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    IMCA revises marine inspection checklist for small workboats

    Publications // March 7, 2008

    Safe operation is the key to success of workboats, which are essential to the offshore oil, gas and marine contacting industry. With this in mind the International Marine Contractors Association has published ‘Marine Inspection Checklist for Small Workboats’.

    “This revised document aims to provide a basic marine inspection standard for workboats which are used world-wide and are less than 500 gross tonnage and are, therefore, not required to have either an International Safety Management or an International Ship Security certificate, although the principles outlined within the two codes are worth following,” explained IMCA’s chief executive, Hugh Williams.

    “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 small workboats for which the document has been published could 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 main purpose of this checklist is to verify that the workboat is being operated in a safe manner. It is not intended to verify that the vessel has been constructed or is being operated in accordance with the requirements of any specific IMO, flag state or coastal state regulation; nor is it intended to indicate that the vessel is suitable for a particular role or job.”

    The introduction to the document covers vessel categories; inspector competency; and looks at the inspection process. The remainder of the publication is devoted to a whole series of forms for completion on vessel particulars, vessel condition, a summary of observations, document checklist, and then a 155-point checklist based on the approved code of practice for workboats. The appendix features invaluable grids detailing lifesaving appliances; the lights, shapes and sound appliances required by power driven vessels of various lengths; and minimum and recommended radio equipment.

    Ordering copies

    Members of IMCA can download the publication (IMCA M 189 Rev1 / IMCA S 004 Rev1) free of charge from the members-only website; and can order printed copies at £10.00 (£20.00 for non-members) plus 20% delivery fee outside Europe, online at; or from IMCA at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: 020 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; Email:


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