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    IMCA publishes vessel assurance guidance

    Publications // October 1, 2010

    A systemmatic, and common, approach to vessel assurance is seen increasingly as invaluable to both owners and operators eager to improve safety and efficiency. It is an approach that encourages self-audit, promotes good record keeping and provides a means to demonstrate capability/status of compliance with identified requirements.
    With this in mind, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published new guidance on vessel insurance (IMCA M 204).
    The new guidance has been published in IMCA’s normal printed format, but is also available for downloading from the IMCA public website as a free PDF version and from the members-only website as a blank Excel file for vessel owners/operators to use, adapt and expand into an electronic record for their specific requirements.
    "The record aims to provide a common approach which can be adopted by vessel owners/operators as appropriate to fit in with their own systems and to satisfy their clients,” explained IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams.“This common approach aims to improve safety and efficiency for all parties. The vessel assurance record is intended to be a comprehensive document, giving an overview of how the vessel is managed and addresses both shore side and shipboard management and operation. It is intended to be kept by the vessel owner/operator in an electronic system and kept up to date, as a live record.”
    Printed copies, including the Excel version on CD, are available for £5.00 plus VAT for IMCA members, and £10.00 + VAT for non-members (plus delivery charge where applicable) from and
    Further information on IMCA’s work on behalf of its growing membership, which now stands at over 700 companies in 56 countries, is available from and from the association at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; or by emailing


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