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IMCA to stage Aberdeen-based diving seminar

Published on 26 September 2016

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will host a Diving Seminar in Aberdeen on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 November. This event is a continuation of IMCA’s new series of mini-seminars – niche events tailored to tackle specific topics.

Taking place at the Holiday Inn Aberdeen West the two-day Seminar is being held to present (and discuss) a number of proposed improvements to IMCA’s DESIGN (Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note) documents, including the creation of a standalone life support package (LSP) DESIGN document.

Alan Forsyth, Director of HSE, Subsea 7 and Steve Sheppard, Offshore Services Manager, Helix ESG will introduce this part of the programme and set the scene; and Brendan Kearns, Managing Director, KBA Europe, will present ‘Current experience of using the suite of IMCA DESIGN documents’, before the discussion begins to consider and debate the review of the DESIGN suite. IMCA’s global Diving Division Management Committee will take the outcomes on board before making final decisions on the implementation of any proposed changes.

On day two the delegates will have an opportunity to hear Allen Leatt, IMCA’s CEO, provide an IMCA update. This will be followed by insight into the industry’s newest approaches, in terms of operation and technology, thanks to a presentation by Mark Richardson, Group Projects Manager of Apache North Sea. There will also be a ‘Totally Technology’ session comprising six diving-relevant quick-fire (10 minute) presentations.

The seminar is aimed at individuals who are directly involved in offshore diving operations. This includes: operations staff; offshore technical and equipment maintenance personnel; management; equipment manufacturers, designers and suppliers. Indeed, as Allen Leatt explains:”Everyone involved in commercial diving operations in the oil and gas and renewables sectors; from operators to manufacturers, users to classification societies, oil companies to regulators, is welcome.”

Further information is available on the IMCA website at and from [email protected]