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DPO CPD APP Launched by Nautical Institute and IMCA

The Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) have worked together to develop a Dynamic Positioning Operators (“DPO”) continuing professional development (“CPD”) app which is launched today (24 March 2021). Feedback from industry is that CPD is an effective means to combat knowledge and skill fade, and this scheme will be a welcome addition to the market and the DPO community alike. The scheme is designed to help DPOs maintain their technical knowledge of the latest industry practices. The app will expand professional awareness of the latest IMCA/industry guidance; DP safety bulletins; DP exercises and training drills;

Consultation on IMCA’s Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability

Please note that this consultation period is now closed – thank you for your support. Environmental sustainability and the energy transition are fundamental to long-term value creation for the offshore marine contracting industry. In recognition of this, and to help improve environmental performance, a dedicated workgroup was formed under the auspices of the Environmental Sustainability Committee, with oversight of the IMCA Board, to develop a Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability. For the past four months, the workgroup consisting of international contractors, global contractors and contractors have held 6 workgroup, 20 subgroup meetings and multiple bilateral meetings and worked together

Publications is the new home for Information Notes and Bulletins

Visit our Publications Section to view our catalogue of Guidance documents (listed as Digital Publications), Information Notes, Bulletins, logbooks, Safety Promotional materials and Competence e-portfolios. This website contains the current revisions of all published IMCA documents. Users should ensure that they always use the current version, as our documents undergo a regular cycle of review and revision. Information on how to order including shipping, taxes and customs is available on our Publications page. Member and non member pricing available. Publications

Making Waves – March 2021

CEO Update – March 2021 Welcome to the March edition of Making Waves, and for the first time since IMCA’s remote working started on 16 March 2020, we have a much more optimistic perspective of the prospect of returning to work in our London offices in the coming months. But irrespective of our locations, our work has continued unabated, and we have a busy programme ahead of us. Our committees have seen several changes over that past year, and we have now started the election cycle for the Offshore Survey Committee and others will follow during the year. I would

Industry backs United Nations $5 Billion “Moon-Shot” Programme to Decarbonise Shipping

A Joint Release issued by BIMCO, CLIA, IMCA, INTERCARGO, INTERFERRY, International Chamber of Chipping, INTERTANKO, IPTA and World Shipping Industry partners welcome “moon-shot” proposal from governments to set up a $5 billion USD fund to catalyse the vital research and development needed to help shipping meet UN decarbonisation goals.Governments controlling a major share of world shipping to submit detailed proposals to the United Nations International Maritime Organization.Shipping leaders are calling on governments to ‘be on the right side of history’ and take forward the proposal at a critical meeting in June with a view to approval in November.Zero-emission ocean going

A chance to recognise engineering excellence?

IMCA would like to draw Members’ attention to a competition for the award of the 250th anniversary medal for engineering excellence by the Smeatonian Society. Formed in 1771, the society is the oldest engineering society in the world and to mark its 250th anniversary a special medal has been struck to recognise an outstanding early or mid-career engineer working in extreme environments.  Candidates should be based at a UK organisation or potentially a UK national working abroad. Given the hostile and extreme nature of our offshore industry, a number of our member organisations will have candidates who have demonstrated outstanding engineering achievements in demanding

Bypassing Safety Controls remains a top reason for safety incidents or events reported to IMCA

2020 saw the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) publish 34 Safety Flashes featuring 148 incidents or events, selected to ensure that ‘lessons learned’ are clear to all. During the year under review IMCA, made an important change to the template for submission of safety flashes, having aligned safety reporting to IOGP’s Life-Saving Rules. This change enabled those reporting incidents to indicate into which of the nine IOGP Life-Saving Rules (or category) the given incident or event might fall. This led IMCA to be able to report that ‘Bypassing Safety Controls’ was the most often broken rule accounting for 48% of

IMCA’s Asia Pacific and Middle East & India Regional Committees present a webinar focusing on Market, Technical and Regional Updates

Registration is open for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) joint Asia Pacific and Middle East & India Webinar taking place on 17 March (start time 08:00 GMT). The event, hosted by both IMCA’s Asia Pacific and IMCA’s Middle East & India Regional Committees, focuses on current and topical issues and provides an opportunity for IMCA members to hear the latest on the work of IMCA alongside guest speakers. IMCA Contact Nadine Robinson Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. As Nick Hough, Technical Adviser

Revision of the Guidelines for GNSS Positioning in the Oil & Gas Industry published by IOGP and IMCA

The updated ‘Guidelines for GNSS Positioning in the Oil and Gas Industry’ has been released by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) as IOGP Report 373-19 and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as IMCA S 015. The report is a joint publication of the IOGP Geomatics Committee and IMCA’s Offshore Survey Division Management Committee and has wider use than purely by the oil and gas industry. The document provides guidelines for the use of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to position vessels, vehicles, and other fixed and mobile installations. Although primarily aimed at oil exploration and

IMCA features in Top Women in Shipping for first time

Margaret Fitzgerald, Head of Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs at IMCA was ranked joint 26th in All About shipping’s Top Women listing 2020. 1,580 women from all sectors of the entire shipping spectrum entered with 189 sharing the top 100 places. About Margaret Margaret joined IMCA in 2018 and is IMCA’s lead on both the newly branded Legal, Contracts, Insurance & Compliance Committee and the Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs Committee. She leads IMCA’s activities at the IMO and has been actively representing members during the COVID-19 pandemic through her involvement with a range of industry groups in support of

IMCA Safety, Environmental Sustainability and COVID Initiatives Awards: The Winners

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the winners of its 2020 Safety, Environmental Sustainability, and COVID-19 Pandemic Initiative Awards. Jumbo Offshore won the Safety Award for their ‘Mind Saving Rules’ with both Heerema and Siemens Gamesa shortlisted – the former for ‘Unmanned Topside Installation’ and the latter for their work on immersion suits during Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) transfers. Saipem was the winner of the Environmental Sustainability Award for the ‘Carbon Footprint’ programme with three other entrants shortlisted – Heerema for ‘Shore Power Caland Canal’; Solstad for ‘Solstad Green Operations’; and TechnipFMC for ‘Environmental Sustainability Initiatives’. JFD won

IMCA plays a key role in March’s European DP Conference

International Marine Contractor Association (IMCA) member companies and senior representative of the secretariat will play key roles in the European Dynamic Positioning Conference being held online on Wednesday 24 March. Visit our event pages for more details on conference or see below for further information on the virtual conference, organised by Riviera Maritime Media. As Mark Ford, IMCA’s Technical Director, who sat on the Advisory Board for the event explained: IMCA Contact Nadine Robinson Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. “We congratulate OSJ on

Making Waves – January 2021

CEO Update – January 2021 Welcome to the first edition of Making Waves for 2021 – I wish you all a very happy New Year and hope you have kicked off January with renewed drive and hope for better prospects. 2021 is going to be an important year for IMCA on a few fronts: our business strategy, data collection, and some of our key committees. Read more Visit IMCA’s COVID-19 Resource Area Keep up to date with the latest from IMCA and other key sources including industry bodies, the International Maritime Organization and other associations. This area is split into

IMCA signs Neptune Declaration on Seafarers Wellbeing & Crew Change

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has joined more than 450 companies and organisations around the world by signing the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change in a worldwide call to action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by COVID-19. Launched to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos at the end of January, signatories to the Declaration are seeking to draw the world’s attention to the humanitarian issues and challenges seafarers are facing because of the restrictions implemented by Governments to control the COVID-19 pandemic. IMCA Contact Nadine Robinson Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability

Rebrand of Contracts & Insurance

The Contracts & Insurance Committee has recently been rebranded to ‘Legal, Contracts, Insurance & Compliance’ (LCIC). The aim is to expand the participation of the Committee to include the Renewable energy players and widen the remit of the Committee to also address Anti-bribery, Corruption, Compliance as well as Contracts & Insurance. The Committee will establish specialist Working Groups under the parent committee to work on specific issues.

IMCA publishes Decommissioning Principles in Relation to DISMANTLECON

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘IMCA’s Decommissioning Principles in Relation to DISMANTLECON’ (IMCA CI 015) in line with the ‘IMCA Decommissioning Contracting Principles’ (IMCA CI007 Rev 2). This follows a detailed review of the text of DISMANTLECON by a working group established by the IMCA the Legal, Contracts, Insurance and Compliance (LCIC) Committee, who carefully studied both documents to verify that DISMANTLECON meets IMCA’s contracting principles. IMCA Contact Nadine Robinson Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Margaret Fitzgerald, IMCA’s Head of

COVID-19 Update: Swift COVID-19 vaccines urged for largest U.S. ports amid cargo backlogs

Reuters 21 January 2021 Members of Congress have joined state and local leaders in urging California officials to hasten COVID-19 vaccinations for workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s two busiest, hit hard by pandemic workforce disruptions and surging imports. As of Wednesday, 27 arriving container ships stood anchored off the twin ports complex waiting for berths to clear at terminals piled high with cargo from previous shipments, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The bottlenecks are comparable to those last seen in 2014-2015 at the height of a months-long longshore contract dispute

COVID-19 Update: International Investors Call on UN for Actions to protect Seafarers

The Maritime Executive – January 2021 A group of 85 institutional investors representing over $2 trillion in assets, joined forces calling on the United Nations to take further action to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis for seafarers brought on by the global restrictions enacted to control the coronavirus. In an open letter to the UN Secretary-General, the investors in consultation with key marine organizations such as the International Labor Organisation and the International Transport Workers’ Federation added their voice to the call to recognize seafarers as key workers and specific actions to ensure crews’ health and safety while maintaining global trade.