Marine Surveyor Jobs

Marine Surveyors

Marine Surveyors provide expert consultation within the marine industry.

They are hired by commercial vessels, private yachts and cargo concerns to deal with the condition, construction and damage of vessels, as well as the stowage and transportation of cargos. They assess values for insurance claims, appraisals for sale, and serve as impartial witnesses. Required knowledge of the industry is typically acquired from service as deck/engineering officers, supervising shipyard work, or field inspection with USCG or Classification Societies. Most surveyors also carry membership accreditation with one or more marine surveying agencies. Those with the required knowledge and experience can be highly compensated for their expertise. Below are links with additional information.

Ship Surveyors Help Determine the Seaworthiness of Vessels

National Association of Marine Surveyors
The International Institute of Marine Surveying

Class Societies & Class Surveyors

Insurance companies and government agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard rely upon classification societies, which are independent of the insurance industry to inspect and survey vessels for evaluation of structural and mechanical integrity. A ship that is not “in class” is unable to trade.

Therefore, class societies are hugely important to commercial ships of trade. There are many classification societies such as Lloyds Register of Shipping, Bureau Veritas and the American Bureau of Shipping, and each employs their own surveyors. Work as a class surveyor requires extensive knowledge of ship construction and engineering, and usually involves frequent travel. However the pay can be excellent. The below links provide additional information.

International Association of Classification Societies
Lloyds Register of Shipping
American Bureau of Shipping


The National Cargo Bureau conducts inspections and surveys that are incidental to the loading or discharging of a ship, and issues the appropriate certificates and/or survey reports. Like other surveyors, working for the NCB requires extensive knowledge and experience. Additional information can be found at the NCB website.

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