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CEO Update – May/June 2022

Welcome to the latest edition of Making Waves. Many industry analysts are now commenting on the uptick in market demand in offshore oil & gas and even more so in wind energy projects, which is a welcome change in the business environment for marine contractors.

We now have the submissions from our contractor members on their 2021 safety statistics. The results reflect the turmoil in oil markets over the last two years and are mirrored in the results from both the drilling (IADC) and oil & gas production (IOGP) trade associations. The volatility of drastic cost cutting in 2020 followed by a gradual recovery in 2021 created multiple challenges for our Members in maintaining continuity of crews, operational focus, and the discipline in everyday work offshore. Please see our safety report later in this edition.

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IMCA Director of Client Engagement Asia-Pacific

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Jason Veerasingam as Director of Client Engagement – Asia-Pacific.

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Successful IMCA DP Conference to shape the future of dynamic positioning

IMCA recently hosted a Dynamic Positioning (DP) Conference which will influence future development strategies and code/guideline improvements as outputs from this conference will influence and shape this area of our industry.

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Key players sign up to industry collaboration in offshore wind 

The Industry Collaboration Committee (ICC), established following a UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Offshore Wind Leaders event in November 2015, has grown into a standing group which aims to foster collaboration across the international wind industry on Health and Safety.  

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Crisis in Ukraine

This webpage brings together information which may be of interest to IMCA Members whose work is impacted by the military action and consequences which began in Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

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Latest unit of 2022 Diving CPD App

We recent launch the second unit of the 2022 Diving CPD App.

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Firmly established in our new IMCA office

IMCA pleased to be firmly established in our new home.

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Membership update

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

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Regulatory News

IMO Maritime Safety Committee approves new Industrial Personnel Code

IMCA continues to raise concerns on behalf of its members that application of the new IP Code and the existing SPS Code are not clearly defined, and may lead to implementation difficulties in the future.

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Continuing Call to Action for Marine Members

IMCA continues to collect fuel consumption data from its members. The reason for this is , to enable us it to effectively lobby IMO Member States for a suitable Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) for assessing the offshore sector. This effort is of critical importance because the proposed ‘transport work’ proxy, which is based on cargo ships, is not a suitable metric for assessing the carbon intensity of the offshore sector.

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Safety Corner – May 2022

Nick Hough, Technical Adviser, provides an update on all things safety-related that are applicable to IMCA members and their operations.

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Latest Safety Statistics

IMCA has published the 2021 contractor members’ safety statistics.

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Industry safety representation

IMCA continues to work closely with other organisations in the HSSE space. Just a few examples of recent interaction are as follows. We are working with the American Clean Power Association on safety guidance and standards, and we have been invited to sit on their Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Steering Committee, which enables further collaboration and deepening of understanding between IMCA and the American renewables market players. We continue as a member of the Maritime Advisory Board of CHIRP Maritime, a charitable trust providing an influential “whistleblower” voice to seafarers. Nick Hough has also recently spoken at the Energy Institute’s “Toolbox” webinar series, and the All Members meeting of the Marine Safety Forum in Aberdeen, in late May.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV – Drones)

One area of great potential offshore is the use of UAV for inspections and surveys in hard to access locations or confined spaces on platforms, vessels and wind farm installations.

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Competence and Human Factors

The Competence and Training committee had previously discussed the key components required to assess an individual’s competency to carry out their defined roles and responsibilities, however Competency is a dynamic process with multiple variables and “other factors” which affect the individual’s ability to carry out their role.

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An Introduction to Industry

An introduction to industry: Matthew Hawley, Marketing & Communicatons Assistant shares learnings from attending his first industry event – Oceanology International 2022.

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IMCA back on the road

2022 has brought back live events to many people including the team at IMCA and it has been great getting out meeting members face to face for the first time in a few years.

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IMCA Events

IMCA Lifting & Rigging Seminar 2022

Sign up to attend our Lifting & Rigging Seminar on 27 October 2022 – Lifting Technology and Lifting in Offshore Renewables

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Regional Dates for your diaries:

Our regional committees are finalising dates and activities – check the Events section of our website for the latest information. 

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IMCA at Industry Events

European Dynamic Positioning Conference  14 June 2022 – London

IMCA’s Richard Purser is speaking at this event and IMCA is a supporting organisation and is exhibiting to showcase our DP expertise. This one-day event provides value through the educational and technical content of the programme as well as showcasing the latest advances in technology and innovation.

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Keeping members up to date

Latest Publications – March/May 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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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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