DLS LogoDLS Marine (DLS), an affiliate of The McLean Group, provides marine appraisal, surveying, and claims services worldwide.  Established in 1968, the Company has assembled a technical staff comprised of the largest concentration of NAMS certified surveyors and ASA certified marine appraisers in the industry.  DLS is headquartered in New Orleans, LA and has offices in Houston, TX, Tampa, FL, and Norfolk/Hampton Roads, VA.


The Hull & Machinery Group has expertise in most facets of vessel hull and machinery surveying and consulting, including hull and machinery damage, project cargo loading and securing and trips-in-tow, on and off hire, bunker and ship deadweight surveys, salvage, project management, and expert witness reports and testimony. In association with the hull and machinery surveyors, the accredited appraisers perform appraisals on marine assets and marine associated assets for a range of customers interested in maritime financial matters.

The Cargo Group is involved in loading and discharge surveys, loss prevention, pre- and post-shipment consulting and review and loss adjusting.

The Inland Group specializes in inland barge movements, particularly pre- and post-load inspections, and fleet walkaround inspections.

The Drone and Imaging Group provides an FAA-certified commercial UAV pilot and NAMS-certified Marine Surveyor with an aerial platform to provide successful outcomes in challenging survey missions. The advanced equipment and training provide:

  • Edited video in full 4K UHD
  • 20 MP detailed still images
  • Access to remote/tall structures

Harry Ward

Virginia Beach, VA

Mitch Martin

McLean, VA

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