Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What about a Marine Claims Adjuster?

While looking for different ways to break in to the marine accident investigation world, my mom sent me a link to a job opening at Travelers insurance in Seattle. The opening is for a position called "Claim Rep, Liability - Ocean Marine." A number of the required duties seem to parallel the duties of an accident investigator. They list the following duties:
Investigate each claim through prompt contact with appropriate parties such as policyholders, accounts, claimants, law enforcement agencies, witnesses, agents, medical providers and technical experts to determine the extent of liability, damages, and contribution potential. Take necessary statements.
Of course a difference between being a claim rep for an insurance company and being an investigator for the NTSB is that at NTSB you are trying to learn what happened so that it doesn't happen again. At Travelers you are trying to figure out what happened so that you can reach the "fairest" monetary settlement with your claimant.

I did a little reading into the business of marine claims representatives. I found a short article, linked below, encouraging marine claims reps not to underestimate the importance of using experienced marine surveyors. I guess one of the positive aspects of this job is that you could enter the field with minimal experience in the maritime world, and through interacting and employing various marine experts as contractors, you could learn a lot about the marine accident field.

I applied for the job with Travelers in Seattle. Their employment website is a complete disaster, but I was able, after some struggle, to get some form of my resume send off into that great internet abyss. A phone call back would be quite interesting. I'd love to talk with someone at their office about who they are looking for, what people actually do in this position, among other things.

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Anonymous said...

Breakdown Inspection of Material during Yacht repair Inspection.
There are different types of materials used in structures and how structures are put together to resist the forces. All of the above has been based on the supposition that the materials remain and function in accordance with their normal properties. However, in practice all materials are subject to degradation over time from a variety of different sources. some examples of materials used for yachts noted in their several years of experience by constellation marine inspectors are as under:-
Wood and dhows Repair Inspection.
Timber that has been well seasoned and that is kept in a uniform state of moisture (neither too wet nor too dry) when properly ventilated will remain stable and with no significant degradation for many hundreds of years. However, as a naturally occurring material, wood has naturally occurring enemies which come in the form of fungus (mould), worms and beetles which need to be inspected carefully.
Common Rot noticed by constellation marine surveyors during detailed Yacht/Boat condition inspection and surveys.
This is manifested by the presence of external yellow spots on the ends of the timber and is often accompanied by yellowish dust especially where the pieces of timber are in contact. The main cause is poor ventilation of the timber.
What is Wet Rot and how significant is it to be noticed during Yacht repair inspection?
Moisture, especially in the presence of warmth, will dissolve out some of the constituents of the cell walls and thereby cause decay. However, timber kept constantly immersed in water may soften but does not, in general, decay. It is the cyclical nature of wetting and drying that does the damage.
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