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Our Associates

From around the world, Ensys Energy is proud to introduce our Associates who often participate in our studies and analyses. From in depth local knowledge to high end computer modeling, our Associates' skills bring richness and depth to our work.

Mr. David St. Amand, President, founded Navigistics Consulting in 1994. Mr. St. Amand is a maritime economist/business analyst specializing in commercial shipping. He holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. Mr. St. Amand is an experienced consultant having previously held senior positions with the consulting firms of Booz, Allen & Hamiltion and Temple, and Barker & Sloane/Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). His industry experience covers a wide range of activities including transportation planning, marketing, finance, operations, and engineering.


Mr. St. Amand has served in a wide variety of advisory capacities to the maritime industry. For example, he served as a tank vessel economics and regulatory expert on a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC-Marine Board) committee examing the impact of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 on the oil transportation industry (1995-8). He also served as a consultant to the NAS/NRC Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee examining the U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS). He also served (2005-7) on a NAS Polar Research Board committee examining U.S. polar icebreaker requirements in the future to meet both scientific and commercial needs. Mr. St. Amand previously served, via appointment by U.S. Secretaries of Transportation under the Bush and Clinton administrations (1991-2000), on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), a Congressionally mandated U.S. Coast Guard advisory committee advising the USCG on regulatory issues impacting the U.S. tug/barge industry. Based on his TSAC work, Mr. St. Amand received a Public Service Commendation and a Certificate of Merit from the USCG. Mr. St. Amand has also been elected a member of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) (1996-present). Mr. St. Amand has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) serving as Chairman of SNAME’s T&R Panel EC-11 Maritime Green House Gases (GHG) and Economics.

Mr. St. Amand has extensive experience consulting to most sectors of the maritime industry. He has served bulk vessel owner/operators, liner companies, tug/barge firms, industry organizations, marine service firms, cruise lines, ferry operators, terminal operators, port authorities, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These assignments included strategic planning, asset/business valuation, organization analysis, market planning, benchmarking, and regulatory analysis. His strategic planning experience includes tanker owners, liner companies, ferry/cruise operators, and port authorities. He has also done extensive analysis of the Jones Act, OPA 90, the 1984 Shipping Act, and the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998 (OSRA) for individual carriers and industry organizations as well as work on maritime industry air emissions for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Petroleum Institute (API), IPIECA, the American Waterways Operators (AWO), and IMO.

Mr. St. Amand has been named as an expert witness on maritime industry issues in U.S. federal and state courts as well as before arbitration panels in the U.S. and Europe. His litigation support/expert witness clients have included such entities as Exxon/Mobil, the U.S. Department of Justice (Commercial Division), U.S. Steel, Crowley, Severstal, and BP among others.

Dr. Robert Luckner is a marine terminal, oil refinery, and pipeline expert. He was a senior executive in ExxonMobil’s U.S. pipeline, supply, and refining organizations. He also managed complex litigation on behalf of Exxon involving Alaskan oil royalty, severance, and income taxes that involved issues related to pricing and physical crude oil flows.  He has served as the President and Board member for numerous pipeline companies. Dr. Luckner has also managed major litigation projects (non-attorney manager) and information system (SAP) design/installation for a Fortune 100 company. Dr. Luckner holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Mr. Kenneth Zito has over 40 years of oil industry experience specializing in oil trading. After holding several senior positions with Ashland Oil Inc., Mr. Zito began work for an oil trading firm in Houston in 1980. By 1986 Mr. Zito was an equity partner in United Fuels International, a privately held leading commodity and oil brokerage Company, handling both physical and derivative contracts in crude oil, crude oil products, coal, emissions and natural gas. United also had both a floor and “upstairs” futures division executing energy futures on the NYMEX. In 2005, Mr. Zito was instrumental in United being sold to ICAP a London based broker dealer, with whom he held a Sr. Management position through 2011.  Mr. Zito brings practical experience with crude oil and crude oil products trading in both physical and paper barrels.

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