Ensuring eCMID and eMISW Inspection Integrity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published 19 January 2021

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)’s Marine eCMID Committee considered the potential for remote vessel inspections at its December 2020 meeting, in light of ongoing restrictions at both national and company level due to COVID-19 that can limit both vessel access and the movement of accredited vessel inspectors (AVIs).

The Committee determined that remote inspections using the eCMID/eMISW inspection templates would not be appropriate.  Some of the issues identified include:

While for those vessels unable to accommodate an in-person inspection at present, the eCMID/eMISW templates may be a useful guide for an informal interim assessment, the results of such reviews are not suitable for uploading to the database and are not valid eCMID/eMISW reports.  Non-compliance may lead to inspector accreditation being suspended and/or withdrawn.

IMCA recommends:

Use local AVIs

Case by case validity

The Committee is keeping this matter under review, and would welcome additional feedback from the industry.