In this issue

IMCA talks to G+ / Supporting Offshore Workers during COVID-19 /

Environmental Sustainability updates / Upcoming Technical Webinar /

iAuditor / Spotlight on DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme

CEO update


Dear Members,


Since our last edition the oil price has recovered somewhat from the nadir of negative value. But unfortunately as everyone in the industry will know, the damage has been done in terms of the immediate oil company reaction in cancelling or deferring upstream capex projects. The widespread announcements of cost cutting and restructuring will no doubt unfold over the next six months or so.


The one bright spot is the offshore renewable energy sector, which although affected by COVID-19 has been unaffected by the oil price crash. This is most welcome and the project pipeline of future work remains encouraging. IMCA is very active in this space with our Marine Renewable Energy Committee and its great work in helping the industry learn from our fantastic oilfield experience and avoid the unnecessary duplication of costs across a wide range of issues. Our strong relationship with G+ is highly beneficial in this regard.


Our liaison with other offshore and shipping organisations on the critical issue of vessel crew changes continues unabated. We are a key part of various groups of interested parties and we have contacted more than 50 governments with offshore energy industries to encourage their engagement in solving this problem inline with the agreed IMO protocols. Hopefully we will see some unlocking of the situation before too long. We are constantly maintaining a comprehensive log of COVID-19 documentation and relevant links on our website.


In the last four years, IMCA has been steadily investing in our IT infrastructure in order to provide the best level of service to our members and to be the best-in-class in the trade association world. This investment has enabled us to work fully remotely for the last three months with no interruption in service to our members. This would simply not have been possible before.


The upgrading programme is still ongoing and over the next couple of months we will be making changes to our online services. In particular, access to the member-only content within our website will change from a shared company password to an individual login arrangement. The system will automatically accept users within our members’ email domains, which will broaden member access and avoid the inconvenience of lost passwords. The website user experience will also be upgraded and individuals will be able to manage their email subscription preferences for the first time.


IMCA is very much part of the webinar craze that seems to be in every facet of commerce today. We are holding regular webinars in place of our regional meetings and this being extended to our technical seminars. We welcome our members’ ideas and input to these events, just send us an email to [email protected].


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


Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive

Industry group targets governments on behalf of offshore workers

IMCA is playing a leading role in an Industry Group, which also includes IADC, IAGC, IOGP and ISOA, in lobbying for offshore workers to be recognised as key workers. The group gained backing from the International Maritime Organisation and has now formally written to more than fifty governments and maritime authorities. The aim is to achieve support to facilitate efficient movement of offshore energy sector personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow regular crew movements during mobilisation and demobilisation and to exempt such workers from quarantine restrictions. Read our Press Release here.

IMCA’s dedicated page on COVID-19


Keep up to date with the latest from IMCA and other key sources including the IMO and key associations, and regulatory bodies. New information is added on a daily basis.

Safe ship crew changes and travel

We encourage Members to take a few minutes to complete a short survey to support industry efforts to encourage Governments to implement the IMO Recommended Framework of Protocols for Ensuring Safe Ship Crew Changes and Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Day of the Seafarer - 25 June

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Day of the Seafarer, an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of seafarers and understand the current issues they face. Many have been away from home for months and are unsure when they will be able to return home due to travel restrictions.  


The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Day of the Seafarer campaign seeks to raise awareness of the work carried out by seafarers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to thank them for their contribution. 

IMCA becomes a partner organisation of the Asia Wind Energy Association

Asia Wind Energy Association is the leading industry association for the wind energy sector in Asia-Pacific.


The Association acts as the regional platform for all wind power industry stakeholders to collectively promote the best interests of the wind power sector.


Members include power project developers, turbine manufacturers, technical consultants, financial institutions, regional associations and other institutions in the wind energy sector.

IMCA talks to G+


IMCA recently talked to Kate Harvey, Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation General Manager, to find out what G+ is all about and how it interacts with IMCA.


The G+ is the Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation which brings together the offshore wind industry to pursue shared goals and outcomes. It is run in partnership with the Energy Institute, which provides the secretariat and supports its work.

Read the latest IMCA Safety Flashes

IMCA Safety Flashes disseminate important information on incidents and potential hazards and the lessons learnt from them that can help prevent incidents occurring elsewhere in the industry.


Traditionally published as collections (available for download from our website), the alerts are also now available individually online, tagged and searchable.

You can contribute
All members are encouraged to contribute relevant safety-related information – see our guide to the safety flash submission and approval process.


All submissions are completely anonymised.

Survey on Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)

After 31 December 2020 all EU Flagged vessels and all vessels over 500GT, irrespective of flag, are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) they have onboard in line with European Union’s Ship Recycling Regulations (EUSRR).

We are lobbying for an extension to the deadline.


CALL TO ACTION - take the 5 minute survey

World Environment and World Oceans Days

The world recently celebrated the 46th year of World Environment Day on 5 June. The interconnected nature of environment, economy and society is more apparent than ever as we face the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since joining the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in mid-May, Nadine Robinson, Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability, has been engaging with members about the steps that they are taking and their emerging plans for ensuring environmental sustainability across their businesses.

People News
IMCA strengthens expertise in Environmental Sustainability

Nadine Robinson recently joined IMCA as Technical Adviser, Environmental Sustainability. Nadine is an expert on climate change, environment and sustainability in the private sector, government, non-governmental and international organisations.

Technical update
IMCA adopts use of iAuditor

IMCA recently began using the iAuditor inspection application to conduct audits of training establishments providing IMCA approved Diver Medic, Diving Supervisor and Life Support Technician courses. Ali Macleod, IMCA Technical Adviser – Diving, provides more details.

Spotlight on DP Accreditation Scheme

25 June marks the one-year anniversary of the first exams for the DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme – here we review the progress todate with two key figures involved in getting the scheme launched - Andy Goldsmith and Graeme Reid from IMCA’s Technical Team.

Upcoming Events
Safety Aspects of Marine Hybrid Technology

The IMCA Marine DP Committee is organising a webinar on 'Safety Aspects of Marine Hybrid Technology'. The webinar will take place on 1 July at 11:00am BST. 

If you are interested in joining this session please contact [email protected]

Call for papers – Joint industry event

Submission for abstracts is open until 15 July for the opportunity to present at ‘Sustainability: The Subsea Industry and the Evolution of Energy’.


This a joint event organised annually by IMCA, The Society for Underwater Technology and The Hydrographic Society in Scotland. The event is scheduled for 5 November 2020 in Aberdeen.

Recent events
Asia Pacific Regional Webinar

We recently hosted a webinar on 10 June for our Asia Pacific members when the Regional Committee provided an IMCA update. A recording, including slides and audio, can be accessed via this link.

We are currently scheduling more regional webinars and will post the event details on the website. 

eCMID Festival of Knowledge

IMCA played a key role in the eCMID online Festival of Knowledge on 20 May. Three speakers represented IMCA covering the Latest Findings Report, details of a Progressive Web App and an update of committee activities.


The recording of the 12-hour online event, aimed at sharing the latest updates with Accredited Vessel Inspectors, is now available.

Keeping our members up to date
IMCA Digest

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

See IMCA Digest
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