SHIP SCIENTIST - FORENSIC ENGINEERING - INSURANCE SURVEYOR 
ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION - HISTORIC CRAFT - RESEARCH
MARINE CONSULTANT
& MARINE SURVEYOR

East Sussex Marine Consultants, Professional Marine Consultancy and survey Practice, Lloyds professionally indemnified.

 

The practice specialises in Marine Forensic Engineering and Surveying, MSc degree qualified marine surveyor, currently completing a second MSc degree in Engineering for Marine Professionals,Chartered as a Scientist registered with the IMarEST and the Science Council.

In addition, as a marine surveyor and marine forensic engineer, Kevin is also highly qualified in safety, fire and health and safety, holding Chartered safety status. A professional scientist who has researched keel failures, small craft accidents and crew accidents. Accident and fire investigation of vessels.

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

EAST SUSSEX MARINE
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Clear uncomplicated professional , highly qualified ( see competency section in About us section ), friendly support, clear pricing and above all a passion for vessels and safety , local for East Sussex, indemnified for worldwide operations, excluding USA and Canada.

First and foremost a professional scientist with professional qualification, registration and competency as an expert witness under UK / EU Directive and not just a membership, please note that a membership alone is not a qualification in law and could be tested if you require expert advice.

Kevin is Lloyds qualified and holds a MSc degree in Marine Surveying Lloyds accredited and currently completing a second MSc in Marine Engineering.

The practice provides comprehensive support for insurers, from survey to marine forensic engineering, support includes safety assessment and full investigation reports into engineering failures, negligence and related investigations.

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 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.

YACHT, SMALL CRAFT & TRADITIONAL CRAFT SURVEYS - SUSSEX & KENT
12 Month Owners Vessel Inspection Scheme - Making Vessels Safer

East Sussex marine offers owners a vessel Inspection scheme, for Sussex and Kent based vessels.

If we undertake a full fee insurance survey for your vessel we offer a fixed fee inspection for £180 a year, the inspection is a review of the survey and condition, we will advise of any issues and can provide more detailed testing with a 15% reduction on usual fees. Note - the inspections are not insurance surveys, these are a documented inspection of condition only. The inspections form part of this offer only and are not transferable to new owners.

The scheme is in response to the practice research into safety and maintenance issues being found in leisure craft, poor maintenance and the cost of a survey every years is prohibitive, the scheme aims to making sailing safer, credit cards are excepted. The scheme also includes safety bulletins and updates by email throughout the year. 

 

Illistration fee:

30 foot leisure yacht in Eastbourne - Insurance Survey 30 x £15 = £450 and £180 a year for the annual inspection, year 2 onwards - MOT for boats!

YACHT, SMALL CRAFT & TRADITIONAL CRAFT SURVEYS

The Practice provides all forms of vessel surveys and testing for yachts, small craft and traditional craft, alongside research work around surveying proceedures. Surveys are undertaken to insurance standards, including valuations, structural and damage surveys, including seaworthiness surveys and assessments. 

Corrosion and osmosis surveys, including scientific testing to expert stadnadrds under UK / EU Directive, including thermographic cameras, oil and fuel analysis, alongside Ultrasound and moisture assessments.

MARINE INSURANCE SURVEYOR - LLOYDS ACCREDITED 

Member of the IMarEST and MSc degree qualified in Marine Surveying with Lloyds accreditation. Marine forensic engineer and specialising in insurance surveys and vessel testing, check the marine surveying section for full details.

Lloyds qualified marine surveyor providing insurance surveys for ships, yachts and small craft. 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.

HISTORIC & TRADITIONAL VESSELS

Registered consultant with the UK Historic Ship Register, providing full support for historic and traditional craft from initial restoration reports, surveys, assessments through to historic relevance reports and safety assessments to UK Historic Ship Register standards.

 

We provide scientific testing, analysis and support alongside engineering assessments and testing.

 

Specialising in the survey of historic and traditional craft with training in all forms of structure, includes wood, steel, Ferro-cement, aluminium through to GRP and new forms of construction materials. Scientific writer support in historic and traditional craft, also providing training in the science of wooden craft structure, includes chemistry and defects.

VESSEL SAFETY ASSESSMENTS & RESEARCH

FMEA ANALYSIS

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis assessments are carried out for forensic investigations to establish failure modes and areas of failure that could have led or potentially caused a accident.

3D MODELLING & VESSEL STABILITY ASSESSMENTS

The practice uses Rhino 3D and Orca software for modelling accidents, vessel stability. hydrostatics and fatigue. Vessel assessments include risk and stability.

MARINE SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL WRITER

Kevin is a Full Member of the Association of British Science Writers, specialising in Ship Sciences, Surveying, Marine Engineering and technical writing, a qualified tutor with PTLLS certification to provide training in technical, marine science, safety and marine forensic engineering.

 

Contracts are undertaken for the marine industry and related clients specifically in commissioned project and research. Support is provided for historic craft providing technical research and historic relevance reports for restoration, museums and for owners.​ 

 

Contact directly to discuss your technical, research and scientific writing requirements.

MARINE ENGINEERING RESEARCH - CURRENT RESEARCH YACHT KEEL FAILURE - PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY / MLA COLLEGE

Keel Failure - Monohull, Fixed, Drop and Canter, an Engineering Solution

Kevin is currently involved in research being undertaken through Plymouth University and the MLA College, IMarEST, in Engineering for marine professionals, supported by " The Practical Boat Owners" Magazine and the "Old Gaffers Association".

 

Updates will be posted on this website, I can be contacted if you have any information regarding - keel failures, negligent surveys, design failures, I am particulary interested in anyone that has suffered a keel failure at sea or received negligent surveys, all information is confidential and we do not want surveyors details or specifics, the research is to problem solve.

It is hoped that the research will be further developed to improve yacht safety.

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