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IMCA and OCIMF staging cyber security seminar for London International Shipping Week

The need for cyber security and understanding possible risks is a growing concern across all industries and sectors.  As part of London International Shipping Week the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) are holding a Cyber Security Seminar on 12 September. With the overall theme ‘Ship control systems: ‘Designed in’ cyber security protection should be standard’ the afternoon seminar will focus on cyber security requirements for vessel operators dealing with third party access to vessel systems. Being held at the De Vere Conference Rooms in Canary Wharf, London it will examine the issues surrounding third

2017 IMCA Lifting & Rigging Seminar Presentations Now Online

The presentations from the 2017 International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Lifting & Rigging Seminar with its theme ‘Slings and rigging: ‘The soft revolution’’ held on 14 June at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol are now online, as is a full report on the seminar and details of the workshops held as an integral part of the day. Eighty-five members and guests attended the seminar, which 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

2017 IMCA Lifting & Rigging Seminar presentations now online

The presentations from the 2017 International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Lifting & Rigging Seminar with its theme ‘Slings and rigging: ‘The soft revolution” held on 14 June at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol are now online, as is a full report on the seminar and details of the workshops held as an integral part of the day. Eighty-five members and guests attended the seminar, which 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

IMCA Diving Seminar and DMAC Workshop to be Held

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the Diving Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC) are staging a two-day IMCA Diving Seminar and DMAC Workshop in London on 25-26 September 2017 that will present a number of topics of interest to the global offshore diving community. The event, being held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Great Queen Street, London WC2, will focus most closely on certain medical issues currently considered particularly relevant to IMCA Diving Division members. There will be three sessions spread over two days, with the first two sessions comprising a DMAC Workshop – the first since

Call for papers for joint SUT/THSiS/IMCA seminar ‘The Leading Edge Of Value-Based Subsea Inspection’

A call for papers has been issued for the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), the Hydrographic Society in Scotland and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) joint seminar, which this year has the theme ‘The Leading Edge of Value-Based Subsea Inspection’.  It is available at www.sut.org/event/call-for-papers-the-leading-edge-of-value-based-subsea-inspection/. The seminar will be held in Aberdeen on 1 November 2017. Much like other industries the members of the three bodies have experienced a tremendous rate of development in technological capability which has enhanced the efficiency of their operations. These include a significant decline in the cost of data processing and storage; miniaturisation of

IMCA welcomes the UK Home Office concession

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the short term concession by the Home Office to immigration rules concerning seafarers joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects. However, IMCA notes that the recent change by the Home Office of immigration control over such seafarers (to resume after 21 October 2017) is a deviation from decades of common practice and is causing real operational difficulties. Consequently, IMCA would encourage the Home Office to reach out to industry in order that its new application of the legal framework relating to seafarers can be introduced in a way

Making Waves 83 – June 2017

In this edition of IMCA’s newsletter, Making Waves, we have an interview with Kitack Lim – Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as IMCA steps up its representation of the marine contracting sector at IMO and with regulators around the world. Other highlights of issue 83 include: Meet the new IMCA President – Harke Jan Meek of Heerema Marine Contractors New initiatives announced following a strategic review Safety statistics published and safety flash changes coming Regulatory briefing from IMO, ILO, the US (Jones Act) and Brussels All the usual updates on documentation, events and membership.

What will power shipping in 2050?

Eleni Antoniadou, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Adviser at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) was one of 19 experts asked by KNect365 Maritime “What will power shipping in 2050?” The answers appear on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. This followed a previous blog post last year on shipping companies’ potential to ‘go green’ to which Eleni also contributed. “I was delighted to be asked to contribute to both KNect365 Maritime articles and make predictions on which alternative fuel would see the largest growth by 2050. A paper published last year from Dr Nishatabbas Rehmatulla of University College London Energy Institute provided

Two Hghly Topical Presentations at IMCA Europe & Africa Region Meeting

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) members and guests attending the association’s Europe & Africa Region meeting at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Tuesday 13 June will hear two highly topical presentations. The first by Evert van Herel, Project Manager of Allseas will focus on ‘Brent Delta removal, the end of an era’; the second by Alan MacLeay from Seaway Heavy Lifting will provide an update on the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project. Early May saw Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit lift the 24,000 tonne Brent Delta platform topsides from its legs and transport it from 115 miles north east of Shetland to

Two highly topical presentations at IMCA Europe & Africa region meeting

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) members and guests attending the association’s Europe & Africa Region meeting at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Tuesday 13 June will hear two highly topical presentations. The first by Evert van Herel, Project Manager of Allseas will focus on ‘Brent Delta removal, the end of an era’; the second by Alan MacLeay from Seaway Heavy Lifting will provide an update on the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project. Early May saw Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit lift the 24,000 tonne Brent Delta platform topsides from its legs and transport it from 115 miles north east of Shetland to

Duo of Amsterdam-based IMCA seminars

Close on 200 delegates are expected at two seminars being held next week in Amsterdam by the International Marine Contractors (IMCA). The 2017 IMCA Lifting and Rigging Seminar with its theme ‘Slings and rigging: ‘The soft revolution” will be held on 14 June at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol as will the the two-day IMCA Marine Seminar (14 and 15 June) with its theme ‘Practical vessel assurance for safe & efficient operations’. The annual Lifting & Rigging seminars (formerly the Rope Forum seminars), chaired by David Cannell of TechnipFMC, have long proved a good way of encouraging discussion on issues affecting the industry;

IMCA Announces New President

In accordance with its constitution, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announces that Bruno Faure (TechnipFMC), having completed his two-year term of office, has stepped down as President of IMCA; he remains on the Board of the association. Harke Jan Meek , Chief Commercial Officer at Heerema Marine Contractors, now becomes IMCA’s new President and Chairman of the Board, and Iain Grainger, Vice President Commercial at McDermott International Inc. becomes the new IMCA Vice President. In addition, well known industry executive Frits Janmaat, who has been a Council member of IMCA since its formation in 1995, has stepped down from

IMCA aims to set the Jones Act record straight

On May 10, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Customs Bulletin & Decisions, Vol. 51, No. 19, ‘Withdrawal of Proposed Modification and Revocation of Ruling Letters Relating to Customs Application of the Jones Act to the Transportation of Certain Merchandise and Equipment Between Coastwise Points‘.  The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) immediately welcomed this Decision and noted that it would protect the economy of the United States and protect against significant American job losses in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).  This Decision represents a pivotal step in protecting the U.S. National economy by promoting the offshore oil and

The real facts related to CBP's recent decision to withdraw its Jones Act proposal

On May 10, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued Customs Bulletin & Decisions, Vol. 51, No. 19, “Withdrawal of Proposed Modification and Revocation of Ruling Letters Relating to Customs Application of the Jones Act to the Transportation of Certain Merchandise and Equipment Between Coastwise Points.”  The International Marine Contractors Association (“IMCA”) immediately welcomed this Decision and noted that it would protect the economy of the United States and protect against significant American job losses in the Gulf of Mexico (“GOM”).  This Decision represents a pivotal step in protecting the U.S. National economy by promoting the offshore oil and

IMCA makes North America appointment

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the appointment of Eric Roan as its regulatory representative in North America. “I am very pleased to welcome an experienced professional with the stature and credentials of Eric on to the IMCA bench,” says Allen Leatt. “He will play a key role in our dialogue with industry regulators and within our extensive network of members in the United States.” Based in Houston, Texas, Eric has worked in a variety of regulatory compliance and advocacy roles for several oil companies and drilling contractors in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  He has over 20

IMCA supports CBP decision on Jones Act

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes withdrawal of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notice to revoke and modify rulings relating to offshore vessels under the Jones Act. Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of IMCA, explains: “Members of the International Marine Contractors Association with vessels active in U.S. waters, together with their clients, welcome the decision by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency to withdraw its proposed revocation of longstanding decisions made over the last 40 years concerning the Jones Act. The proposals, which would have represented a major change in maritime policy if enacted, had been forecast

IMCA engages in seafarers' wages payment during piracy at ILO meetings

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) actively participated, on behalf of the Maritime Employers’ Group, in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC), established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for seafarers. The Working Group’s meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 April 2017. It brought together over 150 representatives from Governments, employers’ organisations and seafarers’ associations, officials from ILO, IMO and civil society organisations to examine issues related to the protection of seafarers’ wages when the seafarer is held captive on

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 1 day to go

Myth – U.S. coastwise marine service companies will fill the gap in the market with U.S. coastwise qualified vessels The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 2 days to go

Myth – Only the inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) market is affected The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017 and it is crammed with information and

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 3 days to go

Myth – Jones Act waivers The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017 and it is crammed with information and facts and figures showing that the U.S.