Published 29 March 2022
IMCA has launched a new analytics hub within its eCMID System for vessel inspections.
The system provides real-time reports based on anonymised aggregate data from over 1100 inspections of offshore vessels and workboats undertaken using the latest eCMID and eMISW templates since May 2021 – a number which will only increase, as the system will track use across future versions of the templates.
The default report, which can be filtered by date and vessel type, identifies the questions and sections resulting in the highest proportion of findings during inspections. This will allow additional focus to be placed on these areas, which might be by vessel operators reassessing their procedures or through inspectors spending additional time reviewing areas of particular concern. Users can also review findings within each section of the report templates or can view the full analysis of report answers.
All registered users can access the findings analytics hub with this overall aggregate data. However, vessel operators registered within the eCMID are also able to filter the analysis to view a report covering their own fleet. This will enable them to address any common findings among their vessels, and to benchmark their performance against the overall reports.
Within IMCA, the findings data will be used to generate regular bulletins highlighting key findings, to identify topics for future safety campaigns and to support the continuing development of new and updated industry guidance.
Mark Ford (Marine & Quality Manager) said “The new analytics hub is a significant addition to the eCMID System, which will allow a greater understanding of safety performance within the industry. Vessel operators in particular will derive significant value from being able to see their fleet-wide performance and take action to address any areas of concern. The analytics hub also provides broader opportunities to IMCA and the industry to identify and act on key common hazards.”
The analytics hub is the latest in a series of significant enhancements to the eCMID system in recent years. Further developments planned in line with a roadmap identified by the cross-industry IMCA eCMID committee, which will be seeking feedback on the analytics hub and other aspects of the eCMID system via a user survey next month.
Notes to Editors
The IMCA eCMID system provides the marine and offshore industry with standardised formats for vessel inspection. It offers a safety management system (SMS) ‘health check’ and can help improve the quality and consistency of inspections, as well as reducing the frequency of inspections on individual vessels through the adoption of a commonly recognised inspection process.
Inspections are undertaken by accredited vessel inspectors (AVIs), with the accreditation scheme provided by the IIMS Marine Surveying Academy. The accreditation process includes a rigorous application, training and assessment process, with requirements for continuing professional development plus five-yearly revalidation. Different levels of accreditation are available, to ensure that inspectors hold the sufficient knowledge and experience in relation to the vessel types being inspected.
Further details on the system are available at www.ecmid.com.