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IMCA revises 'Guidelines for The Use Of Multibeam Echosounders for Offshore Survey'

‘Guidelines for the Use of Multibeam Echosounders for Offshore Surveys’ (IMCA S 003 Rev 2) has been extensively revised by members of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Offshore Survey Division Management Committee, to bring it up-to-date with current technology and practice, and is now available for downloading free of charge for members and non-members alike from the IMCA website. Printed copies of the 54-page document, which draws heavily on a number of existing standards and published papers, (by persons eminent in their particular fields), are available from publications@imca-int.com at £20 for members and £40 for non-members. “The growth in

IMCA publishes revisions of two important diving guidance documents

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published revisions of two important diving publications – Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for Mobile/Portable Surface Supplied Systems (IMCA D 040 Rev 1) and Mobile/Portable/Daughtercraft Surface Supplied Systems (IMCA D 015 Rev 1). Both documents can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website, with printed copies available for purchase from the association. “Our diving guidance documents are used throughout the world, indeed often use of them is a requirement for diving contractors responding to a tender,” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director and Acting Chief Executive.”The DESIGN series of

IMCA to stage competence seminar in Aberdeen

‘Effective competence solutions’ is the theme of an International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Competence and Training Seminar to be held in Aberdeen on Wednesday 2 September 2015. It is aimed at competence and training (C&T) representatives and their offshore personnel as well as oil company representatives and providers of C&T solutions; members and other interested parties can attend the full day event free-of-charge, but need to register at www.imca-int.com/events/competence-workshop. “Competence & Training is an IMCA core activity, and the our competence assurance and assessment guidance provides members with a framework for creating their own in-house schemes for assessing and recording

Successful IMCA Introduction for Singapore’s Denis Welch

Denis Welch was appointed the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Regional Director for Asia-Pacific in Autumn 2014 to ensure that the association has an increasingly active presence in this key offshore oil and gas areas of the world, an area where nearly 25% of IMCA member companies are based. He looks back over the period since his appointment was publicly announced at IMCA’s Annual Seminar in London in late November 2014: “I’m a fully paid-up member of the Asian marine community which is centred on Singapore – my home for the past nine years. I was privileged to be offered

IMCA playing a key role in offshore wind safety

The Offshore Renewable Workgroup of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA|) is one of the association’s best attended workgroups, and the level of enthusiasm is not only seeing an increasing number of highly relevant guidance documents being published, but has gained IMCA a seat at the UK HSE GB ‘Offshore Wind Industry Leaders Workshop’ in Bootle in November. “There is no doubt that the Offshore Renewables Workgroup, under the dynamic chairmanship of Alan MacLeay of Subsea 7/Seaway Heavy Lifting, is extremely proactive and producing some highly relevant documents,” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director and Acting Chief Executive.”It is vital

Programme launched for IMCA annual seminar 2015 in Abu Dhabi

How fit for purpose are the practices and technologies we employ in our industry? asks the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in launching the programme for the 19th IMCA Annual Seminar. This year’s event, being held 27-28 October in Abu Dhabi, has the theme ‘A Health Check for the Marine Contracting Industry’ and will see speakers tackling 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 discuss the need to get back to basics to operate safely and efficiently in difficult

IMCA publishes world-wide ROV statistics for 2014

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) 2014 survey of remotely operated vehicle (ROV)s, and ROV personnel reveals that in February 2014 a total of 3,369 ROV personnel (superintendents, supervisors, pilot techs and other offshore ROV support personnel) were working, and in August the total figure was 3,617. The total number of ROVs in February was 677 and in August 726. These figures compare with 3,663 personnel in February 2013 and 3,962 in August 2013; and 580 ROVs in February 2013 and 636 in August 2013. The types of ROV in operation are broken down using the classes of ROV defined

New President for IMCA

Bruno Faure, Group Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations at Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry, has taken over the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the association representing the interests of over a thousand offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies in more than 60 countries. In addition to becoming President of IMCA, having served as Vice President of IMCA since September 2014, he also becomes Chairman of the association’s Overall Management Committee (OMC). “We welcome Bruno as our President and OMC Chairman for the next two

IMCA to run cyber security workshop

IMCA to Run Cyber Security Workshop The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), in conjunction with the Security Association for the Marine Industry (SAMI), is holding a Cyber Security Workshop on Wednesday 9 September 2015, during London International Shipping Week (LISW) on board HQS Wellington moored on the River Thames. “The aim of the workshop is to provide those attending with the latest assessment and current trends in cyber security threat and to provide guidance on how to counter the threat posed by this potentially catastrophic 21st century security phenomenon,” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director and Acting Chief Executive. “The

IMCA establishes open forum for cross-industry input to key guidance documents

A number of guidance documents produced over the years by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) have been open during the consultation stage to views from across the wider industry. Now to make input easier an open forum has been added to the IMCA website where all with an interest in documents being currently being written or revised can play an active role. “The first two documents subject to our new ‘open forum’ consultation stage approach are IMCA M 103 – ‘Guidelines for the design and operation of dynamically positioned vessels’; and IMCA D 016 – ‘Underwater air lift bags’

IMCA’s Middle East & India meeting to be held in Doha

The next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association’s Middle East & India Section will take place in Doha, Qatar on 28 July. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. The half day meeting will include an update on IMCA’s activity both in general terms and looking at the activity of its two core and four technical divisions as well as a number of presentations including ‘Competency, Safety Culture and Training: what an Oil major expects from their Contractors’ to be delivered by Christiaan Keeval of Total Qatar. Fuller information on planned presentations will be available shortly on the IMCA

Two days of IMCA events in Vietnam

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has programmed two days of events in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 22 and 23 July. The first sees an afternoon’s ‘Vietnam Briefing’ open to IMCA members, and non-members including oil company representatives, contractors, consultants and all interested in the work of IMCA. The second combines the meeting of IMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section with an open session looking at key issues including competition law policy, IMCA activity worldwide, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID), regulatory update and presentations. “It is going to be a busy two days,” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director and

IMCA's Middle East & India meeting to be held in Doha

The next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association’s Middle East & India Section will take place in Doha, Qatar on 28 July. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. The half day meeting will include an update on IMCA’s activity both in general terms and looking at the activity of its two core and four technical divisions as well as a number of presentations including ‘Competency, Safety Culture and Training: what an Oil major expects from their Contractors’ to be delivered by Christiaan Keeval of Total Qatar. Fuller information on planned presentations will be available shortly on the IMCA

IMCA publishes annual safety and environmental statistics

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published its annual safety and environmental statistics. Drawn from 264 IMCA contractor members and based upon 798 million man-hours of work overall (558 million man-hours relating to offshore work) the 2014 dataset shows that the overall ‘flat line’ tendency in lagging safety indicators has continued in the longer term. “Direct causes of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) continue to be the ‘usual candidates’ – with struck by moving/falling objects the highest accounting for 110 incidents (26%); falls on the same level (including slips and trips) in second place with 88 incidents 21%) and struck

Two key positions to be filled at IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is advertising for two key positions – a Chief Executive Officer, and a Technical Director. Recruitment is now underway with CurzonTrinitas Ltd and details of both roles, necessary qualifications and how to apply can be found on the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com/vacancies. IMCA is the international trade association representing companies and organisations engaged in delivering offshore, marine and underwater solutions, and has over a thousand members in more than 60 countries. Its core purpose is improving performance in the marine contracting industry by championing better regulation and enhancing operational integrity The association has four

Making Waves #75 – June 2015

Making Waves 75 (PDF) Highlights from issue 75 of Making Waves include: Risky business: we tackle the issue of bribery in our industry, with some top tips from our membersA focus on European Shipping Week and special report on the latest range of legislative updatesThe accredited vessel inspector scheme goes liveIndia is the first to benefit from IMCA’s new global social eventsThe cycle of IMCA guidance: how you can get involved in the process of producing our publications

Competence Assurance and Assessment: Marine Roles for Small Workboats – guidance published by IMCA

Following a number of incidents involving small workboats operating in the wind farm sector during 2012 and 2013, a need was identified to set out the elements of competence required for crews operating and working on small workboats. ‘Guidance on Competence Assurance and Assessments: Marine Roles for Small Workboats’ (IMCA C 017) has now been published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). “For the purpose of our new guidance a small workboat is any vessel less than 200 gross tonnes,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director and Acting Chief Executive, Jane Bugler. “Working together, our Competence & Training Core Committee, Marine

Competence in the spotlight at IMCA Central & North America Section meeting

A series of presentations and discussions session on the all-important topic of competence will be held following the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Central & North America Section Meeting on 18 June at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel. The Competence Seminar, which takes place in the afternoon of 18 June is open to members, potential members and their guests includes a welcome and introduction by Neil Evans, IMCA Technical Adviser and presentations by Katie Hulin of Epic Divers on Establishing a Competence Management System; by IADC on Competence Assessment in the Drilling Industry; and ‘Impacts of SEMS on competence

IMCA South America Section meeting and Social in Macaé

The next South America Section meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be held 22 June in Macaé at the Mercure Macaé. The section meeting will incorporate a presentation and discussion session on the CMID Accredited Vessel Inspector Project, a presentation on competence and training and following the section meeting there will be a networking drinks reception at a nearby venue. Further information on both parts of the Macaé meeting, which is open to members , potential members and guests, is available from events@imca-int.com and free registration is online at www.imca-int.com The CMID Accredited Vessel Inspector Project The

CMID Accreditation Scheme update

Congratulations to Peter Solvang, Managing Director of DP & Marine Assurance Norway and Johan Bager, MD/Principal Surveyor at marine-surveyors.euon becoming some of the first CMID Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs). The new website is at http://cmidvesselinspectors.com with the registration application at https://www.ecmidvesselinspectors.com/cmid-accreditation-scheme/application-process/. The site includes full information on IMCA, IIMS, CMID, and on the CMID Accreditation Scheme, with sections on accreditation benefits, the application process, fees, frequently asked questions (FAQs), continuing professional development (CPD), and complaints and compliance. Then too there is a list of forthcoming CMID database workshops for Inspectors taking place in Aberdeen (1 September); Singapore (7 September); London