IMCA Marine Seminar

Practical vessel assurance for safe and efficient operations

Ninety-seven members and guests attended the two-day marine technical seminar held in the Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore, on 29-30 November. The seminar was part of a collection of events hosted by IMCA that also included diving and ROV seminars.

The marine seminar focused on practical vessel assurance and engaged attendees with topical debate during four sessions.

Session 1,  Reactivation of a DP vessel following a period of lay-up, was chaired by Mike Meade of M3 Marine and vice-chair Glenn McPhee of MMA Offshore. The session provided delegates with useful information covering the practical, legal and insurance aspects of reactivation.

Three presentations were provided:

Delegates actively participated in two workshops. The information gained from them would be combined with the work completed in the Amsterdam marine technical seminar to create an information note for the industry on the subject of reactivation of DP vessels.

Session 2,  Analysis of DP station keeping events, was chaired by David Marren of Swire Pacific Offshore and vice-chair Joey Fisher of M3 Marine. The session provided information on the IMCA Marine DP Committee and the DP station keeping event reporting scheme. Captain Kunal Nakra from the Singapore Transport Safety Investigation Bureau provided an engaging insight into his work covering  Marine Safety Investigations. Two workshops then followed that provided stimulating and lively debates covering recent DP events. Recurring themes during the analysis would be reproduced as an opportunity to learn in the first DP event bulletin of 2018.

Session 3,  Accreditation for DP assurance and trials practitioners, was chaired by Joey Fisher of M3 Marine and vice-chair Frank Feurtado. This was the first session of day two and consisted of four workshops exploring the possibilities for accrediting DP practitioners. A lively debate followed which explored the pros and cons of such a scheme and provided some good suggestions covering the required initial qualification, examination and paths for continuous professional development (CPD). Ideas developed during the workshops would form the basis for an IMCA workgroup to further explore the potential of IMCA developing and introducing such an accreditation scheme for DP practitioners.

Session 4, How eCMID assists in the vessel assurance process, was chaired by Joe McWilliam of Pelorus QHSE Solutions and vice-chair Mark Ford from the IMCA Secretariat. The session consisted of a series of six presentations which combined to provide a thorough overview of the eCMID and eMISW inspection processes.

Accredited Vessel Inspectors attending this session are entitled to claim CPD points for attendance.