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Making Waves – October 2021

CEO Update – October 2021 Welcome to the October edition of Making Waves. Once again we have plenty of action to report on as we head into the last quarter of the year. We held our Environmental Sustainability Seminar on September 28, which was a great success with experts from around the world supporting our Code of Practice and providing informed opinion on the way forward.  The overarching message was clear; small practical steps can make way for significant change, but we must build momentum. A theme that will no doubt be recurring throughout COP26 in a few weeks’ time. A detailed report with

IMCA and NI expand DPO App to Key DP Personnel

The Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continue to build on their Dynamic Positioning continuing professional development (CPD) app with the launch of a second module.  In response to industry demand in recent months, the scheme has now been expanded to include all key DP personnel.  The scheme, originally aimed at supporting Dynamic Positioning Operators, is designed to help all key DP personnel maintain their technical knowledge of the latest industry guidance and operational best practice. The app expands professional awareness of the latest IMCA/industry guidance; DP safety bulletins; DP exercises and training drills; and assists

IMCA reviews its Safety Interface Document for a DP vessel working near an offshore platform to apply to all industry sectors

The International Marine Contractors Association has revised IMCA M 125 Safety Interface Document for a DP vessel working near an offshore platform, as part of a continuous review of IMCA guidelines to ensure their relevance across all energy sectors. The 1997 guidelines were originally developed to assist the interfacing of the DP vessel’s safety management system (SMS) with the SMS of offshore installations and was primarily focused on manned structures in the oil & gas industry. The revision includes a subtle name change to address its application to both manned and unmanned structures: Safety Interface Document for a DP vessel

Call to action for Marine Members

IMCA Marine Members – does your company operate vessels of 5,000 gross tonnage and above? IMCA encourages you to share your vessel fuel consumption data to avoid your vessels being grouped as general cargo vessels Please act and share your fuel consumption data with us by completing the relevant spreadsheets – 1 per vessel – to enable us to calculate data to share with the IMO. All the background details and information you need are available on our website and explained in a video message. You will also find supporting notes, slides, information note to help you complete this exercise

IMCA announces impressive line-up of industry experts for its Environmental Sustainability

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Environmental Sustainability Committee has announced the full programme for an online technical and motivational seminar taking place on 28 September. Guest speakers from KPMG and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, Getting to Zero Coalition of the Global Maritime Forum, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Open Ocean Robotics, Vard Engineering and Duke University, are confirmed to present alongside members of IMCA’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. 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

Podcast – What is Competence? Part Two

Listen to part two of this short podcast on understanding competence with IMCA’s Technical Adviser Andre Rose. “Creating a logical and well-organised set of procedures greatly assists in the administration and control of all the elements of a workforce competence scheme.”Join us for part 2 of our competence series as Andre Rose, IMCA’s Technical Advisor for Competence & Training, addresses why you should use a competence scheme and which appropriate measures you may require to ensure the scheme is meaningful and valuable. Related article coming soon IMCA Contact Andre Rose Technical Adviser – Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV

Singapore To Provide Vaccination To Limited Seafarers

31 August, 2021 The island nation of Singapore would now be providing jabs to a select number of crew-members onboard ships. A limited vaccination programme would be rolled out in the country, which would be providing Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to non-resident foreign seafarers. Being one of the most active port nations in the world, the country has already vaccinated more than 90% of it’s own seafaring workforce. The vaccines would be available to seafarers, irrespective of their nationalities, who meet with any of these eligibility criterions: Their stay in Singapore is for more than thirty days.Their ships are

Denmark starts offering vaccines to seafarers

30 August, 2021 The Danish government has just announced that it will start offering vaccines for seafarers calling Danish ports or transiting Danish airports, becoming the latest European nation to prioritise seafarers of all nationalities for a Covid jab. Denmark will be offering one-shot Johnson & Johnson jabs. Commenting on the news, Jacob Meldgaard, the CEO of Danish shipowner Torm, said: “Offering Covid-19 vaccines for seafarers is immensely important, as it enables them to sign on vessels anywhere in the world. Many seafarers are from countries where vaccines are still in short supply, so this is indeed an important step

2020 Annual Review now online

Read our Annual Review for an overview of IMCA’s activities in 2020.The review covers all aspects of our work including our technical scope, document generation, certification activities, systems updates, COVID-19 pandemic and our industry presence. Annual Review 2020

Podcast – What is Competence? Part One

Listen to part one of this short podcast on understanding competence with IMCA’s Technical Adviser Andre Rose. We encounter terms related to “competence” every day in our work-related activities. “We use a competence-based system” or “Our workforce is fully competent” are common phrases used, but do we fully understand what competence means? If you want more information, why not read the related published article below. IMCA Contact Andre Rose Technical Adviser – Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Understanding Competence

Video Broadcast on Fuel Consumption Data Collection

IMCA’s Margaret Fitzgerald, Head of Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs, explains the background, details and process surrounding fuel consumption data collection and how members can support this activity and influence the IMO’s decision on carbon intensity indicator for the offshore and marine contracting sector. Call to action! IMCA Marine Members – does your company operate vessels of 5,000 gross tonnage and above? Please act and share your fuel consumption data with us by completing the relevant spreadsheets – 1 per vessel – to enable us to calculate data to share with the IMO. You will find all the information you

IMCA forges Offshore Wind Contacts in N. America thanks to BNOW

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is successfully expanding its reach in the North American offshore wind sector thanks to its membership in the Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW), the organisation dedicated to building a network designed to usher the U.S. into the offshore wind market. IMCA’s network will undoubtedly expand thanks to its participation in BNOW’s International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF2021) In Richmond, Virginia 24-26 August. IMCA member companies are very active in the offshore wind industry globally, working at all development stages from feasibility studies to offshore construction. The overwhelming majority of offshore installations have been

2020 Safety Statistics available in leaflet format

IMCA produces an annual report of safety and environment statistics (covering injuries, fatalities, environmental data and reporting activity) supplied by contractor members.The report provides insight to safety, health and environmental performance of IMCA contractor members annually, enabling IMCA members to benchmark their performance. IMCA Contact Andre Rose Technical Adviser – Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Annual Review 2020

Podcast – IMCA S 028 AUV Audit Guidance Document

Technical Adviser, Nick Hough brings a short podcast highlighting key elements of this new guidance document. AUV has started to play a prominent role in the execution of offshore surveys in recent years. Surveyors use them for such tasks as pipeline inspection, bathymetry, and mapping of the sea floor. IMCA’s ‘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.  You can find S 028 in our Publications Library – freely available for

IMCA to hold Environmental Sustainability Seminar on 28 September

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Environmental Sustainability Committee will host an online technical, motivational seminar for members working on environmental sustainability and the energy transition on 28 September.   The event will focus on the key topics outlined in IMCA’s Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability which was launched in May 2021. The programme agenda aims to enlighten, engage and inspire IMCA members, and other interested stakeholders, through interaction with leading experts to ensure alignment with global practice and thinking. Nadine Robinson, IMCA’s Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability considered the timeliness of the seminar: IMCA Contact Nadine Robinson

IMCA launches new online facility for instant verification of certificates for safety-critical positions in the offshore industry.

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has launched a new online facility as part of the Association’s digital transformation programme which will enable members to access verification services 24 hours a day. It will cover all five certificate types currently issued; Air Diving Supervisor, Bell Diving Supervisor, Life Support Technician, DP Company Authority and DP Trials & Assurance Practitioner. New initiatives such as Accredited Diving System Inspectors will also benefit from the service. A search form is now available at for registered website users to check the status of any certificate provided to them by its holder. The existing option

IMCA shortlisted for 2021 Safety4Sea Initiative Award

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has been shortlisted for the 2021 Safety4Sea Initiative Award in recognition of the association’s ‘Safety Flash’ system which provides a fast and vital communication channel for the industry and helps prevent recurrence of situations by highlighting potential workplace incidents. This award category acknowledges any organisation or association that sparked, realised, or significantly contributed in any initiative fostering safer and sustainable shipping. This is the sixth consecutive year of the SAFETY4SEA Virtual Awards within the scope of fostering Safety Excellence & Sustainable Shipping. The voting process is split equally between an online public vote and

IMCA signs Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the Suppression of Piracy

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has become a signatory to the ‘Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the Suppression of Piracy’ drafted by a taskforce of stakeholders from across the shipping industry in response to growing concerns and increasing attacks in the region. The declaration has been signed by organisations across the maritime industry including flag state administrations, ship owners, charterers, and shipping associations representing all sectors of the industry.  IMCA has signed on behalf of the offshore marine contracting industry, as many of its members regularly work in the region and some have been subjected to attacks. A copy

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