Consultancy Support for Marine Insurers and Vessel Owners



Kevin A Gorringe BSc(Hons) MSc CSci CMarSci MIScT MIMarEST MNI


Kevin is a Freelance IMarEST Marine Professional,  Chartered Ship Scientist, Marine Engineer, based in East Sussex. Chartered as a Scientist registered with the Science Council and the IMarEST Professional Register, former defence research naval systems and explosives safety specialist for DSTL.

MSc degree qualified in Marine Surveying, currently completing a second MSc in Marine Engineering, specialising in Marine Forensic Engineering, in addition, Kevin is degree qualified in Safety with Chartered status, IFE Fire Engineer and a Certificated firefighter.

Kevin is both a Professional Chartered Scientist and a Ship and Marine Science Specialist, having studied MSc in Marine Surveying, currently, completing a second MSc in Marine Engineering for Marine Professionals, a Graduate in Safety, specialising in Marine Safety, research included accident investigation, analysis and marine forensic engineering. Lloyds Diploma qualified in Marine Environmental Surveyor for the Shipping Industry, Full Member of the IMarEST and the Nautical Institute.


Ship science looks at the design, construction and testing of ships and ocean structures. These could be for transport, recreation or harnessing marine resources.


Areas of Ship Science include:


Advanced Computational Engineering

Marine Engineering and Autonomy

Naval Architecture

International Naval Architecture

Ocean Energy and Offshore Engineering

Yacht and High Performance Craft

Computational design and modelling techniques

Scientific and Engineering Testing

Research and Science Writing


Consultant Ship Scientist

Marine Forensic Engineer & Marine Surveyor

IMarEST Marine Professional and Chartered Scientist, specialising in Marine Forensic Engineering and Marine Surveying, Lloyds Indemnified Marine Professional.

Ship, Historic Craft, Yacht and Small Craft qualified.


Support includes:

  • Marine Insurance and Condition Surveys 

  • Marine Forensic Engineering and Testing

  • Historic Craft Research - UK Historic Ship Register

  • Corrosion and Osmosis Assessments

  • Yacht and Small Craft Surveyor

  • Marine Accident Investigation

  • Vessel Safety Assessment

  • Naval Architecture

Marine Insurance Surveyor


Marine insurance companies evaluate the risk of a particular vessel policy based on several factors; the physical condition of the boat is an important consideration.​​ The survey report is usually their main method for evaluating the condition of the boat, and they invariably require the listed “recommendations” to be addressed as a condition before issuing or renewal of a policy.​ It is important that the engaged surveyor the Surveys are completed to this standard, for the condition inspection of the vessel, clearly states in the survey report the level of importance attached to each defect. Recommendations could be labelled for example A, B or C:

  • A: Priority – as it affects the vessel’s safety

  • B: To be rectified within a given time frame

  • C: Cosmetic

A boat owner should not however, assume that they can pick and choose which recommendations they will rectify believing that the insurance provider will be unlikely to learn of any oversight.​ Marine insurance policies are generally controlled by the doctrine of “uberrimae fidei”, requiring the policy holder to to deal in “utmost good faith”. 


This doctrine requires the vessel’s owner to disclose any information that may be related in any way to the coverage that is being considered, and to deal with the insurance company in good faith. Failure to do so, may lead to denial of an insurance claim, even if the oversight had nothing whatsoever to do with the loss.

Yacht & Small Craft Surveys with Scientific Testing

Providing condition, structural, damage and scientific testing for yachts and small craft, including assessments of corrosion and osmosis.

Surveys are completed to insurance standards.

Member ABSW - Ship Science Writer & Researcher

Full Member of the Association of British Science Writer, undertakes research and writing projects, previous research has included:

  • The sociotechnical analysis of small craft accidents.

  • The dynamic risk assessment of firefighting and explosives ordnance operations.

Vessel and Industry - Safety Specialist

Marine and Non-Marine Safety Consultant

Marine Engineer, Chartered Safety Practitioner, Fire Engineer and Scientist, HSE competent safety specialist with Science Council Registration. Specialising in Marine, Engineering and Scientific Sectors with remote virtual support available.


Support includes:

  • Chartered HSE Competent H&S Advisor

  • Risk Assessor - Engineering, H&S and Scientific

  • Fire and Accident Investigator

  • FMEA and Fault Tree Analysis.

  • Emergency and Rescue Planning.

  • Vessel Risk & Stability Assessments

Historic & Traditional Craft - Consultant

UK Historic Ship Register Listed Consultant, providing:

- Research and materials analysis.

- Surveys and structural analysis.

- Scientific and historical relevance research.

- Vessel safety assessments.

- Museum craft risk assessments

- Engineering consultancy.

Current Research: Keel failure in Yachts

Kevin is currently undertaking research at the University of Plymouth and the Marine Learning Alliance ( IMarEST ) - Keel failure of fixed, drop and canter yachts, an engineering solutions, the research is being supported and promoted by the Practical Boat Owners Magazine and the Old Gaffers Association and we really would like as much feedback as possible from all yacht owners.

28 lives have been lost due to keel failure, surveyors are being prosecuted regularly for failure to identify early signs of failure, failure is also being found in newly commissioned yachts, issues such as keel bolts, corrosion, damage through to inadequate building standards are being identified as primary reasons. 

Marine Forensic Engineering

Forensic engineering is primarily concerned with the link between engineering and the cause of failure, particularly for insurers, the purpose of an investigation will usually be to discover the cause of failure in a particular material, component, product or structure, and determine whether this failure was accidental or intentional. Whilst accidental failures may be the result of a natural cause, such as corrosion or fatigue, they may also include accidents.


Engineering disasters, such will often be subject to such an investigation. However certain failures could prove criminal intent, whether maliciously or through negligence, and will often result in court proceedings. The forensic engineer will conduct an investigation involving various inspections of the faulty structure or item, the collection of evidence and data, and the performance of various experiments.


The engineer’s report at the end of the investigation will often include information on the problem and its cause, documentation evidence (photographs, engineering drawings, testing records, quality control records, etc), potential solutions and suggestions for improvement, and evidence to support the entire report. It may be necessary for the engineer to present any findings in court, particularly in matters of litigation.







East Sussex Marine 

Consultant Ship Scientist

49 Station Road 


East Sussex

BN26 6EL




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