Fire/Explosion Investigations - Heating System - Puff Back and Analysis

Our mechanical engineering department has a highly-respected reputation for expertise in the field of engine and engine equipment failure analysis. Opinions on cases of system failure and correct system specifications, is recognized by insurers, lawyers, engine mariners, equipment manufacturers, commercial and private boat owners, as well as navigation authorities. Our marine consultancy involves various evaluations of engine equipment, transmission systems, as well as independent components, mechanical and electrical issues. Detailed evaluation of electronic equipment, as well as safety sensors, are also evaluated and investigated for purposes of determining cause of failure relative to mechanical breakdown and/or accident occurrences. Further evaluation of the hull and other support mechanisms within the vessel are carefully evaluated in documenting damage and extent of damage relative to repair or replacement



Our certified fire and explosion investigators perform extensive investigations of fires involving recreational boats as well as commercial vessels. Included in these investigations are motor boats, sailboats, yachts and other water craft. The investigations are in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921 under the current edition. Additional evaluations of boat systems and standards are also available in NFPA 302, Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft.


Causes of Fires Started Aboard

  1. AC and DC wiring/appliance – 55 percent
  2. Engine/transmission overheat – 24 percent
  3. Fuel leak – 8 percent
  4. Miscellaneous – 7 percent
  5. Unknown – 5 percent
  6. Stove – 1 percent

Our fire and explosion investigative team has the capability of evaluating the origin and cause of fires that exist on these marine vessels. Investigations can be performed preferably when dry docked to allow for a thorough examination of the entire vessel. PVA also works with the manufacturers of the vessels, as well as independent equipment component manufacturers. Systematic work frame and cooperation with boat surveyors and insurance company representatives are also performed in order to determine the origin and cause of the fire development.