New IIMS small craft remote tonnage measurement surveyor training approved by MCA

IIMS set to roll out remote tonnage measurement training for small craft surveyors
IIMS set to roll out remote tonnage measurement training for small craft surveyors

A proposal by IIMS to extend its popular face-to-face tonnage measurement training into an innovative remote online format has been accepted and approved by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). The innovative approach to delivering this training, which is open to both IIMS members and non-members, marks new ground for the Institute. The first online seminar will be delivered on 22 September from 10.00 (UK time).

To become formally authorized to process tonnages through IIMS you need to be a member, and Part I and Part II must be completed. Those who wish to study Part I only, the UK online tonnage measurement theory, may do so to extend their surveying knowledge.

IIMS is using smart technology to deliver this new methodology of authorizing tonnage surveyors. IIMS becomes the first organisation to be able to offer tonnage measurement theory training remotely to surveyors anywhere in the world who are involved with vessels up to 24 metres.

Part I – Tonnage measurement theory seminar

Using the Zoom platform, IIMS will deliver the first live tonnage theory seminar in September 2021. The tonnage theory training provides an explanation of tonnage measurement theory, including the background to tonnage and detailing the specific requirements and measurements necessary to successfully complete a tonnage measurement survey.

Prior to the seminar, delegates will be sent the pdf IIMS Tonnage Training Manual. 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 too.

The cost for Part I only is £100 for members and £120 for non-members.

Part II – The practical video evidence

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

There are no time constraints on completing Part II and it can be done at the surveyor’s convenience. Surveyors will be required to record short videos (shot be 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. The IIMS scrutineer will want to see video clips of measurements being taken on a vessel in water, out of water and one with a step deck. IIMS had made some sample videos to give surveyors an idea of what is expected. Over 30 example videos can be viewed on a YouTube playlist at Video evidence is to be submitted to IIMS along with a completed tonnage form, both of which will be scrutineered.

Those who become formally authorized as an IIMS MCA approved tonnage surveyor will receive a formal certificate of achievement.

The cost for Part I and Part II is £275 for members and £295 for non-members.

Important note.
The MCA Tonnage Authority agreement authorizes 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 24m 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 authorized 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 of their stance. IIMS will provide confirmation of your certification to other registries on request to help you gain their acceptance of your capabilities as a tonnage surveyor and authorization; but IIMS cannot give a guarantee of their acceptance.

Click to register your place at the first remote tonnage measurement theory seminar on 22nd September 2021.

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