Evan J Sideris MBA, AMMS, MIIMS Principal Marine Surveyor
SURVEYOR BIO: Upon graduating Bentley University, Evan chose to pursue a career within the marine trades industry and has served the maritime and insurance sectors, professionally, for near 20 years. Prior to the founding of East Coast Marine Surveyors, he was employed with Marine MGA underwriting a great diversity of risk classes: marine survey operations (themselves), boats & yachts, as well as boat dealers, rental boat fleets, regional boat builders, marine contractors (from bottom painters to fiberglass and engine repair facilities), commercial dredging operations, boatyards and marinas. On top of these duties, Evan assisted many adjustors with their investigation of marine insurance claims. Following the sale of Marine MGA, Evan made the move to Liberty Mutual Insurance, where (among other roles) he handled the majority of personal market boat & yacht policies written nationally, earning promotion twice.
Formal training includes both American Institute Ocean and Inland Marine Courses (AMIM 121, 122), as well as various AICPCU Marine Underwriter continuing education courses. Evan completed his Masters program with a final project submitted on the construction and outfitting of a fiberglass sailboat. He is a graduate of Navtech and has earned the Accredited Master Marine Surveyor (AMMS) designation. Evan was also nominated by Marine MGA and Swiss Re's executive team to attend Swiss Re Academy in Zurich to complete a Marine Certificate program that included courses on: Insurance of Yachts, Marine Hull, Cargo and Marine Liabilities.
From personal and professional experiences, Evan has seen first hand how equipment failure, safety deficiencies, latent hull defects, wear, crew errors, adverse weather or other hazards have led to the loss of vessels or life. He understands the many common as well as not so apparent dangers aboard yacht and small craft that must be properly identified. Evan's love affair with boats began during childhood, designing, constructing and piloting various RC models. He was raised on a family powerboat and learned to sail by age eleven (11) and later earned a spot on his high school sailing team racing Lasers as well as 420s. While in college, Evan spent a Semester at Sea aboard the 131' sailing ship "Harvey Gamage" and co-purchased (with his brother) a 27' fiberglass sloop. Ownership of the boat taught valuable lessons, at a relatively young age, in the art of maintaining: rigging, sails, lines, AC / DC electrical systems, thru-hull fittings, sea cocks, batteries, pumps, instruments, hardware and small auxiliary engine. She provided years of enjoyment, quality time with friends and family as well as a renewed perspective on the time, money and dedication required to commission and operate an even modestly sized vessel. Nowadays, Evan remains an avid waterman who enjoys sailing, surfing and coastal sea kayaking. He and his wife, Jenny, are long time residents of Portsmouth, NH with roots dating 4 generations to Portland Maine's waterfront. Evan has logged thousands of nautical miles, crewing aboard a diverse fleet in both regattas and deliveries: Stuart Knockabouts, a Little Harbor 50, J-22, J-24, J-80, J-27, S2 9.1, Tartan 30, Sabre 34, Mark Lindsay Taylor 40, and even the America’s Cup 12 meter “Gleam” a historic 1930s contender. Living in New England, he typically does not allow the change of seasons or adverse weather to prevent good times on the water. It is quite common to see Evan frostbiting a home built Cape Cod Frosty Sailboat in Portsmouth's Fleet #9 throughout the Winter months.
East Coast Marine Surveyors is a proud member of the The United States Surveyors Association USSA, The American Boat & Yacht Council ABYC and fully qualified member (MIIMS) of the International Institute of Marine Surveying IIMS. Our Logo is the Hellenic Naval pennant flow atop vessel masts once determined seaworthy. This heritage trademark symbolizes a commitment to uphold safety of all mariners and pays homage to Evan's Greek Shipping roots.
United States Surveyors Association, USSA Founded in 1987 Navtech USSA was originally as a captains licensing school and evolved into an AIMU recommended institute for marine surveying professionals. The program is based in Fort Myers, FL and has trained a generation of working surveyors including members of USSA holding the AMMS designation as well as members of SAMS holding the AMS designation. The curriculum covers ship and large yacht structures, accident and fraud investigation, Cargo, Inspection of fishing vessels, and Commercial ABS. All graduates are subject to a vetting process, code of ethics, resume documentation and continuing education requirements. Surveyors holding the AMMS designation have passed their accreditation exams with a score of 90% or better and submit copes of reports every year that are maintained on file with Headquarters. The American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU) recommends all USSA members holding an AMMS designation.
International Institute of Marine Surveying, IIMS The International Institute of Marine Surveying, IIMS, celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2015. As a progressive forward thinking organization, IIMS is independent, non political, and promotes the professionalism and training of Marine Surveyors worldwide. There are approximately 1000 full members (MIIMS) only, in 90 different countries. IIMS is the largest organization of its kind and seeks is affiliate with Coast Guards, Insurance Companies and Ship Owners. Full membership (MIIMS) requires committee review of resume, training, professional references, background check, sample survey reports and proof of practicing marine survey or consulting work for a minimum number of years.