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Frequently Asked Questions

How long has the Marine Stores Guide been around?

The Marine Stores Guide in its original format was first published in 1978 and since then nearly 80,000 copies have been sold.

Who are IMPA and what is there role with the Marine Stores Guide?

IMPA is the International Marine Purchasing Association and is a marine trade association that promotes co-operation and understanding between purchaser and supplier ( Since 1993 IMPA has been the joint publisher of the Guide.

What items are included in the Guide?

The new guide contains over 3,000 news items with over 43,000 unique six digit codes, products are divided into 34 different categories ranging from clothing to paint and electric tools to machinery equipment, a full list can be found on this website under the section Book 6th edition.

How much is the Guide and How do I get a copy?

The Guide is priced at €190 and available from a number of worldwide distributors. There is a full list and an order form on this site listed under the distributors section.

How do I include my products in the Guide?

This website now acts as a vehicle for companies to present new products for inclusion in future editions of the Guide, it also allows companies to advise the publishing team of new products, errors and omissions and out of date products see the section called suggestions for more details.

How often is the Guide produced?

The Guide in its printed format is produced every five years, the next (7th) edition will be published in 2018, though we can take calls for entry inclusion and advertising now – see the section entitled advertising for more details.

How can I get the unique six digit code on my IT system?

There are a variety of different ways to utilise the data for your IT needs. The data service has been launched to work with e-commerce systems and is provided by IMPA. This version and includes six-monthly updates of the data with all new inclusions. For more information see the Data Licence FAQ tab.

I’ve heard about the data service how does this work?

IMPA can provide the updated data to ship owners and operators in a variety of different ways for more information visit the data service section of this website.

How does the data licence work?

To use the IMPA Marine Stores Guide Data in your purchasing system you need to have a data license agreement in place, which is issued by the IMPA office in the UK.

This straightforward agreement sets out the terms of the data licence and the fees. A copy of the licence agreement can be obtained from the IMPA administration office and at

Once you have completed the licence agreement you will have access to the IMPA data to import into your systems.

Each year at the anniversary of your licence agreement IMPA will send an update and renewal form which will update your agreement for the following year, you need only complete this information stating how many of your fleet are using the data and a renewal invoice is sent according to the size of the fleet. No further action is required from your side.

How do I get the updated data?

The updated data is made available in the same way as the initial data and are available via the links on the marine stores guide website. You will receive an automated email to advise you that the updates are available for downloading.

What about my supply software?

Some companies will have their IT and software provider organize the data installation for them. In certain cases IMPA offers the data to resellers who will automatically install the IMPA MSG data directly into their system. In other cases the companies IT department will install the MSG data in which case they will be given access to both the initial data and subsequent updates. Please talk to your IT provider in the first instance regarding installation.

How long does the licence last for?

The standard subscription for the Data Licence is 1 year that will be on a rolling contract basis meaning that your licence will be automatically renewed after 12 months. The minimum licence period is for three years

How much does the data cost?

The cost for buyers and suppliers to subscribe the MSG Data Service is based on an initial one-time setup fee as well as an annual subscription fee. This is separated into two bands –Band A and Band B; see data licence page for full details

Does the data include illustrations?

Yes, if you wish to import images they are available as a separate file with reference numbers for each image for easy installation into your system.

Why do i need a licence for the data service?

The data service includes vital updates that are available every six months and that include new and important codes. As a data licence customer you automatically get these updates in the package. For more than one machine it is more cost effective to have a data licence agreement, which is based on the fleet size.

What format is the data in?

The data is supplied as a Excel file.

How much does the data cost?

The cost varies depending on the size of your company. For more information please see the price list on the Data Licence page

How long does it take to get the data?

Once the data licence agreement is completed the data is made available to you. The process can be finished in just a few hours. For further information or any queries please contact Ray Deekes on +44 (0) 1206 798900 or via .

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If you have any question or enquiries, please visit our contact page or reach us on the following:

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Tel: +44 (0) 1206 798900
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