Kristoffer A. Diel SAMS® AMS® | Principal Marine Surveyor | (504) 236-8151 |

About Us


Kristoffer A. Diel Marine Surveying & Consulting


  • Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® – Accredited Marine Surveyor #870
  • International Association of Marine Investigators – Certified Marine Investigator #77
  • U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • American Boat and Yacht Council – Accredited
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • New Orleans Port Safety Council
  • New Orleans Propeller Club
  • Life Corporate member U.S. Naval Institute
  • Member Boat-US Technical Exchange
  • Life Member – U.S. Navy League.
  • Seven Seas Cruising Association



  • Chapman’s – Stuart FL- Instructor for “Damage & Joint Field Surveys for Surveyors” from 2005-2015
  • Graduated, head-of-class, at the Chapman School – Yacht and Small Craft Survey course in Oct. 2002.
  • First Marine Insurance Co. – Watercraft Training Seminar.
  • University and correspondence courses in:
    • Yacht Design; Diesel Engines; Admiralty Law; International Law; HVAC; International Maritime Law; 35 mm Photography; Rigging Terminology; International Trade & Finance; Marine Insurance; Investigative Surveying of Marine Casualties; Maritime Safety Awareness, Automobile Cargo stowage.
  • BS Degree in Cartography – University of Oregon.
  • Baccalaureate- Mapps College-Barbados



  • While growing up worldwide, I built, restored, and raced many small wood sailboats, culminating in a restored 1925 – 32′ Seabird Yawl.
  • U.S. Navy Steam Engineer (BT-2) (1966-72). During this time attended service schools and training programs in Petroleum/Oil/Lubricants, Boiler Water Treatment, and Pneumatic Automatic Combustion Control Systems.
  • 15 + years, owned a Worldwide Logistics Management Company based in the USA.
  • 5 + years in the Disaster Management restoration construction business, retired as Senior Construction Estimator and Division Manager for S.O.S. International, a global disaster management corporation.
  • Went cruising in 1992 to Central and South America in a 24′ engineless gaff schooner.
  • Spent 8 years managing Pedro Miguel Boat Club, a Small Craft Repair Facility and International Yacht Club in the Panama Canal. I also conducted yacht damage surveys under the tutelage of a Lloyd’s surveyor.
  • Living aboard since 1988; currently upon a 45′ Morgan CC ketch..
  • Full time Marine Surveyor since 2002. Specializing in Maritime Accident Investigations, worldwide.