Our Services


We have an emphasis on all Ports in Canada. In Atlantic Canada we include Eastern Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Prince Edward Island (PEI), New Brunswick (NB), and Nova Scotia (NS); the Ports of Saint John, NB, Halifax, NS, St. Johns, NL, and Charlottetown and Summerside, PEI. 

We undertake assignments on a worldwide basis. Our associates are located in North America, Central America, South America, Asia, Africa, West and Eastern Europe 

Along with a vast array of Marine related services and qualified associates we offer to meet your needs, CanMar is growing in experience and expertise in the Alternate Energy sector. To learn more about the services we offer in this field refer to the bottom of this page.


                                     Survey Services Include but are not limited to:



Draft Surveys, using Archimedes's Principal are used to calculate the weight of cargo loaded on a vessel or a barge at its embarkation point and unloaded at its destination. Although the principal is simple the procedure is complicated involving many factors including ballast, consumables onboard such as fuel oil, fresh water, etc., the accuracy of the vessel's hydrostatic tables, conditions of the draft markings on the vessel's hull, weather and sea conditions at the time of survey. Our personnel derives weight from mathematical formulas utilizing interpolation methodology, an exacting process to address correction to the perpendiculars, hull deformation, trim, heel, density for displacement, etc.   

Common draft surveys include bulk commodities such as cement, fertilizer, pulp, gravel, molasses and oil, etc.


Damage surveys are performed on all vessels from pleasure crafts, yachts, fishing vessels as well as commercial vessels. We commence a Damage Survey by obtaining all of the particulars, to include a description of the vessel as well as the incident preferably in the form of a signed and witnessed statement.

We will then perform a complete inspection of the damage as well as a field survey report.

Our client will be provided with our preliminary report on the extent of damage. Typically we proceed to supply the client with a preliminary survey report to include details of the facts, details of the damages, photographs of the damages as well as comments from owner's as to the cause of the incident.

We are available to monitor repairs and repair invoices as requested.


A Condition and Valuation survey is typically required for most small pleasure craft, commercial & fishing vessels. It consists of a complete survey of the vessel using non destructive methodology.

This type of survey, will include our standard survey report describing the vessel, its condition, market value and replacement costs, recommendations as to standards compliance, and photographs.


On Off Hire surveys are often undertaken on behalf of a client who is considering charting a vessel for commercial purposes although it maybe for any kind of a vessel including commercial or pleasure. The registration and all documentation associated with the vessel is examined and reported. All components of the vessel or items associated with the vessel including machinery, cargo handling gear, accommodations, holds and cargo storage areas including decks and hatches, navigational equipment, containers if any, and a measurement of the bunkers aboard are normally part of such a survey.


A Total Loss Investigation is carried out in the event of a total or constructive loss. Cause and salvage costs are a primary focus of this survey.


The primary reason for a Cargo Damage survey is to determine the reason & extent of the damage to the cargo. These types of surveys maybe completed on any type of cargo.

Cargo damage surveys are generally commissioned by the carrier, insurers, receivers or shippers. Our report provides all details of the shipment and carriage. Where possible, we will identify the reason for the damage.

  • P & I SURVEYS:

P & I surveys are carried out for the benefit of P & I clubs. They can be as general or specific as the need may require.

They may include details of cargo damage, hull damage or full loss investigation.

Complete details of the vessel its crew, cargo, loading procedures, unloading procedures, conditions of its hatches, weather, ships log and other particulars specific to the Club are included in the report.


Container damage surveys will typically be accompanied by photographs. Repair estimates can be provided if required.


Barge Surveys are of interest to the buyer, shipper, broker and the insurer of cargo. They can consist of a pre-voyage inspection of the barge to insure it suitability of the voyage and to register it’s condition.

Subsequently the barge survey will be conducted to calculate the amount of cargo, and it’s condition that is placed on the barge. If required it can be verified on arrival at the barge unload destination.


A Tug and Tow Survey is sometimes referred to as Suitability for Tow Survey. It identifies the vessels to be towed as well as their condition. It also provides detail on the towing vessel including it’s design characteristics, propulsion system, and auxiliary equipment.

It can provide Details of the Crew, Planed Towing Arrangements, Route Details and a Projected Weather Forecast. It then will make recommendations as to Tow and Weather Restrictions. It usually includes a Master’s Agreement.


Inspect incoming /outgoing cargo for damage, security, lashings, and compliance with Bills of Lading, etc.


The transportation, handling and installation of heavy items which are indivisible, and of weights generally accepted to be in the range of 1 ton to over 1000 tons and can be of widths / heights of more than 100 meters that are too large to fit into normal containers or onto conventional transporters. These oversized items are transported from one place to another then lifted or installed into place. The absence of standardization requires an individual transport plan specific to the load characteristics which may include all or any mode of land, sea or air including rail.


These Audits are designed to prove the position keeping capabilities of a Dynamic Positioning System on many various types of vessels. These include all types of drilling rigs, offshore vessels, heavy lift, pipe laying, trenching and ROV support vessels. CanMar has qualified personnel to conduct DP Audits on Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Dynamic Positioning ships. Our audits are capable of identifying any single point failures which could cause it to compromise the DP capabilities of the vessel. Should failure modes be identified procedures are recommended to deal with and make right the potential or imminent failure either through modification of the system or to revise operational procedures critical to the focus of the project. Our end objective is ensuring the DP system of the vessel is operational and optimal to the vessel’s safety and to its intended objectives. 


The Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) is in response to a request from its members to provide a database of offshore inspections broadly following the format of Ship Inspection Report Program (SIRE); Oil Companies International Marine Forum's (OCIMF) inspection protocol for oil, chemical and gas tankers that has been successfully operating since 1998. Recognition that the offshore industry has different processes and procedures than the Tanker world for assurance and chartering has been taken into account.


The Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) provides a standard format for inspection of offshore vessels.  It's use helps promote safety and efficiency and can help reduce the number of repeat inspections on individual marine vessels.


    We have been involved with the transportation logistics of Wind Farms and Tidal Power projects in various areas of Atlantic Canada. We KNOW how to monitor and detail the various components of multi-million dollar undertakings. From Nacelles to Turbines we are your Marine Surveyors in the know!!

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