CANADIAN OFFICE: 905 682 4515     USA OFFICE: 440 871 0662


North American Marine, Inc. is a marine surveying firm incorporated in the State of Ohio, with offices in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1968 and, since inception, its principal activity has been the conducting of marine surveys behalf hull and P & I underwriters and marine risk including: hull and machinery damage, the salvage of stranded and sunken vessels, lake, ocean and river tow approvals, approval of marine ventures, mooring inspections, condition and valuation inspections, draft and displacement surveys, hatch and cargo surveys, and surveys of damaged docks, bridges and structures. North American Marine Inc. is accredited by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for the inspection of shore-based material handling devices and crane and derrick barges.

The company is named to the hull and P & I policies of the majority of American and Canadian Great Lakes fleets, and is authorized to represent the interests of those fleets entered in the Scandinavian market on behalf of the Swedish Club, Unitas and Bergens Skibsassuranseforening and those vessels entered in Great Lakes Protective Association. Additionally, the firm is a regional representative of several ocean fleets and their P & I underwriters relative to cargo claims, and is requested to perform hatch surveys on these vessels at time of discharge. Additionally, North American Marine is frequently appointed by P & I Club representatives to survey damages involving ocean vessels entered with these clubs, and to perform hatch surveys at time of cargo discharge.

North American Marine Inc. services the Great Lakes, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers,  the St. Lawrence River and Maritime provinces, with additional services performed in hull and machinery surveys on the East and Gulf Coasts.



All types of vessel damage including collision, striking, grounding, fire and machinery failure. Assessment of damage, determination of seaworthiness and extent of necessary repair, both temporary and permanent. Negotiation of repair costs with ship repair facilities.


Inspection of stranded and sunken vessels to determine gravity of situation and develop logical course of action, including extent of need relative to marine salvage equipment and labor; supervision of salvage operations; determination of constructive total loss, if applicable.


Survey of damaged docks, bridges, structures and facilities to ascertain nature and extent of damage reasonably attributed to alleged incident, necessary repairs, development of bid specifications or review and approval of same, necessary attendance during course of repairs, development of depreciation considerations and negotiation of reasonable allowance if possible. When requested by owners of damaged facility, and with approval of principals, preparation of repair specifications, obtainment of bids, selection of contractor and oversight of repairs as required. Upon request of counsel for underwriters, survey of vessels, vessel fittings and equipment or shore facilities, necessary to obtain facts or information required in the resolution of personal injury or damage suits, or to prepare for testimony as expert witness as required. Cargo contamination and oil spill response.


Inspection of vessels to determine suitability for proposed voyage; development of recommendations for preparation; determination of tug requirements; inspection of completed preparations and tug selection; approval of all towing arrangements including hook-up and weather.


Inspection of moorings to ascertain suitability of berth relative to physical condition of dock and its facilities, depth of water alongside, exposure to elements, and the arrangement, condition and adequacy of vessel moorings as installed. Also, watch protection, as arranged, and the availability of fire protection.


Loading surveys to approve handling and stowage and securing of cargo. Outturn surveys to ascertain condition of cargo upon arrival, observation of stevedore handling during discharge, and condition of cargo upon completion of discharge.
Hatch surveys for similar purposes, but on more limited scale. Damaged cargo to ascertain cause, extent, associated loss and proper disposition.
Draft and displacement surveys at time of loading and discharge to determine tonnage of cargo.


Annual and/or quadrennial inspection and certification of land based and barge mounted cranes used in longshore operations. Also, annual inspection of grain elevator loading spouts and rigs for certification purposes, all in the interest of determining compliance with OSHA Regulations of Title 29, Chapter XVII, Part 1919.


Review of proposed venture including Lake and sea conditions to be anticipated for period in question, nature of operation and proposed operating staff; inspection of marine equipment proposed for operation; development of recommendations for repair and fitting-out of marine equipment as required; establishment of safety requirements relative to use and protection of marine equipment and such limitations of operation as considered necessary, including weather approval as considered prudent.


Complete internal and external examination of vessels to ascertain condition relative to suitability for insurance coverage and in the interest of assessing market value.