CEO update


Dear Members,


Welcome to this April edition of Making Waves.


Last month I opened with the headwinds facing our industry, and these have certainly not weakened. We see that many companies are now making decisions and taking actions in organising themselves for the continuation of this disruption.


We have done likewise at IMCA, and continue to support our Members in the best way possible – that is by getting on with the job of improving performance in our industry. Our committee work and documentation work continues unabated, and we will take the opportunity during this lockdown to review our entire library of guidance documents.


Our remote working regime is proving very effective and I feel confident that we will achieve many of the goals we have set ourselves for this year. For instance, the rollout of our diving supervisor CPD App is now happening. We have around 300 supervisors who pre-registered for the App, who we are bringing online in a phased manner. We have also been very busy working with the IMO and many other related associations, such as the International Chamber of Shipping, to try and unlock the vessel crew-change situation, which is affecting the whole general shipping world as much as our sector of industry. Progress is being made, but will require significant international cooperation to establish a global solution.


In accordance with our constitution, at the IMCA board meeting in March we saw Iain Grainger, having completed his two-year term of office, stand down as President and Chairman of IMCA. Pieter Heerema, VP Projects at Allseas, now becomes IMCA’s new President and Chairman of the Board, and Jonathan Tame, VP of UK & Canada at Subsea 7, becomes the new IMCA Vice President. I would like to thank Iain for his wise counsel and tremendous contribution to IMCA over the last two years and look forward to Pieter Heerema continuing this energy and leadership in the next two years ahead. At the same time Jonathan Kennefick joins the Board from McDermott International.


Thank you for your support to IMCA, keep safe and stay well.


Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive

COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 is having a significant impact worldwide on our daily lives, on our industry and working activities. IMCA has a dedicated webpage bringing together the various safety flashes and briefing notes we are circulating to our members related to COVID-19. Keep up to date with the latest industry and expert guidance.

IMCA actively participates in COVID-19 Pandemic Industry Group

IMCA is part of a COVID-19 Industry Group which has collaborated with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) to develop a preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the pandemic.


This COVID-19 Pandemic Industry Group comprises a broad cross section of global industry associations with consultative status at IMO representing the maritime transportation sector: ICS, BIMCO, CLIA, FONASBA, IACS, IAPH, IMCA, IMEC, INTERCARGO, INTERFERRY, INTERMANAGER, INTERTANKO, IPTA, ITF, P&I Clubs and WSC (plus ASA and ECSA).

Opportunity to revise IMO Diving Code

IMCA has been instrumental in the IMO establishing a Correspondence Group to revise the IMO Diving Code. The go ahead to progress with the revision and update of the IMO Code of Safety for Diving Systems and the Guidelines and Specifications for Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems was given following a review by the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment early in March.


Two proposals, which were prepared and submitted by IMCA and its co-sponsors, IMO Member States - the Bahamas and the Marshall Islands, received overwhelming support.

Annual safety statistics - online submission extended

Since opening the submission process for 2019 Contractor Member Safety Statistics earlier in the year we have received data from more than 130 members. Thank you to those who have submitted their data. Details are anonymised and are now collated and live on our portal.


Given the situation with COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our Members we are extending the submission deadline to 20 April. Please browse to, log in using your IMCA company login details and click on “Submit Data”. You will then be taken to an easy to use web-based form.


The window for submission of 2019 IMCA contractor member safety statistical data is now open and will close on 20 April 2020. There are now sufficient members who have submitted data that we can calculate statistically meaningful 2019 IMCA figures. The 2019 data are now published live at Nick Hough, IMCA Technical Adviser.

IMCA Safety Flashes now referencing IOGP LSR

IMCA safety flashes and systems for incident reporting and analysis are an important tool for sharing vital information. By publishing them, IMCA helps its members around the world identify potential hazards, share lessons learnt and avoid repetition. Safety flashes should be succinct, specific, factually correct and written in clear language. The IMCA secretariat will assist with this through formatting and checking of the material submitted.


Visit our IMCA incident reports.


IOGP Life Saving Rules
You may notice that we are starting to reference – where appropriate - International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Life Saving Rules.


All submissions are handled in the strictest confidence, with information anonymised, checked before issue and published only with clear permission from the originator. IMCA remains aware that it is sometimes necessary for members to take legal advice before sharing incident information, and we would stress that published safety flashes are always completely anonymous. IMCA does encourage members to continue to share information about incidents, hazards and lessons learnt, as far as is reasonably practical.

Safety experience sharing

Earlier this year IMCA was invited to give a presentation to Equinor’s contractors at their annual “Safety and Sustainability” (SSU) meeting in Stavanger, Norway. The topic was “IMCA’s role and expectations in safety experience sharing”.


Nick Hough, IMCA Technical Adviser, and Margaret Fitzgerald, IMCA Head of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, also held constructive discussions with people from Equinor relating to Marine Policy and Regulatory Affairs, and Contracts & Insurance.

Diving Supervisors – registration now open for certification schemes and CPD

IMCA has launched a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme for Diving Supervisors. Following a successful pilot of the scheme, we have just started a phased launch of the Diving Supervisors' Scheme and App.


Registration open
More than 300 Diving Supervisors pre-registered for the scheme. We encourage you to register to allow our certification team to verify your registration and create your user account. You may recall that this will be voluntary during 2020 and from Q1 2021 will be a mandatory requirement to maintain IMCA Certification.


Find out more about the Scheme and the successful trial phase

IMCA Board
Jonathan Kennefick joins the IMCA Board

Jonathan is an International Senior Vice President at McDermott based in London, UK, and is also currently Executive Project Director for the conversion project of the Amazon construction support vessel. He has extensive EPCI project and operational experience in the offshore and subsea development sector.

Technical updates
Addressing piracy and armed robbery

IMCA’s Security Committee has just published an Information Note for Members which shares key guidance sources relating to security risk management. The Information Note focuses on Piracy and Armed Robbery hot spots and relevant guidance provided by Maritime Global Security. Read the Information Note 


IMCA fully supports and recommends the recently published Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security off the Coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea and was part of an industry wide group involved in collating this document. Read more

IMCA: the voice for ensuring no duplication or effort

IMCA’s Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) was launched in 1999 to provide standard formats for the inspection and auditing of offshore vessels. Called eCMID nowadays, it helps reduce the number of repeat inspections on individual vessels by providing a consistent, transferrable format which meets vessel operator and client requirements alike.

IMCA Events

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have changed the format of our scheduled face to face regional meetings until further notice. These meetings will now take the form of webinars which will enable us to keep our members up to date with our activities. Upcoming webinars include IMCA's update to our members in:

Recent IMCA Events
IMCA’s DP competence assurance in the spotlight in Rio

Early in March we achieved a record attendance at a South America Regional Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, where IMCA reassured clients that our vessel owning / operating members follow IMCA guidance, which means that both vessels and crews meet industry good practice requirements.

Keeping our members up to date
IMCA Digest

Get a handy summary of all IMCA output: publications, briefing, minutes, events information and more. March issue now available.

See IMCA Digest
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