An important part of IMCA’s work is representation on a number of joint government-industry committees and other relevant bodies. IMCA also participates in joint work with other trade associations in areas of common interest.
IMCA holds non-governmental observer status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), where it regularly attends to keep abreast of the latest developments and provide input based on members’ combined experience and expertise.
Through IMCA’s regional meetings and liaison with national regulators, the secretariat and members can be well informed and influential. Issues where IMCA has worked for and with its members include:
- Australia – issues relating to implementation of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)
- European Union – IMCA is recognised by the EU Offshore Authorities Group (EUOAG) as one of only three industry consultative members, where we apply our influence to secure pragmatic and proportionate policise
- Netherlands – briefing on new regulations and work with the diving certification body on recognition arrangements
- Norway – working with regulators and the national oil industry association on long-term health monitoring
- UK – member of the Offshore Industry Advisory Committee, a forum set up under the Health & Safety Executive for discussion of offshore health and safety issues
- USA – dialogue with the US Coast Guard and its National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee, plus dialogue with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) jointly with other associations.