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Divetech Marine completes IMS (Invasive Marine Species) Survey assignment

Singapore, November 7, 2013 : Divetech Marine successfully completed IMS (Invasive Marine Species) Survey for M/V Stellaprima

Divers and coordinators from Divetech Marine liaised closely with representatives from Jumbo Shipping and IMS Surveyor from Biofouling Solutions (Australia) to complete an IMS survey for M/V Stellaprima prior to her entry into Australian seas.

Having done a numerous number of these surveys in the past, Divetech Marine possesses the relevant technical expertise and field experience to complete the IMS survey for M/V Stellaprima.

Equipped with underwater cameras and all necessary diving equipment, divers first conducted a CCTV survey in the presence of Jumbo Shipping representatives and the IMS surveyor. Specimens of marine fouling were also retrieved and brought to the surface for IMS research studies. Divers then proceeded with a full hull cleaning and propeller cleaning on the vessel. Upon completion of the cleaning, the IMS survey commenced with a second and more comprehensive CCTV survey being carried out by the divers in the presence of Jumbo Shipping representatives and the IMS surveyor to ascertain the vessel is free of fouling.

IMS surveys are mandatory to assess a vessel’s fouling condition. At the end of a successful survey, a certificate with time validity that grants the vessel entry permit into Australian seas is issued. Without which, vessels are turned away at the Australian port limits and are denied entry.

The result: A satisfied customer and surveyor, a certificate granting entry permit issued and a safe return for the diving personnel.

Yet another successful assignment carried out by Divetech Marine and we thank all parties who have in one way or another assisted us in the operation.

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