IMCA warns against offline use of eCMID system

Published 18 June 2019

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has issued a notice setting out the benefits of eCMID, its online vessel inspection system, and warning users that offline use is no longer permitted.

Since 1 January 2018, IMCA has only recognised formal inspection reports conducted using its eCMID application and uploaded into the database website ( Any eCMID reports that are not uploaded to the database are not considered to be authorised vessel inspection reports.

IMCA’s Technical Director, Mark Ford sets the scene, and provides a summary of the key benefits of the online eCMID system over the traditional offline approach:

The entire eCMID system is now based on the principles set out in the ISO Standard 19011 ‘Guidance for auditing management systems’ and has been aligned with other comparable industry guidance on safety management system assurance, this means that:

Mark Ford urges that:

If anyone is aware of offline use, including those subjected to commercial pressures from companies who are not fully aware of the online system, they should advise the IMCA eCMID team via [email protected]”.