Dr Malini Shankar, Director General of Shipping of India, confirmed as the Chief Guest at the one day IIMS Mumbai Symposium

Dr Malini Shankar will be the Chief Guest and will speak to delegates at the IIMS Mumbai Symposium
Dr Malini Shankar will be the Chief Guest and will speak to delegates at the IIMS Mumbai Symposium

IIMS is honoured to announce that Dr. Malini Shankar, Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, has consented to be the Chief Guest at the IIMS Symposium on Wednesday 10th October 2018. As well as being present at the event, Dr. Malini Shankar will herself give a short address to the assembled audience.

Mike Schwarz, IIMS CEO, will open the Symposium with a short speech, introducing and welcoming Dr. Malini Shankar to the event as he does so. The Symposium is being held at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel near Mumbai International Airport.

The speaker programme is being finalised now, but confirmed presenters so far include:
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IIMS set to trial an 8 day practical training module

One of the two lead tutors, Martin Evans, leading a practical hull hammer tapping session
One of the two lead tutors, Martin Evans, leading a practical hull hammer tapping session

In a bold initiative as part of its award-winning Professional Qualification in Yacht & Small Craft Marine Surveying, IIMS is set to trial an 8 day practical module for the first time in October 2018.

Prospective students should arrive with an understanding of vessel construction and systems. Over an intensive 64 hours studying, the course will equip students to apply this knowledge to practical surveying techniques and report writing so that they can leave with the ability to carry out surveys on typical 8-10m sailing and motor vessels.

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2018 second half IIMS training and events calendar

IIMS has lined up a bumper crop of training and networking events for the second half of 2018 and there is something for all members to dip in and out of. Many of the events are now open to online delegates too, so you can take part no matter which part of the world you are in.

Wednesday 22 August
Basics of coating technology online 90-minute seminar from 12 noon (UK time). Your host and presenter for this seminar is Gareth Thomas, Technical Support Team Manager, Speciality Coatings, International Paint Ltd, a division of Akzo Nobel.
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Concerns over new Australian commercial vessel safety system highlighted in recent IIMS survey

The International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) has released details of a poll undertaken in the past week amongst its Australian members, which reveals serious concerns in the industry about the operation of the new national system for commercial vessel safety introduced by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on 1 July 2018.

The survey of 60 local IIMS members found that over half of respondents believe the new system will result in vessels being less safe to operate; 29% said they will be far less safe.

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IIMS publishes what a marine surveyor needs to know about synthetic (composite) yacht rigging handy guide

The eighteenth IIMS handy guide has just been released for publication and is available in both paperback and eBook formats. ‘What a marine surveyor needs to know about synthetic (composite) yacht rigging’ runs to 112 pages and has been authored by Nick Parkyn.

Synthetic rigging (manmade fibers) was first introduced in the late 1980s with wider adoption and usage from around 2002. Synthetic rigging (also referred to as composite rigging) is regarded in the industry as disruptive technology that in time will replace stainless steel wire rigging totally.

Since marine surveyors will increasingly encounter this type of rigging, they need to understand this new technology to enable them to carry out surveys on craft and vessels which use it. In this fast growing and rapid-paced industry sector, Nicholas (Nick) Parkyn delves into standing and non-standing rigging as well as taking a brief look at next-generation fibers and the monitoring and load sensing of rigging. The handy guide is illustrated with many pictures and images to help the reader understand what they are looking at in more detail.

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