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IMCA members invited to take part in Quickfire ‘totally technology’ session at annual seminar

IMCA members can showcase their ideas and innovations to 300 industry leaders Submissions required by 30 September IMCA’s Annual Seminar – Working Together:Getting back to business – oil companies and contractors finding new ways of working – 28-29 November, The Hague, The Netherlands The Quickfire ‘Totally Technology’ session has been a regular feature at the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminars. An invitation is extended to all IMCA member companies to present their ideas and innovations to 300 industry leaders at the Annual Seminar taking place at the World Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 28 to 29

IMCA’s freelance personnel competence portfolio goes live

Helping freelance and agency professionals to demonstrate their experience and competence Freely available to all freelance personal and agency professionals Competence portfolios are increasingly important to potential employers. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has developed an electronic document that enables freelance or agency professionals to demonstrate their experience and competence. The IMCA freelance e-portfolio, made available initially for offshore survey roles in April 2018, provides competence assurance to contractors and their clients. Similar material for ROV personnel is being prepared for release before the end of 2018, and there is considerable interest in extending the concept for use by

Making Waves 87 – August 2018

In this edition of Making Waves, we feature the Hywind project in Scotland and the potential for floating wind farms. We also put eCMID in the spotlight with an interview with Stephen Birt of TechnipFMC – Chairman of IMCA’s Marine eCMID Committee. Other highlights in issue 87 include: Hyperbaric passive sampling IMO’s decision to review its Code of safety for diving systems IMO’s regulatory scoping exercise on maritime autonomous shipping IMCA events – Annual Seminar, Contracts & Insurance Seminar, and Lifting & Rigging Seminar Updates on dynamic positioning, reactivation of DP vessels and demonstrating competence.

IMCA Announces Programme for its Contracts & Insurance Seminar Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together

Experts from oil companies, contractors and the legal and insurance sectors to share their thoughts and opinions on Working Together The share of risks and liabilities requires new ways of oil companies and contractors working together in sensible and pragmatic ways The full programme for ‘Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together’, the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Contracts & Insurance Seminar has been published. Being held on the afternoon of 20 September at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, it will be chaired by Nathalie Louys, Chair of IMCA’s Contracts & Insurance Committee and Subsea 7’s General

IMCA announces programme for its Contracts & Insurance Seminar Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together

Experts from oil companies, contractors and the legal and insurance sectors to share their thoughts and opinions on Working Together The share of risks and liabilities requires new ways of oil companies and contractors working together in sensible and pragmatic ways The full programme for ‘Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together’, the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Contracts & Insurance Seminar has been published. Being held on the afternoon of 20 September at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, it will be chaired by Nathalie Louys, Chair of IMCA’s Contracts & Insurance Committee and Subsea 7’s General

Diving supervisor certification exams

IMCA has temporarily suspended diving supervisor certification exams in Mumbai due to concerns over the probity of certain examinations undertaken in the Mumbai area. An investigation is underway, and a number of air diving supervisor certificates have been suspended. If any diving contractor member has any doubts on the currency of any diving supervisor certificate number, please contact [email]certification@imca-int.com[/email].  

IMCA responds to growth of the marine renewable energy sector

Toolbox talks prompt guidelines planned for marine operations Guidance on use of immersion suits when transferring from vessels at sea The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is responding to the growth of involvement by its members in the marine renewable energy sector. IMCA’s Technical Adviser – Marine, Captain Andy Goldsmith said: “IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy Committee has been busy responding to the needs of our members in this growing sector. The Committee interacts directly with field developers, suppliers and regulators within the offshore renewable energy sector. It ensures that IMCA represents marine contractors in this sector and that its members

IMCA issues reactivation of DP vessels after layup information note

Focused information note produced for professionals charged with reactivation Reactivated DP vessels can enter service in better condition than pre-layup Following a period of improving industry metrics during 2017, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has recognised that member companies could now consider reactivating their owned and managed DP vessels following a period of layup, and has issued a focused information note on this. IMCA’s Technical Adviser – Marine, Captain Andy Goldsmith, said: “In the right circumstances there is no reason why a reactivated DP vessel should not re-enter service in a better condition than when it was laid up,

IMCA consulting on forthcoming updates to the eCMID and eMISW templates

IMCA has circulated draft revised versions of the eCMID (IMCA M 149 Issue 11) and eMISW (IMCA M 189 Issue 4) inspection templates.  These provide advance notice of changes, as well as providing an opportunity for users to comment on the question sets prior to publication, planned for early September. The eCMID update includes: new questions on cybersecurity new questions on the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 a new supplement on reactivation, reflecting the recent IMCA information note, which will be made available to eCMID users shortly additional guidance on the existing questions and references that identify the basis for requirements

Programme for IMCA Annual Seminar launched

Working together: getting back to business – oil companies and contractors finding new ways of working New strategic themes for IMCA under the spotlight – environmental sustainability, digitalisation, and standardisation Two awards open for entries The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar, to be held in The Hague on 28 and 29 November, with its theme ‘Working together: Getting back to business’. Day 1 will focus on the strategies being developed by contractors in the new industrial landscape and developing new ways of working. Day 2 will be divided into two separate sessions to concentrate on IMCA’s Marine and

IMCA adds to its experienced diving technical team

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the appointment of Alan Melia as Technical Adviser – Diving. As a member of IMCA’s highly experienced Diving Division team, he will advise on all aspects of how diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently. Alan has nearly 40 years’ experience in the diving industry. He joins IMCA from Vertech Integrity Services, where he was the Global Diving Manager. Alan has held similar senior diving roles with Stork Technical Services and RBG. He also has experience of developing the diving safety management system of a start-up diving contractor to the

IMCA staging September Contracts & Insurance Seminar

‘Seminar theme ‘Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together Three pillars of discussion – ethics and compliance; maintaining a FAIR risk allocation; and panel discussion on current issues With its theme ‘Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together’ the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Contracts and Insurance Seminar will be held on 20 September. An afternoon event, being held at the Royal Academy of Engineering at Prince Philip House on London’s Carlton Terrace, the timely seminar will be followed by a networking reception. Like others in the series this year’s seminar will be chaired by Nathalie Louys, Chair

IMCA Staging September Contracts & Insurance Seminar

‘Seminar theme ‘Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together Three pillars of discussion – ethics and compliance; maintaining a FAIR risk allocation; and panel discussion on current issues With its theme ‘Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together’ the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Contracts and Insurance Seminar will be held on 20 September.  An afternoon event, being held at the Royal Academy of Engineering at Prince Philip House on London’s Carlton Terrace, the timely seminar will be followed by a networking reception. Like others in the series this year’s seminar will be chaired by Nathalie Louys, Chair

IMCA develops freelance competence e-portfolios

An IMCA workgroup, initially formed of members of its Offshore Survey Division Management Committee, has developed an easy, cost-effective and measurable way to assess and verify the competence of freelance personnel agency workers and sub-contractors. The work has been developed in cooperation with IMCA’s Competence & Training Core Committee and is intended to be applicable to personnel involved in all technical disciplines in which the Association’s members operate. The background to this development is that contractors are increasingly reliant on freelance personnel. The main tool used to assess their competence has been a curriculum vitae (CV, or résumé). This is

Offshore wind in focus at IMCA meeting in Aberdeen

Offshore Wind Sectoral Plan – presentation by Marine Scotland Presentations on Hywind Scotland Offshore wind, including Hywind Scotland, is to be the focus of attention at International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) forthcoming Europe & Africa Regional meeting being held on Wednesday 27 June, in Aberdeen. IMCA has lined-up industry experts from Marine Scotland, Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, Saipem, TechnipFMC and Global Maritime. They will cover a series of subjects ranging from the Scottish Government’s Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy to Hywind, the world’s first floating wind farm. IMCA’s CEO Allen Leatt said: “Significant steps are being made in

IMCA Annual Seminar – ‘Working Together’ – with technical sessions on marine and diving

IMCA lines up Senior Executives from Shell, BP, Equinor, and Neptune Energy for its Annual Seminar Bain & Co Head of the global oilfield practice to speak on changes moving the industry Technical sessions on Marine and Diving addressing industry challenges The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will hold its Annual Seminar with the theme ‘Working Together: getting back to business – oil companies and contractors finding new ways of working’, on 28 and 29 November 2018 at the World Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands. IMCA’s CEO Allen Leatt said: “Our Annual Seminar will bring together contractors, suppliers, and

Adapting to the digital future for the subsea industry

Keeping pace with the industry’s digitalisation and discussing future possibilities Three key organisations staging joint seminar The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has teamed up with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and The Hydrographic Society in Scotland for an annual joint seminar. The seminar’s theme this year is ‘Adapting to the Digital Future’ for the subsea industry, and will be held on 1 November 2018 in Aberdeen. Digitalisation is a key strategic theme for IMCA. The seminar aims to stimulate discussion on subsea innovation and the development of a road map on possibilities for the digital oilfield of the

IMCA to provide insight into important aspects of DP

IMCA’s Technical Adviser and Workgroup Chairman to speak at 8th DP Asia Conference & Exhibition The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, and Captain Mike Meade of M3 Marine and Chairman of the IMCA Reactivation of DP Vessels Workgroup, will be speaking on important aspects of dynamic positioning (DP) at the 8th DP Asia Conference & Exhibition being held in Singapore 27-29 June 2018. At the conference on 27 June 2018, Andy Goldsmith and Mike Meade will talk about the work of IMCA members in the Marine Division, with emphasis on current and future

IMCA announces strategic appointment in the USA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced that Bruce Gresham has been appointed as director for client engagement in the USA, in a part-time consulting role. He will be supporting the Association in developing and expanding its engagement with oil companies and the broader industry in the United States. Mr Gresham has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore construction industry. He joined Heerema Marine Contractors in 1985 and held a wide range of executive roles in developing the company’s successful market presence in North America. He retired in 2017 and is retained as an adviser. Bruce is the

IMCA updates 'Guidance on Safety in Shipyards'

Updated to include information on traffic management in shipyards Revised document addresses occupational health and worker fitness/health in shipyards The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has updated its ‘Guidance on Safety in Shipyards’ IMCA HSSE 032, IMCA M 221. The document provides guidance to vessel owners and operators when preparing contracts and procedures for vessel dry docking or extended maintenance periods alongside in a shipyard. Originally published in 2013, the revised document addresses traffic management in shipyards. Nick Hough, IMCA Technical Adviser – HSSE, Offshore Survey and ROV, said: “It is important to establish a safe working environment for all