is available to serve as a forensic naval architect in the investigation and determination of
structural damage or failures to marine structures, their causes and
their effects. We will also act as an expert witness in litergations
technical issues need to be examined and explained in court or in
deposition. VGYD will also act as consultants to
marine insurance companies in the determination of damage causes.
Cynthia Woods - On June 6, 2008 the Cythia Woods, a
Fear 38, suffered a catestrophic failure in the fiberglass structure in
way of the keel. At the time, the boat was participating in a race from
Galveston, Texas to Mexico with four Texas A&M students and
two safety officers on board. All escaped the sinking boat except
one of the instructors. VGYD was hired by the lawyers for the decease's
family to examine the design, the building and the maintenance history
of the boat and assess its structural integrity at the time leading up
to the accident.
Power Catamaran - On its delivery
voyage from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts
this 48 foot power cat ran into some rough conditions which allegedly
lead to a failure in the internal structure and outside laminate of the
tunnel area of the hull. Hydrodynamic pressure eventually stripped the
entire outside skin away from the core leaving only pitted foam
and the inside skin. VGYD was hired by the lawyers for the owner to investigate the design details
and construction of the boat and to determine whether the
structure met established scantling and strength requirements.
This motor yacht had a fire in the engine room. It was quickly
contained but unfortunately a lot of equipment, including the engines,
were damaged from the heat and smoke. VGYD was hired by the insurance
company to determine whether there had been any structural damage to
the fiberglass and to investigate the claim that the hull had suffered
some distortion due to the heat generated from the fire.