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Fuel Consumption: IMCA and its Members to play key role

As a result of a submission by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76/5/3) in June 2021, the MEPC has granted IMCA authority to: 1 Collect fuel consumption data from IMCA members’ offshore vessels which fall within the scope of the mandatory requirement under Regulation 22A of MARPOL*, Annex VI and applies to all vessels of 5,000 gross tonnage and above.   2 Use this data to calculate the two proxies IMCA proposed in its submission to MEPC 74 (MEPC 74/6), and 3 Submit the calculations to IMO on behalf of its

IMCA Accredited Diving System Inspector Scheme in Development

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is currently developing its IMCA Accredited Diving System Inspector (ADSI) scheme which will introduce an industry-recognised professional accreditation for this important group of skilled workers. ADSIs will be accredited to conduct IMCA Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) audits. As one of the final stages in development of the scheme IMCA is now asking for known, respected and experienced DESIGN auditors to be put forward for early ADSI certification so they can act as field training supervisors when the scheme is launched during 2022. IMCA Contact Margaret Fitzgerald Head of Marine Policy &

IMCA publishes AUV Audit Guidance Document in a bid to promote a common approach to the auditing of autonomous underwater vehicles

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) newly published ‘AUV Audit Guidance Document’ (IMCA S 028) has been developed by members of the Offshore Survey Division Management Committee with a view to promote a common approach to the auditing of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and their associated support systems. While this document does contain some parallels with IMCA R 006 ROV Audit Guidance it also highlights technical guidance on the appropriate use of AUVs, for example, relating to the safe management of Lithium batteries. It is intended that IMCA S 028 will act as a framework for offshore contractors to form

Information Notes 1565 and 1566

Accredited Diving Inspector Scheme  Currently in Development IMCA has recently published two Information Notes relating to a new scheme for IMCA Accredited Diving System Inspectors, which is in the process of being developed and will launch in 2022. However this scheme requires the input of existing experienced DESIGN auditors to become Experienced Practitioners and therefore IMCA is inviting nominations for this element by 30 September 2021. Information Notes 1565 and 1566 explain the process and objectives of the scheme.   Information Note 1565 This information note is intended to make IMCA Diving Division members and other stakeholders aware that the Association is

Making Waves – June/July 2021

CEO Update – June/July 2021 Welcome to the June/July edition of Making Waves. It is great to see that our Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability is receiving a good deal of attention from our members and the offshore industry in both the oil & gas and wind energy markets. It is an exemplar of IMCA’s operational model, with the development of best practices by our members for our members. Our work in the wind energy sector is proceeding well, with good relations with industry associations in Europe and the USA. Captain Andy Goldsmith is leading our renewable energy strategy

Latest list of locations for COVID-19 Vaccinations for Seafarers

The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) publishes information on their website of locations/contacts to help seafarers and offshore workers gain access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Like IMCA, the ICMA is a signatory to the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing, which supports all efforts to “recognise seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to COVID-19 vaccines.” View list Neptune Declaration

Offshore Industry Group strongly supports IMO’s Day of the Seafarer and call for a fair future for Seafarers

The Offshore Industry Group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP, ISOA (details below) strongly supports IMO’s designated Day of the Seafarer on 25th June commending the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of seafarers and personnel working in the offshore energy sector who remain critical to ensuring that the world has access to food, medicine, energy and other supplies at this challenging time for society. In recognition of this contribution, the Group encourages its’ collective membership to sound their horns at 12 noon local time.The Industry Group has collaborated, throughout the pandemic, in urging IMO Member States to address the significant challenges faced

IMCA supports Day of the Seafarer

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) celebrates the Day of the Seafarer on 25 June 2021 and urges all its Members and those associated with the offshore marine contracting industry, as operators, clients, or providers of services, to recognise the efforts of seafarers and the role they play in the industry. IMCA recognises that hundreds of thousands of seafarers, and many offshore energy workers continue to face personal difficulties being stranded, away from home for months on end, unsure when they will be able to return to their families.   Margaret Fitzgerald, Head of Marine Policy and Regulatory Affairs stated:

IMCA Marine Technical Expertise Enhanced

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is pleased to announce that Richard Purser has joined the team as Technical Adviser – Marine. Richard Purser brings 25 years’ experience in the marine engineering industry as Chief Engineer in the operation and maintenance of modern Dynamically Positioned (DP) vessels, power plants, auxiliary equipment, and DP systems. Richard worked for DNV as Senior Principal Marine Engineer for a number of years and has a wealth of DP and Marine Engineering knowledge which will enhance IMCA’s technical expertise. IMCA Contact Margaret Fitzgerald Head of Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs Contact This site is protected by

IMCA’s Asia Pacific and Middle East & India Regional Committees join forces to present a webinar focusing on remote observation and technology driven assurance

Registration is open for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) joint Asia Pacific and Middle East & India webinar taking place on 23 June (start time 0800BST). 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. As Nick Hough, Technical Adviser at IMCA explained: IMCA Contact Margaret Fitzgerald Head of Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and

Support the data collection exercise on vaccination of Seafarers

Data is being collated on behalf of ICS, BIMCO, CLIA, ECSA, ICMA, IMCA, IMEC, IMHA, INTERCARGO, InterManager, INTERTANKO, ISOA, ITF and WSC. We are seeking input into the vaccination of seafarers. At present, information available is limited which hinders lobbying efforts as the industry is currently unaware of where significant gaps exist. To aid this process, we are undertaking a concerted and joint effort to gather as much information as possible from the questionnaire below. Each company is requested to complete this exercise once. Once we have collated the information, gaps and issues highlighted will be targeted. We would greatly

Belgium starts seafarer vaccination

Belgium has officially started its vaccination campaign for seafarers this morning in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, Vincent Van Quickenborne. Read the article

World Oceans Day 2021

On World Oceans Day we should all recognise that ocean resources need to be managed sustainably. At IMCA we support this through our involvement at the IMO and encourage those working in our industry to check out the Life Below Water section of our recommended code of practice on Environmental Sustainability. UN World Oceans Day 8 June 2021 IMO

IMCA Publishes Guidelines on the use of GNSS for Tide Calculations

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) newly published ‘Guidelines on the use of GNSS for tide calculations’ (IMCA S 027) provides an overview of how Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) can assist in more accurate real-time direct measurement of tidal changes.   IMCA S 027 includes sections on tide theory; geodetic reference systems and tidal datums; tides from GNSS; quality assurance and quality control; as well as a useful glossary, plus references and a list of further reading which includes the recently revised IMCA S 015 – ‘Guidelines for GNSS positioning in the Oil and Gas industry’ produced with IOGP.

Podcast – IMCA S 027 GNSS for Tide Calculations

Technical Adviser, Nick Hough brings a short podcast highlighting key elements of this new guidance document. This document explains the use of global navigation satellite positioning systems (GNSS) for tide calculations.  GNSS today includes GPS, the Russian GLONASS system and the European EGNOS system and other developing systems elsewhere in the world.  Guidance covers how an overview of how Global Navigation Satellite Systems can assist in more accurate real-time direct measurement of tidal changes. You can find S 027 in our Publications Library – freely available for members to download. Nick Hough IMCA Contact Margaret Fitzgerald Head of Marine Policy

Podcast on IMCA’s Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability

Listen to this short podcast sharing the rationale, approach and key elements of IMCA’s new Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability with Peter de Bree, Chair of IMCA’s Environmental Sustainability Committee and Technical Adviser, Nadine Robinson. There are two documents on our website associated with this podcast IMCA ES 001 – Available in our Publications Library – Freely available to all IMCA Members and available to purchase for non members.IMCA Environmental Sustainability at a Glance – available in our Marketing Material Podcast At a glance ES 001 Peter de Bree, Chair of IMCA’s Environmental Sustainability Committee Nadine Robinson, Technical

British Health & Safety Executive Offshore Diving Inspection Guide 2021 for External Consultation

The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 apply to energy industry diving operations within the territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain and any designated area within the UK continental shelf.  The Health and Safety Executive is the regulator of health and safety law for this, and related, legislation. The latest Offshore Diving Inspection Guide produced by the HSE is available for external consultation. The Inspection Guides are made available to duty holders who may find them a useful aid. The HSE’s closing date for responses/feedback is Tuesday 20 July 2021.  If you have any comments on the Diving Inspection Guide please enter them into

IMCA publishes Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) today launched its Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability. This Code was developed by its Members through IMCA’s committee governance structure and sets expectations for the marine contracting industry in managing key environmental and climate topics associated with offshore marine construction. IMCA Contact Allen Leatt Chief Executive Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 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. IMCA’s CEO, Allen