There has been a steady increase in interest from IIMS members wishing to undertake tonnage surveys. If this is an area of business you with to operate in, please read this to understand who may and who may not undertake such work.
The IIMS’ authority to undertake tonnage surveys on vessels up to 24 metres and only up to 24 metres is through the Certifying Authority contract with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The Institute is required to demonstrate to the MCA how it authorises and controls tonnage surveys. To do this we have created a category of ‘tonnage only’ Certifying Authority surveyor, not authorised to do MCA coding work, but ok’d for tonnage.
These tonnage surveyors do not pay a Certifying Authority annual fee, but pay the normal fee per tonnage survey they do. A tonnage surveyor needs to be full member as before, but also needs to submit sufficient information to show the Certifying Authority Committee that they understand tonnage measurement and rules before being authorised and before carrying put a tonnage.
If in doubt please contact IIMS head office by email.