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IMCA forges Offshore Wind Contacts in N. America thanks to BNOW

Published on 23 August 2021

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is successfully expanding its reach in the North American offshore wind sector thanks to its membership in the Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW), the organisation dedicated to building a network designed to usher the U.S. into the offshore wind market. IMCA’s network will undoubtedly expand thanks to its participation in BNOW’s International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF2021) In Richmond, Virginia 24-26 August.

IMCA member companies are very active in the offshore wind industry globally, working at all development stages from feasibility studies to offshore construction. The overwhelming majority of offshore installations have been carried out by IMCA member companies. The association has had an active Marine Renewable Energy Committee since 2011, comprising developers, contractors, suppliers, and regulators; and has a long track record of improving safety performance in the offshore energy sector.

Looking forward to IPF2021, IMCA’s Engagement Director, North America Bruce Gresham said:

“I see IPF as a great opportunity to network with companies working in the industry and sharing what IMCA can offer to meet the more stringent safety management system requirements for offshore operations

“Joining BNOW is a key factor in our strategic approach to expanding our reach, and by those means, our members’ reach, in the North American offshore wind industry.

“The opportunities in this rapidly emerging market are tremendous and everything starts with strong safety performance.

IMCA, with over 700 member organisations in 60+ countries, supports members operating in the offshore wind industry, involved with maximising industry safety

Guidance documents developed delivered by the IMCA Marine Renewable Energy Committee includes:
• ‘Guidance on the transfer of personnel to and from offshore vessels and structures’ (M 202)
• ‘Basic safety training requirements for vessel personnel employed in the offshore renewable energy sector’ (C 018)
• ‘Research on personal locator beacons’ (M 234)
• ‘Walk to Work (WTW) guidelines’ (M 254)
• ‘Boat landing standardisation’ (M 232)
Information note: ‘Jones Act Update and the developing offshore wind market in the United States’

Further information on the work of the Committee is available at www.imca-int.com/committees/marine/renewable-energy and the association has a dedicated email address for North American offshore wind usoffshorewind@imca-int.com

About the Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW)
The Business Network for Offshore Wind is a nonprofit, educational organization with a mission to develop the offshore wind renewable energy industry and its supply chain. The Network partners with industry and government to build an innovative supply chain that will create and sustain jobs, benefiting local economies and ensuring a cost-effective clean energy portfolio. They advance this through collaboration, education, and innovation, bringing together global developers, policymakers, academia, and leading experts to grow this new and vital offshore wind industry that provides a practical solution to climate change and creates well-paying jobs. Business Network for Offshore Wind (offshorewindus.org)

About the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF)
24 – 26 August, Greater Richmond Conference Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
The International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) is the premiere offshore wind energy conference in North America. Hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind, IPF connects global leaders and businesses in the supply chain, offers unparalleled networking opportunities, and delivers the most timely and relevant updates on the industry, from technology and policy to safety and siting. About IPF – 2021 IPF (offshorewindus.org)

IMCA Contact

Bruce Gresham
Director for Client Engagement – North America
Contact

The relevance of the seminar is highlighted by the sobering findings of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released earlier this week confirming that climate change is rapidly intensifying, with some trends now deemed irreversible.

She added:

Our online event will open up the discussion on the environmental impacts of the offshore energy industry and how the Code can help IMCA members to manage environmental and climate-related risks and opportunities associated with offshore marine construction.”

A full agenda including a stimulating speaker line-up, interactive sessions and networking will be announced shortly and information on the event can be found below.

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