Focus Session: The Ethics of Marine Surveying

The Ethics of Marine Surveying

Tom Lokocz Adams, Marine Design Company
Chris Richmond, Allen Insurance and Financial

Richmond – no PowerPoint given for this presentation

Session Description
This session will explore the questions: What is the difference between buyers’ surveys, insurance surveys, and material condition surveys in terms of expectations, strengths, and potential pitfalls? How do we find the right surveyor for the kind of survey we need?  What should a sail training board of directors do to ensure they are getting the truth about the material condition of their ship, including any bad and expensive news?  Who has the legal and ethical burden for getting the right survey for the right purpose and what is the responsibility to act on survey findings?

Getting surveys right is essential to safety and to business and program sustainability.  Insurers need accurate info so they can price and limit coverage properly; operators need it so they can plan for long term capital needs and ensure reliable unbroken operations; customers and crew need to have deep confidence in the vessel or they simply won’t come aboard; and the sail training industry as a whole has its credibility on the line.

Speaker Biographies

Tom Lokocz Adams
Tom Lokocz Adams

Tom Lokocz Adams Tom has over 20 years of experience in the marine industry. He has hands on practical experience, as well as several degrees and licenses. Tom started his career working on the schooners in the Maine Windjammer fleet in Penobscot Bay sailing from Rockland, Camden and Belfast. He has logged tens of thousands of sea miles since, many of them as captain. He spent several years working as a boat builder and systems mechanic on yachts and lobster boats. For the last 14 years, Tom has owned Maine Design Company which provides marine surveying, design and engineering services. Tom earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine with focus areas in composite engineering and experimental fluid dynamics. He also holds a degree in yacht design from the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design and a 200 ton USCG Masters license. Tom is a member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and is an Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS) with Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS).


Chris Richmond
Chris Richmond

Chris Richmond is an able-bodied seaman and former schooner captain. He holds a USCG 100-ton Near Coastal Masters license and AB with sail endorsement. He has captained the schooners Roseway, Appledore II, Mercantile and Mistress and was chief mate aboard the schooners New Way and Bill of Rights. As a licensed insurance producer in Maine, holding the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations, Chris now works with his colleagues in Maine and elsewhere to help manage the risks and safety challenges he knows so well. Chris is a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C and the Marine Systems Program at The Landings School in Arundel, Maine, and now serves on that school’s program advisory committee. He has also worked for Mastervolt USA and Victron Energy as North American Sales Manager. Chris lives in Camden,  Maine with his wife and three  children  and is currently restoring a Lightning class sailboat.



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