Poster-Derie Marine
Consulting & Investigations

Captain Joe Derie, LCDR, USCG (Ret.)

1222 SE 57th Ave
Portland, OR 97215
Phone 503-236-6818

Licenses and Certifications

  • Master, inland and near coastal steam or motor vessels, 100 GT, with Assistance Towing Endorsement
  • FCC Marine Radio Operator
  • Able-Bodied Seaman
  • Underwater Investigator
  • Cargo Damage Surveyor
  • Title 46 Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner
  • Cargo Container Inspector, Institute of International Container Lessors
  • Certified Marine Investigator
  • Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator
  • Certified Marine Surveyor, National Association of Marine Surveyors  
  • Accredited Marine Surveyor, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors 
  • Master Marine Technician, American Boat and Yacht Council


Professional Engineer: CA #C55477, AZ #37620, FL #40098

Specialized training

Marine accident investigation and reconstruction, marine surveying, fire/arson investigation, damaged cargo/container inspection, maritime/boating safety, water survival, damage control, diving/underwater investigation, navigation, marine engineering, and seamanship courses.


  • Doctor of Science in Research and Engineering Management, Southeastern Institute of Technology, Huntsville, AL
  • Master of Engineering in Engineering Management, Boston Univ., Boston, MA
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA


  • 1996 - present: Self-employed maritime/boating accident investigator and safety consultant.
    Accidents and damage claims investigator, consultant on maritime/boating safety, dredging, aids to navigation, and waterfront facilities. Marine surveyor for small craft, tugs, barges, commercial fishing vessels, cargo and containers.

  • 1996 - 2000: Adjunct instructor, California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA.
    Instructor in seamanship, navigation, watchstanding, water survival, Coast Guard requirements and STCW qualifications, (engineering and deck), marine engineering, electricity, electronics and communications.

  • 1995 - 1996: Project Manager/Senior Engineer, Moffatt & Nichol Eng, Walnut Creek, CA.
    Planned and managed waterfront and maritime projects on San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento River, and California and Nevada reservoirs and lakes. Projects involved boating, vessel traffic management, regulatory markers, aids to navigation, boating safety, dredging, waterfront facilities, environmental compliance, and waterways issues and management.

  • 1971 - 1995: Officer, US Army/US Coast Guard. Engineer and Deck Watch Officer.
    As Naval Engineer, was Chief, Icebreaker and Coastal Buoy Tender type desk. Responsible for engineering and changes to ships systems. Deck Watch Officer on a large cutter performing marine safety, fisheries, drug enforcement and search and rescue missions.

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