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About IMC

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Over more than two decades, Independent Maritime Consulting, LLC (IMC) has grown significantly in strength and diversity and established a stellar reputation in the maritime community.

We provide the highest quality Technical, Commercial Claims Handling, Legal Consulting, Compliance, Mariner Medical Management and Recruiting Services to the maritime community at competitive prices. 


As our name implies, we value our independence and understand that our success depends upon our sensitivity and responsiveness to our clients’ needs. IMC have grown by basing our business on four core principles: service excellence, reliability, integrity, and loyalty.

Foundational to our growth and reputation is our consistent, high-quality work product on every case, for every client.

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Message from the President

I founded Independent Maritime Consulting, LLC (IMC) in 1998 with a vision of building an independent marine survey/technical consulting and commercial claims consulting business staffed by mariners with significant deck and engine seagoing experience, augmented by many years of working in shore-based positions in different segments of the maritime industry. This is signified by the IMC company logo, with its distinctive images of a ship’s propeller and a sextant. Whoever said “oil and water” do not mix? It does within IMC!

After over two decades of service to nearly every segment of the shipping community, IMC’s team has grown to include over 30 professionals located close to key ports areas within the USA, Canada, Brazil and Argentina. Although our core business continues to be in providing marine survey and commercial claims consulting services, we have significantly expanded our service offerings. This expansion has been fueled by a diversification strategy where new professionals with varying specialties are brought aboard to broaden our capabilities.

We now also offer:

  1. Commercial Legal Consulting

  2. Yacht Services

  3. Expert Witness and Litigator Support Services

  4. Compliance Services

  5. Bespoke Marine Recruiting

  6. Mariner Medical Management


IMC’s strengths are diversity, continuity, and a commitment to excellence in every aspect of our business. Like-minded professionals are attracted to working within the collegiate and supportive environment we all enjoy. It is my hope and expectation that we will continue to grow and expand into fields where we can add value for our clients.

To our clients – THANK YOU for your loyalty and support. We are honored by each opportunity you give us to provide service.

To my colleagues – Working with each of you is a PRIVILEGE AND HONOR. Thank you for your dedication and hard work.


David H. Smith


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