Southwest Passage Marine Surveys, LLC CAPT Joe Derie, Principal

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Southwest Passage Marine Surveys, LLC
Joseph A. Derie, LCDR, USCG (Ret.), Principal
1222 SE 57th Ave
Portland OR 97215
Phone: 503-236-6818, cell 503-953-4008

Licenses and Certifications

  • USCG licensed Master, Inland and Near Coastal Steam or Motor Vessels, 100 GT, with Assistance Towing Endorsement
  • FCC Marine Radio Operator
  • Merchant Marine Document: Able Bodied Seaman (SPEC) and Lifeboatman
  • Title 46 Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner
  • ABYC Master Marine Technician
  • IAMI Certified Marine Investigator
  • Certified Underwater Investigator
  • IAAI Certified Fire Investigator
  • Professional Engineer, CA #C55477, AZ #37620, FL #40098

Specialized Training
Marine surveying, accident investigation and reconstruction, vessel construction, fire/arson investigation, damaged cargo/container inspection, maritime/boating safety, water survival, damage control, diving/underwater investigation, navigation, marine engineering, and seamanship.


  • Doctor of Science in Research and Engineering Management, Southeastern Institute of Technology, Huntsville, AL
  • Master of Engineering in Engineering Management, Boston Univ., Boston, MA
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA


  • 1996–present: Self-employed maritime/boating safety consultant and marine surveyor. Consultant on maritime/boating safety, accidents and damage claims, dredging, aids to navigation, and waterfront facilities. Marine surveyor for small craft, yachts, commercial vessels, hull & machinery, cargo and containers. Admitted in Federal and state courts as an expert on marine accident investigation and reconstruction, vessel construction, marine engineering and marine safety.
  • 1996–2000: Adjunct instructor, California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA. Instructor in seamanship, navigation, watchstanding, water survival, Coast Guard requirements and STCW qualifications, (engineering and deck), marine engineering, electricity, electronics and communications.
  • 1995–1996: Project Manager/Senior Engineer, Moffatt & Nichol Eng, Walnut Creek, CA. Planned and managed waterfront and maritime projects on San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento River, and California and Nevada reservoirs and lakes. Projects involved boating, vessel traffic management, regulatory markers, aids to navigation, boating safety, dredging, waterfront facilities, environmental compliance, and waterways issues and management.
  • 1971–1995: Officer, US Army/US Coast Guard. Engineer and Deck Watch Officer. As Naval Engineer, was Chief, Icebreaker and Coastal Buoy Tender type desk. Responsible for engineering and changes to ships systems. Deck Watch Officer on a large cutter performing marine safety, fisheries, drug enforcement and search and rescue missions.