Benefits of Membership

The main benefits of membership include:

  • A forum for meeting with likeminded companies and industry professionals to properly discuss matters of common interest under the umbrella of IMCA’s Competition Law Policy
  • A ‘single voice’ for lobbying on regulatory matters, with clients, governments and other organisations
  • Access to good practice guidance, based on members’ cumulative global experience, including regular updates, with opportunities for input into the drafting and development process
  • Briefing notes on technical issues, regulatory developments, and other events, summarised by a monthly bulletin and quarterly magazine
  • A completely anonymous and up-to-date safety flash system, which relays information on lessons learnt from offshore incidents
  • Access to an online library with over 1,000 documents available for download
  • Quarterly regional meetings, which provide global and regional updates and a forum to tackle local issues
  • Seminars and workshops on relevant topics

IMCA has been in the forefront of producing guidelines for a wide variety of marine operations to improve safety and business performance. At first these were for diving and dynamic positioning (DP), then guidance for safety, training and competence, ROV and survey operations followed. The current publication catalogue includes around 200 documents and its development has been a huge success. In an industry which is already highly regulated, IMCA has established a respected position and a record of industry good practice guidelines which has become widely used and accepted.

A few examples of take-up of IMCA guidance include:

  • Reference by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to IMCA DP guidance
  • Regulatory acceptance of IMCA guidance, e.g. by the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Reference to IMCA guidance in International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) documents
  • Wide international recognition of the IMCA diving supervisor scheme

In addition, the penetration of the documents increases as clients require the guidelines to be used as a condition of contract. Many larger oil company clients have moved towards using a single suite of technical standards world-wide for all their offices and projects, often based on IMCA guidelines. In addition, as the industry has expanded geographically, IMCA guidelines have been readily adopted in the absence of detailed national requirements for marine construction.

Find out more in our member services overview.