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IMCA Common Marine Inspection Database (CMID)

The purpose of the Common Marine Inspection Document (the ‘CMID’) is to provide an industry format for vessel inspection reports and to reduce the number of inspections carried out on individual marine vessels, together with the adoption of a common inspection standard for the offshore marine industry. This can be achieved by sharing inspection reports. If there is a requirement to inspect a vessel, the company requesting the inspection should first ascertain the date when the last inspection was conducted, using the format of this document and the availability of the report. If the report is more than one year old then a new inspection should be conducted. A competent and independent third party should complete the inspection.

Using the report does not waive any rights to inspect the vessel, but the inspection report can be taken into consideration when assessing the degree of any further inspection that might be required.

A significant part of the international offshore industry has accepted this document as the standard for vessel inspections and, as such, when requesting copies of recent inspections they will expect them to be in this format.

This document does not contain specialist sections for different vessel types, but may be used as a basis for inspecting any type of vessel.

It is intended that the CMID should be treated as a living document, in that some parts can be completed by the crew prior to an inspector’s arrival and thereafter the vessel’s crew can keep it updated wherever possible, so that the minimum amount of work is required at each inspection.

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