Marine cargo surveyors are responsible for ensuring that all cargo is deemed safe to carry, loaded and stored, and accounted for properly. These surveyors commonly work for a government entity, such as the US Navy, or a private corporation, and some work for insurance companies to assess damage and loss and prevent fraud.
When accidents have occurred, a marine cargo surveyor may be employed to determine the cause. Some positions require surveyors to inspect parts and equipment of the ship, such as machinery, hulls, and electrical systems, in order to assess damage or ensure that everything is in working condition. It is important to be able to work independently and complete assessments in a timely manner in this position.
Many employers prefer that their marine cargo surveyors have graduated from a maritime academy with a concentration in marine engineering or a related field. Some employers prefer those with more experience, while others provide on-the-job training for entry-level positions. Some positions also require IFIA certification and physical requirements, such as the abilities to walk and stand for long periods of time, bending and squatting, and lifting heavy items. The work environment may not always be pleasant and may occasionally subject the surveyor to uncomfortable conditions, such as heat, noise, cramped spaces, and exposure to hazardous chemicals.