International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)

IMCA is a leading trade association representing the vast majority of contractors and
the associated supply chain in the offshore marine construction industry worldwide


Client: International Marine Contractors Association
Project Type: Progressive Web Application (PWA) / Web App, Website, Web Services
Skills: Design & Build, Support & Maintenance, Hosting
Technologies: ASP .NET, HTML, SQL Server, Visual Basic .NET
About IMCA eCMID System
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is a leading trade association representing the vast majority of contractors and the associated supply chain in the offshore marine construction industry worldwide. It publishes a wide range of health, safety, quality, environmental and technical standards, including templates for performing safety inspections of offshore vessels.

In 2009, IMCA commissioned Acumen to develop a system to bring its vessel inspections online. This comprised a web application and a Windows desktop application, both built over an SQL database. The web application provides members with the facility to register and manage their organisation, vessels and their inspection reports. Clients and other parties can request access to reports, with inspection data controlled by the vessel operators. IMCA has full editorial control over the inspection templates, content of web pages and system emails via a bespoke content management system. Accredited vessel inspectors then use the second application to prepare the inspection reports by downloading a customised template with core vessel details and question sets, including a range of optional supplements. These are then uploaded, with an optional step of being audited within the inspection for quality purposes, and payment is made online.

The system has been maintained and continuously improved ever since, with new functionality added and the user interface reflecting updated IMCA branding needs. A cross-platform, browser-based inspection app was introduced in 2020, using new technologies to replace the previous Windows-only desktop application. An analytics hub was added in 2022, enabling real-time analysis of aggregated inspection data so that common safety risks can be identified and acted on by fleet operators and IMCA’s technical committees.
Customer Testimonial
Acumen provided an excellent, robust product which dealt with some complex requirements in a timely, efficient manner. They have continued to provide friendly, professional support and have proven to be very responsive to changes and new requirements that have arisen since initial delivery of the product.
Chris Baldwin, Technical Advisor, IMCA
Acumen Business Systems Ltd

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