June 12 Webinar: Marine Fires

Title:  Marine Fires
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Please note, the live airing date of this webinar has been changed from Thursday, June 6, 2019, to Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Presenter:  Richard Kooren, P.Eng, Vice-President and Consulting Forensic Engineer at Origin and Cause Inc.


Boating season is fast approaching, and soon some 2.8 million small boats and personal watercraft will be out on Canada’s coastlines, lakes and rivers. It’s no coincidence then that it’s around this time of year when fire investigators are called in to investigate marine fire and explosion claims.

These losses are different than structural fires, and require a different set of skills, and experience, to investigate. Distinctive charring patterns, fibreglass delamination, and wind exposure are all unique factors in marine fires that an investigator needs to be aware of. But just like structural fires, the physical evidence tells a story, you just need someone who knows how to read it.

In this webinar, we will be discussing the most common causes of marine losses, including:

  • Accidental losses
    o   Electrical failures
    o   Fuel losses
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Installation and maintenance errors
  • Arson
  • Human error

A large portion of this webinar will be dedicated to case studies. We’ll be delving into some interesting cases and attempting to shed some light on the more unique aspects, as well as some of the complexities, of marine fire and explosion claims.

Richard Kooren, P.Eng is the Vice-President and Consulting Forensic Engineer at Origin and Cause Inc., the nation’s largest consulting forensic engineering and fire investigation firm.  As a licensed professional engineer and designated consulting engineer with more than 30 years of industry experience, Richard has conducted over 3,000 fire and explosion investigations and has been accepted as an expert by all levels of courts in five provinces.  Richard has a passion for marine craft and is a member and past board of directors participant in the International Association of Marine Investigators.