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Marine Chemist

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International Marine Experts (IME) has been rightfully authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority as a Marine Chemist Company to issue Hot Work Permits, Entry to Confine Space Permits, and Gas Free Certificates in all Panamanian jurisdictional waters, Ports, and shipyards, including all Panama Canal Waters.

Panama Canal and the Maritime Authority of Panama requires that to ensure safe conditions, before any hot work is performed in Panama Canal waters, a written request for authorization of the site (i.e. anchorage, berth, dock) accompanied by a Marine Chemist’s Certificate approving the intended hot work shall be. Our Marine Chemist Inspection complies with the provisions for the Standard for the Control of Gas Hazards on Vessels (NFPA 306) and the Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work (NFPA 350).


In addition, this activity is duly accredited by the Panama National Accreditation Council (CNA) under the requirements of the international standard DGNTI-COPANIT ISO/IEC 17020:2014 (Inspection Body Type-A.)


What is a Marine Chemist?

A Marine Chemist is an environmental, occupational safety, and health professional who's trained and responsible for ensuring that repair and construction of marine vessels can be performed safely whenever those repairs might result in fire, explosion, exposure to toxic vapors or chemicals. 

Under his/her education, experience, technical knowledge, skills, and training, the Marine Chemist is uniquely qualified as a specialist in confined space safety and atmospheric sampling or monitoring.


With our experience in the Maritime field and our commitment to our clients, we can provide your company with the necessary safety and reliance needed for this type of inspection. 

To ensure the best service, our inspectors have been trained in NPFA-306, Gas Free measurements, confined spaces, and safety measurements at hot works.

What we can inspect for you?

We will survey that all your hot work, enter to confined space and most important safety of your personal, are in the best work condition and minimize all the hazardous elements on the different spaces such as:


  • Pits

  • Tanks

  • Vaults

  • Voids


  • Boiler Room

  • Engine Room

  • Pump Room


  • Masts

  • Rudder

  • Skegs

  • Pipeline

We can accommodate you, as well, with a list of test and approvals for the best performance and protection of your team, such as:


Testing for flammable, combustible, and toxic atmospheres before beginning hot work operations in spaces, adjacent spaces, and pipelines, which contain flammable or combustible liquids or gases.


Testing to confirm that inerting of spaces containing flammable and combustible materials has been effective. [NFPA 306, Section 3-2.1] 


Testing of spaces that are Immediately Dangerous to Life or health (IDLH) or cannot be ventilated to comply with Regulations Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) until the space can be certified "Enter with Restrictions" or "Safe for Workers."


Approving the use of inerting medium (such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, etc.) and personally supervising the introduction of the inerting medium into the space. [NFPA 306, Section 3-2.1]

Marine Chemist Certificates shall be posted and accessible nearby during the operations and available for inspection (such as workers, and supervisors, and so forth) usually for three months after the completion of work. 

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