Our Services

Inspections: In-service, Depot, Terminal, Pier and Residential locations:

  • Shipping certificates/inspection
  • Dry Container on hire/off hire inspections
  • All equipment sales and purchase inspections
  • Chassis on hire/off hire inspections
  • Chassis FHWA/FMCSA inspections
  • Refrigeration Container on hire/off hire inspections
  • Open Top Container on hire/off hire inspections
  • Flat Rack on hire/off hire inspections
  • Generator inspections
  • Insurance inspections and adjustments
  • In service equipment inspections and adjustments
  • All equipment damage estimating

Additional Services:

  • Program and policy development, drafting and implementation incorporating operations, maintenance and equipment control.
  • Arbitration
  • Tire programs
  • ACEP programs
  • Terminal lift equipment damage investigations
  • Terminal damage equipment investigations
  • Terminal accident investigations
  • Insurance investigations
  • Road accident investigations
  • Equipment defect evaluation and documenting
  • Equipment defect modification designing and drafting
  • Refurbishment, Re-framing and New construction programs, audits and inspections
  • Equipment inventories
  • Depot audits
  • Terminal audits
  • Detailed fleet evaluations and purging
  • Financial equipment/fleet evaluations and appraisals

About Us

Established in April 1990 Independent Marine Surveyors aka IMS started operating as a full service equipment management/Inspection company effectively reducing and controlling maintenance and operating costs for its clients. Services and program development were provided with a full understanding of operations and equipment management. So effective was this approach that by 1995 IMS although the smallest, was the busiest inspection/management company in the New Jersey/New York area. By 1997 IMS expanded it's representation to all major ports and inland locations in the country.

Independent Marine Surveyors success as a company has everything to do with hands on experience. The owner John Citarella as a young man had a mechanical background focused on small engine, marine engine and pump repair as well as hand laid structural fiberglass hull design and processes.

"There is no substitute for experience"

John was later groomed in the Intermodal/Maritime leasing industry during the transitional technology period. Working from the ground up at Xtra Inc. a world wide specialty leasing company that owned its own repair facilities, Intermodal Inc.. John had the opportunity to develop his managerial skills working with a brilliant engineer, L. Henry Boyd, as well as accountants and VP’s who directly interacted with each other developing programs and building industry.

From filing interchanges to writing policy, standards and procedures, John worked all facets of leasing Co. and repair facility functions pioneering chassis refurbishment, re-framing and modification programs as well as receiving a tire re-manufacturing education. Holding managerial positions from 1978 through 1988 in equipment control, operations, leasing, repair facility and sales resulted in a well rounded broad education thus holding a corporate director position prior to opening Independent Marine Surveyors LLC. in 1990.