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IMCA world-wide ROV personnel and vehicle statistics for 2016

IMCA collects information both on personnel working on ROVs and also on the types of ROV in operation, using the classes of ROV defined in IMCA R 004 – Guidance for the safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles. These statistics are intended to reflect personnel and vehicle levels on

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| Information Note number 1372

IOGP publishes SSDM V2 and V1.1 of P6/11 Seismic bin grid data exchange format

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) has made new and recent releases of SSDM V2 and P6/11 V1.1. Please see these two news items (also published via IOGP pages: www.iogp.org/blog/category/press-releases/geomatics-press-releases), which are aimed at its stakeholders and the wider oil & gas industry, notifying us of: First,

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| Information Note number 1371



Changes to helideck friction requirements on offshore helidecks

Copied below is a communication received from Alex Knight of the Helideck Certification Agency with the intention of clarifying the recently revised CAP 437; please also see the attached. “Some of your members will be aware of the changes which came into force in the latest (8th Edition) of CAP 437. One of

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| Information Note number 1369

IMCA strategic review

In Q1 2017, the Board instigated a strategic review of IMCA in the context that the oil and gas industry was experiencing significant change as a result of continuing low oil price; and that successful associations would more likely be those which move with and anticipate change, than those that

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| Information Note number 1367

Safety statistics for IMCA contractor members: 2015-2016

IMCA has produced since 1997 an annual report of safety and environment statistics (covering fatalities, injuries and environmental indicators) supplied by contractor members.  IMCA recognises that the publication of safety statistics is considered an important and useful service to members.  In light of that, IMCA’s HSSE Core Committee has reviewed

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| Information Note number 1366

Regulatory Update – April 2017

In this update - Ballast water; Minimum carriage requirements for contaminated bulk liquids carried on OSVs; OSV Chemical Code; Implementation of the 0.50% sulfur limit; OPRC model training course; Industrial personnel; Interim guidance for implementation of the STCW ‘Manila amendments’ approved; Amendments to the Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning

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| Information Note number 1358

US Maritime Advisory System announced

This information note is to advise members of the new US Maritime Advisory System recently announced by the US Government’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).  The following note was released by the MARAD Office of Security on Thursday 26 January 2017: “1.  This message announces the launch of the new U.S. Maritime

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| Information Note number 1352 | Original reference(s) IMCA HSSE 01/17, IMCA M 01/17

Publication of US Navy Diving Manual Revision 7

Diving Division members should note that Revision 7 of the US Navy Diving Manual was published by direction of Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 1 December 2016.  NAVSEA has also very helpfully published a detailed Executive Summary of the modifications introduced by Revision 7. There are a number

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| Information Note number 1351 | Original reference(s) IMCA D 03/17

Client auditing activities

Client companies have legal and moral responsibilities to select and work with competent contractors capable of consistently delivering safe and efficient marine projects.  In view of this, client companies employ a variety of measures to assure themselves that they only engage suitable contractors. Auditing is one of the most common

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| Information Note number 1349 | Original reference(s) IMCA D 01/17

Safety statistics for IMCA contractor members

IMCA has emailed its contractor members seeking submission of company safety statistics for 2017 to IMCA: IMCA asks that you supply as much as possible of the information outlined below […]

| Information Note number 1353

IMO guidance relating to seafarers who hold certificates and documents that do not comply with the 2010 Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code from 1 January to 1 July 2017

On 5 December 2016 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued MSC Circular MSC.1/Circ.1560 to recommend that port state control (PSC) authorities take a practical approach when inspecting ships that have […]

| Information Note number 1348 | Original reference(s) IMCA RN 05/16

Regulatory Update – IMO MSC 97th session

In this update – a report on the 97th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, including the following issues: carriage of industrial personnel onboard vessels engaged on international voyages; amendments to instruments; carriage of liquefied hydrogen in bulk; maritime cyber risk management; floating armouries; goal-based standards; navigation around multiple

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| Information Note number 1347


Regulatory Update – IMO MEPC 70th session

In this update - a report on the 70th session of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee, including the following issues: ballast water; fuel oil; efficiency of shipping and greenhouse gases emissions; Baltic and North Sea & English Channel NOₓ; energy efficiency design index; garbage; and more.

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| Information Note number 1346

New EU regulation regarding measuring, reporting and verification (MRV)

On Friday 4 November, the European Commission adopted Regulation 2016/1927 to provide further guidance regarding the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 (MRV Regulation). The new regulation lays down templates and technical rules for the submission of monitoring plans, emissions reports and documents of compliance pursuant to MRV regulation. A compliance

| Information Note number 1341 | Original reference(s) IMCA RN 03/16



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