A new course for qualification as a Registered Marine Coatings Inspector (RMCI) is to be presented at the International Superyacht Coatings Conference (ISCC). The conference will be held on 11-12 December at the Amsterdam RAI and is being organised in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss).

Leading players in the marine coatings and associated fields have come together to establish a new standard and develop a formal qualification aimed at educating marine surveyors about the specifics of superyacht coatings. Due to a need to maintain inspection standards globally, the Marine Survey Academy, the training division of the International Institute of Marine Surveying, has developed a tailored RMCI course manual, in conjunction with contributions by several respected industry representatives. It is thought that the course will change the status quo of coatings inspection.

A recently run pilot RMCI course with 13 industry representatives from shipyards, refit yards, paint manufacturers and applicators dedicated five days to evaluate the proposed RMCI course content. It is now ready to be launched with the first commercial course to be offered in Amsterdam in December, just prior to the ISCC 2014.

The RMCI course has been developed as a tool aimed at improving superyacht coatings processes. It contributes to the ISCC key message of “driving quality and ensuring success”. The ISCC programme this year will include a dedicated session on the new course in order to inform the audience on the background, establishment, the aims and the anticipated effects of the course on the superyacht coatings industry. In addition, a newly qualified marine surveyor will report on his experience and how this course will impact the inspection process of superyacht coatings going forward. All delegates present will be requested to endorse and adopt this course in order to establish a common enforcement strategy within the industry.