To be considered for the role of a Marine Surveyor experience counts for just as much as training. While surveyors will normally have a degree in naval architecture or engineering, a master’s ticket or be qualified as a chief engineer, they will usually also be passionate about ships and have spent much of their working lives in and around them.
This keen interest in ships allows surveyors to be called in as experts, who can inspect or examine ships to assess, monitor and report on the condition of ship structure, machinery, navigational equipment, safety equipment, radio equipment, cargo and/or cargo gears. Often marine surveyors specialise in one area of the industry, such as cargo surveying, fuel or engines.
The surveyor might be expected to conduct surveys, perform inspections, witness tests, investigate marine accidents and attend court as an expert witness. Surveyors also often represent insurers in the case of claims for damage, or where there is a casualty, assessing the scale of the damage and advising on mitigation and the legitimacy of a claim. Surveyors generally fall in one of three categories: Government, classification society or private surveyors. Whichever strand of surveying you choose, it is likely that you will need to travel extensively, usually for several weeks at a time.