The MSA was appointed by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in 2015 to manage and deliver the eCMID Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) scheme on behalf of IMCA and the International Institute of Marine Surveying.
This initiative is being collaboratively delivered by IMCA, IIMS and the MSA and has already radically altered the vessel inspection expectations of all stakeholders. The eCMID AVI badge is rapidly becoming the ‘industry standard’ symbol of quality for eCMID reports.
The eCMID AVI scheme has been established on a worldwide basis with initial and refresher training courses being made available in all major regions where IMCA members operate. Having gained accredited status, vessel inspectors/auditors are issued with an annual identify card embossed with their unique AVI number, the IIMS logo and a declaration that the accreditation is recognised by IMCA.
The aim of the accreditation scheme is simply to assess competency in an objective manner against various specialist vessel types.
eCMID: The background
The Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID), published by IMCA, is a globally recognised vessel safety audit system that has done sterling work since 1999, meeting the aim of reducing the number of audits carried out on individual marine vessels by adoption of a standard format for inspection. It was joined in 2009 by the eCMID, along with a secure online database for the CMID reports, which are ‘living’ documents that can be kept and updated onboard a vessel.
The eCMID applies to vessels 24m and over as well as +500GRT vessels. The Marine Inspection Document for Small Workboats (MISW – IMCA M 189) applies to vessels less than 24m in length.