Dufour, Laskay & Strouse, Inc.

11811 East Freeway, Suite 550, Houston, Texas, 77029, USA
DUFOUR, LASKAY & STROUSE, INC. (DLS) is a worldwide marine surveying firm having personnel with an average of over 20 years of marine experience. Our marine surveyors and consultants possess diverse marine related backgrounds. With experience in virtually all major areas of the Maritime Industry, we can offer a variety of services. These services include: appraisals, ocean towing and shipping, inland towing, salvage, yachts, cargo, and claims adjusting. With these skills, we can provide a high standard of service to our customers.

Company Staff

Arnold N. Lachmann
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Hull & Machinery Surveyors
Mr. Lachmann joined DLS in 2006 and brings thirty-five years of marine experience. He is experienced in project management, hull and damage repair, steel structure evaluation, and coating evaluation.
Charles R. Shettle
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Cargo Surveyors
Mr. Shettle joined Dufour, Laskay & Strouse, Inc. in March 2008. Mr. Shettle will commence training to handle discharge and/or loading surveys in Tampa, Florida and will be focused primarily on steel as well as introductory cargo claims such as Household Goods and Personal Effects.
Jared E. Berges
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Inland Surveyor
Mr. Berges joined the firm in 2016, after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard as Boatswain’s 3rd Mate. He is a Licensed Master of 100 gross tons. He has a background as an Apprentice Mate/Steersman of Towing Vessels, and Tankerman/Person in Charge (Barge) of Dangerous Liquid Cargoes. He is being trained in all aspects of marine surveying. He is currently performing inland surveys, to include On/Off Charters, Walkaround Surveys, and Post Load Inspections, as well as load-out and cargo outturn surveys.
Jeremy E. Carson
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Inland Surveyor
Mr. Carson joined the firm in 2005, after serving in the U.S. Navy. He is being trained in all aspects of marine surveying. He is currently performing hull surveys, to include On/Off Charters, Walkaround Surveys, and Post Load Inspections, as well as load-out and cargo outturn surveys.
Larry E. Strouse
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Vice President
Capt. Strouse joined Dufour, Laskay & Strouse, Inc. in 1997 as Vice-President. Having 40 plus years in the marine industry, Capt. Strouse has developed a wealth of experience and knowledge in all facets of marine surveying, appraisal, and vessel operation with the ability to serve a wide array of clientele. Capt. Strouse also maintains an unlimited masters and pilot license with various endorsements of routes and waters of navigation. Capt. Strouse has been qualified as an expert in Vessel Operations, Vessel Safety, Shipyard Operations, Vessel Value, Personal Watercraft and Yacht Operation/ Safety. Also Capt. Strouse Testimony has been positively recognized in Federal Appellate Court.
Nicholas Paternostro
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Hull & Machinery Surveyors
Mr. Paternostro joined the firm in 2006, after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Vessel Inspector. His surveying experience includes hull and machinery damages and repair, load/secure/trip surveys, salvage, general condition, and on/off charter surveys. He is also in the process of being trained as a marine appraiser and is a candidate member of the American Society of Appraisers.
Norman F. Laskay
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Partner
Mr. Laskay joined Stickney, Dufour & Associates, Inc. in 1988 as a partner. He is now of Counsel. He became a Marine Surveyor in 1974, having gained prior experience in steamship agency, bulk cargo handling and vessel operations. He has been involved in many aspects of marine surveying including hull, machinery and cargo, both inland and ocean. Since becoming an Accredited Senior Appraiser of commercial marine equipment, he has been active with the American Society of Appraisers’ International Machinery and Technical Specialties Committee. He has written a comprehensive exam for the Commercial Marine Appraisal specialty and has written a 30-hour course for the American Society of Appraisers on appraising commercial marine vessels and yachts and is the lead instructor.
Norman J. Dufour
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President
Mr. Dufour joined Stickney Marine Surveying, Inc. in 1977, and was promoted to Vice-President of Operations in 1978. In 1988, he assumed the duties of President. Mr. Dufour has surveyed all types of commercial marine vessels, including ships, tugs, towboats, crewboats, supply vessels, barges, derricks, dredges, and lift vessels, including their machinery. He is qualified in various State and Federal Courts in marine surveying, safety, engineering, and appraisal.
Paul F. Deister
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Hull & Machinery Surveyors
Mr. Deister is a 1975 graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. Mr. Deister holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology and Oceanography and also holds a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s License as Third Mate. Mr. Deister also has Hull and P & I marine insurance underwriting experience with the Marine Office of America Corporation in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also has experience in the operation of an inland towboat and fleeting operation as general manager. Mr. Deister also has extensive training and experience with marine diesel engine and reduction gear failures. He brings with us thirty years of marine surveying experience in hull, machinery, salvage, dock damages, trip surveys, and marine appraisals. Mr. Deister is certificated in vapor recovery and HAZWOPER. He has also testified in both State and Federal court as an expert witness in marine surveying. Mr. Deister is a member of NAMS and is an ASA senior appraiser.
Peter Widmer
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Adjuster
Mr. Widmer joined DLS in 2007. He has over 30 years of experience in the ocean marine underwriting, surveying, adjusting, recovery, and litigation fields. His Multiple Line Marine Claims experience includes Ocean Carrier, Air Carrier, Terminal Operator, Motor Truck Cargo Legal Liability, and Inland Marine. Mr. Widmer has worked for large Insurance companies in Europe and the USA (Alpina, Switzerland General, AIG), and for major independent adjusting and surveying companies (Toplis & Harding, Inc, now Vericlaims; Matthews, Matson & Kelley, Ltd., now MMK Ltd./CLS Global, Crawford & Company) as well as Ocean Carriers and Stevedores in the USA. He is fluent in French and German and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Rock O’Keefe
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Vice President, Cargo Claims
Mr. O’Keefe joined Dufour, Laskay & Strouse, Inc. in 2000. For the previous three years, Mr. O’Keefe operated an independent survey firm in Houston, working for various container lines, freight forwarders, and domestic and international insurers. Mr. O’Keefe began his career in 1980 and has worked fulltime in the marine surveying and adjusting industry.
Wesley S. Cardwell
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Cargo Surveyors
Mr. Cardwell joined Dufour, Laskay & Strouse, Inc. in 2004. Mr. Cardwell performs loss prevention, discharge and/or loading surveys in the Gulf area on various commodities. Before coming to Dufour, Laskay & Strouse, Inc., Mr. Cardwell was a property & casualty adjuster and handled cargo and liability investigations for trucking accidents.