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CEO Update – January/February 2022

Welcome everyone to the first issue of Making Waves for 2022. We started off the year on a positive note with the launch of the Environmental Sustainability Committee’s online Self-Assessment Tool which will enable Members to track their progress against IMCA’s recommended code of practice on environmental sustainability. As I have said before, environmental sustainability is fast becoming a business imperative, and this tool is another step for our Members on the journey towards net zero.

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Regulatory News

IMO finalises the text of the new Industrial Personnel (IP) Code

IMCA recently participated the first IMO meeting of 2022 – the 8th session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 8) considered the finalisation of the Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards.

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IMO to consider the proposed revised text for the IMO Diving Code

IMCA will field a delegation of diving experts at the upcoming IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 8) to provide technical support during IMO’s consideration of the revision of the Code of Safety for Diving Systems and the Guidelines and Specifications for Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems which has been developed by correspondence, led by the Government of the Bahamas, and set out in document SSE8/14.

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IMCA appoints new Technical Director

IMCA welcomes Stephen Peet as Technical Director. Stephen brings a wealth of experience gained with Wood Group, KBR, GE, British Gas and Oceaneering. He is a mechanical engineer with a first class BEng degree from Newcastle University.

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IMCA Successfully Retains ISO 9001 and 27001 Certification

Quality improvement is part of IMCA’s strategy, for the third year in a row there were zero findings in this re-certification audit – a great achievement.

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IMCA finalises Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations

The guidelines were originally produced in October 2020 to help standardise the way in which vessels give personnel safe access to offshore structures, both in the wind and oil & gas industries.

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IMCA is excited to be further expanding its reach into the offshore wind sector thanks to its membership with GWEC.

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IMCA joins NOF

IMCA has recently become a member of NOF, a business development organisation.

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Membership update

IMCA is delighted to welcome a range of new members in recent months.

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Safety Corner

Safety Corner – January/February 2022

Nick Hough, Technical Adviser, provides an update on all things safety-related that are applicable to IMCA members and their operations. In this issue Nick talks about some of the issues faced by the security committee.

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IMCA remembers Pete Somner

Pete Somner, who died suddenly and prematurely on 16 December 2021, had worked in the energy industry for over 40 years, and his natural ability to adapt allowed him to move effortlessly between disciplines – now diving, then marine, but also project management, quality, and safety. For a long time Pete was a leading member of IMCA’s Marine Committee, including a spell as Chair, and over the years has been very influential in the growth and development of IMCA.

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Inside the Secretariat

Take a deep dive behind the scenes at IMCA with Technical Adviser, Nick Hough.

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Assessing Progress against IMCA’s Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability: Our new Self-Assessment Tool is live!

Nadine Robinson, Technical Adviser for Environmental Sustainability takes us inside IMCA’s new online Self-Assessment Tool.

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Bubbleheads sail into 6th place in 2021 Talisker Whisky Atlantic challenge.

IMCA is delighted to see that the Bubbleheads successfully rowed the full 3000+ miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Latest Publications

Latest Publications – January/February 2022

For the latest versions of IMCA documents, information notes and bulletins please visit the publications section on our website.

Users of IMCA guidance should ensure that they always use the current version, as our documents undergo a regular cycle of review and revision.

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One Year Adoption Period for Updated IMCA DESIGN Suite Documents

Members are advised that a number of revised IMCA DESIGN suite documents are about to be published.

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Interactive Webinar – Assessing the Carbon Intensity of the offshore and marine contracting sector

14 February
Leading experts and members will provide insight, share experiences and take questions during this interactive webinar.

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Subsea Expo 2022

IMCA is delighted to work with the Global Underwater Hub as a supporting organisation for the world’s largest subsea exhibition and conference, taking place in Aberdeen on 22- 24 February 2022. Come meet with us on Stand 54.

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UK’s first Crew Transfer Vessels seminar

Stephenson Harwood and Colebrook Offshore Ltd are running a one-day seminar on the growing significance of Crew Transfer Vessels to the successful development of the offshore windfarm sector.

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IMCA DP Conference 2022

This DP Conference running 31 May – 1 June – will be of interest to those involved in both offshore renewable energy and offshore oil & gas operations. Great speaker line up, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities

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Keeping members up to date

New IMCA office location in 2022

Our office location is changing however our other contact details such as phone numbers, email addresses remain the same.

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IMCA Digest

IMCA’s Digest is an online collation of all of IMCA’s output. Here you can find a handy list of all IMCA output – publications, information notes, minutes, news updates, events information and more – to help you catch up, or to identify the issues we’ve been working on that are the most important to you. You can browse the latest output, or filter for any specific period to make sure you keep in touch with IMCA’s activities. Visit our website to keep up-to-date:

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