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Members support IMCA’s governance update

Corporate governance has been a topical subject in the commercial world for many years. Now the association world is catching up. One that has seized it with enthusiasm is the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) with the result that from New Year’s Day 2017 IMCA will have in place a new legal structure, a new operational structure, and new governance arrangements for running its committee structure. The new legal structure sees the formation of a new holding company limited by guarantee, the board of which becomes the governing body of the association, replacing the Council and Overall Management Committee. “Effective

Making Waves #81 – December 2016

This edition of IMCA’s newsletter, Making Waves, features a review of IMCA’s recent diving seminar, which took place in Aberdeen. The event focused on updates to IMCA’s DESIGN documents and the industry’s latest operational and technological approaches. Thanks to the considerable expertise in the room we made progress with an enormous range of topics over the course of the two days. Other highlights of issue 81 include: EGM supports IMCA governance update Security seminar urges members’ preparation IMCA’s Bryan McGlinchy talks under the ‘Spotlight’ on ‘the D 014 way’

IMCA turns out in force for Singapore-based Asia-Pacific Section meeting

The next Asia-Pacific Section meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will take place on Wednesday 30 November at the OSEA Exhibition & Conference in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. The day-long meeting will be attended by IMCA Chief Executive, ; Technical Director, Richard Benzie; and Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, Denis Welch. A cocktail reception will be held at the end of a stimulating day of presentations and updates on IMCA’s activities, its current work programme and matters of regional interest. “We are looking forward to meeting members from all over the Asia-Pacific region,” says Allen Leatt.

Overwhelming support for IMCA governance update

Further to our various communications (email, bulletins, Making Waves etc.) on the development of our governance programme this year, we are pleased to report to our members that the EGM, called by OMC, took place as planned on 9 November. The purpose of the meeting was to allow members to vote in person or by proxy on the proposed resolutions to incorporate the recommendations of the governance review and modify the legal structure of the association. In accordance with our constitution, an EGM is required to effect such changes via the voting process, which requires a simple majority of votes

IMCA publishes 2015 DP station keeping events and incidents report

The predominant main cause for dynamic positioning (DP) station keeping events and incidents for 2015 was thruster/propulsion, according to the recently published International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) ‘Dynamic Positioning Station Keeping Review: Incidents and events reported for 2015’ (M 233). This repeats the 2012, 2013 and 2014 findings. The second cause was ‘computer’ with ‘environment’ in third position, and ‘human factor’ and ‘power’ in joint fourth. For 2015 a total of 80 DP station keeping reports from 59 vessels were received from IMCA members, and others, operating DP vessels, giving an average of 1.36 reports per vessel. All have been

IMCA's Human Factors in Modern Maritime Security seminar

Registrations for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) forthcoming Security Seminar being held in London on Thursday 10 November are coming from home and overseas, from companies and individuals concerned about the human factors on security in key areas of the offshore marine contracting industry, both in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.Sponsored by Subsea 7, the event is a continuation of IMCA’s new series of mini-seminars – niche events tailored to tackle specific topics. Nicolas Krmic of Subsea 7, and IMCA’s Security Workgroup Chairman, will welcome delegates – primarily security professionals, vessel security managers, academics and

IMCA launches new series of regulatory update bulletins

Today’s regulatory agenda is being increasingly driven by environmental issues. Shipping is under increasing pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to contribute to global efforts to counter anthropogenic climate change. The pressure is unlikely to abate; on the contrary shipping should expect these pressures to increase. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), which has Observer status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has therefore launched a series of regular ‘Regulatory Update’ bulletins, the first of which is on the IMCA website, to keep members informed about regulatory developments. “Our Regulatory & Policy Affairs Team is committed to keeping the

IMCA to hold maritime security seminar

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is hosting a Security Seminar in London on Thursday 10 November which will focus on human factors in modern maritime security. Sponsored by Subsea 7 and Technip, the event is a continuation of IMCA’s new series of mini-seminars – niche events tailored to tackle specific topics. “The day-long seminar at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in South Kensington will provide an invaluable opportunity for all concerned to understand the impact of human factors on security in key areas of the offshore marine contracting industry – both in the oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors,”

IMCA publishes guidance on the manufacture and safe use of cable-laid slings and grommets

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance on the Manufacture and Safe Use of Cable-laid Slings and Grommets’ (IMCA M179). The guidance was prepared by a working group of experts, and is intended to provide assistance to those concerned with the use of cable-laid slings and grommets used in engineered lifts for offshore heavy lifting operations. The guidance gives advice on their construction, rating, testing, certification, examination and use. “‘Engineered lifts’ are those where the mass and centre of gravity of the lifted object is determined (i.e. calculated/measured) with extreme accuracy,”explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Richard Benzie. “Slings can

IMCA to stage Aberdeen-based diving seminar

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will host a Diving Seminar in Aberdeen on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 November. This event is a continuation of IMCA’s new series of mini-seminars – niche events tailored to tackle specific topics. Taking place at the Holiday Inn Aberdeen West the two-day Seminar is being held to present (and discuss) a number of proposed improvements to IMCA’s DESIGN (Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note) documents, including the creation of a standalone life support package (LSP) DESIGN document. Alan Forsyth, Director of HSE, Subsea 7 and Steve Sheppard, Offshore Services Manager, Helix ESG will

IMCA to Stage eCMID workshop During WindEnergy Hamburg

Improving eCMID report quality’ is the title of a workshop being held by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to coincide with WindEnergy Hamburg on Tuesday 27 September. The morning-long workshop will be held at Global Maritime’s Hamburg offices. IMCA’s Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) provides a standard format for inspection of offshore vessels. Its use helps promote safety and efficiency and is an aid in helping to reduce the number of repeat inspections on individual marine vessels. The eCMID database website enables vessel operators to allow potential clients access to completed eCMID reports. The workshop will include demonstrations, presentations

IMCA welcomes news of the Ballast Water Management Convention

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the news that the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017, and has produced a 12-point information sheet on the Convention for its members. The BWM Convention aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. It was Finland’s accession on 8 September this year that triggered the entry into force of the Convention in a year’s time. Under the Convention’s terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic

IMCA online document security update

IMCA has made improvements to better protect guidance documents in the members-only area of its website. IMCA’s online technical library is now only available to members logged in to the members’ area of the site. As part of the process, login credentials for all IMCA website users were also reset. New login details were issued to users on Friday 26 August, and old login details expired on Friday 9 September. If you have any questions regarding the improvements, or need assistance logging in to the site, please contact our Membership Services Group (details below). For further details, please see the

IMCA changes seminar format to suit members' requirements

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is moving away from its traditional one-off annual seminar format to a series of subject-specific technical seminars and workshops spread throughout the year Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive explains: “The large annual seminar has served our members well but now the market has changed and so has our approach. Our reasons are twofold – the current market environment, and the need expressed by our members and committee leadership team to have smaller niche events tailored to specific requirements. “We have listened to our members, and had great success with trialling the technical seminar concept

Making Waves #80 – September 2016

This edition of IMCA’s newsletter, Making Waves, features an in-depth look at how safety remains a top priority for IMCA and its members, even in difficult market conditions. We look at safety initiatives IMCA is currently working on for its members and recap some of the resources available to them. We hear from experts on IMCA’s SEL committee about why safety is so important to them, and how you can be involved in IMCA safety initiatives too. Other highlights of issue 80 include: A review of IMCA’s latest Rope Forum event which tackled rope discard criteria A preview of the

IMCA online document security update

IMCA is making improvements to better protect guidance documents in the members-only area of its website. When these changes are complete IMCA’s online technical library will only be available to members logged in to the members’ area of the site. As part of this process, we will also be resetting login credentials for all IMCA website users. New login details will be issued to users on Friday 26 August, and your old login details will expire on Friday 9 September. Please see the Q&A below for details. Why the change? Following a review of our compliance programme, we have concluded

15 new safety promotion videos to be launched by IMCA

The promotion of safe working practices is of paramount importance to the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and its members around the globe. Over a two year period, IMCA will be launching 15 short mini-videos, to complement the existing IMCA pocket cards, which will be revised at the same time. These are designed to cross all cultures, boundaries and backgrounds. All will feature a computer generated blue animated character, the first appearance of which was in IMCA’s ‘In the Line of Fire’ (SEL 036) and ‘Mooring Incidents’ (SEL 038) videos in 2014/2015. “It is important that safety videos set the

IMCA's guidance on open parachute type underwater air lift bags revised

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has revised IMCA D 016 ‘Guidance on open parachute type underwater air lift bags’. The new version is now ready for free downloading from the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com. The guidance addresses the initial and periodic examination, testing, certification and maintenance of open parachute-type underwater air lift bags used to lift submerged objects. It also addresses the operational use of these bags and the safety precautions that should be taken during their use. The principle major revisions in this fourth revision are to those sections dealing with the use of inverter lines and hold-back

eCMID Update #11 – August 2016

In this latest eCMID Update: Revised versions of CMID and MISW published Watermarking and report cyber security The AVI scheme: one year in Continuing professional development points at eCMID events What is coming next? Please click the ‘flipbook’ above to launcheCMID Updatein the viewer or download as a PDF for later reading and sharing.

IMCA's Asia-Pacific Section meeting to be held in Bangkok

A number of topical presentations will feature at the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Section meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), being held at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday 17 August. Hosted by Denis Welch, IMCA Regional Director Asia-Pacific, the meeting will feature four guest presentations: ‘Getting paid: Dealing with insolvency and payment risks” by Chanaka Kumarasinghe from Holman Fenwick Willan; Mike Meade of M3 Marine talking about IMCA’s M117 and DP focus workgroup; Richard Bowcutt of Rolls Royce looking at ‘Development of LNG as a fuel’; Jake Fichter of Mermaid Subsea Services talking on ‘Lean sigma