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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regional Dates for your diaries:
Our regional committees are finalising dates and activities – check the Events section of our website for the latest information.
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.
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.
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: imca-int.com/digest