Eighty-five members and guests attended the IMCA Lifting & Rigging Seminar. This was a continuation of previous IMCA rope workshops, which focused on defining the issues related to high value subsea construction ropes. There was representation from rope manufacturers, rope users, third party assurance suppliers and academic development institutes.
This seminar was focused on high performance slings and grommets used for subsea construction, with the title ‘Slings and rigging – the soft revolution’ which indicated the steady move over the past five years from wire to high performance fibre based rigging. Topics covered included the current codes and standards (IMCA has published one of the main guidelines), operational experience, supplier updates and test house/academic studies.
After a welcome and introduction from David Cannell of TechnipFMC, the seminar chairman, there followed a number of presentations and workshops designed to present the latest status and understanding of the technology, to create discussions and to capture industry status and requirements (present and foreseen).