At the helm is Emmy-Award-nominated photojournalist Bjoern Kils -- a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain with extensive experience operating boats in New York Harbor. He holds the TWIC Card issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security and is a Rescue Diver/Divemaster. Bjoern has worked many years in broadcast television as cameraman, editor, and satellite truck operator. He will gladly consult with you on any project.

Captain Eric has run our boats for six seasons. Crewing on commercial vessels and private yachts, he brings much experience operating different types of ships. Eric graduated with a degree in National Security, holds an FCC Radio Operators license, TWIC card, and is a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain. He grew up along the Jersey Shore, working the summers on fishing boats.

Captain Joel is a USCG licensed mariner and water safety instructor. He has a degree in marine biology from Rutgers University, has worked as a lifeguard, and is a PADI certified Rescue Diver. Joel has been boating in New York Harbor for more than 20 years and his previous work experience also includes management of underwater salvage operations.


Captain John is a first responder who is assigned to maritime search and rescue. He has patrolled the five boroughs and its waterways for decades and brings unparalleled personal experience of the harbor to our tours. John is also an avid recreational boater who loves navigating Moriches Bay and the east end of Long Island.

Kristina Fiore is a journalist whose byline has appeared in ABC News, Newsday, New Jersey Monthly, Earth Magazine, and other newspapers and magazines. She’s a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association for Health Care Journalists. At New York Media Boat, she manages social media, blogging, and content strategy. She’ll gladly chase the story far out to sea. Send story tips to


Taso is New York Media Boat’s Chief Photographer. He’s a seasoned cameraman on and off the water: Breaking news, corporate events and documentaries — he captures it all in perfect HD. Taso brings many years of television experience, shooting and editing content and is a pro when it comes to shooting on a moving platform.

Captain Ken [retired] has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 18 years. He’s a Federal Boarding Officer, Search and Rescue specialist and expert in tactical boat operations. Ken has sailed the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and the Mediterranean, South China, Bering, and Caribbean Seas. He served with the Harry S. Truman battle group in 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.