The IIMS publishes a regular monthly electronic News Bulletin that carries up to date information about Head Office activities and initiatives as well as news, details about forthcoming and recent events and current affairs from around the international IIMS family.

All monthly News Bulletins can be viewed in either pdf or eReader formats.

News Bulletin February 2021

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In the past month the UK has faced challenges post Brexit. Ross Wombwell spoke in January about the complexities of the RCD post Brexit. If you missed it, a copy of Ross’ video is available to purchase But IIMS and some of our coding examiners face a bigger challenge. News reached us that the Croatian government is allegedly excluding British flagged vessels under 24 metres from operating commercial charters in their waters post Brexit. Such action will lead to a loss of business for many surveyors and is a concern. IIMS has brought this matter to the UK government.

The recent two-day online US Conference was a great success. Thanks to James Renn for arranging a quality line up of. Check out the videos on YouTube.

IIMS has announced a new Professional Qualification in Marine Corrosion. You can read full details in the bulletin, but in short it is a 10 module programme, delivered over 10 half day by an expert in the field of corrosion. Corrosion remains the bedrock of what a surveyor must understand and this professional qualification has been tailored to meet that need.

And don’t forget to check out our latest handy guide, the twenty sixth we have published.

News Bulletin January 2021

Welcome to 2021. Although some members enjoyed a successful trading year, 2020 is best forgotten and consigned to the history books in my opinion.

This year marks the 30th anniversary since the inception of IIMS. Sadly, we will not be able to commemorate this landmark with face-to-face celebrations as was my original plan. But we are aiming to put together a two-day online celebration in June to mark the occasion. This will coincide with the AGM, so keep an eye out for further details soon.

A new year brings new training opportunities. At the time of writing, Brexit negotiations are still on a knife edge. But I am delighted that Ross Wombwell has agreed to deliver a webinar on 20 January entitled Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and CE marking – what we know post Brexit so far.

James Renn has done a great job in assembling a first class line up of seventeen speakers for the IIMS US Conference on 22/23 January. Make sure you do not miss this opportunity to be part of a great event and get some CPD points in your bank early in the year!

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News Bulletin December 2020

The news from IIMS headquarters in the past month has been distressing and sad to report. Just as we headed into a scheduled four week lockdown period imposed by the UK Government on 3 November, COVID-19 was unwittingly brought into the IIMS offices. Just two days prior, the local council inspector had praised us for our COVID-19 secure working environment following his unannounced visit. But such is the virulent nature of this awful disease, that it is no respecter of any boundaries, or measures put into place seemingly to try and prevent it.

Seven of my colleagues, including myself, were infected within a matter of hours. I labour the point only to highlight that this is a miserable and debilitating disease which is best avoided at all costs! Do all you can to protect yourself from it.

Editing the Report Magazine is, as I am often heard to say, one of the favourite parts of my job. Over the years the output of the publication has developed as the scope of articles has widened. The December edition, number 94, is published today. Click here to access the publication in either pdf or eReader format. In my opinion, it is the most complete publication IIMS has published to date and, at 116 pages, sets a new record as the biggest one ever too.

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News Bulletin November 2020

Whilst on the subject of Zoom, I want to remind you about the two forthcoming, 12 hour marathon Marine Surveying International Fest III days being organised and broadcast for your benefit by IIMS. All are welcome to join and we encourage non IIMS member participation too. Monday 30 November is the day for Large Yacht & Small Craft Surveyors whilst Cargo & Commercial Ship Surveyors should join two days later on 2 December. Both days start at 06.00 (London UK time) with one new presentation being delivered on the hour every hour for twelve hours. One low payment secures access to the whole day’s content plus copies of all videos produced, or you can select the video only option if that date, or the time zones, do not work for you.

I thought it might be of interest to bring members up to date with the latest developments following the acquisition of Murrills House as the Institute’s new permanent headquarters earlier this year. Some of the essential work that did not require planning permission has been completed. This included treating infestation in the roof space, adding new insulation in the loft and replacing some damaged roof slates. The work to replace most of the rotten windows and repair the front door requires formal planning approval and the application has been made in the past few days.

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News Bulletin October 2020

The strangest year of our lives continues with receding hopes of an early end to the misery much of the world is suffering due to the pandemic right now. From the UK perspective, the one I am personally closest to, the situation is worsening as the rate of COVID-19 infections has soared. It is the topic on everyone’s minds unsurprisingly. Yet I continue to hear news from the field that many surveyors in worldwide locations are exceedingly busy, struggling to keep up with the work in some cases, rushed off their feet in others. Extraordinary times. Alas, I know it is not like that for all. But we must remain positive.

I have asked some members to let me have a few words so that I can publish a worldwide overview in the December Report
Magazine of how COVID-19 has impacted and changed the surveying business. And a word of caution as the number of complaints against surveyors reaching the Institute is increasing. Please don’t be tempted to take on too much surveying work to the point where your reports are being rushed and not up to scratch. That appears to be the key issue right now.

News reached me of the sad passing of Captn Barry Thompson, who I believe was our second oldest member at 92 years old. I have written my personal tribute to Barry, which you can read in this bulletin.

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News Bulletin September 2020

I would urge all surveyors to read and take note of an open letter from IIMS President, Geoff Waddington. It concerns a lack of attention to professional procedures, which is concerning and, having now come to light, is getting some members into hot water. On a lighter note, Geoff came to Portchester to cut the ribbon to officially open Murrills House as our new HQ in a socially distanced ceremony.

The September Report Magazine, edition 93, has been published today. It is another monster publication, extending to 112 pages, another record-breaker containing a great selection of news and relevant articles. I have authored the lead feature article having become fascinated by the onslaught of remote surveys in recent months. The article is entitled: ‘The elephant in the room: What do remote surveys mean for the future of the marine surveying profession’ and I am keen to stimulate a debate on this disruptive change affecting your sector. I recommend the publication to you wholeheartedly for its breadth and depth of content. The pdf and eReader versions are both available via the IIMS website.

Sadly, but unsurprisingly, we have taken the decision to cancel the remaining face to face events scheduled for the rest of 2020.

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