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Major Revisions of Key IMCA Diving System Guidance documents concluded

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has fully revised and updated the principal documents within its DESIGN (Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note) suite of documents which includes: IMCA D 018 Rev. 2 Code of practice for the initial and periodic examination, testing and certification of diving plant and equipment;IMCA D 024 Rev. 3 DESIGN for saturation (Bell) Diving Systems;IMCA D 063 DESIGN for Hyperbaric Rescue Unit (HRU) Life Support Packages (LSP)IMCA D 023 Rev. 2 DESIGN for Surface Orientated (Air) Diving Systems. IMCA Contact Bryan McGlinchy Diving Manager Contact [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] Together these documents form the backbone

Full Programme for IMCA’s Lifting & Rigging Seminar now online

The full programme and biographical details of all the speakers at the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA’s) Lifting Technology and Lifting in Offshore Renewables Seminar, being held at the Novotel Hotel at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam on 27 October 2022, are online on the association’s website. This year’s line-up includes speakers from key stakeholders including Van Oord, Lloyd’s Register, Seaway 7, Boskalis, Cadeler,  Heerema, Huisman, Siemens Gamesa, Remazel, Sequalize and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The eleventh seminar in the annual series is the subject of a podcast available below, it features a conversation between Mark Ford, Marine & Quality

IMCA’s DP Conference Report Available to all

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) held its first two-day DP Conference for some years in May 2022 in Amsterdam and has now made the 34-page conference report available to all. This includes concise summaries of all sessions and presentations along with relevant graphs, charts, and most importantly some of the findings that emerged With attendees from around the world the conference was aimed at those involved in offshore renewable energy and offshore oil and gas DP operations. Engagement was excellent throughout the conference and attendee feedback was extremely positive. This will now become an annual event with the 2023

Podcast – Lifting & Rigging Seminar

Lifting Technology and Lifting in Offshore Renewables IMCA is hosting its ever-popular Lifting and Rigging Seminar on 27 October 2022 focusing on the technical side of offshore lifting, with an increasing interest in the challenges created in the renewable energy market.  This event will be of interest to those involved in both offshore lifting and rigging, both in renewable energy and offshore oil & gas operations. We have an exciting line up of speakers and interactive sessions covering updates from the offshore installation contractors, the suppliers of the required lifting equipment and academia. Mark Ford, IMCA’s Marine & Quality Manager

Renewable Energy Lifting Ops covered in IMCA Guidance

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA’s) ‘Guidelines for lifting operations’ (IMCA LR 006) has been reviewed and updated to ensure that it properly covers all elements of lifting operations in renewable energy sector contracting activities.Mark Ford, IMCA’s Marine & Quality Manager explained: Offshore wind involves an ever-increasing number of our members; and so, our expert work group has thoroughly reviewed IMCA LR 006 and made a number of additions and amendments to ensure it provides an invaluable resource enabling work in the rapidly expanding global market to be undertaken safely and efficiently.” IMCA Contact Mark Ford Marine & Quality Manager

Shipping industry to remove the Indian Ocean High Risk Area

At 0001 UTC on 1 January 2023 the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) for piracy will be removed.The removal of the HRA reflects a significantly improved piracy situation in the region, but voyage preparation, threat and risk assessment is essential when following Best Management Practice 5 (BMP5). 22 August 2022. London, UK. After more than a decade of effective threat-reducing counter-piracy operations the shipping industry has removed the ‘Indian Ocean High Risk Area’ (HRA). Notification of the removal of the HRA from 0001 UTC on 1 January 2023 by industry bodies was forwarded in a submission today, 22 August,

Keeping Divers Safe: IMCA’s role in IDIF Seminar

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is playing an active role in the International Diving Industry Forum’s (IDIF’s) Underwater Ships Husbandry Port Authority Seminar, led by International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), being held for the first time in the MENA region in Dubai on 12 September. Bryan McGlinchy, IMCA’s Diving Manager, Peter Sieniewicz IMCA’s Diving Consultant and Phil Newsum from ADCI will be amongst the leading voices from the diving industry who, under the chairmanship of Tony Greenwood of ExxonMobil, will speak about suitable measures and the best operational practices adopted across the world to safeguard divers

IMCA Issues Burial at Depth Measurement Guidance

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA’s) latest guidance ‘Guidelines for the Measurement of Depth of Burial’ (IMCA S 029) aimed at both the offshore renewables and offshore oil and gas industries, looks at the different methods of measuring the depth of burial of subsea cables and pipelines together with factors influencing the depth of burial.  It also includes measuring the thickness of an embankment of crushed rock on top of a pipeline or cable; and provides guidance on measurement of depth of lowering – including explanation of the difference between lowering and burial or cover. Subsea pipelines and cables are

Accolade for IMCA’s Safety Flash System

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has issued Safety Flashes for many years. Not only do they provide a fast and vital communication channel for the industry, but they help prevent recurrence of situations by highlighting potential workplace incidents. Now the system has received the accolade of being short-listed for a key industry award. As Stephen Peet, IMCA’s Technical Director explained: “IMCA’s Safety Flashes have been short-listed for the Safety4Sea Initiative Award. Our Safety Flash System has been in place for more than 20 years, but we constantly work on new ways of ensuring the flashes reach the widest possible

IMCA Seminar spotlights Lifting Tech & Offshore Renewables Lifting

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA’s) Lifting & Rigging Seminar makes a welcome return to the events calendar on 27 October in its traditional venue, the Novotel Amsterdam at Schiphol Airport. The day-long packed programme focuses on the technical side of offshore lifting and on the challenges created in the renewable energy market. As Mark Ford, IMCA’s Marine & Quality Manager explained: “We are delighted to be back to holding a face-to-face event that will be of interest to all involved in any aspect of offshore lifting and rigging in the offshore renewable energy industry.“We have an exciting line-up of

Environmental Sustainability – IMCA’s Focus Continues

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) published its Code of Practice for Environmental Sustainability in May 2021. Following research amongst members, focussed working groups are being established to speedily drive forward preparation of guidance on key elements such as the circular economy, supply chain engagement, life below water, and environmental performance factors to enable members to move forward with their organisation’s Environmental Sustainability Performance. The Code, created by the global experts on IMCA’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, sets expectations for the marine contracting industry in managing key environmental and climate topics. Following a successful launch and engagement process the Code was

eCMID and eMISW inspections updated by IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published new versions of its eCMID and eMISW vessel inspection templates. Over 1400 vessels world-wide are currently covered by a live inspection report, providing a safety management system health check for both operators and clients. The inspection templates are reviewed and updated at least annually to reflect technological progress and regulatory developments, plus feedback received from the active community of vessel operators, inspectors, and other stakeholders. New supplements for battery and hybrid propulsion systems Two new optional supplements have been introduced to each template for selection by the inspector for relevant vessel types.

IMCA publishes Marine Explosive Ordnance Operations Logbook

The International Marine Contractors Association has published a ‘Marine Explosive Ordnance (MEO) Operations Logbook’ (Logbook 018) for use by all MEO operatives, including divers, diving supervisors, MEO supervisors and other personnel who wish to record their involvement in MEO subsea activities. The logbook is designed to be used by MEO operatives to log, in detail, the exact work they carry out, such as survey, identification, and disposal activities. Instructions on how to use the logbook are set out in explanatory notes. There are separate sections for recording details of examinations and certifications held; training courses attended; and individual MEO field

How to get official IMCA Logbooks

IMCA has recently been made aware that there are a number of fake logbooks being sold as ‘IMCA logbooks’. IMCA confirms the one and only place to purchase official IMCA logbooks is via the store under the Publications section of our website. To guarantee you have the official IMCA logbook buy direct from our store. Information on shipping is available on our store home page. Logbooks Store

IMO Circular Letter No 4575

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IMCA adds U.S. offshore wind expertise to Business Development team

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Dustin Varnell to its Business Development team. Based in Rhode Island, Dustin will focus on the U.S. offshore wind energy market, complementing the work of Bruce Gresham, IMCA’s Director of Client Engagement in the U.S. Allen Leatt, IMCA CEO stated: “As a Master Mariner on dynamic positioned (DP) vessels Dustin is very familiar with IMCA’s work in the field, which is very beneficial in representing the association to existing and new member companies in the U.S. wind industry. We look forward to closely engaging with industry in the Northeast U.S. and helping

IMCA receives the OSJ 2022 Safety Award

This award was for IMCA’s offshore renewables safety standards and recognising the organisation for its development of safety standards for offshore renewables. Most recently IMCA expanded its ‘Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations’ (IMCA M254). These guidelines were produced to help standardise the way in which vessels give personnel safe access to offshore structures, both in the wind and oil & gas industries. IMCA’s Richard Purser and Maarten de Wit of Amplemann were there to receive the award on the night. Well done to everyone in the working group who contributed to the document and to Kerrie Forster for

Offshore Renewables See IMCA Expand Board

In accordance with its constitution of a biennial chair rotation, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announces that Jonathan Tame is its new President. Jonathan is SVP Projects and Offshore Operations at Subsea 7 and takes over from Pieter Heerema of Allseas. Luca Gentili from Saipem now becomes Vice President. In addition, IMCA has expanded its board of directors reflecting the increasing influence of marine contractors in the fast-growing international offshore wind energy market. New board members are: Kate Harvey – General Manager of G+ Global Offshore Health and Safety OrganisationArnoud Kuis – Managing Director of Van Oord Offshore WindHugo