In this issue

IOGP Life Saving Rules / COVID-19 Industry Group

IMCA Awards / Improving Member Access

AVI courses online / eCMID Findings

CEO update


Dear Members,


The restructuring of the oil and gas industry has been well telegraphed in the last month, with significant asset impairments announced by the supermajors and the inevitable reorganisation strategies in play. Our industry is responding appropriately, which we will all follow closely. The leadership teams within our member companies have difficult choices and we wish them well.


I am sure that it will be of no surprise to anyone to hear that our Annual Seminar which was scheduled to take place in early October has been postponed. This is disappointing of course, as it was billed as a celebratory event on our 25th Anniversary, but we have to be pragmatic and will reschedule it for 2021, or if need be later when we can once again freely and safely socialise together. In the meantime, we will press ahead with our webinars and extensive virtual committee meeting programme.


Despite not holding our flagship conference this year, we will continue with our annual awards programme. Details are included in this edition of Making Waves. The award categories are as usual in Safety and Environmental Sustainability, with a further special category for COVID-19 related initiatives. The winners will be announced in late November and the award ceremony will take place when we can hold a physical event or seminar in 2021.


In the last issue, I mentioned the progress we are making with our IT systems, this is continuing with the migrating of all our committees from SharePoint to Teams and moving our highly successful online eCMID vessel assurance system to a Progressive Web Application format. The PWA will allow Accredited Vessel Inspectors to record their surveys on a tablet or PC completely seamlessly, and with the capability of working online or offline.


The system is also being extended to include an eDESIGN module for the inspection of DSV diving systems in accordance with our DESIGN rules. This programme has the full support of the International Diving Industry Forum (IOGP, ADCI and IMCA) and will be expanded to include Accredited Diving System Inspectors. The ambition is to reduce costs by way of eliminating the duplication of effort and the streamlining of processes.


Our work with helping Member companies address the practical and humanitarian problems of repatriating crew, who have been stuck and unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, continues with good success. Recently we were able to help facilitate a mercy flight for 33 Malaysian crew who had been stuck in Lagos for many months and unable to return home. Our work in this area will continue as long as necessary.


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


Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive

Supporting crew changes

The Industry Group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP, ISOA and the Workboat Association applauds the breakthrough at an international maritime virtual summit hosted by the UK Government on 9 July where 12 other governments also pledged their support for actions needed to ensure the welfare of the world’s seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including making sure that crew changes can take place in a safe and timely manner.

Read the Press Release


You can also read correspondence with the UK Minister in connection with lobbying for exemption for Offshore Energy Sector Workers from quarantine restrictions. 

IMO supports Industry Group recommendations

The International Maritime Organisation has received Recommendations for port and coastal States on the prompt disembarkation of seafarers for medical care ashore during the COVID-19 pandemic, developed by a broad cross section of global industry associations in consultative status with the Organization representing the maritime transportation sector including IMCA.

Letter to the European Commission on the EU Ship Recycling Regulation

The EU Ship Recycling Regulation requires ships of 500 GT and above, flying the flag of countries in the EU and all other ships regardless of the flag they are flying, when calling at a port or anchorage of a country that is a member of the EU, to carry on-board an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) from 31 December 2020.


IMCA, together with the Asian Shipowners’ Association, BIMCO, Cruise Lines International Association, European Community Shipowners’ Association, International Chamber of Shipping, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO have written to European Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius, on behalf of our respective Member companies, to raise concerns about the shipping community’s ability to comply with the IHM requirements of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EUSRR) (1257/2013) due to operational challenges presented by COVID-19.

Nominations open for IMCA Annual Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) 2020 Awards programme.


IMCA initially launched its Awards programme in 2018 to recognise the activities of its Members in the areas of Safety and Environmental Sustainability. This year we are also including a special category for COVID-19.

Aligning with IOGP’s Life-Saving Rules

IOGP’s Life-Saving Rules are among the most effective techniques for preventing fatalities, and information on them has proved to be a very popular download from the IOGP’s website.


They are proving effective because of their simplicity, relevance, and practicality - consequently we have started aligning IMCA Safety Flash incidents to them.

Working with the UK HSE

IMCA recently received a letter from the UK HSE Principal Inspector of Health & Safety regarding concerns over recent incidents in the wind energy industry.


With companies starting to increase activity levels in some areas we believe this letter should act as a timely reminder for all our members to remain vigilant with regards to health and safety. We are currently defining our approach to the HSE’s request however the first step is sharing the letter with our members here


Any comments or queries relating to this letter should be forwarded to [email protected].


Improving access for members

In the June Issue of Making Waves, Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive told members how long term investment in our IT infrastructure is helping us provide our members with an improved level of service and helping us achieve our goal of being the best-in-class in the trade association world. In this issue we want to tell you of some further improvements - please see below.

Changes to Committee Access

The latest phase of our IT improvement plan has been the adoption of Microsoft Teams for our Committees and Workgroups – the same system that has enabled the Secretariat to continue working effectively and remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access for all our Members

Another key area of improvement for Members is the implementation of a new CRM which is being developed in tandem with a new IMCA website. Together these new systems focus on improving Member experience.

Technical updates
eCMID and eMISW findings analysis

IMCA has analysed over 2,100 vessel inspection reports uploaded into the eCMID database and produced a summary of key findings.


The eCMID system enables vessel operators to review and address these findings and to add commentary on corrective actions and other feedback. This is then provided for clients and potential clients to review as part of the downloadable inspection report.

eCMID AVI accreditation course adapted for online delivery

Over the past five years, the Marine Surveying Academy (MSA), which manages the eCMID accreditation scheme for IMCA, has delivered successful one day courses to hundreds of delegates at locations around the world. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic changed all that, stopped the programme in its tracks causing a rethink.

Diving CPD update

Usage of the Diving Supervisors CPD scheme and App launched in March this year continues to grow – we now have more than 770 Diving Supervisors registered and using the system. We receive feedback on a regular basis and take onboard all the suggestions made and explore any issues the users may experience.

Upcoming Events
IMCA flagship event postponed

Regrettably, we are postponing our Annual Seminar which was scheduled to take place in London in October this year.

Call for papers – Joint industry event

Submission for abstracts has been extended until mid-August 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 although it is likely to be a webinar.

Upcoming regional webinars

We are currently working with our regional committees to schedule updates and will be finalising arrangements in the coming weeks. If you have any queries contact [email protected]  The provisional schedule is listed below:

  • Asia Pacific: September
  • Middle East & India: October
  • South America: October
  • Europe & Africa: November
  • North America: November
Upcoming technical webinars


The Lifting & Rigging Committee is planning on hosting a webinar in October on ‘Crane Control Systems: Offshore Lifting’.


Details of the event will be available shortly.


Keeping our members up to date
IMCA Digest

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

See IMCA Digest
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