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Through Fire and Water: Investigating Marine Fire and Explosions

June 7, 2017

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Boating season is fast approaching, and soon some 2.8 million small boats and personal watercraft will be out on Canada’s coastlines, lakes and rivers. It’s no coincidence then that it’s around this time of year when we start getting called-in to investigate marine fire and explosion claims.

These losses are entirely different than structural fires, and require a completely different set of skills, and experience, to investigate. Distinctive charring patterns, fibreglass delamination, and wind exposure are all unique factors in marine fires that an investigator needs to be aware of. But just like structural fires, the physical evidence tells a story, you just need someone who knows how to read it.

In this webinar, we will be discussing the most common causes of marine losses, including:

    • Accidental losses
      • Electrical failures
      • Fuel losses
    • Manufacturing defects
    • Installation and maintenance errors
    • Arson
    • Human error

A large portion of this webinar will be dedicated to case studies. We’ll be delving into some of the most interesting cases that we’ve investigated, and attempting to shed some light on the more unique aspects, as well as some of the complexities, of marine fire and explosion claims.

Recommended for:

  • Insurance Adjusters
  • Lawyers

Our Speakers

Richard Kooren, VP and Consulting Forensic Engineer | P.Eng., CFEI, CFII, CCFI-C

Richard is a leading authority on marine investigation and one of the most sought-after experts in North America. In addition to being area coordinator for the International Association of Marine Investigators in Canada, he has lectured on the subject of marine fire and explosion at association meetings in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Vancouver and Charleston. As a licensed professional engineer and designated consulting engineer with more than 30 years of industry experience, Richard has conducted over 3,000 fire and explosion investigations. Richard also specializes in fire department litigation, wood-burning appliance investigations, chemical reactions, and has been accepted as an expert by all levels of courts in five provinces.

George Costandi | Business Development and Marketing Manager

Our discussion, as always, will be moderated by George Costandi. George leads marketing and sales at Origin and Cause. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s marketing and sales strategies. He also acts as a liaison between clients and internal operational staff, ensuring the highest standard of client relations and product quality is delivered to our business partners.