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AVA Marine Group Extends Its Service Offerings to IG P&I Clubs / H& M Insurers in The United States

November 28, 2012   by AVA Marine Group Inc.

Kaivan H Chinoy - Principal Marine Surveyor

Effective November 25’ 2012 – AVA Marine is now able to provide marine surveying services such as vessel condition surveys, accident investigation, cargo claims  to member vessels of P&I clubs / H &M Insurers.

AVA Marine is now approved by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and issued with TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential).

A condition survey is carried out to protect the members’ interests as regards to the quality of the vessels which are entered in a mutual association and therefore the Managers of the Club should be satisfy that the vessel is in a fit condition for entry, and/or identify defects that are likely to expose the Owner and the Club to P&I claims. “Earlier we found it increasingly difficult to access vessels in US ports in order to conduct Condition Surveys and other marine surveying activities as the TSA required 24×7 escorts for surveyors requiring access to secure areas of a Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated vessel, facility, or outer continental shelf facility and owners / cargo interests being reluctant to pay these extra costs the surveys were turned down” – said the founder and principal marine surveyor & consultant of AVA Marine.

Having a TWIC removes these restrictions and we do not charge extra for traveling to the US as it is included in our globally accepted Condition Survey fee” – said Kaivan

As highlighted in our previous announcement – that at the current market rate, bunker cost are one of the largest operating expenses incurred in a TC voyage. With such high costs involved, it becomes imperative for the charterers to know the exact bunker quantity onboard at the time of redelivery. Thus to prevent any bunker misappropriation AVA Marine is now able to offer 221B Surveys (commonly known as Bunker Detective Surveys) and On Hire / Off Hire Surveys to Charterers in the United States also.


About AVA Marine : The Company provides a comprehensive range of specialist marine surveying & consultancy services primarily in Western Canada and now the whole of United States and is led by the Principal Marine Surveyor – Kaivan H. Chinoy.

Kaivan is a qualified Mercantile Mariner (United Kingdom) and a graduate of joint Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde (Faculty of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) with an MSc Degree in ‘Technical Management of Ship Operations’. Further, he has the combined practical experience of over 15 years in sea/shore positions and before founding AVA Marine, he was involved in extensive marine operations (vessel navigation, cargo handling  (bulk, break-bulk, crude oil), accident investigations, project cargo risk management and marine cargo surveying including losses exceeding USD $500,000.

AVA Marine core business is P&I Condition Surveys (routine & entry surveys), Flag State Inspections, Hull & Machinery/ Pre-voyage Surveys / UT Hatch Cover Testing, Steel Outturn survey & Project Cargo Loading/Discharging/Lashing Supervision.  To learn more about our marine surveying capabilities, visit our website at AVA Marine is is also the member of the AIMU (American Institute of Marine Underwriters), CBMU (Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters) and MIABC (Marine Insurance Association of British Colombia)



Kaivan H. Chinoy, MSc (UK), HND Naut. Sc

Principal Marine Surveyor

AVA Marine Group Inc.

151-10090 152nd Street, Suite 667, Surrey, BC, Canada, V3R 8X8

T:  +1.604.283.2273 | C:  +1.604.356.3405 | F:  +1.604.608.9874

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AVA Marine Group Inc. Registered Company No. BC0943478

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