About Us

Asess, Verify, Apprise.

Maritimes Ava Inc. are Marine and Cargo Surveyors and Compass Adjustors based in Ontario-Quebec, Canada. Since our conception in 1978, we have carried out thousands of jobs for various shipping interests. 

Some of the biggest Canadian shipping interests have been our clients since we established business in Canada 40 years ago.

During these 40 years, we have been carrying out Marine Surveys and Compass Adjustments and have been very careful in our work so that our principals do not have to bear any heavy legal costs.

Some of the services we provide.

Compass Adjustments

The magnetic compass is a primary instrument of navigation. Maritimes AVA Inc. carries out  Magnetic compass adjustment and certification (Transport Canada certified compass adjustor) which is a mandatory requirement as per SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended) –  Chapter IX – Management for the safe operation of ships.  Captain Ruston obtained US patent (also other countries) for the True Magnetic Compass, a magnetic compass which shows true course.

Marine Surveys

On/off Hire, Condition and Special Surveys, including investigations for vessel damage.

Bunker Surveys

To check for bunkers – over/under declaring of bunkers by vessels, in order to protect our principals’ interests. More than $ 10 million recovered for Principals.

Ultrasound Inspections

To check weathertight integrity of Hatch Covers before the vessel sails out to the high seas.

Cargo Surveys

To survey for damages, shortage claims, etc., for Dry Cargo vessels. Draft and deadweight surveys.  Also, claims for short-lift of cargo. Container stuffing and unstuffing surveys.

Internal Audits

Every ocean going vessel is mandatorily required to comply with the Company’s SMS ( SOLAS ) and the InternalAudit process is the physical verification of the same, backed up with Objective Evidence.

Our team

Capt. Fred Ruston

Chairman / president

Fred went to sea as a cadet on the Training Ship Dufferin.  After completing his training on TS Dufferin, he worked his way up to Ship’s Master.

After sailing as a Master, he joined pilotage services and served as Marine Pilot for 18 years.  As a pilot, he has successfully piloted many renowned vessels, among them, The Royal Yacht Britannia with Her Majesty on board and the SS France (later MV Norway).

Fred has numerous recommendations from past employers, among these. he saved a disabled vessel from imminent danger under own pilotage charge and received a salvage award.  Fred also successfully salvaged a derelict vessel (without machinery, mooring ropes/wires, etc.) avoiding danger to oil rigs and other assets in the Persian Gulf.

Fred migrated to Montreal, Canada and commenced his business Maritimes Ava Inc. in 1990 and has successfully carried out thousands of Marine Surveys and Compass Adjustments.  Though most surveyors have to appear in court to defend their reports, Fred has never had to appear in court for his survey reports which he has been doing for the shipping industry since 1978.

In Canada, Maritimes AVA Inc. has many very prominent shipping interests as its Principals since 1990.  Among many other such successes, in 2 prominent claims against Fred’s principals, a claim for $ 5 million was settled for $ 40,000, that is 0.008% of the original claim as a result of Fred’s report and in another case, a claim for $ 3.8 million was not pursued against Fred’s principals after Fred’s intervention and as a consequence of his related report.

Capt. Mehernosh Mistry

Manager / business development

Mehernosh started his sailing career in 1989 with M/s Barber International, also known at the time as Barber Blue Seas. After successfully completing his Pre Sea Training at Training Ship Rahaman, Port Nhava Sheva Mumbai, he went on to become a Cadet.

Working his way up to Senior Management on board, Mehernosh has specialised in working with Oil Tankers for last 30 years. Having served in renowned companies such as Teekay, Mid East Ship Management (now called Bahri), Kuwait Oil, Maersk Tankers he has tremendous experience in the Oil Transportation field—from Oil Blending Operations to numerous Ship To Ship Operations. During his time away from sea, Mehernosh has also worked on numerous Marine Surveys and Compass adjustments as studies and honorary work.

Mehernosh joined Maritimes Ava in 2017 – 2018 and has been trained by Capt. Fred for future Marine Surveys and Compass Adjustments.

Contact us

Assuring the highest standards of Marine Surveys and Compass Adjustments,  we shall be thankful if you would consider using our services.

Visit us

6250, 94th Ave, Bainsville, Ontario K0C 1E0, Near Montreal.

Call us

1 (514) 995-4571 – Primary

1 (613) 363-5222 – Secondary

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