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Making Waves – December 2020

CEO Update – December 2020 Welcome to the December edition of Making Waves, rounding off what has been tumultuous year for us all. Despite this, I am pleased to report plenty of successes and progress in 2020: We maintained full business continuity during all COVID lockdowns, and in fact the Secretariat has been working fully remotely since 13 March. The IT systems have worked very well and there has been no interruption in service to our Members. Our committee work has continued as planned, the document reviews and developments as planned, and our seminars and regional events have all taken

IMCA fully supports Seafarers Delivering Christmas campaign

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is supporting the Seafarers Delivering Christmas campaign, highlighting both the ongoing crew change crisis created by the pandemic and critical work of seafarers and offshore workers in keeping economies running (and gifts arriving) this Christmas. Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are currently stranded onboard and have been for many months. Others have found themselves unable to join their vessels resulting in a subsequent loss of income. Under the hashtag #SeafarersDeliveringChristmas, the maritime industry has come together to develop a range of initiatives to help show both gratitude and thanks to all the seafarers who

IMCA Podcast – Reflections on the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement

Nadine Robinson, IMCA’s Technical Adviser on Environmental Sustainability shares a podcast to recognise the 5th anniversary of the historic Paris Agreement. “I would like to spend a few minutes to mark the 5th Anniversary of historic Paris Agreement, which takes place Saturday the 12th of December. The coming together of 197 nations, five years ago to adopt the Paris Agreement was a significant moment for the world.  We strengthened our global response to climate change and galvanized not only the political will of governments, but also companies, investors, cities, states, regions and every day citizens. So five years on from

IMCA supports International Anti-Corruption Day – 9 December 2020

The International Marine Contractor’s Association (IMCA) recognises and supports the United Nations (UN) International Anti-Corruption Day which falls on 9 December. This year’s campaign entitled “Recover with integrity” aims to raise awareness of the risks of the increased potential for bribery and corruption brought about by, for instance, any  changes in government funding, trading volumes, and other activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN included a statement in its campaign: “that all governments, businesses, civil society and all stakeholders – must resolve to work together to promote accountability and end corruption and bribery.” International Anti-Corruption Day is an

IMCA to host webinar on the effect of energy transition on vessels

Europe & Africa regional webinar – 8 December 2020 Registration is open for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Europe & Africa Regional Webinar taking place on 8 December (10:00-11:30 GMT).The webinar will focus on “The effect of energy transition on vessels”. David Bloom, IMCA’s Europe & Africa Engagement Director commented: “With the world and our industry, accepting the need for energy transition, this creates a new market for many of the vessels historically working in the energy industries.  There will be opportunities to transfer expertise and many vessel owners are already looking at how they can improve and minimise

IMCA’s Diving Supervisors’ CPD App to be made mandatory from 2021 – fourth 2020 Knowledge Unit now available

In launching the fourth knowledge unit for its App-based Diving Supervisors’ continuing professional development (CPD) scheme, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has issued a reminder that the scheme will be mandatory from early 2021. The App incorporates the latest in training techniques to support Diving Supervisors in keeping up to date with current safety information and guidelines from IMCA. Bryan McGlinchy, IMCA’s Diving Manager said: I urge IMCA Diving Supervisors who have yet to register for the CPD scheme to act now. Visit our website, complete the simple registration process, download the App and complete the four knowledge units

Offshore Industry Group welcomes IMO endorsement of industry developed framework of protocols for Crew Change and Travel

The Offshore Industry Group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP, ISOA and the Workboat Association (details below) welcomes the endorsement by the IMO Member States of the Framework of Protocols developed by the wider Shipping Industry to facilitate safe crew change and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols include: practical steps for joining and leaving ships, recognising the tightened border restrictions imposed due to the pandemic the need for compliance and strict adherence with COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements measures to prevent infection on board ships the need for Governments to designate seafarers as ‘key workers’, providing an essential service.

IMCA’S Asia-Pacific Regional Webinar offers Technical Presentations and a Regional Update

Registration is open for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Asia-Pacific Regional Webinar taking place on 9 December (start time 08:00 GMT). The event, hosted by IMCA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Committee, focuses on current and topical issues and provides an opportunity for IMCA members throughout the vast region to hear the latest on the work of IMCA alongside two technical presentations from guest speakers. As Nick Hough, Technical Adviser IMCA explained: “A brief update on IMCA’s work this year will be followed by details on the major review of the D 024 (DESIGN) document for saturation diving systems; a look at

Navigating vessel compliance in the current and post COVID-19 world

Don’t miss the opportunity to register for the for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Europe & Africa Regional Webinar taking place on 1 December(10:00-11:30 GMT).The webinar will focus on the topic of vessel compliance during COVID-19 and how the pandemic might shape compliance processes going forward. Europe & Africa Committee Lead, Andre Rose commented: “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives has been immense, but its effect on our working lives is perhaps still not fully understood. Could new technology solve the maritime industry challenges or will it cause more disruption? We look forward to discussing this with

Energy Transition in focus at IMCA’s North America Regional Webinar

Registration is now open for ‘North America: Energy Transition to Renewables’ the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) North America Regional Webinar taking place on 3 December (08:30hrs CDT). The event is hosted by IMCA’s North America Regional Committee and provides an opportunity for IMCA members throughout North America to be updated on the work of IMCA. It embraces offshore wind; environmental sustainability; IMCA’s recent activities concerning COVID-19; the recent US Coast Guard policy changes relating to diving; and the latest IMCA guidance documents and activities. Bruce Gresham, Director of Client Engagement, explained: “The webinar will address the most popular topics

IMCA’s Offshore Wind Safety Webinar stresses the importance of collaboration

Collaboration, cooperation and the sharing of information emerged as top priorities in the recently held International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) offshore wind webinar ‘‘Health & Safety – Our industry’s priority’. Hosted by IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy Committee and chaired by the Committee’s Chair, Alan MacLeay, the webinar featured speakers from the UK Health and Safety Executive, the USA’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation and IMCA. As Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine at IMCA said looking back at the well-attended webinar: “The big plus was how well the

Crew Changes & other topical issues under the spotlight at IMCA’s Middle East & India Regional Webinar

Registration is now open for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Middle East & India Regional Webinar taking place on 26 November (09:00-11:00 GMT). The webinar focuses on the issue of crew changes in the region during COVID-19 and other relevant topics and provides an opportunity for IMCA members throughout the region to be updated on the work of the global association. As Chris Rodricks (IMCA Middle East & India Representative) explained: “Introduced by Allen Leatt, Chief Executive, the two-hour webinar will provide an update on IMCA’s current activities. As well as turning the spotlight on the challenges of crew

View the latest details on the Diving Supervisors CPD

Visit the Diving Supervisor CPD webpage to see the latest information. Included on this page are Frequently Asked Questions, Rules of Operation, a flyer along with terms and conditions and how to register. Diving Supervisors and Diving members should be aware that the CPD scheme becomes mandatory in 2021 so please do read the details available on this page. Diving Supervisors CPD Register FAQs Rules of Operation

IMCA Publishes “Guidelines for Walk to Work Operations”

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a new document ‘Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations’ (IMCA M254) under the direction of IMCA’s Marine Division Management Committee. The Marine Renewable Energy Committee formed a workgroup consisting of vessel owners, wind farm operators and motion compensated gangway manufacturers and worked alongside an oil & gas focused industry steering group consisting of representatives from leading manufacturers of motion compensated gangway systems. The W2W guidance has been produced to help standardise the way in which vessels are intended to give personnel safe access to offshore structures both in the wind and

Diver Safety: IMCA and ADCI work together to achieve US Coast Guard Recognition

A Policy Letter ‘Commercial Diving Operations – Equivalent Levels of Safety’ published by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was issued in October and applies to all USCG regulated vessels operating anywhere in the world. The Policy is not only set to improve US diving safety, but also bears testament to the combined efforts of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) who have worked closely together for many years. Their standards are publicly recognised in the Policy Letter, now in the public domain. The letter, which has been circulated to relevant organisations

IMCA’s Webinars in 2020

Visit our Events section keep up to date with our upcoming webinars or if you missed one of our sessions then catch up on recent webinars by viewing the recording, presentations and biographies of our speaker line ups. Still to come in 2020: Europe & Africa – 8 December Asia-Pacific – 9 December

IMCA Awards – Last chance to enter

The nomination process for the 2020 IMCA Awards is closing. Members have just a few more days to submit their entries. Categories: Environmental Sustainability Safety COVID-19 Initiatives Special Category for 2020This year we are also inviting our members to share details of initiatives developed to specifically address key issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore we will be including a third category for nominations – COVID-19 Pandemic Initiatives. Judging Panel and CriteriaThe Judging Panel for the awards comprises two representatives from the IMCA Board of Directors, the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the HSSE Committee, the Chairman or Vice

South America webinar looks to the future of the Brazilian Market

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is holding a South America Regional webinar on “The future of the Brazilian Market”. IMCA’s South America committee is hosting this webinar on 25 November at 1030hrs local time Brazil bringing together speakers from key players in South America who will talk about the current and future market. The agenda for the webinar is as follows: Introduction from the South America Committee Chair, John Chatten and Vice Chair, Daniel Marins Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive Our guest speakers who will be talking about the future of the Brazilian Market: Rogerio Carvalho, Fugro Country ManagerJosé

Using our updated website

Welcome to IMCA’s updated website, we hope that you will find this site fast and easy to use. Logging In To broaden access to our materials, user login is now individual, rather than shared within our member companies. This means that anyone in a member company should be able to register and access all IMCA materials such as guidance documents, information notes, safety flashes, and minutes of our committee and regional meetings. Non-members can also register to purchase from documents from our store, with additional features coming soon. To log in to our website: Please register via the ‘Log in’