DLS Marine Celebrates 53 Years as a Leading Firm in the Marine Appraisal Industry


METAIRIE, LA, January 26, 2021 – DLS Marine celebrated its 53rd anniversary this month as a leading firm in the marine surveying and appraisal industry. Since its founding as Stickney Marine Surveying by Robert “Bob” Stickney in 1968, DLS has grown from a small team of surveyors into a worldwide marine surveying and appraisal firm comprised of the largest concentration of NAMS-CMS surveyors and ASA-certified marine appraisers in the industry.

DLS Marine President Harry Ward remarked, “This is an industry built on trust. Our growth over the last 53 years is a testament to our incredibly talented team and the values we operate by. We are extremely proud of our reputation and namesake, and we intend to continue operating to the same high standards the original owners put in place 53 years ago.”

Earlier this month, DLS Marine Executive Vice President Norman Dufour celebrated 44 years with the company. Dufour joined Stickney in 1977 as an apprentice marine surveyor. Owners Norman Laskay and Larry Strouse joined years later – Laskay in 1988 and Strouse in 1997, at what time the firm was then renamed to Dufour, Laskay and Strouse or DLS Marine as it remains today.

“It has been my great honor and privilege to work with this wonderful group of people. Starting with Norm Laskay, Margret Maier, Mary Anne Coover and myself after the untimely passing of Bob Stickney, we have been fortunate to attract some of the best and brightest in the industry. Under the leadership of Harry Ward, I am confident that DLS Marine will continue to grow and lead the industry in new products and services, and I am proud to assist in its continued growth,” said Dufour.

DLS Marine looks forward to its continued growth and success, with its high standards and foundational beliefs leading the way.

About DLS Marine

DLS Marine is a leading worldwide marine surveying firm comprised of the largest concentration of NAMS-CMS surveyors and ASA-certified marine appraisers in the industry. Since its founding in 1968, DLS maintains its commitment to providing marine surveying services and appraisals with the highest degree of standards and ethics. Its team averages twenty years of relevant field experience and provides technology-forward, innovative solutions spanning all major maritime areas to include appraisals, marine survey, hull and machinery, marine business valuations, digital inspection, cargo and inland. For more information, visit www.DLSmarine.com.

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