In this issue

eCMID Progressive Web App

Addressing UK HSE concerns

Latest COVID-19 updates on crew changes and diver medicals and training

Upcoming regional and technical webinars

CEO update

Dear Members,


IMCA’s strategy in supporting our industry in the energy transition was to be the central theme of our seminar this October. Of course, the seminar has been postponed but the logic and theme are now stronger than ever. This month we saw BP unveil their new (reimagining energy) strategy to reposition themselves from an IOC (International Oil Company) to an IEC (Integrated Energy Company) and become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner. They will also be setting new expectations for relationships with trade associations like IMCA. No doubt we will see other supermajors redefining their strategies over the next year. Clearly there will be changes but also opportunities for the whole supply chain. We aim to assist our Members during this transition and the scope of our environmental sustainability committee is expanding very professionally under the leadership of IMCA’s Nadine Robinson.

Survey on health protection measures on board ships in response to the coronavirus pandemic

We would like to invite you to take part in a short survey on health protection measures on board ships in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The objective of this survey is to gain further understanding of the health protection measures introduced by companies onboard their ships during the pandemic, and inform the development of best practices for companies and seafarers. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous.

Nominations open for IMCA Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the IMCA's 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. 

Full details of criteria, timeline and how to submit entries are available at IMCA’s website


IMCA continues to collate useful documents in its dedicated COVID-19 page to keep you up to date with IMCA-published information on COVID-19 and other sources such us IMO, EU and the World Health Organisation.

Crew changes resume in UAE ports and waters
FTA Circular 12-20 UAE Maritime Protocol

Adopting the Protocol of resuming UAE Maritime activities with safety measures and the crew changes in UAE Ports and Waters.

UAE Maritime Activities Return to Work Safely Protocol

The Protocol takes into prospective six overarching principles. (English version from page 6)

Recently published information
Acting on UK HSE’s concerns

Last month we shared with our Members a letter IMCA had received from Trevor Johnson, UK HSE Principal Inspector of Health & Safety (read the letter). The letter was about concerns over recent incidents in the wind energy industry. In the last month we have been discussing with members what steps we could take in response to this situation and we are pleased to share an update with you.

Technical updates
Progressive web app for eCMID

At the end of July we launched a Progressive Web App (PWA) for our Common Marine Inspection Document system – eCMID.


For those who aren’t aware of eCMID, the system provides the marine and offshore industry with standardised formats for vessel inspection, along with safety management system (SMS) ‘health check’ and can also help improve the quality and consistency of inspections, as well as reducing the frequency of inspections on individual vessels through the adoption of a commonly recognised inspection process.

Guidance on the use of Whip Checks

In July, IMCA published Guidance on the use of Whip Checks (Hose Restraints) with document reference IMCA D 065. The document is available in IMCA’s publication library and is free for Members to access and download. This guidance replaces Information Note IMCA D 03/11 which has now been withdrawn.

Offshore Wind Farm Transfer Good Practice Guidelines

In the June issue of Making Waves we shared details of how IMCA and G+ work together promoting best practice and sharing information across industries. Consequently, IMCA is pleased to support the publication of G+’s document on wind farm transfers which puts forward a consensus approach, taking account of existing and emerging industry good practice.


IMCA’s document HSSE 025 provides guidance on the transfer of personnel to and from offshore vessels and

Asia Pacific Regional Webinar

Our next Regional Webinar for Asia Pacific is scheduled for 9 September 2020. 

As the original meeting was scheduled to take place in Perth we are giving this session an Australian focus. We anticipate the webinar will take approximately one hour plus a Q&A session at the end. Members in Asia Pacific will be sent the link to join at least two weeks prior to 9 September. For any queries, please contact [email protected]

  • IMCA update
  • Offshore Wind in Australia 
  • Safety forums in Australia  
  • COVID-19 operational transition - the new normal 
  • Training without borders 
Upcoming Webinars

IMCA is continuing to organise a series of regional meetings and technical events in the format of webinars. We are currently planning the following:


Regional meetings - dates to be announced shortly:

  • Asia-Pacific Regional Webinar - as above - scheduled for 9 September
  • Europe & Africa Regional Webinar
  • North America Regional Webinar (late October) 
  • Middle East & India 
  • South America Regional Webinar 


Technical webinar taking place on 1 October

  • Lifting & Rigging: The committee is planning a webinar for 1 October on ‘Crane Systems: Offshore Lifting’.


Webinar - date to be confirmed shortly:

  • Marine Renewable Energy: IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy Committee is planning a webinar on ‘Health & Safety – our industry’s priority’. 


As soon as more details are available they will be posted on our website and shared with members.  Please contact our team for further details at [email protected].

Keeping our members up to date
IMCA Digest

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

See IMCA Digest
Making Waves

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