IMCA has issued information note IMCA M 01/20 – Marine and DP assurance – IMCA advice during ongoing COVID-19 situation. It contains the following advice regarding eCMID and eMISW inspections:
For audits expiring between now (March) and July 2020, IMCA recommends that the validity be extended for four months. The database website is being temporarily updated so that all expired reports are automatically available for four months following expiry, so no action is required by vessel operators.
Note that if AVIs are unable to travel to restricted destinations, please consider and make use of the wider AVI community and any in-country inspectors that may be able to attend inspections on their behalf. Details of AVI locations and their accreditations can be found on the eCMID Vessel Inspectors website using the map or search functions.
A user guide to the review and publication process is available on the IMCA eCMID website.
The AVI scheme remains open and is fully functioning.