IMCA publishes revised marine inspection for small workboats

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) is well used throughout the industry, now, with smaller vessels in mind, a revised edition of ‘Marine inspection for small workboats (Common marine inspection document for small workboats)’ (IMCA M 189 Rev 2) has been published.

As IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler explains: “The revision is largely to do with providing a new layout to reflect the CMID layout and to facilitate its subsequent electronic completion and inclusion on the CMID database. The checklist provided in the new publication aims to help members ensure that the small workboats they use are being operated in a safe manner.

“While the offshore industry operates a variety of large specialist construction, support and related vessels on a day-to-day basis, other small vessels may be used for various appropriate tasks such as inshore survey, repair of remote equipment, shallow water air dive support, construction support and personnel transfer.

"The purpose of this document is to provide a basic marine inspection standard for workboats which can be used worldwide and are under 500 gross tonnage and/or less than 50m in length therefore are not required to have either an International Safety Management, or an International Ship Security certificate, although the principles outlined within the two codes are nevertheless worth following.”

In this document ‘small workboat’ means a small vessel in commercial use, other than for sport, pleasure, pilot duties, surveying of harbours and their approaches or dredging.

The revised publication can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website at by members and non-member alike, with additional printed copies available to members at £10, and to non-members at £20 (plus 20% for delivery outside Europe). Copies can be ordered online or from and from IMCA at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.


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