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IMCA South American section meeting and social in Macaé

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Chris Baldwin

Chris Baldwin

The next South America Section meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be held 22 June in Macaé at the Mercure Macaé. The section meeting will incorporate a presentation and discussion session on the CMID Accredited Vessel Inspector Project, a presentation on competence and training and following the section meeting there will be a networking drinks reception at a nearby venue.

Further information on both parts of the Macaé meeting, which is open to members , potential members and guests, is available from events@imca-int.com and free registration is online at www.imca-int.com

The CMID Accredited Vessel Inspector Project
The start date for the IIMS (International Institute of Marine Surveying) accredited vessel inspectors (AVIs) scheme, for CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) work on a worldwide basis is 1 June. Those wishing to apply to become IIMS AVIs can now register their interest at http://cmidvesselinspectors.com/ .

“The accreditation process for CMID vessel inspectors, to be known as accredited vessel inspectors or AVIs for short, is explained on this dedicated website devoted to the CMID AVI community, ” says Chris Baldwin IMCA’s Technical Adviser. “This initiative is being collaboratively delivered by IMCA and the IIMS and will radically alter the vessel inspection expectations of all stakeholders as the AVI badge will become the ‘industry standard’ symbol of quality for CMID reports.

“Now we have recognised the critical element of inspector competency and IMCA and IIMS will be working together to deliver CMID training and workshops for the benefit of the marine vessel inspector community. The changes to IMCA’s CMID itself in the shortly to be released version 9 are significant and extensive”.

“The new version is designed to be more useful than ever as an audit tool, and will see the return of the vessel supplements, which were withdrawn when version 7 was introduced in 2011. These 16 supplements will cover the common offshore vessel types, and are designed to be added to the general section of the document. The ability to add more photographs to the document will be included and we intend to ensure that the inappropriate generation of findings is reduced. We are planning to introduce the new version in July / August and will let the users get familiar with the new version before we commence the international workshop programme in September.”

IMCA will also be launching an App at the same time, which has been designed for Android and Apple devices, and links users directly to the eCMID database

The AVI scheme, being run and managed by the Marine Surveying Academy (MSA), a subsidiary of the accrediting body IIMS on behalf of IMCA, will be established on a worldwide basis with initial accreditation and refresher training courses being made available in all major regions where IMCA members operate. Having gained accredited status, vessel inspectors/auditors will be issued with an identity card embossed with both an IIMS logo and a declaration that the accreditation is recognised by IMCA. They will be able to get free download of the App and a comprehensive Vessel Inspectors’ manual and an IMCA’s auditor’s logbook.

The next step for those eager to become AVIs is to download an application from the IMCA CMID Vessel Inspector website and complete their application. IMCA’s partners at IIMS are keen to ensure that applications meet the criteria demanded and will be able to offer regional support hubs to provide applicants with advice and guidance on completing the application form.

A programme of workshops will be held around the world to explain the new features. Dates and venues will be published on the IMCA website,  www.imca-int.com, and in the regularly published CMID update. Further information on workshops will be available from events@imca-int.com Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521

CMID: the background
The Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID), published by IMCA, is a globally recognised vessel safety audit system that has done sterling work since 1999, meeting the aim of reducing the number of audits carried out on individual marine vessels by adoption of a standard format for inspection. It was joined in 2009 by the eCMID, along with a secure online database for the CMID reports, which are ‘living’ documents that can be kept and updated onboard a vessel.

In all nearly 2, 600 users (operators, clients and inspectors) have made use of the eCMID database, with 887 vessels on the system by 1 December 2014. “However, we know that on average only 10% of downloaded CMID report forms are then uploaded onto the eCMID database when completed, ” explains Chris Baldwin. “This data appears to support anecdotal evidence that the CMID user community is much broader than appears at first sight.”

Naturally, over the years CMID has been regularly reviewed and updated in the light of regulatory and technical developments. This year (2015) will see the release of version 9 reflecting that the current version, and the status of vessel inspectors, needed further revision to meet the demands of modern work practices and recent regulatory amendments in the maritime domain.

The revision re-emphasises the need to make the CMID an integral part of the process of the ship safety and environmental protection management system, which is a requirement of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. This places legally binding responsibilities on companies, owners, contractors and vessel masters and crew for safety, and environmental protection management.

CMID is there to assess three measures of vessel assurance – the safety of personnel; the protection of the environment; and to visually inspect the internal integrity of the vessel’s hull (i.e. its watertight integrity).  The ownership by the Master and crew of the safety management system (SMS) cannot be stressed enough, and it is very apparent to vessel inspectors when the crew are properly engaged with the safety management system employed onboard. The inspector effectively acts as the Master’s independent observer with a responsibility to make an objective assessment of their vessel’s SMS, the top priority being to assure the safety of the Master and crew in the operation of the vessel.

The CMID applies to vessels 24m and / or +500GRT, with the Marine Inspection Document for Small Workboats (MISW – IMCA M 189) applying to vessels less than 500GRT and / or less than 24m in length. The MISW has also been part of the review and will also employ the use of vessel supplements (though not as many as the CMID).

Further information on all aspects of the CMID and the inspection process is available from IMCA at www.imca-int.com and the IIMS at www.iims.org.uk as well as from http://cmidvesselinspectors.com/

About IMCA

  • IMCA is an international association with over a thousand members in more than 60 countries representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA has four technical divisions, covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey and remote systems and ROVs, plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training, IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members.
  • IMCA Vision & Strategy. As a result of work and collective input in 2013, IMCA has redefined its stated core purpose to be “Improving performance in the marine contracting industry”. To achieve this goal, IMCA’s Vision & Strategy has been devised with two elements in mind: Core activities and ways of working.
  • IMCA publishes some 200 guidance notes and technical reports – many are available for free downloading by members and non-members alike. These have been developed over the years and are extensively distributed. They are a definition of what IMCA stands for, including widely recognised diving code of practice, DP documentation, marine and ROV good practice guidance, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) – now available electronically as eCMID, safety recommendations, outline training syllabi and the IMCA competence scheme guidance. In addition to the range of printed guidance documents, IMCA also produces safety promotional materials, circulates information notes and distributes safety flashes.

About the industry IMCA serves
The marine contracting industry plays a vital global role. Its vessels account for 4% of the world’s maritime fleet. Collectively IMCA members employ some 350, 000 people and have an annual turnover of around $150bn. They work in all the world’s major offshore areas, delivering large offshore oil and gas and marine renewables projects around the globe that quite literally fuel the global economy.

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