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    CMID updated by IMCA

    Organisations and Associations // April 30, 2009

    The International Marine Contractors Association's ‘Common Marine Inspection Document’ (CMID) has been updated by a cross industry workgroup, with input provided by contractors (vessel operations) charterers (oil companies through their association OGP), consultants (inspectors) and other interested parties at dedicated workshops in Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. 

    The new document (IMCA M 149 Issue 7), now available from IMCA, has been thoroughly reviewed and rewritten, with clearer structure; the previous subjectivity removed in the questions; and incorporating updates to reflect technological, operational and regulatory developments. It now provides additional guidance on inspector competence. 

    A Word version of the new CMID for electronic completion by inspectors, and which can be kept as a ‘live’ document on vessel/company systems is available for free downloading via both IMCA’s members-only website and the public website at

    “The CMID was initially developed nine years ago and has done sterling work in meeting vital objectives during that time,” explained IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams.

    “First to provide an industry format for vessel inspection reports and to reduce the number of inspections carried out on individual marine vessels – some were inspected over and over and over again because there was no common approach; and secondly to work towards the adoption of a common inspection standard for the offshore marine industry – achieved by using the CMID format and sharing inspection reports."

    “Cross-industry collaboration is key to the success and acceptance of the CMID. There is no doubt that over the past nine years the CMID, and the consequent standardisation of vessel inspection, has had a most beneficial effect on efficiency, vessel quality and operational safety. However, we can never afford to rest on our laurels and our recent update undoubtedly improves the CMID in a number of ways. Looking to the future there are additional plans in hand to ensure CMID usefulness.”

    IMCA is currently reviewing tenders for the development of a new electronic format – the ‘e-CMID’; and a secure online database, both of which are intended to further enhance the consistent completion and availability of completed CMID reports.

    Updated guidance on the use of the new CMID is also to be prepared, which will cover how inspectors should assess elements and complete their report; and then how they can work with the e-CMID and database.

    Further information on all aspects of IMCA’s work on the CMID is available from IMCA at;; and from the Association at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.


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