As a naval architect and engineer surveyor based in Georgia, Sean Murphy carries out investigations and inspections in maritime and engineering matters both to prevent loss and to investigate when failure occurs. Working in marine surveying since the start of his career, Sean carries out and coordinates surveys on behalf of P&I, H&M, and cargo insurance interests; acts on behalf of owners in mitigating and investigating losses; provides naval architecture and marine engineering analyses; testifies in expert witness cases; and carries out research for loss prevention initiatives.
Sean graduated from Webb Institute in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and graduated from Duke University in 2016 with a master's degree in Engineering Management.
Atlantic Marine Associates Inc., New York, NY -and- Savannah, GA
Engineer Surveyor and Naval Architect | Providing independent marine surveying, consulting, claims handling, and expert witness services globally.
Expertise includes machinery issues, personal injury claims, vessel stability analyses, vessel load outs, and damage investigation of goods in transit and engineering systems.
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Managers of American P&I Club, USA
Staff Surveyor | Provided technical review of surveys of Member vessels; carried out condition surveys of vessels entered with the Club to evaluate risk from a liability standpoint and advocate rectification of risks.
Implemented and supported use of computer programs and web-based databases of American Club vessels.
Performed safety management audits of Members in order to assess operational safety and provide recommendations accordingly.
GL Noble Denton, New York, NY
Marine Engineer Intern | Conducted marine casualty investigations in the field alongside Principal Surveyors on ship damages and engine breakdowns.
M Ship Co., San Diego, CA
Naval Architect Intern | Assisted in the design, build, and model-testing of a conceptual multihull; participated in testing of other models using an open-water test platform developed by M Ship; worked under professional engineers carrying out 3D modeling and drafting.
Maersk Line Ltd., At sea
Deck / Engine Cadet | Worked alongside Engineer and Deck Departments in shipboard maintenance and operations pertaining to a Panamax Containership.
Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI
Dock Staff | Assisted engineers and shipyard workers in the management and running of a super-yacht marina with travel lift and storage capabilities.
Schulz Boat Company, Bristol, RI
Boat Builder Intern | Worked alongside master carpenters in the construction of several yacht commissions.
Webb Institute | New York, NY
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Thesis: The Effect of Air Lubrication on a Flat Plate at Varying Angles of Trim with Regard to Drag Reduction
Duke University | Durham, NC
Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
qualifications & career development
Engineer Intern, New York State
North of England P&I Association - Residential Course in Loss Prevention and P&I Insurance
Member: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
Associate Member: Royal Institute of Naval Architects (AMRINA)
Associate Member: The Association of Average Adjusters of the U.S. and Canada
Associate Member: South Eastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI)
publications & presentations
Failed / Aborted Repairs - Who Pays and Why? Panel discussion on "Machinery Damage Claims" at the International Marine Claims Conference (IMCC) in Dublin on September 24, 2015.
The Effect of Air Lubrication on Drag Reduction Presentation given at IMarEST Eastern USA Branch meeting discussing the effects of air lubrication technology on the drag reduction and fuel consumption of ships.
Humanitarian Relief Vessel, Catamaran (HRVC) - Paper and presentation given to SNAME NY / Met Section proposing a conceptual high-speed, multi-hull humanitarian relief vessel. Paper and presentation were part of research carried out with two teammates during undergraduate studies at Webb Institute.