Marine Surveys and the duties of a Marine Surveyor
Marine surveying is associated with marine insurance, as insurers generally lack the training and skills required to perform a detailed assessment of the condition of a vessel for damage, salvage, and accident and fraud investigation. Marine surveyors may be employed by insurers directly they maintain professional autonomy in order to provide an unbiased survey. This is very important to protect the integrity of the marine survey.
Independent marine surveyors are often employed by the clients of marine insurers to provide evidence in support of damage claims made against the insurer. Insurance companies cannot require customers to use specific marine surveyors (although they often provide a list of recommended or pre-approved marine surveyors who are known to them).
Marine surveyors often perform many of the following services:
- Conduct surveys during ship’s life to verify standards are maintained
- Perform inspections as required by the International Maritime Organization
- Witness all tests of all emergency and safety machinery and equipment
- Measure ships for tonnage and survey them for load line assignment
- Appear in court as an expert witness
- Investigate marine accidents
Captain Paul Squire is a marine surveyor in Fort Lauderdale that offers tips and information.