In the event of mishaps such as oil spills, accidents involving personnel or cargo equipment etc, the marine surveyor will be instructed by the P & I Club to investigate and report on the facts of the incident and to assist the Master and Owners with advice.

In all instances it is not only the particular technical skills of the marine surveyor which are called upon but also their wider knowledge and appreciation of the legal consequences involved in the relationship between ship owners, charterers, insurers and cargo owners.

Such incidents usually involve large sums of money which are sometimes not settled until several years later, often after protracted court action. The surveyor must therefore pay particular attention to detail and have a good in-house system for recalling evidence.


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