IMCA CMID workshop to be held at Seawork International

Associations, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums — By on May 25, 2016 at 11:40 AM
Richard Benzie

Richard Benzie

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is hosting a CMID (IMCA’s Common Marine Inspection Document) workshop at Seawork International on the morning of Wednesday 15 June aboard Ocean Scene, a vessel moored at the show which is being held in Mayflower Park, Southampton.

The theme of the workshop is “Improving CMID Report Quality”. It will include demonstrations, presentations and discussions about CMID, and is aimed at all CMID users. Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) who attend will earn 3 CPD validation points. There are now nearly 200 AVIs and over 230 people have applied to join the scheme from countries all over the world. Qualified AVIs attending the workshop are reminded to bring their logbooks for endorsement by IMCA staff.

There is restricted space for the free-to-attend workshop, so early booking via is recommended. The morning begins at 09:00 with registration, tea and coffee; at 09:30 there will be a CMID update, followed by news of the new version of ‘Marine Inspection for Small Workboats’ (MISW) (IMCA M 189). A look at the new CMID software version follows; and then practical training on the eCMID training database. After a networking break, an hour will be spent on inspection report writing guidance. Following Q&A the workshop will finish at 12:15.

“This useful session will provide a great opportunity for AVIs and individual CMID users to find out about the large number of changes to both the CMID and MISW documents since the last IMCA CMID workshop held in 2014; and thus to get the best out of the CMID and MISW inspection report processes, ” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Richard Benzie.

“The session will be run by Technical Adviser, Chris Baldwin who will ensure that delegates hear what vessel operators and clients want out of CMID and MISW reports. They will also be able to improve their understanding of the ISO 19011 Guide to Auditing Management Systems, International Register of Chartered Auditors guidelines and the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s ‘Guide to Technical Report Writing’.  Added to which there will be an opportunity to try the CMID training database, making it a very worthwhile three hours.

CMID provides a standard format for inspection of offshore vessels. Its use helps promote safety and efficiency and can help reduce the number of repeat inspections on individual marine vessels. The eCMID database website enables vessel operators to allow potential clients access to completed CMID reports. The application is available for inspectors to complete and upload their reports in a common and professional format.   Further information on CMID is available at
About IMCA

  • IMCA is an international association with over a thousand members in more than 60 countries representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA has four technical divisions, covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey and remote systems and ROVs, plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training, IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members.
  • IMCA publishes some 200 guidance notes and technical reports – many are available for free downloading by members and non-members alike. These have been developed over the years and are extensively distributed. They are a definition of what IMCA stands for, including widely recognised diving code of practice, DP documentation, marine and ROV good practice guidance, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) – now available electronically as eCMID, safety recommendations, outline training syllabi and the IMCA competence scheme guidance. In addition to the range of printed guidance documents, IMCA also produces safety promotional materials, circulates information notes and distributes safety flashes.
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