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Delegates from 31 countries heading to Singapore for IMCA annual seminar

Published on 30 October 2013

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar with its theme ‘Addressing the Challenges of new Frontiers’ being held in Singapore next week (6-7 November) has attracted a record-breaking number of delegates from 31 countries.

“We have an extremely strong programme and are delighted by the international reaction which has seen a record number of delegates – over 440 and still climbing – from more countries than ever before,” says IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.”The proceedings will get under way on Wednesday 6 November when Massimo Fontolan of Saipem and the current IMCA President; Mrs Josephine Teo, Republic of Singapore, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport; and Sean Salter of Woodside Energy deliver keynote addresses and take part in a panel discussion.

Networking is vital at events such as IMCA’s Annual Seminar, and networking innovator and motivator, Ed Meaney from CNA will lead a session on ‘Networking – capturing value by removing randomness’ providing insights and tips that will accelerate ‘value capture’ for individuals and their organisations.

The plenary session continues with three presentations: ‘Mutual aid in large-scale offshore incidents – a framework for the offshore oil and gas industry’ (Tore Ulleberg, ConocoPhillips Norge); ‘When things go wrong in offshore construction disputes – litigation, arbitration and mediation’ ( Glenn Kangisser, Curtis Davis Gerrard LLP) and ‘Risk assessment of malaria offshore – anopheles bite exposure estimated by a new biomarker’ (Patrick Besnard Subsea 7).

Following the lunch break, taken in the exhibition area, the seminar then splits into three parallel sessions Marine, Diving, ROV/Offshore Survey; with workshops following on ‘The provision of armed guards on offshore vessels’; ‘Dive system assurance’; ‘Use of IMCA marine and other organisations’ guidance’; ‘Pipeline inspection – advanced AUV vs fast ROV’ and ‘Local content – how to make it work?’. After summaries of the workshops delegates will be transported to Sentosa Island for the Gala Dinner

Day Two
The morning plenary session on 7 November covers ‘In deep water: the challenges of performing environmental surveys at great depth’ (Séamus Whyte, Fugro EMU Ltd); ‘Deepwater lowering – a contractor weighing wires and winches’ (Kees van Zandwijk, Heerema Marine Contractors) and ‘The Maritime Labour Convention and its impact on marine contracting’ (Pierre Deletaille, Swire Pacific Offshore) after which the seminar splits once again into its three parallel sessions, reconvening for a second plenary session after lunch.

This second session features two presentations: ‘Synthetics in a controversial market’ (Joost van Ree, Endenburg BV); and ‘New frontiers – marine contracting in changing environments’ (Bionda van Roosendal, Heerema Marine Contractors); and then the seminar once again splits into workshops, this time looking at ‘DP incident reporting’, ‘Hyperbaric evacuation in remote locations’, ‘Technical competence of ROV & offshore personnel’, ‘Learning from incidents – case study?’ and ‘Maritime Labour Convention – MLC’. Following summaries on these workshops and on the seminar as a whole, the event closes with the Apres Seminar Soiree.

IMCA’s Annual Seminar is endorsed by ADC International; the Australasian Hydrographic Society; the Dynamic Positioning Committee MTS, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, IOSH, National University of Singapore Marine Institute, OCIMF, OGP and the Society for Underwater Technology, Subsea Energy Australia, and Petromin, the offshore support journal. The social events are sponsored by Forum Energy Technologies, Griffin Global Group and Etihad Airways, and the National Hyperbaric Centre (NHC).

Exhibitor information

“We have more exhibitors from amongst our supplier members than have ever been involved in the Annual Seminar,” explains Jane Bugler.”Details on what some of them are showing are at and we have information from one more, Pommec TDE BV to share.”

Pommec is a leading European manufacturer and worldwide supplier of commercial diving equipment. They provide a wide range of products, from consumables to entire dive-spreads. Manufacturing standard and custom built dive systems combined with their long experience as distributor for all the leading brands in the industry gives us the possibilities to bring the job to an end, successfully and safely.

Pommec will be showing their latest systems like Launch and Recovery Systems, Decompression Chambers, containerised systems, control panels and all kinds of diving equipment. They will also display equipment from one of their many represented manufacturers. And will also display a model of their Wet Bell system.

The have equipment and installations in Vietnam, Mexico, the UK, South Korea and many other places. In all these locations, diving professionals need high quality equipment that is reliable and designed to meet all kind of offshore, marine and underwater situations.