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About Us

Fernandes Maritime Consultants (FMC) is a boutique maritime surveying and consultancy company based in the US, with offices in New Orleans (Louisiana), Houston (Texas) and Mobile (Alabama). FMC was established in 2009 to provide marine surveying, consulting, engineering, and auditing services to clients globally, with a geographical focus along the US Gulf, but also serving the wider American continent and the Caribbean.

FMC has long been a trusted partner to P&I clubs, insurance and legal services providers, as well as ship owners and managers. The company is well-known for the consistent quality and effectiveness of its services, having successfully dealt with particularly challenging cases in more than a decade of existence – a result of the multidisciplinary and experienced team of surveyors and consultants employed by the company.

Why FMC?

Expertise

Deep expertise in a variety of vessel segments, the local infrastructure (Mississippi river and US Gulf ports) and the entire spectrum of technical domains associated to the maritime industry.

Quality

Rigid quality control process for all outgoing reports, to consistently deliver non-disputable assessments to clients – exceptionally important, given the value of the assets and potential losses at stake in each assignment.

Reputation

A reputation for the ability to deliver results in challenging situations that require unique handling, across a breadth of technical domains – consistently, reliably, and effectively.

FMC can provide clients a wide range of surveying and consulting services in the areas of:

INSPECTIONS

Condition, Purchases, Charterers pre-hire, P&I Clubs, Port State Control (PSC), Rightship, Vetting

SURVEYS

Cargo and cargo holds, Bunker surveys, Project cargo management, Dry cargo damage inspections and loss investigations, Liquid cargo quantity measurements and contamination investigations

AUDITS

ISM/ISPS, Cargo, Mooring, Environmental, MLC, QHSE, USCG and CFR Compliance

CONSULTANCY

Vessel technical superintendence, Port captaincy, Collisions, groundings and fire investigations, Hull and machinery damage and repairs, Assistance in all P&I matters, Personal injury investigation, Litigation assistance and expert testimony

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CEO, Founder

Jason Fernandes

Mr. Fernandes has more than four decades of experience in the maritime industry, including a decade of sailing experience on bulk carriers and tankers, across multiple engineering ranks.

Mr. Fernandes has more than four decades of experience in the maritime industry, including a decade of sailing experience on bulk carriers and tankers, across multiple engineering ranks.

In his more than 30 years as a surveyor and consultant, Mr. Fernandes has specialised in:

  • Inspections of hull and machinery damages
  • Supervision of repairs and verification of costs
  • Forensic engineering
  • Failure analysis
  • Deposition testimony and court testimony as an expert
  • Risk assessments, vessel vetting and condition surveys
  • Personal injury investigations
  • Liquid and solid cargoes damage inspections, loss mitigation and verification

Mr. Fernandes holds a postgraduate degree in Maritime Management from the Maine Maritime Academy and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Madras Central Polytechnic (India). He is also a holder of a Chief Engineer’s Certificate of Competency (Motor), issued by the UK government.

Job Position

Capt. Vitalus Kurjanovics

Capt. Kurjanovics has close to 30 years of experience in the maritime industry, including two decades of sailing experience as a Captain on LNG and LPG vessels, with notable ship management companies such as Teekay, BSM, Thenamaris, Maersk and V Ships.

Capt. Kurjanovics has close to 30 years of experience in the maritime industry, including two decades of sailing experience as a Captain on LNG and LPG vessels, with notable ship management companies such as Teekay, BSM, Thenamaris, Maersk and V Ships.

His areas of specialization include:

  • Dangerous cargo management, loading and discharging supervision
  • SIRE inspections and pre-vetting audits as per OCIMF standards
  • Condition and statutory (flag state) surveys
  • USCG compliance inspections
  • Pre-inspection audits
  • Safety Management System (SMS) implementation and consulting
  • Safety, Quality and Environmental (SQE) policy audits
  • STS operations
  • Offshore vessels, FPSOs and FSUs

Capt. Kurjanovics holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Navigation from the Riga Marine College (Latvia), as well as an Unlimited Master’s License.

Job Position

Capt. Robert Ender

Capt. Ender has more than 20 years of experience in the maritime industry, including almost two decades of sailing experience on containerships and bulk carriers.

Capt. Ender has more than 20 years of experience in the maritime industry, including almost two decades of sailing experience on containerships and bulk carriers.

His areas of specialization include:

  • Safety, Quality and Environmental (SQE) policy audits
  • Incident and accident investigation
  • Damage inspection and repair supervision
  • Groundings, collisions, allision and machinery damage
  • Ship building supervision
  • Condition and statutory (flag state) surveys
  • Personal injury investigation
  • Cargo loading and discharging supervision
  • Navigational, operational and cargo issues

Capt. Ender holds an STCW Unlimited Master’s License issued by the German Authority, an Internal ISM/ISO 9001:2000 Auditor certification, and a degree in Nautical Sciences from Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences (Germany).

Job Position

Gurcharan Sachdeva (Ch. Eng.)

Mr. Sachdeva has more than 45 years of experience in the maritime industry, with more than a decade of sailing experience across multiple engineering ranks, including six years as a Chief Engineer. He has experience serving on various types of vessels, including general cargo, bulk carriers and tankers.

Mr. Sachdeva has more than 45 years of experience in the maritime industry, with more than a decade of sailing experience across multiple engineering ranks, including six years as a Chief Engineer. He has experience serving on various types of vessels, including general cargo, bulk carriers and tankers.

Over the last thirty years, Mr. Sachdeva held executive positions with global shipmangement companies such as V Ships, BSM, Wallem, Univan, based out of key maritime hubs across the world.

His areas of specialization include:

  • Cargo loading and discharging supervision
  • Hull and machinery damage surveys
  • Oil Major pre-vetting and audits
  • Safety, Quality and Environmental (SQE) policy audits
  • Risk assessments and implementation
  • Condition inspections
  • Damage inspections and repair supervision
  • USCG compliance inspections

Mr. Sachdeva holds a degree in Marine Engineering from the Jadavpur University (India) and a first-class Chief Engineer’s Certificate of Competency (Motor). He is also a registered Chartered Engineer in the UK.

Job Position

Capt. Sanjeev Kumar Gupta

Capt. Gupta has more than 15 years of experience in the maritime industry, including almost a decade of sailing experience on tankers, particularly VLCCs and Aframaxes.

Capt. Gupta has more than 15 years of experience in the maritime industry, including almost a decade of sailing experience on tankers, particularly VLCCs and Aframaxes.

His areas of specialization include:

  • Investigations into collisions, groundings, fire casualties, and forensic analysis
  • Hull and machinery damage and repair surveys
  • Personal injury and dock damage surveys
  • Liquid, gas and solid cargo surveys
  • SIRE inspections and pre-vetting audits as per OCIMF standards
  • CDI Chemical and CDI Gas internal and pre-vetting audits
  • Vetting, condition, loss control, dry-docking and pre-purchase surveys
  • Safety, pollution and environment compliance.
  • ISM, ISPS, ISO 9001, 14001, 18001, and QHSE audits.
  • Risk assessment, risk matrix evaluation and STOP (Safety Training Observation Program) assessment.
  • Implementation of pollution prevention as per SOPEP, SMPEP, VRP standards, compliance with USCG and CFR requirements.

Capt. Gupta holds a degree in Nautical Sciences from Mumbai University (India), while being an IRCA certified lead auditor for Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2008 with Lloyd’s Register) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2004 with DNV-GL). He is also a DNV-GL certified ISM and ISPS internal auditor, as well as an FAA certified drone pilot.

Prior to his commercial maritime career, Capt. Gupta served as a Navigation, Communications and Weapons Officer for the Indian Navy (Submarine Arm), having graduated from India’s National Defence Academy.

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CONTACT US

Phone +1 504 304 1932 (24/7 availability)

Fax+1 504 910 6990

Email fmc@fmcneworleans.com
fmc@fmc.international

NEW ORLEANS

3525 N Causeway Blvd.,
Ste. #1020,
Metairie, LA 70002

MOBILE

3220 Cottage Hill Road,
# 4305
Mobile AL 36606

HOUSTON

11811 East Fwy # 550,
Houston,
TX 77029

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