Marine Forensic Investigations

April 10, 2024

Navigating the Depths: An Introduction to Rimkus Forensic Marine Investigations

Rimkus Marine experts specialize in providing engineering and technical consulting services to address a broad spectrum of challenges related to the marine industry and environments.

Accidents and incidents involving marine vessels and facilities occur on a regular basis. Whether it’s a natural catastrophe, such as a hurricane, or a collision between two vessels, investigating these events requires unique expertise. Our team specializes in evaluating vessel sinkings, groundings, fires, equipment failures, injury accidents, and damage to piers and wharves.

Disputes between parties during the design and construction of marine vessels and facilities are a common occurrence. We offer significant experience with the construction of a vast array of marine vessel types, from recreational vessels to yachts to ocean-going cruise ships. Our experts can evaluate the standard of care of marine design professionals and provide consulting services relating to new construction and ship repair disputes.

Rimkus Marine Expertise
  • Accident Investigations
  • Cargo Damage
  • Composite (Fiberglass) Structure Failure Analysis
  • Design and Manufacturing Defect Analysis
  • Engineering and Design Standard of Care Reviews
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Human Factors Assessments
  • Industry Standards and Class Compliance Reviews
  • Marine Construction and Repair Assessments
  • Marine Facilities Damage
  • Mediation and Arbitration Assistance
  • Onboard and Pierside Premises Liability Evaluations
  • Salvage Claims
  • Slip-and-Fall Injury Biomechanics
  • Stability and Capsizing Analysis
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Marine Case Study

When a cargo ship carrying chemical monomers collided with another vessel, it caused a fire in one of the cargo holds. The fire was extinguished, but the incident overheated monomers in an adjacent compartment.

After the accident, Rimkus was retained to review the monomer test data. View this case study and other examples of our Marine projects below.

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Connect with Marine Experts
Drew B. Hains, P.E.
Technical Practice Director
Brian C. Grieser, P.E., CPSM, CSP, CPE
Practice Leader