. North American Marine Consultants, LLC, was established to meet worldwide client demand for expert surveys, appraisals and brokerage of marine assets. Pritchard is a Certified Marine Surveyor with the National Association of Marine Surveyors and a member of the American Society of Appraisers. He has served as an expert witness for vessel valuation issues in federal court in Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Previously, Pritchard was employed by Merrill Marine Services, Inc. for 30 years. During that time he held the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations, and marine surveyor, appraiser and consultant. Prior to working for MMSI, Pritchard worked for Marine Loss Control, Inc. for two years as a marine surveyor, appraiser, and consultant.

Pritchard also has significant onboard vessel experience working as a first mate, second mate and deck hand for Valley Line Company, Mid America Transportation Co., Union Mechling Barge Lines, Cardinal Carriers and Midwest Towing Company.

During his career in the marine industry, Pritchard has gained extensive knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • Steel hull construction for all types of commercial marine vessels
  • Vessel propulsion and associated systems
  • Operations of virtually all types of commercial marine vessels
  • Function and equipment requirements of wharves, docks, terminals, shipyards and stevedoring operations
  • Valuation of inland and ocean-going commercial marine vessels