Published on 15 April 2013
Addressing the Challenges of New Frontiers’ is the theme of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar, for which the Call for Papers has been published. The 21st event in the annual series will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on Wednesday 6-Thursday 7 November. The call for papers, for which abstracts of around 500 words are requested, is open until 26 April, and a template is available on the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com or from [email protected]
“The theme of this year’s event could cover the challenges faced by marine contractors – in terms of remote locations, deepwater and challenging field development, and also in delivering appropriate solutions, as well as consideration of initiatives currently underway leading to this goal,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.
“Once again, the event is organised by all four IMCA technical divisions and will include separate Marine, Diving and Offshore Survey/ROV sessions. The format will again encompass keynote presentations on commercial/contracting issues, plenary sessions, streamed presentation sessions and parallel workshops on a variety of issues, as well as the associated exhibition of supplier members and a variety social and networking events.”
Guidance on topics
“We have provided a list of topics on the website as guidance to prospective speakers, but obviously presentations relating to all types of marine operations will be considered,” she adds.”Our suggested topics for presentations fall under five headings – ‘Marine and subsea operations, including DP operations’; ‘Marine operations technology and equipment – current and evolving technology’; ‘Diving – key developments and advances in diving equipment and operations’; ‘ROV and AUV resources – developments in ROV and AUV technology’; and ‘Offshore survey – addressing the challenges of survey operations in new frontiers’.
Over 440 offshore and onshore management and operational staff, equipment suppliers, consultants, representatives from oil companies and regulators from 20 countries attended the 2012 IMCA Annual Seminar which was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in late November. Keynote speakers included Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands; Massimo Fontolan of Saipem and then IMCA’s Vice-President; Ronnie Bonnar, Managing Director of Repsol Nuevas Energias; Cato Hordnes, Advisor Subsea and Diving Intervention of Statoil; and Ruud Zoon, Managing Director GDF Suez.
The seminar was supported by ADCI, OGP, IADC, the Dynamic Positioning Committee of the Marine Technology Society, OCIMF, KVNR, NOGEPA and IRO, and 20 supplier member companies took part in the associated exhibition.
Further information on all aspects of the IMCA Annual Seminar are available from [email protected] through the Events pages of the website and from IMCA at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.