Change is in the air for IMCA’s eCMID

“Working with the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) the AVI scheme is already proving successful" says IMCA's Richard Benzie
“Working with the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) the AVI scheme is already proving successful” says IMCA’s Richard Benzie

From January 2018 the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) will recognise only formal inspection reports conducted using its eCMID database, meaning that paper reports not uploaded into the database will no longer be considered by IMCA to be authorised inspection reports. The whole eCMID system is now based on the principles described in the ISO 19011 Guidance for Auditing Management Systems standard and is aligned with other comparable industry guidance on safety management system assurance.

From the same date only validated Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) will be able to use the ‘inspector role’ in the IMCA eCMID database to conduct authorised Common Marine Inspection Document –IMCA M149 and Marine Inspection for Small Workboats – IMCA M189) inspections.

“Working with the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) the AVI scheme is already proving successful, and 2016 saw a concentrated drive to ensure vessel owners/operators register on the eCMID database and to encourage all aiming to become AVIs to complete the steps necessary for validation,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Richard Benzie.

“The planned changes are certainly already bearing fruit, as an example, IIMS tell us that only recently they played host at their UK office to a visitor from Vietnam eager to talk about the steps needed to ensure all their inspectors get through the validation process. And calls are coming in from around the world from organisations and individuals eager to ensure they meet the January 2018 deadline.”

“These steps are designed to improve both the integrity and quality of the eCMID scheme, which in turn helps reduce the burden of over-auditing of vessels.”

Validation of AVIs
There are now 220 AVIs based in 35 countries; and 12 AVI assessors. IIMS has run 14 courses, with IMCA’s Technical Adviser Chris Baldwin leading three of them. IIMS now has trainers in the Far East, Australia, the UK and Norway.

As IIMS’s Hilary Excell, who leads the validation programme explains: “We plan at least one course a month throughout 2017, and the programme for the first half of the year is as follows:
17 January, DNV GL offices, Aberdeen
19 January, Global Maritime offices, London
16 February, Global Maritime offices, Hamburg
15 March, Safety Marine Consultant’s offices, East Yorkshire (UK)
W/c 2 April, venue tbc, Jakarta
W/c 7 May, venue tbc, Nice
12 June, Novotel, West Quay, Seawork exhibition, Southampton
25 July, venue tbc, Singapore
31 July, venue tbc, Sydney

“When the courses first started they were largely about how to use the eCMID database. Now they cover legislation, expectations, code of conduct, and importantly they provide a networking opportunity as well as use of the database.”

IIMS works with applicants to ensure that their applications fit the bill, and suggest work on certain aspects, or attendance at specific courses before the application goes to an assessor. They also step in with suggestions if they feel a prospective or accepted AVI would benefit from mentoring or shadowing. “We want to feel that all AVIs are inspectors who anyone would be pleased to have on their vessel,” says Hilary Excell.

Click for further information on CMID, eCMID and the AVI scheme. And further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of around a thousand member companies in over 60 countries is available from the IMCA web site or contact by email.  The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups, and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint.

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