IMS was recently featured in The Baltic News Magazine - Spring 2011 Edition.
The full article is available below.
IMS was established in January 1992 and has grown to become one of
Western Canada’s largest independent marine surveying and cargo
inspection organisation. IMS has earned a reputation as being unbiased,
objective and professional. Based in Vancouver, Canada’s largest port,
IMS offers a comprehensive range of professional consulting,
superintendence, inspection, testing and marine surveying services
across Canada, USA and worldwide for International Traders, Brokers,
Producers, Buyers, Charterers, Owners, Insurances and Legal Entities.
IMS offers a full-service surveying and analytical laboratory, providing
professional testing, certification and consultation in the grain,
oilseed, meals, fats & oils, biodiesel, chemicals, marine,
environmental and food related fields. The company has developed
sophisticated computer software for different kinds of surveys and is
fully compliant with relevant international standards. IMS became ISO
certified in 2001 and is currently certified under the ISO 9001:2008
standards by BSI. IMS is a FOSFA Superintendent and CFIA certified
sampler for Phytosanitary Certification, and is also the Flag State Ship
Inspector representing Bahamas, Barbados, Cyprus and Panama, and Class
Surveyor for CR Taiwan, OMCS Panama & Qualitas Panama.
IMS is an approved IICL Container Inspection Company, and the only
certified ultrasonic hatch cover tightness testing firm on the West
The company is widely used by most major P&I and H&M Clubs for their various surveys.
In today’s highly competitive and challenging shipping industry, losses
can materialize in many ways. Lost time, damage, leaking hatch covers,
cargo contamination, unprofessionally performed inspection/surveying
work, unfamiliarity with local conditions etc can be major cost factors.
IMS could reduce your exposure to costs and claims by being your
on-site representative, providing experience, prompt, factual, and
competitively-priced marine surveys, cargo inspections and testing.
IMS offers a first-class, reliable and rapid analytical service based on
modern instrumentation and cutting-edge techniques, which facilitate
International Trading according to governing standards and legal
IMS Laboratory is a FOSFA Analyst L1 (the only one in Canada) and a COPA referee Laboratory.
IMS’s achievements in research and method development have been
recognised by USA and Canadian authorities and producers in chemistry
and oil testing. The application for direct testing for sulphur and
phosphorus by ICP-OES has quickly become one of the most widely-used
method in North America for the quality of vegetable oil, beef tallow
and biodiesel testing, and is available online at: