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DNP is an acronym for “Doveriai, no Proveriai ”, a Russian phrase famously used by US President Ronald Reagan in 1987 when dealing with Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union. The phrase means: “Trust...but Verify ” and this is what DNPMSL does.


We inspect, weigh and measure: from super yachts and ocean going vessels to 8′ wooden prams, blue water, muddy water, loss, salvage and recovery, damage and repair, claims, marine structures, marina facilities assessment, project management, penstocks, pleasure craft of all kinds and types, fishing trawlers…no matter where it is in BC…if DNPMSL has the experience to handle it then we can, and if DNPMSL doesn’t have the capacity or the specialization, then we will promptly direct you to the experienced professional who does.


DNPMSL are correspondents, collectors of evidence, expert witness in arbitrations and the courts, observers, owner’s representatives and agents.


DNPMSL surveyors are experienced, discrete and thorough.



Our DNP Guiding Principle
"Trust...but Verify"

Prior to establishing the marine surveying and consultancy in Taipei on 2nd February, 1977, Tim Ellis was employed by a European shipping and forwarding agent, in offices in London, Vienna and Hong Kong. Tim gained experience in their commercial, operations, accounting and management departments… with training in container operations, packing, elements of risk management, cargo operations and shipping of all kinds worldwide through the company's deep sea, break-bulk and liner services. In 1976 while still in Hong Kong Tim joined the Hong Kong Outward Bound School as the 2nd. seamanship instructor sailing in 30’ Admiralty yawl rigged cutters based in Saikung. 

Later, after moving from Hong Kong to Taipei, Taiwan, Tim provided marine surveying and consultancy, and project management services for new building construction of sailing yachts and powerboats for American clients importing yachts built in Taiwan into the United States, as well as offering commercial marine surveying and consultancy services to established clients, particularly in the arena of risk and risk management. Plan A was to stay in Taiwan for a while followed by a long sojourn in Australia, but love and work interfered. And so, after ten years in Taipei, Tim and his wife took a sabbatical in the UK before emigrating to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, arriving in 1993, and resident in New Orleans between 2000 and 2006 as port captain for a major US trading company, and now celebrating 45 years providing marine surveying and consultancy services.

Tim started sailing with his father long before he was a teenager and has made deliveries, raced and cruised in dinghies and yachts all over the world both for pleasure and as a profession . Even with all that water under his keel, he still enjoys sailing, rowing, boat building and time aboard their TRUANT 33PH, “LEVITY” and a DRASCOMBE Scaffie, “BoB". Tim Ellis is a long standing member of The Association of Marine Surveyors of British Columbia. 

Small Dall's porpoise breaching in front of Tim's remote waterfront camp

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