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Looking back to drive IMCA forward

IMCA Chief Executive Allen Leatt speaks to the Offshore Support Journal (December 2017) on the impact of the current oil price on the wider industry, IMCA and its planned strategic direction. Read the full article below (page 47):

IMCA MEI Business Development Adviser receives Life Time Achievement Award

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Capt Chris Rodricks has been awarded a prestigious Life Time Achievement Award at the Indywood Maritime Excellence Awards. Chris, recently appointed as IMCA’s business development adviser for the Middle East & India, was presented with the honour by the principal guest at the event Mohammed Ibrahim Alqahthani of Saudi Aramco. Mohammed Ibrahim Alqahthani presents the award to Chris Rodricks The Indywood Maritime Excellence Awards are organised in association with the International Maritime Club and are designed to recognise and facilitate efforts made by maritime organisations and personalities towards the development of their sector. IMCA’s

Publication ordering made simple at IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) website now includes the new IMCA Store for online ordering. Implementation of the system sees the catalogue of logbooks, competence records and other printed items all available ensuring that members around the world can place and pay for orders at their convenience. The IMCA Store features both a secure online payment system through PayPal and automatic calculation of delivery costs to the country of choice. We trust that our members will find this online system to be an efficient and seamless way of purchasing our publications.

Changes to IMCA IT services team

IMCA has appointed Adam Hugo as its new IT Services Supervisor & System Developer. In this role, he is responsible for the support and continuous improvement of a variety of services, including: the secretariat IT network; SharePoint sites used by committees and workgroups; and the eCMID vessel inspection system. The developer aspect of the role encompasses our website, with new features in the pipeline, expanded use of SharePoint functionality; making more efficient use of IMCA data; and liaising with the external eCMID development team. Adam previously worked for IMCA from 1998 to 2010, mainly in the role of Support Services

New Head of Communications at IMCA

Achilleas Georgiou has been appointed Head of Communications at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and joined the association on 27 November. “I am delighted to welcome Achilleas to IMCA,” said Allen Leatt, IMCA’s Chief Executive. “He will report to me and use his wealth of experience and proven track record of success in managing communications in the marine contracting and related industries to help raise IMCA’s profile. This will enable us to influence and shape the marine energy industry, and thus become a leading voice for our members – offshore, marine and underwater engineering contractors in more than 60

Middle East & India Appointment Made by IMCA

Chris Rodricks has been appointed in a business development role for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in their Middle East & India Region. “Chris is well known to IMCA and its members, having been Chairman of our Middle East & India Region for the past six years, until his retirement as Managing Director of Seamec earlier this year,” explains IMCA’s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt. “He is a Master Mariner by professional background, and has had a long and distinguished career in operational and management roles with leading industry names such as India Steamship, Essar Shipping, GAL Offshore, Seabulk Offshore;

Middle East & India appointment made by IMCA

Chris Rodricks has been appointed in a business development role for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in their Middle East & India Region. “Chris is well known to IMCA and its members, having been Chairman of our Middle East & India Region for the past six years, until his retirement as Managing Director of Seamec earlier this year,” explains IMCA’s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt. “He is a Master Mariner by professional background, and has had a long and distinguished career in operational and management roles with leading industry names such as India Steamship, Essar Shipping, GAL Offshore, Seabulk Offshore;

Final five IMCA safety videos and pocket cards available

The suite of 15 new safety training videos and associated pocket cards has now been completed by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The final five videos and cards in the ‘Be prepared to work safely‘ series are now available. “There was very positive feedback to the first ten duo of videos and pocket cards and we are delighted to be able to launch the final five in the series in the knowledge that they will help to keep safety in the forefront of the minds of our members’ workforce,” explains Richard Benzie, IMCA’s Technical Director. “The five latest videos

Reminder of changes to the eCMID system from 1 January 2018

Report format From 1 January 2018, IMCA will only recognise formal inspection reports conducted using its eCMID database, meaning that reports not uploaded into the database will no longer be considered by IMCA to be authorised vessel inspection reports. The whole eCMID system is now based on the principles described in the ISO 19011 – Guidance for auditing management systems – standard and is aligned with other comparable industry guidance on safety management system assurance. Accredited Vessel Inspector requirement From the same date, only Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) will be able to use the inspector functionality in the IMCA eCMID

IMCA revises subsea metrology guidance

Subsea metrology procedures are expanding rapidly to provide ever higher accuracy solutions, so the publication by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) of a revised version of ‘Guidance on subsea metrology‘ (IMCA S 019 Rev. 1) is both highly relevant and timely. The objective of subsea metrology is to determine accurately the relative horizontal and vertical distance between subsea assets, as well as their relative heading and attitude. Most commonly this is for pipeline connections and the document uses this work as an example throughout. The information determined by subsea metrology is then used by pipeline engineers to design a

Making Waves 84 – September 2017

In this edition of IMCA’s newsletter, Making Waves, we have a feature article on the decommissioning of the Brent Delta platform, including a world record lift as the topsides were brought ashore by the Pioneering Spirit and an interview with Allseas project manager, Evert van Herel. Other highlights of issue 84 include: Reports from successful hub events in Amsterdam Environmental issues and ‘green leadership’ Changes to the eCMID system from 1 January 2018 New safety videos Successful work with developers of a new standard on gas cylinder examination and testing All the usual updates on documentation, events and membership.

IMCA and OCIMF Cyber Security Seminar during London International Shipping Week

Just how easy is it to hack into a ship control system? Delegates at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) Cyber Security Seminar ‘Ship control systems: ‘Designed in’ cyber security protection should be standard‘, being held on 12 September during London International Shipping Week, will be able to find out during the post-conference reception. “Informed knowledge suggests ‘Don’t think ­if I get hacked; think when I get hacked’ – we must all be prepared for those ‘when’ moments and know what action we can take. Forewarned is forearmed,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Richard

Strategic appointment made by IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced that David Bloom has been appointed as director for client engagement. He will be supporting the Association in developing and expanding its engagement with oil companies and the broader industry. “I am delighted to be welcoming David Bloom to IMCA. He is an exceptionally well-known and respected business development executive within the oil and gas industry,” explains IMCA’s CEO Allen Leatt. “During our strategic review earlier this year we recognised the engagement of our members’ clients as an important area to develop further. David has all the credentials to build those channels

IMCA welcomes UK Home Office decision

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the extension by the Home Office until 21 October 2018 of the concession to UK immigration rules concerning workers joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects. As noted by IMCA in June, IMCA welcomes and applauds the Home Office’s pragmatic response to the voice and needs of industry in addressing this issue. This decision has provided clarity and certainty in planning and executing existing projects, which are critical to delivering renewable energy capacity in the UK, and allows time for industry to adjust to the new regime.

IMCA joins World Federation of Pipe Line Industry Associations

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has become a Sister Association member of the World Federation of Pipe Line Industry Associations (WFPIA). WFPIA provides a platform for collaboration amongst the associations related in one way or another to the onshore and offshore construction of international and regional oil, gas, water and slurry pipelines. Sister Associations form part of the WFPIA and meet at each other’s annual conferences or conventions.  Members cover global pipeline interests as well as those specifically involved with activities in Australia, Canada, North America, UK, and Russia. “There is synergy between the work of WFPIA and IMCA’s

Instant access to IMO dynamic positioning guidelines from the IMCA website

It was in March 2015 that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to use the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) proposals as the basis for the review of the IMO Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems (MSC/Circ.645). Now that IMO has published the update (MSC/Circ.1580), IMCA has consolidated the guidance into document 245 IMO which is quickly and easily accessible on the IMCA website at https://www.imca-int.com/publications/425/guidelines-vessels-units-dynamic-positioning-dp-systems-msc-1circ-1580/, together with the original guidance contained in 113 IMO which is at https://www.imca-int.com/publications/76/guidelines-for-vessels-with-dynamic-positioning-systems-msc-circular-645/. The Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning systems (MSC/Circ.645) were approved by MSC 63 in May 1994 to provide the

IMCA publishes ROV personnel and vehicle statistics

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has long collected information both on personnel working on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and also on the types of ROV in operation. There has now been a thorough reassessment of the original reported data going back to 2010 in order to identify long-term trends. IMCA ROV statistics for 2016 As Richard Benzie, IMCA’s Technical Director explains: “There has been a clear fall in the number of ROV personnel at work, and the number of vehicles in use since 2015 due to current economic conditions. IRM work has seen the greatest relative reduction, but drill

IMCA Asia-Pacific regional meeting taking place in Kuala Lumpur

The next International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Asia-Pacific regional meeting for members and invited guests will take place on Tuesday 29 August from 09:00 in Kuala Lumpur at the Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The meeting will be attended by IMCA’s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt, and will include technical presentations including Jaap Zwicker of Heerema Marine Contractors talking about ‘Today’s World: Dealing with $50 oil’; Subsea 7’s Martin Smart looking at ‘Safety on mega projects: Examples from Gorgon’; and Edgare Kerkwijk of the Asia Wind Energy Association covering ‘Outlook for Asia Pac wind industry’. The meeting provides delegates with a