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Fuel consumption data collection

The IMO is pressing ahead with the development of mandatory short-term measures to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping as part of its’ commitment to the targets set by the […]

| Information Note number 1549


GPS systems – Warning of interference

The United States Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued revised advisory notice 2020-016-Various-GPS Interference on multiple instances of significant GPS interference that have been reported worldwide. This interference is resulting […]

| Information Note number 1525 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 15/20, IMCA S 01/20

eCMID/eMISW Temporary Validity Extension Ending

Further to information note IMCA M 01/20 – Marine and DP assurance – IMCA advice during ongoing COVID-19 situation, the temporary validity extension of eCMID/eMISW inspections ends in July. IMCA […]

| Information Note number 1517 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 14/20

eCMID and eMISW findings analysis

IMCA has analysed over 2,100 vessel inspection reports uploaded into the eCMID database at www.imcaecmid.com and produced the following summary of key findings. The eCMID system enables vessel operators to […]

| Information Note number 1512 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 13/20

Marine autonomous vessels

A Brief History of Unmanned Marine Vessels The first proprietary remotely operated vessel dates back to 1898, when Nicolai Tesla used radio control systems to remotely control a small size vessel. The same concept was used during the second world war to attack ships using a guided bomb which was

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| Information Note number 1509 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 12/20

IMCA security bulletin 02/20

The IMCA Security Committee is determined to raise awareness of security issues that can potentially harm member companies. Information provided in this regular Security Bulletin is intended to be used by members to either directly pass on to employees or use the material it contains as part of an existing

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| Information Note number 1504

DPO Certification – The available schemes

DPO Certification – The available schemes: There are currently three organisations offering DPO certification. Each organisation states that the training scheme is in accordance with IMCA M 117 – Guidelines for the Training and Experience of Key DP Personnel. This information note provides an outline of each scheme. It does

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| Information Note number 1501 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 11/20

IMCA COVID-19 update, 9 April 2020

This update collates the ongoing work of IMCA in tackling the many practical issues that have arisen as a result of lockdowns and travel restrictions. It also contains feedback from […]

| Information Note number 1500

COVID-19 affect on DP operations

In information note IMCA M 01-20, IMCA provided the following information for DP annual trials programmes: For those DP annual trials programmes due now or in the near future, IMCA […]

| Information Note number 1498



Marine warranty – vessel suitability survey poor practice

IMCA has received concerns from several members regarding the practice of some MWS vessel suitability surveys. The members reported that suitability surveys were often close, or in some cases identical, to an IMCA common marine inspection (eCMID) audit with little or no regard to the mission specific equipment, i.e. the

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| Information Note number 1495 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 06/20


Piracy and armed robbery – focusing on known ‘hot spots’

This information note prioritises known ‘Hot Spots’ of concern to IMCA Member companies and supplies useful links for security risk management decision making. The IMCA Security Committee recommends the shipping industry’s Maritime Global Security website providing additional guidance and links. South East Asia The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy

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| Information Note number 1493 | Original reference(s) IMCA HSSE 05/20, IMCA M 04/20

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) presidential proclamation on entry as immigrants and non-immigrants

IMCA has received the following information from the US customs and Border Protection on the clarification for boarding crew, in which the US President has signed a number of ‘Presidential Proclamations’ entitled Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019

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| Information Note number 1487 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 03/20

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) decsion on B-1 (OCS) and B wind visas under President Trump’s proclamation

Please be advised that IMCA has just received the following interpretation in relation to visa requirements of crew engaged in offshore continental shelf (OCS) activities in the USA. CBP has interpreted the Presidential Proclamation of March 14, 2020 as follows: “It is CBP’s policy determination that aliens applying for admission

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| Information Note number 1486 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 02/20


IMCA security bulletin 01/20

The IMCA Security Committee is determined to raise awareness of security issues that can potentially harm member companies.  Information provided in this regular Security Bulletin is intended to be used by members to either directly pass on to employees or use the material it contains as part of an existing

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| Information Note number 1467

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