Our Industry

Industry scene
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The marine construction industry supports a number of industries of significant economic value and GDP contributors in many countries. The offshore oil and gas market is the largest and enables the exploration, development and production of a sizeable proportion of the world’s oil and gas reserves. Within the offshore oil and gas sector there are numerous market segments and specialist niches where our members are active. In addition, the offshore renewables industry is an important adjacent market, together with the transoceanic communications sector. All share the common need to install assets and equipment on the seabed, often in remote and demanding environments.

Marine contractors use an advanced and diverse fleet of specialist vessels to undertake construction, inspection, repair and maintenance of platforms, subsea structures and pipelines and in support of other offshore operations.

From these vessels, an assortment of specialist equipment is used, such as: pipe laying systems; wellhead control umbilical and cable installation systems; and large cranes and related equipment to install heavy subsea production equipment. In addition, there is a whole array of robotic technology and diving technology to facilitate intervention in deep water.

The supply side of the industry varies from large, integrated contractors providing a full range of services on a global scale to smaller, specialised contractors focusing on specific technical or geographic markets. Supporting all contractors is a wide range of suppliers with an equally wide range of products and services.

Visit the membership directory to find out more about the companies IMCA represents.