About IMCA

IMCA History

IMCA History

IMCA was founded in 1995 through the merger of the Association of Offshore Diving Contractors (AODC) and the Dynamically Positioned Vessel Owners Association (DPVOA).

Key milestones in its proud history include:

  • 1972 - Association of Offshore Diving Contractors AODC founded
  • 1984 - Life support technician (LST) certification scheme launched
  • 1987 - Offshore diving supervisor certification scheme launched
  • 1990 - DPVOA founded
  • 1990 - AODC Middle East Section founded
  • 1993 - First DPVOA station keeping seminar held, later to grow into the IMCA Annual Seminar
  • 1995 - AODC and DPVOA merged to form IMCA - membership around 100
  • 1997 - Combined secretariat office established
  • 1997 - Offshore Survey Division formed
  • 1997 - Original ROV code of practice published
  • 1998 - IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving published
  • 1999 - Observer status granted at the International Maritime Organization
  • 1999 - Competence scheme framework launched
  • 1999 - Common Marine Inspection Document first published
  • 1999 - IMCA Asia-Pacific Section founded
  • 2000 - Middle East Section extended to include India
  • 2002 - First annual safety seminar held
  • 2002 - Membership reached 200
  • 2002 - Americas Deepwater Section founded (later to become Central & North America Section)
  • 2003 - Europe & Africa Section founded
  • 2005 - IMCA Contracting Principles published
  • 2006 - Membership reached 300
  • 2007 - Membership reached 400
  • 2008 - Membership reached 500
  • 2009 - Membership reached 600
  • 2009 - South America Section founded
  • 2010 - Membership reached 700
  • 2011 - Membership reached 800
  • 2013 - Membership reached 900
  • 2014 - Membership reached 1000

 

Presidents

IMCA benefits from the leadership provided by key figures in the marine contracting sector who serve as our President, also chairing the Overall Management Committee and the IMCA Council, which comprises senior figures from the leading 'International Contractor' members of the Association and provides political direction and support. 

Presidents of the Association

  • 2015-present - Bruno Faure, Technip
  • 2013-2015 - Massimo Fontolan, Saipem
  • 2011-2012 - Andy Woolgar, Subsea 7
  • 2009-2010 - Johan Rasmussen, Acergy
  • 2007-2008 - Knut Boe, Technip
  • 2005-2006 - Frits Janmaat, Allseas Group
  • 2003-2004 - Steve Preston, Heerema Marine Contractors
  • 2001-2002 - John Smith, Halliburton Subsea/Subsea 7
  • 1999-2000 - Donald Carmichael, Coflexip Stena Offshore
  • 1997-1998 - Hein Mulder, Heerema Marine Contractors
  • 1995-1996 - Derek Leach, Coflexip Stena Offshore

 

Secretariat

For over a quarter of a century the Association and its predecessors has had a secretariat to provide administrative support and co-ordination for IMCA's committee-based work programme.

Since 1997 a secretariat in London has provided full-time member support, expanding in line with the association's membership and widening work programme.

Leading Secretariat Personnel


  • 2015- Allean Leatt
    IMCA Chief Executive
  • 2015- Richard Benzie
  • Technical Director
  • 2013-2015 Chris Charman
  • IMCA Chief Executive
  • 2002-2012 Hugh Williams
    IMCA Chief Executive
  • 1997-2015 Jane Bugler
    First IMCA Technical Director
  • 1997-2002 - Tony Read
    First IMCA Chief Executive
  • 1990-97 - Chris Jenman, Global Maritime
    Secretary of DPVOA; then of IMCA Marine Division
  • 1977-97 - Tom Hollobone, OBE
    Secretary of AODC; then Secretary of IMCA