My blog is long overdue for an update and what better time to scribble down a few words than at the start of UK Maritime Safety Week which runs from 6 to 10 July 2020. It seems appropriate to put the IIMS weight behind an awareness campaign of this kind, not least as one of the major roles of any marine surveyor, not just in the UK, is to help to keep lives safe at sea and to help protect vessels, cargoes and maritime assets.
IIMS has released the twenty fourth handy guide in the series ‘What a marine surveyor needs to know about’ and the publication is now available to purchase in either paperback or downloadable pdf formats.
Practising marine surveyor, Elliott Berry FIIMS, and veteran, retired surveyor, Jeffrey Casciani-Wood HonFIIMS, (a name that needs little introduction to IIMS members), have combined to produce this authoritative 120 handy guide entitled ‘What a marine surveyor needs to know about corrosion, electrolysis, galvanism, anodes and MIC’. The guide presents some detailed equations to help to explain the science along with plenty of practical tips to help the marine surveyor to understand this essential, yet complex subject as they try to debunk some of the long held myths.
The International Institute of Marine Surveying’s (IIMS) submission to the Australian Senate, raising members concerns as to the direction and delivery of AMSA’s services for domestic commercial vessels, has been widely agreed with and extensively quoted in the Rural and Regional Affairs committee’s recently published report entitled Performance of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
At the Annual General Meeting of the International Institute of Marine Surveying held at Murrills House, Portchester on 16th June 2020, Geoff Waddington took up the position of President of the Institute, a position he will hold for the next two years. Geoff replaces Dubai based Capt Zarir Irani who has held the position since 2018.
In normal times, a short ceremony would have taken place as the President’s medal was formally handed from the outgoing to the incoming President, but this year, for obvious reasons, the Annual General Meeting was held in an online only capacity. However, a short video had been pre-recorded showing Capt Zarir Irani seeming to hand the medal through a Zoom screen to Geoff Waddington who appeared to take delivery of it. The wonders of modern technology and a fun gesture not lost on the large online audience.