Remote Tonnage Training


9:30 am - 5:00 pm


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IIMS is authorised and approved by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to conduct the training and subsequent approval of tonnage surveyors through online theory training (Part I) and remote practical video demonstration (Part II). This is an additional service to its existing face-to-face UK tonnage training, which has been authorised by the MCA for some years. As a result of this training programme a number of new tonnage measurement surveyors have qualified and are now recognised.

The Part I theory training is available to IIMS members and non-members too. But to become formally authorised to process tonnages through IIMS where the Institute has registry agreements in place – see list below – both Part I and Part II must be completed and you need to be a member. Those who wish to study Part I only, UK tonnage measurement theory, may do so to extend their surveying knowledge.

IIMS is building on its use of technology to deliver its tried and tested methodology of authorising tonnage surveyors. Therefore, tonnage theory training Part I will be offered on 29 June 2023 remotely to surveyors who are involved with vessels up to 24 metres.

Part I – Tonnage measurement theory seminar

Using the Zoom platform for online delegates, IIMS will deliver the next live tonnage measurement theory seminar on 29 June 2023 from 09.30 to 12.30 (UK time). The training provides a thorough explanation of UK tonnage measurement theory, including the background to tonnage and detailing the specific requirements and measurements necessary to successfully complete a tonnage measurement.

Prior to the seminar, delegates will be sent the comprehensive IIMS Tonnage Training Manual in pdf format. The seminar itself will be recorded. Following the presentation, all delegates will be sent the PowerPoint slides and a copy of the video as a reference. A certificate of attendance will be issued.

The cost for Part I only remotely is £130.

Part II – The practical video evidence

For those who wish to become an IIMS approved tonnage surveyor and thus able to process tonnages through the Institute, it is necessary to complete Part II, the practical evidence-based assessment leading to formal authorisation.

Those who attend in person will be able to measure boats at the venue, record the data and hand their forms directly to the tutor for assessment prior to approval being granted.

Those who are not present in person may take as long as they wish to complete Part II and it can be done at the surveyor’s convenience once Part I has been undertaken. Surveyors will be required to record short video clips (filmed by their own hand or by an attending associate) to demonstrate an understanding of the requirements and principles of conducting a tonnage measurement as taught by the theory training in Part I. IIMS will want to see video evidence of measurements being taken on a vessel in water, out of water and one with a step-deck for scrutineering. IIMS had made some sample videos to give an idea of what is expected which can be viewed on a YouTube playlist. Video evidence along with a completed electronic tonnage form needs to be submitted for scrutineering before authorisation is granted.

Those who become formally authorised as an IIMS MCA approved tonnage surveyor on completion of Part I and Part II will receive a formal certificate of achievement.

The cost for Part I and Part II using the remote method is £275.

Important note.

The MCA Tonnage Authority agreement authorises IIMS to certificate United Kingdom ships in accordance with certain applicable requirements of the legislation. Part III of the 1997 Regulations regulates the tonnage and certification of under 24 metre vessels by way of a simplified tonnage measurement system.

IIMS is currently able to process tonnage surveys on behalf of surveyors through the following registries:
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Isle of Man
United Kingdom

If you become authorised through IIMS training and wish to carry out tonnage surveys through registries other than those named above, please note that the Institute does not have formal agreements in place at this time. Other registries may have similar but different tonnage requirements and you should satisfy yourself before becoming formally IIMS authorized. IIMS will provide confirmation of your certification to other registries on request to help you to gain their acceptance of your capabilities as a tonnage surveyor, but IIMS cannot give a guarantee of their acceptance.

Register your place below. Or if you prefer not to book online, please email Vicki Loizides or call her on +44 23 9238 5223 and we will invoice you.


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