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Professional Certification Service

 

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The European Recreational market´s growing demands and legislation forced proved safety standards and quality assurance systems for each kind of product. The INTERNATIONAL MARINE CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE as an independent external body provides a valuable certification service to manufacturers who desire to market their boats, yachts, and certain components in the European Union.

 

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After successful assessment the customers of IMCI will be able to display the CE-mark on products which are covered by the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC as amended by Directive 2003/44/EC. This allows the free and open access to all 27 countries of the European Union.

 

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Working on a cost-conscious basis is an important point. The non-for-profit status of IMCI combined with a lean and effective administration makes it possible to provide our certification service for an excellent cost-benefit ratio.

 

 

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Testimonials

Lars & Bregina van Straten
Vivante Yachts
Starting from the drawing board, IMCI is involved in the CE certification. Due to this hands-on approach, the build is not delayed by the CErtification, but is supported by it.
Lars & Bregina van Straten,
CEOs
[The Netherlands]
 
Navneet Syal
Sea Eagle Boats, Inc.
Our new STS10 inflatable boat model is about to go in production in the next week. It is great to receive the CE Examination Report in less than two weeks of filing the application. Thanks for your very prompt service. We really appreciate this. It's a pleasure to deal with a professional organization like IMCI. Keep up the good work!
Best regards,
Navneet Syal
Export Manager
[USA]
 
Jeff Arevalos
Intrepid Powerboats Inc.
Uli,
Wanted recognize and pass along some great praise, thanks and appreciation to the IMCI staff! Ralf and Udo provided clear expertise at every level and outstanding support in helping us expedite the certification process.
We had boats in port and your staff worked over and beyond to help us out.
Cheers and see you soon my friend,
Jeffrey
[USA]
 
Bonnie & Mark Hauptner
Ocean Master Marine, Inc
Hello Ulrich Heinemann,
We just wanted to tell you how impressed and pleased we have been with doing business with IMCI. We have worked with 3 individuals at IMCI through a couple of years- and they have all been a pleasure to do business with. .
Kind regards,
Bonnie & Mark Hauptner
[USA]
 
Stipe Nevistic
Pearlsea Yachts
Dear IMCI team,
Thank you for your service during certification of our Pearlsea models of motor boats, it was done perfect and quick as usual IMCI service is doing.
Special thanks to your Inspector Prof. Roko Dejhalla for his informations and service during process of certification.
Stipe Nevistic
General Manager
[Croatia]
 
Rosemarie Fiori
Florida Marine Tanks Inc.
Dear Uli,
It is a pleasure working with you and the entire IMCI staff. Since 1998 we have certi-fied nearly 500 tank models. We commend the IMCI staff for its technical knowledge and friendly, responsive service. I would not hesitate to recommend IMCI to all of the marine industry for CE certification.
Best regards,
Rosemarie Fiori
President
[USA]
 
Drazen Horvat
Falkor boats
IMCI and his representative in Croatia, Prof. Dejhalla, were recommended to us for the certification of our first RIB, Falkor 22. The whole process was smooth and Prof. Dejhalla was fulfilling our expectations. At the end, we are very pleased with the service IMCI provided to us and will certainly use their service again.
Drazen Horvat
Managing Director
[Croatia]
 
Ana Rodríguez Peiró
Aitamar s.l.
IMCI is exactly the organisation that fulfils the standard of professionalism, seriousness and high level quality for the certification process that we require for our clients.
Ana Rodríguez Peiró
President
[Spain]
 
Santiago Alvarez Forn
Antares Yachts
Dear Mr. Heinemann,
I know for a fact that complaints reach an organization very quickly, whereas good news is rather slow to travel.
So as I did get a very good service from the Marine Division (Dr. Udo Wolff, Mr. Andreas Bender and Mr. Guido Voerste have been the persons I have been in touch with), I wanted to let you know that we are a highly satisfied customer.
Satisfaction comes from the quality of information provided from the onset, efficient and easy access to forms, web based support for form completion, willingness and speed of response from the people involved (especially Dr. Wolff), and speed to deliver. I was also very impressed with the web tracking possibility, which I used and worked very well, (both in terms of actual job and anxiety management!).
One could argue that it was not a particularly demanding request, but that does not diminish the quality and speed of the human and technical resources.
So thanks for running such an effective team.
I remain, yours sincerely,
Santiago Alvarez Forn
Supply Chain Manager
[USA]
 
Francesco Ruiz de Ballesteros
LYNX Yachts B.V.
Dear Ralph,
I wish to thank you and all the IMCI staff, for the absolute professionalism showed through all the certification process of the YXT-One, and the invaluable guidance during the final stage of the process, which allowed for a smooth delivery to our client.
Lynx Yachts is a new formed shipyard, and YXT-One was the first Lynx Yachts vessel built under the RCD, we would not have done it without the precious and continuous guidance coming from Renze Dijkstra (Radar Scheepsexperts) and IMCI.I hope this was only the first of a long series of Lynx Yachts vessels built in cooperation with IMCI.
Ing. Francesco Ruiz de Ballesteros
Naval Architect & Marine Surveyor
YXT Project Manager
[The Netherlands]
 
Dino Marconi
Tecnorib srl
Dear Dr. Wolff,
I appreciate very much the efforts you and your organisation have done for these certifications.
It avoids a lot of troubles. I will not forget.
Thank you very much and regards,
Dino Marconi
(Italy)
 
Rob Brennan
Robertson and Caine
Hi Everyone
I would just like to put on record my thanks all the staff at the IMCI for your assistance in speedily resolving the CE Certifications issues on our Leopard 48 Sailing Catamaran.
The speed of response to all my queries and the professional way in which they were handled make dealing with the IMCI a pleasure for me & my team.
To Peter, Ralf & Uli I am grateful to you all for your input during the Certification process.
We now have happy Owners who can register their vessels and get on with the joys of sailing rather than worry about Certification & Registration issues.
I look forward to a long and successful association between our two organisations.
Best Regards
Rob Brennan
Quality Assurance Manager
[South-Africa]
 
Robert Marx
FRIEDRICH MARX GmbH & Co. KG
Thanks for the super quick handling all RCD matters! The cooperation with IMCI works excellent!
Robert Marx
President
[Germany]
 
Søren Thystrup
X-Yachts A/S
To the IMCI Staff,
During the years we have had many new designs CE certified by IMCI.
Both the final handling of the applications and in the assisting us in making the correct decisions it has always been pleasant to work with you.
We are often pushing you in terms of time to get an approval through or quick answers. In those cases we have always been mead with understanding and quick responses from your side.
You are very focused in insuring quality which makes our job a lot easier.
We have also praises to the inspectors (Lars Olsen and Tomas Valling) who have always been quick and solid in doing the inspections ensuring a minimum processing time whilst ensuring high quality.
I am looking forward to further working with you on future projects.
Søren
[Denmark]
 
Richard Kolb
Volvo Penta of the Americas, LLC
Volvo Penta can always rely on the IMCI team to provide excellent service in a timely and professional manner. Whether it is a certification application or a question about the standards and how they might apply to our products, we are consistently provided with a prompt and well reasoned response to all our needs.
Thank you and keep up the good work!
Richard Kolb
Manager, Emissions and Regulations
[USA]
 
Joseph N. Hoffman
Ilmor Engineering Inc.
To IMCI Staff:
I would like to thank, on behalf of Ilmor Engineering, Inc. and Ilmor Marine, LLC, everyone at IMCI who has contributed to completing the certification projects initiated by Ilmor over the past few years, which has greatly helped our business growth. This includes a special expression of appreciation to Marc Schneeberg and Doug French, both having demonstrated expertise, patience and diligence to help bring Ilmor’s marine certification projects to successful completion.
Mr. Schneeberg, especially, provided vital service to help Ilmor achieve the coveted BSO Exhaust Gas Type Approval (especially important to Ilmor as one of the company co-founders, Mario Illien, is a native of Switzerland) in an effort that was more challenging and labor-intensive than either of us may have anticipated. He has also handled other certification materials and correspondence in a professional and timely manner.
Mr. French, as Exhaust Emissions Inspector, has provided thorough and cooperative professional inspection service, while demonstrating engineering expertise and organization which has helped to complete data collection and submission efficiently.
I look forward to working with IMCI for certification of new Ilmor marine engine products, as well as current models, in the future.
Sincerely,
Joseph N. Hoffman
Governmental Compliance Specialist
[USA]
 
Jim Herron
Monterey Boats
Ulrich,
I appreciate the speed and efficiency your department displayed in processing our certificate updates this year. I am very happy with your services.
Regards,
Jim Herron
Compliance Engineer
[USA]
 
David Marlow
Brunswick Boat Group
Staying on top of the both the Directive and the ISO standards takes commitment and expertise. IMCI helps its business partners by participating in standards development, providing easy to use certification tools, and engineering oversight. Complying in the worldwide market place takes a lot of effort - IMCI is there to help you navigate every step of the way. There is no better choice.
David Christopher Marlow
Director Product Integrity
[USA]
 
Aart van Twillert
Flevojachtbouw B.V.
IMCI is a very skilled and quick organisation. As builder of custom yachts we work therefore gladly with them together.
Over the years there a fine relationship was developed.
Aart van Twillert
CEO
[The Netherlands]
 
Ellen Jiao
Shanghai Far East FRP Boat CO. LTD.
Thanks for all, thanks to the whole IMCI Team (Peter, Alex, Larry, Randall!),
Without your work, our team’s several months’ promotion, and preparation work for competing in the China Cup will become zero. It will damage our brand seriously (as Alex said, a BIG BIG thank you to Peter).
We are very happy and satisfied working with such a efficient person and company.
Look forward to working with you again.
Thanks and best regards!
Ellen Jiao
[China]
 
Dennis Reis
Regal Marine Industries
Dear IMCI team:
Thank you for your assistance with our certification. Your team continues to provide impeccable customer service delivered in a most professional manner on a timely basis. Your staff always goes the extra mile with key "go to" people every step of the way to assist the customer. We recommend others use your certification services. The positive business experience you provide to the boating community is definitely refreshing and appreciated!
Dennis Reis
[USA]
 
T.J. Perrotti
USWatercraft
Gentlemen,
Our team at USWatercraft has been proud to introduce our new C&C 30 sport racer to the competitive sailing community. From the outset of this project’s conception, we targeted a boat that was modern, nimble, and exciting to sail. With that, safety and reliability were paramount ingredients, knowing that the boats would be pushed hard, horizon to horizon. As the fleet grows, those horizons include several European markets, too.
All of these factors led us down a clear decision path: safety and reliability warranted CE certification, and IMCI’s staff and associates were the best resource of experience and helpful direction to guide us through the process.
Steve Carrier here in the USA, along with Ulrich, Guido, and the IMCI team in Brussels provided clear information with regards to the web of ISO standards: stability; downflooding assessment; hatch and portlight integrity; crew weight limitations; and the like, all coupled to a specific design category and anticipated (and potentially rough) sailing conditions.
Though the underlying calculations and application submissions took some investment of time on our part, we are confident and very thankful that the CE review process greatly benefits USWatercraft as a company, and gives a welcomed extra margin of safety to those who sail our boats.
Thank you, IMCI … we appreciate all that you offer!
T.J. Perrotti
Senior Naval Architect / Chief Design Engineer
[USA]
 
Rolf Steckmest
Henningsen & Steckmest
On IMCI, we appreciate especially the high flexibility and availability - and the pragmatic approach being so important to the individual construction of yachts.
IMCI works always in a practical approach.
Rolf Steckmest
Owner
[Germany]
 
Rudy Reineman
Thomasz Yachts
In CE certification of our luxury yachts, IMCI expertly guides us in full confidentiality and with fine expertise.
Rudy Reineman
CEO
[The Netherlands]
 
Xhevit Burnaci
Zodiac Hurricane Technologies Inc.
IMCI is really a great and flexible organization, a leader who brings together the present, and the vision of the future on the marine regulatory business, providing to you great assistance and service to build and certify EC compliant product,…it’s like a good quality reliable radar that helps you to navigate the “rough seas” of the continuous changing directives, and regulations for the marine industry.
Xhevit Burnaci
Engineering Manager
[Canada]
 
Albert Nazarov
Albatross Marine Design
IMCI is the most trusted pilot in paper storms of small craft certification.
Albert Nazarov
President
[Thailand]
 
Joe Hackelberg
Marlow Yachts Limited Inc.
To your comments that IMCI is accredited for certification for module B+F, too, we are aware and have contracted the services of IMCI to perform the inspections and certification for our new model, the “Marlow Voyager”. Tim Withrington performed the surveys, etc. and we were pleased with the service and the cost. We definitely keep IMCI in mind when the need arises for certifications.
Joe Hackelberg
[USA]
 
Felix Riedl
Felix Riedl Management & Financial Consulting GmbH
Dear Mr. Heinemann,
Your department has done great work in an unconventional way and supported my company and the "Aquilasailingteam" in a very human and unbureaucratic way (creation of a CE certificate for an IMS 500 in a short time). This is a valuable service for the sailing sport.
Many thanks to your team and to Capt. Müller.
Felix Riedl
[Austria]
 
Peter Methven, OBE
Latitude 52
IMCI is at the forefront of EU RCD homologation and their level of professionalism is exemplary. IMCI’s willingness to react to urgent requests exemplifies their customer service ethos. For technical knowledge, IMCI continues to provide invaluable guidance.
Peter Methven, OBE
[UK]
 
Thom Dammrich
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Congratulations, Uli.
The success of IMCI is due to the outstanding customer service provided by you, your highly qualified staff, and the unparalleled reach and quality of your global team of Inspectors.
Thanks.
Thom
President
[USA]
 
Larry W. Kuhns
Stingray Boat Company
Six years ago, when I was given the task of certifications, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. A task which I have repeated thanked my management for giving to me.
I began by trying to find any and all documentation left by my predecessor. To my disbelief, I found very little. I found some Excel worksheets, certificates from something called IMCI, and even a couple printed copies of ISO standards. I even went so far as to contact my predecessor, predecessor and obtained little more information. Basically, I started with nothing except some organization called International Marine Certification Institute.
Fortunately, I was able to attend a CE Certification Seminar before I had to complete my first application. I remember asking what a scantling was. Now I regret that I learned.
CE certifications are all about details, formulas, forms, and documentation. From the first certification, when I didn’t understand what a scantling was to my last certification when I regretted learning what they are, I have always received help on every question or problem from everyone on staff at IMCI. No matter how small or trivial, everyone treated me as if my question was their number one concern.
IMCI isn’t just about details and forms. More importantly, it is about the help you receive when you have questions or when a problem arises in a foreign port. What can an American boat manufacturer do when the Custom official in Spain is holding a load of boats because he thinks every boat should have an original Certificate. What do you do when another load of boats is being held in Bremerhaven because the Declaration of Conformity doesn’t specifically tell him to look for the motor manufacturer Declaration of Conformity for noise emission? The answer is simple, call IMCI and ask for their assistance.
The implementation of their “Guided Application System” using a link to Rulefinder is a valuable tool that no one submitting an application should be without. The implementation of the free simplified ISO 12215 tool has made the data collection and calculation of scantlings easy. Another tool, no one should be without. All of these tools would be useless, if it weren’t for the staff and field inspectors. Without them and their help it would be difficult for an American manufacturer to export boats into the European Union.
Respectfully,
Larry W Kuhns
CIM
[USA]
 
Alberto Simeone
Mylius s.r.l.
Dear Ralf,
Allow me to express, on behalf of the entire shipyard Mylius, a great appreciation for the great effort that IMCI has to issue certificate of Mylius 18E35 in times that were certainly prohibitive.
It 'been a substantial contribution to our business.
See you soon, with new projects!
Best regards,
Alberto Simeone
Technical Manager
[Italy]
 
Dolly Sang
Ningbo Fuhua Boat Building Industry Co. Ltd.
Dear Sir/Madam,
We do feel very happy to work with you and hope we will have new boat models to be CE certified in near future.
Thank you once more for all your help and have a nice weekend!
Best regards
Dolly Sang
[China]
 
Merle Graybill
Smokercraft
Dear Renate,
Thank you for your kind service. It is my privilege to work with a great organization. Working with IMCI staff has been a rewarding experience.
Respectfully Yours,
Merle Graybill
[USA]
 
Craig Scholten
Rec Boat Holdings, LLC
IMCI’s approach to product certification is very professional and totally supported by a team that understands the process.
Guido - Thank you very much for your excellent work and service.
Uli - Your team is the best!
Craig
Compliance Specialist
[USA]
 
John Adey
ABYC
It’s a big decision to sell your product to the European market.
Partnering with IMCI is the most effective way to navigate the standards and regulations that come with European clients.
John Adey
President
[USA]
 
Marcel Jetten
Jetten Yachting
In an on-going process of high-tech innovations, we have been awarded the ‘European Boat of the Year Award 2014’. We have a high speed in developing new building techniques and models and need partners who can keep up with us.
IMCI can offhand.
Marcel Jetten
CEO
[The Netherlands]
 
Marcia Kull
Volvo Penta
IMCI certification allows Volvo Penta to market its US-built products confidently in Europe. Its certification process ensures a timely, thoughtful review of our engineering decision-making. IMCI's professionals help keep us appraised of upcoming changes in regulations to allow us to react well in advance of enforcement.
IMCI certification means peace of mind for Volvo Penta and our OEM customers.
Marcia Kull
Vice President Marine Sales
[USA]
 
Robert L. Johnstone
MJM Yachts LLC
You are to be congratulated, and I am grateful, for the hands-on service you and your surveyors have provided MJM Yachts, through its licensed builder, Boston BoatWorks, on its path to developing the technology enabling MJM to become the world leader in high-tech fuel efficient powerboats.
It is reassuring to be able to build and market these vessels within the framework of a good international standard and to have such timely response from personnel that are a pleasure to work with.
Best regards,
Bob
Founder & CEO
[USA]
 
Mac Privott
Carolina Classic Boats
I have been using IMCI for many years and you have always been very professional and prompt with your services. You make CE Certification much easier with your willingness to answer any questions that arise.
Mac Privott
[USA]
 
Marcel & Maurice Pols
Altena Yachting B.V.
The combination of solid workmanship, client input and modern yachtbuilding techniques makes each Altena Yacht a superb yacht.
IMCI fully supports us in these projects.
Marcel Pols und Maurice Pols
CEOs
[The Netherlands]
 
Dave Magill
Island Spirit Multihulls
I would like to let you know what a pleasure it was working with Peter Jacops and the staff of International Marine Certification Institute.
Peter is a professional with all the interactions we had with him and he helped us to understand the RCD and the ISO standards. They meant for us to raise our own standards not only going through the certification process, but in our Quality Control and building process as well.
The interactions I’ve had with the other staff members in Belgium were also very positive.
From myself and the staff at Island Spirit Multihulls, we would like to thank you and staff at IMCI and we look forward to working with Peter and IMCI in the future for our future models.
Dave Magill
General Manager
[Thailand]
 
Dieter Roux
Robertson and Caine
IMCI’s speed of response to all our queries and the professional handling makes dealing with IMCI a pleasure for me and my team.
Dieter Roux
Quality Assurance Manager
[South-Africa]
 
Mikko Mustakallio
Kesäpurje Sailing School
Dear Renate Heeren,
Thanks a lot for the information. I am very happy that the certificate is on the way to me.
I am very satisfied with the professional approach and good service I have received from IMCI people; from the IMCI office and the Finnish IMCI Inspector, Mr Anton Salokoski.
I can truly recommend your services to anybody who needs to certify a boat.
Kind regards,
Mikko Mustakallio
Sailing and Navigation Instructor
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore
[Finland]
 
Jens Quorning
Dragonfly Trimarans
CE certification is a complex topic, but working with the IMCI group makes it much more easy, also for smaller yards. IMCI is very helpful and a reliable partner for Certification. When designing new boats, we often ask IMCI for up to date information.
Thank you very much!
Jens Quorning
Owner
[Denmark]
 
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The IMCI website offers information about followings subjects: 1. The CE certification of boats and components (like: hatch, fuel hose, steering system, fuel tank and other). 2. Certification of new and used / old boats for the European market. Sometimes this process is also called: CE certification, boat certification, European certification etc. 3. The CE certificate is demanded if you import a new or used boat to EU (imported boat) as a privat or legal person. 4. Most times you have to show the CE certificate and Declaration of Conformity (DoC) to register the boat in your country (boat registration). 5. The certification must be in accordance with the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC amended by Directive 2003/44/EC. 6. Second hand boats are assessed by a Post Construction Assessment (PCA). The issued document is the Report of Conformity.