Our surveying services were started on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands in 1998 when Geoff Williams and two partners created a marine surveying and consulting company. During the following 18 years, Geoff has surveyed yachts throughout the Caribbean region, ABC Islands, Central America, USA, Spain, France and South Africa specialising in fiberglass sail and motor yachts from 30 to 100 feet.
In September 2002 Geoff started his own company in the British Virgin Islands, West Indies Marine Surveyors Ltd., based at Nanny Cay Marina with a vision to create a team of surveyors who would offer Boat Owners, Buyers, Insurance Companies, Financial Institutions and Underwriters a reliable surveying service producing accurate, high quality reports. We use our own custom, well tested and highly successful survey format. Numerous high quality colour photos will be included in the report, covering all aspects of the vessel.
Our reports are based on the requirements set down by The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS). Geoff became an Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS) with SAMS in 1999 and continued his membership for 15 years. We are also guided by the Recommendations of ABYC (The American Boat and Yacht Council). Geoff Williams is a full member of The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers & Ship Surveyors (based in London) www.scmshq.org - they are an authorised certifying authority for MCA - Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the United Kingdom, The Federation of European Marine Associations of Surveyors and Consultants (FEMAS / European Union) and a member of The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).
Keeping up to date with new technology is important to us - we regularly attend IBEX (The International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference) in the USA to keep up to date with new concepts in boat building and repair techniques, fiberglass & core material development as well has new designs in boating hardware. We also take the opportunity to make contact with other surveyors, boatbuilders from around the world and the suppliers of boating equipment. At every opportunity during our travels we endeavour to visit boat building facilities - recent visits include factories in South Africa, USA and France. Geoff spent 2008/09 furthering his marine experience and education working as Project Manager at a Superyacht refitting shipyard and composite yacht building facility in the South of France.
"Yea, foolish mortals, Noah's flood is not yet subsided; two thirds of the fair world it yet covers." - Herman Melville