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Updated IMCA Competition Law Compliance Policy

IMCA has updated its Competition Law Compliance Policy, which can now be found here. The original document has served us well since December 2003, but the latest version tightens up certain language in-line with current practice.

Making Waves #77 – December 2015

Highlights from issue 77 of Making Waves include: IMCA goes back to basics at its Annual Seminar Meet the Association’s new leaders: Allen Leatt, Chief Executive, and Richard Benzie, Technical Director Decommissioning opportunities open up Insight from an IMCA member, who switched from offshore oil and gas to insurance underwriting A report on the hot topics at NUI’s 2015 diving seminar

IMCA publishes report on Mini RadaScan system for DP operations

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world. IMCA has published a report, IMCA M 229 ‘Mini RadaScan microwave radar sensor for dynamic positioning operations’ to provide an overview of the Mini RadaScan system. “Every measurement technology is bound by limitations (i.e. physics) and external factors (e.g. signal obstruction, solar activity, weather, sea conditions, range), which makes it difficult for one technology to cover all applications and uninterrupted

IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting in Bergen

Three members of the technical team at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be attending the association’s Europe & Africa Section Meeting, which features eight highly relevant presentations being given by key offshore industry players, on Tuesday 24 November at the Clarion Bergen Airport Hotel. IMCA’s new Technical Director Richard Benzie and Technical Advisers Emily Comyn and Peter Sieniewicz will be at the meeting which is open to members and guests. The meeting will be opened by Pascal Grosjean, IMCA’s Europe & Africa Section Chairman. A range of presentations will be given during the day-long meeting scheduled to close

IMCA publishes shared use of sensors guidance

Two documents on the shared use of sensors have been revised and merged to form one common document recently published by the International Marine Contractors Association as IMCA S023 ‘Guidelines on the shared use of sensors for survey and positioning purposes’. Download this new document by clicking here. The document reaches the conclusion that provided an appropriate and adequate risk assessment is undertaken and procedures to mitigate risks are in place using the guidance given in the new document, the shared use of sensors for different applications should not present any operational issues. Nevertheless, it is vitally important that vessel

IMCA Europe & Africa Section Meeting in Bergen

Three members of the technical team at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be attending the association’s Europe & Africa Section Meeting, which features eight highly relevant presentations being given by key offshore industry players, on Tuesday 24 November at the Clarion Bergen Airport Hotel. IMCA’s new Technical Director Richard Benzie and Technical Advisers Emily Comyn and Peter Sieniewicz will be at the meeting which is open to members and guests. The meeting will be opened by Pascal Grosjean, IMCA’s Europe & Africa Section Chairman. A range of presentations will be given during the day-long meeting scheduled to close

IMCA's Asia-Pacific Section meeting scheduled for Kuala Lumpur

Following an early morning closed meeting of the Asia-Pacific Section for voting members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday 19 November, at 10:00 the meeting, being held at the Novotel Kuala Lumpur, will be thrown open to all members and guests. Following a world-wide update on the work of IMCA’s two core and four technical divisions – Competence & Training; Safety, Environmental & Legislation; Diving; Marine; Offshore Survey; and Remote Systems & ROV – being given by relevant committee members; and an international regulatory update, there will be presentations on ‘The search for Malaysian

IMCA holding South America Section meeting in Rio

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will hold a South America Section meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday 10 November at the Novotel Santos Dumont in Rio de Janeiro. Registration for this free-to-attend event is through events@imca-int.com Central to the meeting will be a presentation on IMCA M149, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) and an update by IMCA’s Technical Adviser, Chris Baldwin on the Accredited Vessel Inspector Scheme run in association with the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) http://cmidvesselinspectors.com/. There are now well over a hundred accredited vessel inspectors in over 20 countries. Updates on the IMCA’s general

International Marine Contractors Association annual seminar opens in Dubai

Over 325 marine contracting specialists and their oil company clients from 30 countries are in Abu Dhabi this week for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar which opens tomorrow (27 October) at the Jumeirah At Etihad Towers. With its theme ‘A health check for the marine contracting industry‘ the two-day seminar tackles topics such as: the challenge of adding value not cost; the latest operational and technological advances in the fields of marine, diving, ROV and offshore survey; and discusses the need to get back-to-basics to operate safely and efficiently in difficult economic times. This year’s seminar has

Closer collaboration between IMCA and ICES

Two recent events have highlighted how the International Marine Contractors Association and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) are working closely to promote the importance of hydrographic and civil engineering surveying in the marine environment and the competency of their respective members. Under the terms of the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by both organisations, offshore survey personnel who have completed competence portfolios based on the IMCA framework can use this as a demonstration of their competence for membership of ICES. Likewise IMCA will promote recognition of the competence of ICES members to its international offshore contractor

Unofficial ROV technician accreditation

A number of individuals have contacted the IMCA secretariat over the last few months seeking clarity on their ROV technician competency and operator grade status. Almost all wish to get guidance on how to acquire IMCA certification or accreditation for their ROV skills, grade or position in their company. Please be aware that IMCA does not issue certification or accreditation for any ROV technician competence listed in our competence framework, or any other company or training provider competence framework. For further information, download information note IMCA R 05/15.

Under a month to go until IMCA's annual seminar

DIARY DATE Event: IMCA Annual Seminar 2015 Theme: A Health Check for the Marine Contracting Industry Dates: 27-28 October 2015 Venue: Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE Sponsors: Northern Marine Manning Services, TPSMI, JFD, DP & Marine Assurance Norway AS, and Promar Further information:www.imca-int.com/events/annual-seminar-2015 and events@imca-int.com UNDER A MONTH TO GO UNTIL IMCA’S ANNUAL SEMINAR Following the success of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar in London in 2014, the 19th IMCA Annual Seminar with its topical theme: ‘A health check for the marine contracting industry’, will be held at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

New Technical Adviser appointed at IMCA

John Bradshaw has joined the technical team at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as a Technical Adviser. Eight Technical Advisers work with the Association’s Technical Director, Technical Manager and technical committees from the global membership formulating IMCA’s work programme and developing guidance documents and reports aimed at increasing safety and efficiency within the industry. John joins from Lloyd’s Register where initially in 2011 he was Lead Technical Specialist, and from April 2014 took on the role of Principal Technical Specialist, developing rules and regulations for the safe construction and classification of ships and providing engineering consulting services. During his

IMCA publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors, the latest is the series is ‘IMCA Renewables Contracting Principles’ which can be downloaded from the Safety and Legislation section of the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com. “Each of our Contracting Principles’ documents (of which there are now five in addition to a discussion document and other associated documentation) is published as an aide to clients and contractors alongside their in-house

IMCA Central & North America Section meeting in Houston

The next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Central & North America Section will be held Thursday 24 September 2015 at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel. The meeting will start at 08:30 and finish with lunch at 12:00. Registration is essential via events@imca-int.com In addition to general updates on IMCA activity, including reports from the Section’s world-wide committee representatives and discussion of core activity issues relevant to members in the Central and North America region; and a similar update on technical division issues, there will be a presentation on an industry topic. Peter Wallace of the BG

IMCA Central & North America Section meeting in Houston

The next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Central & North America Section will be held Thursday 24 September 2015 at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel. The meeting will start at 08:30 and finish with lunch at 12:00. Registration is essential via events@imca-int.com In addition to general updates on IMCA activity, including reports from the Section’s world-wide committee representatives and discussion of core activity issues relevant to members in the Central and North America region; and a similar update on technical division issues, there will be a presentation on an industry topic. Peter Wallace of the BG

Making Waves #76 – September 2015

Highlights from issue 76 of Making Waves include: IMCA celebrates two decades: and looks to what’s on the horizon next A farewell to Jane Bugler An introduction to, and special editorial from, the new IMCA president: Bruno Faure A feature on the downturn in the OSV market Updates on key IMCA projects: DP, CMID and AVIs

IMCA names new Chief Executive

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Allen Leatt as Chief Executive. He will be joining on 1 October 2015 from Subsea 7 where he has been Senior VP for Engineering and Project Management. Looking forward to joining IMCA with its thousand-plus member companies in over 60 countries at a challenging time for the industry, Allen said he is”delighted to be joining IMCA and determined to strengthen and build upon the organisation’s special position in the marine contracting industry”. Allen has over 30 years’ international experience in the marine contracting business with leading companies including Subsea 7, Acergy and

New Technical Director appointed for IMCA

Richard Benzie has been appointed Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to replace Jane Bugler who retires at the end of this month (September 2015) after 18 years in the role. He will join IMCA in the near future. “More than any other individual past or present, Jane’s name is synonymous with the IMCA brand and the objectives of the association. Replacing Jane is therefore a big challenge, but one that I relish.” says Richard.”In these testing times for our industry I am delighted to be joining an organisation I know well, whose track record I respect,

CMID inspector scheme reaches a milestone … and so does CMID

The CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) Vessel Inspector Scheme has reached a milestone with the hundredth Vessel Inspector application having been received. The Inspectors accredited so far are based in over 20 countries, with both the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) actively promoting the scheme globally. IMCA has also announced that CMID Version 9 will go live on 7 September. IMCA and the IIMS have released dates for CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) Vessel Inspector Scheme Database Workshop Training Courses in Aberdeen, UK; Liverpool, UK; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Shanghai, China; Amsterdam, the