IIMS launches its unique online Marine Surveying International Fest 2018

IIMS, the leading worldwide professional body for marine surveyors, decided it was overdue that marine surveyors have their own special day – a day that celebrates and recognises the importance of their profession. So, IIMS has created the inaugural International Marine Surveying Fest 2018, a 24 hour marine surveying online jamboree. The date for this innovative and eye-catching event, supported by Constellation Marine Services and the Nautical Institute, is Tuesday 6th into Wednesday 7th November. No matter what time zone you are in, or area of surveying or the marine industry you work in, the Fest aims to offer something of interest to you.

The Marine Surveying International Fest 2018 is an online only event and will be anchored and hosted from the IIMS head office in the UK. The 24 hour non-stop online marathon starts at 11.00 (UK time) on 6th November opened by Mike Schwarz, IIMS CEO in discussion with Capt John Lloyd, Nautical Institute CEO and running non-stop until 11.00 (UK time) on 7th November.

Read the press release in full: IIMS Marine Surveying International Fest 2018

Australian commercial vessel safety system concerns highlighted in IIMS survey

The International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) has released details of a poll undertaken in the past week amongst its Australian members, which reveals serious concerns in the industry about the operation of the new national system for commercial vessel safety introduced by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on 1 July 2018.

The survey of 60 local IIMS members found that over half of respondents believe the new system will result in vessels being less safe to operate; 29% said they will be far less safe. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (64%) said they found it either difficult or very difficult to access information, understand legislative requirements and get decisions from AMSA, while 79% said that AMSA did not listen to surveyors, or takes their views into account when formulating policy and systems. Read the press release in full: IIMS survey on Australian national vessel safety scheme changes

IIMS set to launch Marine Surveying International Fest 2018

Most professions and activities recognise their own special international days to create awareness. Three such examples are World Radio Day, World Puppetry Day and International Firefighters’ Day. IIMS thought it was high time that marine surveyors have their own day – a day that celebrates their work and profession and brings them together, albeit in an online capacity.

So, IIMS has created the Marine Surveying International Fest 2018, a 24-hour celebration of marine surveying. The date for this innovative and eye-catching event is Wednesday 12 into Thursday 13 September, depending on your time zone! View full press release.

What’s a yacht and small craft marine surveyor worth?

Pause for a moment and ponder this question. How much is your life and your safety at sea worth? Most people would say it is priceless and impossible to put a value on. And yet many people seem to misunderstand the worth, value and principle role of a marine surveyor, whose very job it is to ensure your safety at sea by surveying, inspecting and reporting on your expensive, potential new purchase. Instructing a marine surveyor to work on your behalf should never be seen as a distress purchase where price is the all-important factor. View full press release

IIMS professional qualifications recognised with a special award

Fifteen years after launch, the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) distance learning commercial ship and yacht and small craft professional qualifications were recently nominated for an Award in the International Maritime Club’s Golden Shield Excellence Awards 2017 in the ‘Leading Maritime Training Institute’ category. And at the ceremony on Friday 15 September 2017 at the Lloyd’s Old Library in London, IIMS was announced as the winner in this category. View full press release.

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