CEO update


Dear Members,


Welcome to this May edition of Making Waves.


WTI oil price has made history in the last couple of weeks, for all the wrong reasons – going negative by almost $40/barrel. Whilst this was driven by the characteristics of the oil futures trading market in the US, it has impacted oil prices everywhere.


Against this background, we are starting to see the serious economic impact of the combination of COVID-19 and low oil prices reflected in the quarterly results of the major oilfield services companies. The strong headwinds therefore continue, but I am confident that the strength, resilience, and exceptional talent in our industry will see us making the right decisions for the future.


Peter Parry, from the global management consultancy Bain & Co, was a keynote speaker at our 2018 Annual Seminar and the firm has just updated their view on the oil supply/demand outlook under a number of scenarios. They have kindly shared this document and two webinars with us - these are available on our COVID-19 webpage (under 'Featured Information')


At IMCA we continue to work remotely and this is proving to be a very effective mechanism in supporting our Members. Webinars have replaced or traditional regional meetings and are working well.


Our web page on COVID-19 is regularly updated as we receive information from members of the HSSE and Marine committees on the practical problems and solutions they have found in managing the complex crew logistics in our business. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this effort and welcome feedback and additional information from all our member companies. IMCA’s liaison work with other organisations on COVID-19 such as the IMO, ICS, IOGP, OCIMF, OGUK, IACC, and IMHA is an ongoing process and details are posted on our webpage as soon as they are available.


The technical committee work continues with a high level of activity and we are seeing very good engagement and contributions from our committee members. Likewise, our work on the CPD programme is going well. We are in the early stages of designing the DPO App and around 500 diving supervisors are now registered on their CPD App. We look forward to this initiative gaining traction in other important segments of our work, as a very effective and cost efficient way of maintaining continuous professional development records in safety critical offshore roles.


Finally, we welcome Phil Towers as Technical Adviser in our Diving Division and Mark de Barr as Technical Adviser in our Marine Division. Both are highly experienced professionals who will be well known to many in our industry and will, I am sure, make a strong contribution in moving our work forward.


As always, let’s all stay safe and healthy.


Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive

IMCA news
COVID-19 updates

As the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact on all our daily activities the dedicated area on the IMCA website continues to grow. We have recently updated our here.


We encourage members to share information with us to enable us to keep this area as informative as possible during these challenging times.

Work started on revising IMO Diving Code

On 10 March IMCA announced that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) at its 7th session had endorsed the establishment of an intersessional Correspondence Group.


The Group's mission is to progress the revision and update of the IMO Code of Safety for Diving Systems (resolution A.831 (19) and the Guidelines and Specifications for Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems (resolution A.692 (17)).


We can confirm that the Correspondence Group has been established under the co-ordination of the Bahamas Government and the work is being led by a dedicated Diving Group established by IMCA. Despite the current restrictions on travel, the Group continues to meet virtually on a weekly basis and is making good progress on developing a draft text which will be circulated to the Correspondence Group for review by early June.

500 users accessing the Diving CPD Scheme

With almost 500 people registered already, the App incorporates the latest in training techniques to support diving supervisors in keeping up to date with current information and guidelines from IMCA.


The CPD system went live in early April and four units will be issued during this year. From Q1 2021, this will become a mandatory requirement in order to maintain your IMCA supervisor qualification in ‘current status’.

Lobbying IMO on behalf of offshore workers

IMCA is playing a key role in an industry group lobbying the IMO to support a recommendation for Governments and national authorities to facilitate the movement of offshore energy sector personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. An industry group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP and ISOA, having gained initial approval from IMO, has now formally written to the IMO Secretary-General to gain recognition of offshore energy sector personnel as key workers alongside seafarers and marine personnel. If approved, the IMO Recommendation should facilitate easier movement during mobilisation and demobilisation for crew changes.


Read the recommendation here

2019 Safety statistics received

140 companies submitted data for the 2019 data collection covering 802 million manhours 376 million of which were offshore. Thank you to those members who shared their data with IMCA.


Although the number of submissions for 2019 is lower than in 2018 the reports cover an increase in 70 million manhours overall. The data is live and can be viewed online.

IMCA actively addressing the IP Code

IMCA, supported by the Government of Vanuatu, has submitted a paper to the 102nd session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee. This paper calls upon IMO to recognise the need for grandfathering rights, exemptions and equivalence provisions to be developed to enable existing vessels to carry Industrial Personnel in accordance with IMO’s Interim Recommendations. These recommendations detail the safe carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages (resolution MSC.418(97) or other standards, provided that they meet an equivalent level of safety which is acceptable to the Administration.


Read the full text of the submission. 


The IP Code is the International Code of Safety for Ships carrying Industrial Personnel abbreviated to Industrial Personnel (IP) Code.

Sharing information to make our industry more secure

IMCA’s Security Committee has a strategic objective of raising awareness about security issues that can potentially harm Member companies. IMCA shares relevant information from recognised sources with Members via a regular Security Bulletin. IMCA encourages Members to be aware of these bulletins and share the contents with their employees or use the materials shared as part of any existing company security awareness programme.


So far in 2020, two Bulletins have been issued. Topics covered include Cyber Security – Be Cyber aware at Sea and a wealth of information relating to traditional security issues and incidents which have occurred in the Far East, Gulf of Mexico, Middle East and the Gulf of Guinea.


For information about IMCA’s Security Committee or its Bulletins contact Andy Goldsmith.

People news
Phil Towers

Phil has recently joined IMCA's Diving team as Technical Adviser - Diving.

Mark de Barr

Mark is our new Technical Adviser – Marine.

Technical updates
One year on! DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme

Launched on 1 May 2019, IMCA’s DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme has received close to 1000 enquiries in its first year.


The scheme is the output of a cross industry workgroup consisting of DP vessel owners/operators, training providers, DP consultants, major oil companies and relevant organisations.

Standardisation in the Offshore Renewable Energy Industry

In February IMCA played a key role in leading a roundtable discussion on standardisation in the Offshore Renewable Energy Industry at an industry run event in London.


The background to the discussion was the context of expansion of the offshore wind industry globally and the prediction that international commitments to offshore renewable energy have forecasted considerable expansion of the sector and the associated products and services market that is predicted to expand alongside a global expansion of the offshore workforce.

Cyber Security considerations for Autonomous and Remotely Controlled Systems

Set against the backdrop of estimates that, over the next five years, private companies globally could lose more than $5 trillion to cybercrime, Andre Rose, Technical Adviser - Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) looks at implications for a key sector.

IMCA to actively participate in eCMID online festival of knowledge | 20 May 2020

IMCA will be actively participating in an eCMID online festival of knowledge aimed at sharing the latest updates with Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs).

IMCA Regional Events

IMCA's next Regional Meeting will be for Asia Pacific and will take place on 10 June 2020 when IMCA will inform members of key updates.


Due to current restrictions to business travel this event will take place in the format of a webinar. All members in the area will be emailed details on how to log in at least two weeks before the webinar. Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.

Recent initiatives
IMCA supported recent call to recognise all seafarers and offshore workers

All vessels in ports around the world were encouraged to sound their ship’s whistle on 1 May 2020 at 12:00. IMCA supported the call to action to recognise the significant efforts being made by seafarers and offshore workers globally during these challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The International Chamber of Shipping released a short video about this initiative.

Keeping our members up to date
IMCA Digest

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