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eCMID and eMISW findings analysis

IMCA has analysed over 2,000 vessel inspection reports uploaded into the eCMID database at www.imcaecmid.com and produced the following summary of key findings. The eCMID system enables vessel operators to […]

| Information Note number 1423 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 04/18

Updates to the IMCA Bye-laws – 18 October 2018

IMCA would like to update its members on some revisions that have been made to our Bye-laws. Our Bye-laws (essentially the old Constitution) were modified in specific areas in January […]

| Information Note number 1421

IMCA security bulletin 02/18

The IMCA Security Committee is determined to raise awareness of security issues that can potentially harm member companies.  Information provided in this regular security bulletin is intended to be used by members to either directly pass on to employees or use the material it contains as part of an existing

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| Information Note number 1420

Public Consultation on the evaluation of the Offshore Safety Directive (2013/30/EU) is now open

The Offshore Safety Directive (OSD) (2013/30/EU) establishes minimum requirements for safety and environmental protection across the EU for offshore oil and gas operations. According to Article 40 of the OSD, the Commission is obliged to assess Member States’ experience in implementing the Directive in the offshore oil and gas sector

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| Information Note number 1419

Counterfeit Kirby Morgan Bandmasks (KMB 28)

IMCA members should be aware that counterfeit Kirby Morgan 28 Bandmasks are being produced in China and sold as genuine products. The counterfeit items appear identical to the genuine Kirby […]

| Information Note number 1416 | Original reference(s) IMCA D 04/18


IMCA Security Bulletin 01/18

The IMCA Security Committee is determined to raise awareness of security issues that can potentially harm member companies.  Information provided in this regular Security Bulletin is intended to be used by members to either directly pass on to employees or use the material it contains as part of an existing

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| Information Note number 1414

Toolbox talk prompts – CTV deckhand – personnel transfer

This information note was produced under the supervision of the IMCA Marine Renewable Energy Committee.  Download the PDF for the full illustrated prompts. Originally issued with the following reference(s): IMCA M 03/18

| Information Note number 1413 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 03/18

Competence: Transferability, validity and accreditation

Transferability of competence between contractors IMCA’s competence assurance and assessment guidelines were developed to provide offshore contractors with a framework to produce their own competence schemes. The various contractor competence schemes do not have to be identical but may be based on the IMCA framework.  Contractor companies will have processes

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| Information Note number 1412

Reactivation of DP vessels following a period of lay-up

This information note was produced under the supervision of the IMCA Marine Division Management Committee (MDMC). During 2017, the committee recognised that with improving industry metrics, member companies could now be considering reactivating their owned and managed vessels, following a period of layup.  This note has been produced as a

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| Information Note number 1411 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 02/18




Safety statistics for IMCA contractor members: 2017

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

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| Information Note number 1407

Electronic ship certificates by the Bahamas Maritime Authority

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has authorised the issue of electronic statutory certificates (e-certificates) to Bahamian ships by certain Recognised Organisations. The BMA supports efforts to reduce administrative burdens and increase operational efficiency on ships and recognises the use of e-certificates in lieu of traditional paper certificates. The use of

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| Information Note number 1406


Revised guidelines for the application of MARPOL Annex I requirements to FPSOs and FSUs

On 9 February 2018 the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) prepared the text of the 2018 Guidelines for the application of MARPOL Annex I requirements to floating production, storage and offloading facilities (FPSOs) and floating storage units (FSUs). The purpose of these Guidelines

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| Information Note number 1404

IMO moves to ban non-compliant fuel on board ships in 2020

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 5) has proposed to move forward with banning the transport of non-compliant low-sulfur fuel on board ships when the 0.5% low sulfur limit takes effect in 2020, unless a scrubber is fitted. The upcoming IMO rules aim to

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| Information Note number 1403

Official online release of the Virtual Centre of Offshore Safety Expertise (ViCOS)

We would like to inform you that the European Commission has developed a free of charge web-platform that could represent an opportunity for our industry to offer expertise to offshore competent authorities thus developing our businesses and networking. The web-platform, called Virtual Centre of Offshore Safety Expertise (ViCOS), is available

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| Information Note number 1401

Changes to eCMID

Dear colleagues, We are making improvements to the eCMID vessel inspection database in response to the marked increase in use of the offshore vessels’ inspection scheme. Over 2,300 vessels from more than 1,000 owners and operators are now listed on the eCMID database, and this is consulted by more than

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| Information Note number 1402

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