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Marine Accident / Loss Investigations

Recreational / Pleasure Boats / PWC

Investigation and Accident Reconstruction

Accidents involving small and privately-owned pleasure crafts are fundamentally different from accidents involving motor vehicles. FAEC’s Certified Marine Investigators provide the experience and attention necessary for reconstruction and investigation addressing the three dimensional nature of marine accidents. These unique factors include ramping, overriding, vaulting, downward forces, and many other characteristics unique to the maritime environment.

FAEC will assist you in any marine accident case involving all types of recreational boats – from personal watercraft and sailboats to multi-million-dollar yachts and entire marinas.

Related Proficiencies:

  • Marine Loss Analysis
  • Personal Watercraft Injuries
  • Operator Error Determination
  • Shipboard Fire and Explosion
  • Recreational Craft & PWC Design Evaluations
  • Marina Design Evaluations
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Cruise Ship / Passenger Ferry Operational Issues

Establishing Why Accidents Occur

In response to any injury of passengers or crew on cruise ships and passenger ferries, FAEC’s IAMI Certified Marine Investigators establish why an accident occurred and how to prevent such occurrences in the future.

Large Scale Examinations

Our marine experts can perform large scale examinations of cruise ships, cargo vessels or passenger ferries, and they provide expert marine investigation services for any operational issue, human error, or mechanical/electrical component failure.

Risk Assessment Analyses

Our client centered approach includes offering risk assessment and remediation analyses to prevent future incidents from occurring.

Related Proficiencies:

  • Marine Loss Analysis
  • Marine Accident Investigation
  • Operator Error Determination
  • Hull, Deck and Rigging Failures
  • Crewman, Longshoreman and Stevedore Injuries
  • ABS, SBYC, USCG Code and Regulation Compliance
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Commercial Vessels

Commercial Ship Accident Analysis

The 2018 Allianz Safety & Shipping Review estimates 75-96% of marine accidents can be attributed to human error. This translates to billions of dollars in unnecessary costs, as well as crew member injuries and avoidable loss of life. Commercial ship accidents require the careful analysis, clear and precise reporting, and expert experience that FAEC provides.

Certified Marine Investigators

Our team of certified marine investigators produce accurate reconstructions of any marine incident, providing thorough insight into all factors and conditions leading to an incident, and the way these conditions result in damage, injury, or loss of life.

Establishing Why an Accident Occurred

Using in-depth knowledge of physics, hydraulics, ocean conditions and ship response behavior, FAEC will determine why a commercial ship accident occurred and recommend preventative measures to mitigate and avoid future occurrences.Related Proficiencies:

Related Proficiencies:

  • Marine Loss Analysis
  • Operator Error Determination
  • Hull, Deck, and Rigging Failures
  • Container and Bulk Cargo Vessel Accidents
  • Shipboard Fire and Explosion
  • Commercial Vessel Operational Safety Issues
  • Fuel System Defect Analysis
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Off-shore / Inland Marine / Maritime Safety

Onshore and Offshore Marine Facility Assessment and Inspection Services

FAEC provides integrity assessment and risk management services for both onshore and offshore marine facilities. Our structural engineers offer assessment and inspection services for existing structures including floating and fixed piers, small recreational and large commercial docks, and offshore structures and facilities, ensuring the safety and security of all users and visitors.

Establish Why Failures Occurred

Our experts will assess damage, establish root cause and specific mechanism for any structural failures, including identifying methods to prevent such failures in the future.

Comprehensive Assessment Reports

Our engineers have years of experience working with oil & gas owners and operators in the maritime industry, and we provide a comprehensive assessment of each situation.

Related Proficiencies:

  • Pipeline Ruptures
  • Rigging Failures
  • Offshore Platform Failures
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Crew Injuries

USCG Code Compliance / ABYC & NFPA Standards

Petrochemical Compliance Assessments and Audits

With extensive knowledge of applicable codes and regulations, FAEC offers petrochemical compliance assessments and audits. Our team of experts will perform inspections and ensure operations meet the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) standards, United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) compliance, American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and National Electrical Code (NEC) standards.

Risk Management Services

To prevent accidents, and minimize opportunities for human errors, we identify preventative measures and evaluate products and systems to lessen the risk of injury or loss.

Related Proficiencies:

  • Marine Accident Investigations
  • Recreational Craft & PWC Design Evaluations
  • Marina Design Evaluations
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