BACKGROUND

Marine Experts S.A. was formed in order to provide clients with a prompt and reliable Consulting and Surveying Service, specialized in Loss Prevention and Investigation of Maritime Casualties. Its head office is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The firm was founded in May 2000 by Capt. Eduardo N. Prone and Capt. Benigno Luis Márquez, Directors and Senior Surveyors, who have prolonged their professional activities as Marine Surveyors and Consultants after more than 20 years of extensive practice as Senior partners and surveyors to the firm “Capt. Carlos A. Rojo & Assoc.”, which was discontinued on said date.

 

STAFF

 

Capt. Eduardo N. Prone started his professional independent activities in 1978 as a senior partner and surveyor to the firm “Capt. Carlos A. Rojo & Assoc.” after 14 years of sea service as Chief Officer and Master of reefer, general cargo vessels and bulk carriers. Due to his experience as Master of shuttle vessels involved in STS operations, Captain Prone is skilled in shiphandling techniques. He has also been involved in risk analysis and ISM Audits. He is a competent operator in all type of electronic charts and navigation software, including ECDIS and VDR. Nowadays, he is mostly involved in casualty investigations and technical advice and he also provides advice in litigation cases. He frequently appears at Argentinean and Chilean courts as a marine expert.

Capt. Benigno Luis Márquez started his activities as marine surveyor in the same firm in 1980, after 14 years of sea service as a Chief Officer and a Master of bulk carriers and a two-year service as operation manager to Gotaas Larsen Argentina and Alianza Naviera. Due to his experience as a Master of shuttle vessels, involved in STS operations, Captain Marquez is skilled in shiphandling techniques. Currently, he is mostly involved in loss prevention matters, attending or monitoring ship inspections related to ship risk analysis and ISM audits, conditions, follow-ups and pre-purchase surveys. He also coaches and supervises field surveyors involved in ship inspections or preventive surveys.

Capt. Adrian Peralta joined the firm as a manager partner in January 2011. He started his career as a marine surveyor in 1994, after 12 years of sea experience as a Chief Officer and a Master of dry and tanker vessels, and he has worked for several marine survey firms. Today, he is mostly involved in collision and grounding casualties’ investigations, analysis of evidence, including ship documents, AIS, VDR and ECDIS. He is also involved in salvage operations and environmental casualties.

Naval Architect Omar Ruarte joined the firm in 2013 as a manager partner, with 8 years of professional experience in Argentine shipyards Astarsa and Domeq-Garcia and a 20-year experience as an independent marine surveyor, with a vast practice in H&M inspections. Presently he is mostly involved in loss prevention matters, where he attends or monitors ship inspections related to ship risk analysis and ISM audits, conditions, follow-ups and pre-purchase surveys. He also coaches and supervises field surveyors involved in ship inspections or preventive surveys.

Capt. Alejandro Craviotto is a master mariner and certified marine surveyor. He has 19 years of experience as a mate and master of general cargo vessels and as master of oil and chemical tankers vessels. He has also been a professor to STCW training courses specialized in oil and chemical tankers. He joined the firm in 2012. Currently, he is mostly involved in loss prevention matters attending ship inspections related to ship risk analysis and ISM audits, conditions, follow-ups and pre-purchase surveys. He is also involved in cargo claims or operations in chemical and oil tankers.

Capt. Tomas A. Allik is a master mariner and a certified marine surveyor. He has 21 years of sea experience as a mate and a master of general cargo and tanker vessels. He joined the firm in 2001, after which he left for 2 years to perform his functions as a port terminal superintendent, specialized in parcel service. Currently, he is in charge of the steel cargo.

QUALITY PROFESSIONALS

  • All the members of the firm are registered before the Maritime Authority in Argentina and they intervene either as Official Surveyors or as Consulting Experts at Court or out of court litigation cases.
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  • In addition, our Firm has 12 qualified surveyors and inspectors, who assist our team surveyors in general matters.
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  • The firm is organized and operated with fully standardized secure and modern surveying procedures, which are backed by the latest technical information.
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  • The service is rendered as teamwork. Each Field Surveyor is supervised and monitored by a Senior Surveyor, so as to ensure a professional and flexible organization, which ensures the client is involved with the teamwork.

 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

The office is equipped with an Ultrasonic Water tightness tester.

 

Electronic Charts and Navigation software are used for nautical investigations, including VDR and ECDIS.

 

The organization is updated with the latest information regarding Loss Prevention and Risk Assessment as per the guidelines and recommendations issued by recognized London P&I Clubs and IACS.

 

The firm is also equipped with special software, including specialized software for Lashing Calculation accomplishing IMO Resolution A.714.

 

The software of the firm also includes Passing Ship Effect and Mooring Calculation.

 

Surveyors count on an up-to-date technical library.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

 

LOSS PREVENTION, CLAIMS, P&I AND INSURANCE MATTERS:

 

Condition surveys (pre insurance; pre purchase or P&I condition surveys).
Ship and port Risk Assesments facilities.
Investigation on marine casualties such as: grounding, collision, contact damage to fixed installations, fire, damages to environment.
Nautical surveys in connection with G.A and Salvage.
Technical Advice in Litigation Matters.
Hull & Machinery Surveys.
Towage approval and Refloating Plans as required by the local Coast Guard.

Yachts and Mega-Yachts Inspections.
Repairing costs appraisal and supervision.
Surveys on cargo damages.
Heavy weather damages surveys.
Stevedoring accident and crew and personal injury investigations.
Pre-loading and loading surveys of steel cargoes and general cargoes.
Investigation on cargo shortages and / or contamination.
Stowage and lashing inspections.
Cargo plans and stability calculations.
Salvage Master on Grounding incidents at River Plate and Paraná River.

Husbanding and Chartering:

 

Surveys on the equipment of the vessel and its suitability to perform the intended or chartered service, including off-shore or STS operations.
Chartering disputes.
Suitability inspections of cargo compartments, dry and liquids.
Misdescription of vessels.

Special Projects:

 

Project cargoes, lashing and stowage design, loading and discharging supervision.
Heavy lifts, advise, inspection and monitoring of Floating Cranes operations. (Currently, in Argentina, floating cranes are not secured in respect of third parties’ liabilities).

 

Yacht and pleasure crafts:

 

Craft inspections and appraisals
Pre-insurance inspections
Damage inspection
Repair cost appraisals and follow-ups
Accident investigation

 

 

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