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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

Upcoming IMCA Webinars 2020

Visit our Events section to find out details of our upcoming webinars. Each of our regional committees will be hosting a webinar in the coming weeks. South America – 25 November Middle East & India – 26 November Europe & Africa – 1 December and 8 December North America – 3 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’

IMCA Offshore Renewables Webinar – ‘Health & Safety – Our Industry’s Priority’

With the aim of raising awareness of health and safety requirements, and the importance of sharing lessons learned within the offshore renewable energy industry, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is holding a webinar on ‘Health & Safety – Our industry’s priority’. This online event, hosted by IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy Committee on 17 November at 14:00hrs GMT, provides an opportunity for IMCA Members to participate in a session focusing on health and safety in the offshore renewables industry. The current agenda is as follows: Moderated by Alan MacLeay, Chair of IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy CommitteeAllen Leatt, IMCA Chief ExecutiveTrevor

IMCA to Withdraw eCMID Classic Windows Application due to Success of New App

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) eCMID system provides the marine and offshore industry with standardised formats for vessel inspection. Since its inception it has consistently evolved enabling Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) to use current devices to ensure a user-friendly effective solution. In July 2020 IMCA launched a new, cross-platform eCMID Inspection App that has proved so successful that its predecessor, the classic Windows application, will be withdrawn at the end of 2020. The app, available via any modern browser, mirrors the features of the existing Windows application and allows AVIs to complete and submit inspection reports electronically while on

Making Waves – October 2020

Keep up to date with the latest information from IMCA – read our October 2020 issue. In this issue, we cover: IMCA adopts environmental sustainability roadmapDiving Supervisor CPD requirements for 2021eCMID Inspection App changesCOVID-19 updates and IMO reportLatest publications and event reports

IMCA Supports Industry Event on Sustainability: The Subsea Industry and the Evolution of Energy

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continues to be involved in a jointly run industry event devised and run in conjunction with The Society for Underwater Technology and The Hydrographic Society in Scotland. This annual event is scheduled to take place online only for the first time and is scheduled to run over a period of three days (3-5 November) with each session lasting two and a half hours. Technology developments which are key to the sustainability of energy will be discussed across the three sessions. Each session will set the scene with a keynote speaker and feature elevator pitches

Register for IMCA’s Diving CPD

Register for IMCA’s app-based continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for diving supervisors, which incorporates the latest in training techniques to support diving supervisors in keeping up to date with current information and guidelines from IMCA. Register here The scheme is currently voluntary and free to all IMCA certified supervisors with applications being accepted from both Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) and Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) supervisors as well About the App and Scheme The app is user friendly and can be used across many mobile devices and operating systems, on or offline, allowing users the flexibility of choosing when and

IMCA Publishes Basic Training Document Aimed at Offshore Renewables Sector

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Basic Safety Training Requirements for Personnel Employed in the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector’ (IMCA C 018). It provides standard basic safety training requirements for inclusion at contract awards stage covering those employed on-board vessels during the construction and maintenance support phases of offshore renewable energy projects. The new guidance document incorporates an invaluable matrix to aid clarity for the sector. The ‘Basic Safety Training Matrix’ defines the minimum level of health and safety training, and medical fitness needed to work on, and from, vessels engaged on an offshore renewable energy project. It

IMCA Publishes a New Code of Practice for Offshore Pipeline and Umbilical Installation Systems

In April 2019 the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA’s) Marine Division Management Committee set up a workgroup to focus on developing a code of practice for offshore pipelines and umbilical installation systems. Bringing together world-leading pipelaying contractors, Allseas, Subsea 7, McDermott, Saipem and TechnipFMC, the workgroup came together to share knowledge and best practice in order to establish a standard for the industry. This has resulted in the publication of the new ‘Code of Practice for Offshore Pipeline and Umbilical Installation Systems’ (IMCA M 253). The new Code of Practice includes all equipment required to lay the product safely and

IMCA Awards – Still Time to Submit Your Nominations

The nominations process for 2020 IMCA Awards is still open. All IMCA Members are welcome to submit their nominations. There are three categories for 2020: SafetyEnvironmental SustainabilityCOVID-19 initiatives Read about the criteria for nominations, the submissions process and previous winners Details of how to enter are included below and in the Awards flyer. Previous Winners IMCA Awards – Winners 2018 IMCA Awards – Winners 2019 Environmental Sustainability Award 2019 – Subsea 7 and Eidesvik – Hybrid Life of Field Vessel ‘Seven Viking’.2018 – TechnipFMC’s Marine Operation Services – eliminating use of single use plastics Safety Award 2019 – Heerema –

IMCA’s Global Reach: AWEA Offshore Windpower Virtual Summit

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is presenting at the AWEA Offshore Windpower Virtual Summit on 13 October 2020. Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine and Bruce Gresham, Director of Client Engagement, North America, will give a joint presentation on ‘Preparing the Workforce – Industry Education and Training’ (15:15 EST/20:15 GMT). “The material included in educational and familiarisation programmes is based on operational knowledge and experience. IMCA Members, like those involved in our Marine Renewable Energy Committee, share their experience and knowledge to produce industry accepted guidance documents. Prepared by the industry for the industry, IMCA Members are required