IconMajor incident prevention at heart of IMCA safety seminar

The offshore oil industry has focused its safety efforts over the past 20 to 30 years on preventing incidents and injuries to people, basically preventing slips, trips and falls – the occupational health and safety aspects. In parallel there have been efforts to prevent major incidents involving multiple fatalities, or asset threatening events, and Macondo … Continue reading “Major incident prevention at heart of IMCA safety seminar”

IconIMCA publishes Guidance on Offshore Vessel High Voltage Safety

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published guidance on ‘Offshore vessel high voltage safety’ (IMCA SEL 031/IMCA M 217). “As the demand for electrical power increases on vessels, especially on large offshore construction vessels with diesel electric propulsion installations, the supply current becomes too high for efficient and practical use of the usual shipboard … Continue reading “IMCA publishes Guidance on Offshore Vessel High Voltage Safety”

IconIMCA publishes guidance on operational activity planning

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published Guidance on Operational Activity Planning (IMCA M 220) to provide a brief overview of tabulated methods that are increasingly being used in the planning and execution of offshore marine vessel projects and routine offshore support activities. “Operational activity planning applies to all sectors of offshore marine operations, … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidance on operational activity planning”

IconIMCA publishes DP station keeping incidents

Fifty six accounts of incidents that took place in 2010 on 41 vessels were submitted for the annual Dynamic Positioning (DP) Station Keeping Incidents report produced by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). These incident accounts have been analysed and included in the newly published report IMCA M 218. The largest percentage (37%) of incidents … Continue reading “IMCA publishes DP station keeping incidents”

IconIMCA annual seminar – the countdown begins in earnest

With less than a month to go before the 20th IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) Annual Seminar, with its theme ‘Marine and subsea operations: a culture of sustainability’ is held in Amsterdam (28-29 November 2012), the countdown has begun in earnest. The delegate and speaker list includes leading industry figures and representatives from offshore and … Continue reading “IMCA annual seminar – the countdown begins in earnest”

IconThruster integrity management guidance from IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance on thruster integrity management’ (IMCA M 216) describing integrity management systems and their application to marine thruster units installed in both new build and existing vessels. “Our new guidance document is designed to assist ship owners, operators and system designers in understanding the principles of integrity … Continue reading “Thruster integrity management guidance from IMCA”

IconPLC information note issued by IMCA

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are widely used in a variety of small and large pieces of equipment on marine construction vessels, for example, cranes, winches, handling systems, dive systems and power management systems. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has issued a PLC information note to help ensure that operation and failure modes are understood, … Continue reading “PLC information note issued by IMCA”

IconGuidance notes on diving and dumb barges produced by IMCA of use to offshore renewables sector

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced two information notes – ‘Diving on Offshore Renewable Energy Projects: Regulations and Guidance’, and ‘The Inspection and Auditing of Manned and Unmanned Barges’ which are of use, and interest, to those involved with offshore renewable energy projects. “As an increasing number of our members become involved with … Continue reading “Guidance notes on diving and dumb barges produced by IMCA of use to offshore renewables sector”

IconEncouraging responses to IMCA competence questionnaire

The results of a questionnaire, developed by the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Competence & Training Core Committee, aimed at offshore personnel, revealed that 64% of the 276 offshore personnel from over 35 contractor members who responded used a competence scheme. “We were highly encouraged, not only by answers to the questionnaire, but that so … Continue reading “Encouraging responses to IMCA competence questionnaire”

IconArctic diving guidance on Canadian Underwater Conference programme

IMCA’s Arctic diving guidance will come under the conference spotlight on Monday 22 October when Peter Sieniewicz, Technical Adviser – Diving at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) addresses the 5th Canadian Underwater Conference, being held in St John’s Newfoundland and Labrador. “The expansion of oil exploration and development into colder climates and Arctic regions … Continue reading “Arctic diving guidance on Canadian Underwater Conference programme”

IconLearning the lessons, reporting DP incidents

In recent years there has been an increasing scrutiny of DP incidents, due, amongst other things, to high profile maritime incidents. Ian Giddings, Technical Adviser – Marine, at the International marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be addressing ‘Learning the Lessons, Reporting DP Incidents’ at the forthcoming Marine Technology Society’s Dynamic Positioning Conference – DP 2012, … Continue reading “Learning the lessons, reporting DP incidents”

IconeCMID Update #5 – August 2012

CMID Update is a quarterly newsletter related to the IMCA M 149 CMID inspection and the associated eCMID database, www.imcacmid.com. The newsletter keeps readers up to date with changes to the CMID, changes to the eCMID database and other developments, such as CMID workshops.

IconIMCA’s New guidance on mooring practice

Ships enter and leave ports regularly. Tying up a ship when alongside a berth or another vessel is potentially a very hazardous operation, unless simple and effective safety procedures are followed. ‘Mooring Practice Safety Guidance for Offshore Vessels when Alongside in Ports and Harbours’ (IMCA SEL 029/M 214), the latest publication from the International Marine … Continue reading “IMCA’s New guidance on mooring practice”

IconIMCA publishes updated guidance on the use of simulators

The use of simulators for training and education purposes is common practice in certain areas of the oil and gas industry, particularly in equipment familiarisation and emergency response exercises, so it is vital that information on their use is regularly updated. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has just issued ‘Guidance on the Use of … Continue reading “IMCA publishes updated guidance on the use of simulators”

IconOffshore survey personnel – statistics for 2010

For many years the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published information on how many people were working offshore in ROV and diving roles, now for the first time they have published similar information on offshore survey personnel. “In early 2011 our Offshore Survey Division Management Committee decided that it would be beneficial to collect … Continue reading “Offshore survey personnel – statistics for 2010”

IconCompetence – IMCA workshop update and news of freelance materials

The competence agenda is growing rapidly in both profile and pace around the globe. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has done much to promote competence and the adoption of its framework over the past 12 years. One method is by means of workshops – one earlier this year in Aberdeen, which looked at different … Continue reading “Competence – IMCA workshop update and news of freelance materials”

IconProgramme for IMCA’s annual seminar published

The 20th International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar being held Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 November at the Okura Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands will get off to a flying start when keynote speakers including Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands; Andy Woolgar of Subsea 7 and IMCA’s current President; Ronnie Bonnar, Managing … Continue reading “Programme for IMCA’s annual seminar published”

IconIMCA publishes safety statistics for members for 2011

Every year the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) produces an annual report of safety statistics (covering fatalities and injuries) supplied by members. “Safety statistics are a useful insight into the performance of a company and industry sector in the areas of health, safety and environment,” explains Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA. We publish the … Continue reading “IMCA publishes safety statistics for members for 2011”

IconCall for papers published for IMCAs Dubai-based safety, environment and legislation seminar

A call for papers has been published for the 2013 International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) safety, environment and legislation seminar, which will be held on 19 – 20 February 2013 in Dubai, UAE with the theme ‘Major incident prevention in marine operations’. A template for submissions is available from events@imca-int.com, and the deadline for submissions … Continue reading “Call for papers published for IMCAs Dubai-based safety, environment and legislation seminar”

IconIMCA’s Marine Construction Contract revised and re-issued

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues (including liability and insurance), promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors. All are subject to revision to ensure usefulness to all stakeholders … Continue reading “IMCA’s Marine Construction Contract revised and re-issued”

IconSafe Management of Survey and Inspection Data – new IMCA publication

There is not a computer user alive who has not experienced the frustration of losing data – however, when talking about the safe handling and management of large volumes of valuable or significant survey and inspection data in the offshore industry, this escalates the problem from annoying to crucial and potentially costly. Technical developments have … Continue reading “Safe Management of Survey and Inspection Data – new IMCA publication”

IconIMCA guidance on Minimum Quantities of Gas Required Offshore

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Minimum quantities of gas required offshore’ (IMCA D 050) to address the minimum amount of emergency breathing medium (air or mixed gas) required to be kept at an offshore dive site before the dive commences, and during it. Helpfully , the new publication includes a useful equation … Continue reading “IMCA guidance on Minimum Quantities of Gas Required Offshore”

IconIMCA publishes revised Marine Inspection for Small Workboats

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) is well used throughout the industry, now, with smaller vessels in mind, a revised edition of ‘Marine inspection for small workboats (Common marine inspection document for small workboats)’ (IMCA M 189 Rev 2) has been published. As IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler explains: “The … Continue reading “IMCA publishes revised Marine Inspection for Small Workboats”

IconMaking Waves #63 – June 2012

Highlights from issue 63 of Making Waves Include: Report from our safety and environment seminar Spotlight on Dave Forsyth New MLC guidance DESIGN update Bridge team management

IconNitrox – IMCA publishes guidance on surface supplied diving ops

One of the most recent publications from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is ‘Surface Supplied Diving Operations Using Nitrox’ (IMCA D 048). Surface supplied diving is sometimes carried out using a breathing gas mix of nitrogen and oxygen, with a higher percentage of oxygen in the mix than in natural compressed air. The common … Continue reading “Nitrox – IMCA publishes guidance on surface supplied diving ops”

IconIMCA guidance on hold-back vessels during DP diving operations

New guidance has been produced by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) on the use of ‘hold-back’ vessels during diving operations. These are towing (or other) vessels that provoke additional security for DP (dynamically positioned) vessels engaged in critical operations by means of attachment by wire rope. “Our new publication (IMCA M 185 Rev 1) … Continue reading “IMCA guidance on hold-back vessels during DP diving operations”

IconIMCA publishes two new pocket safety cards

Safety Coaching’ and ‘Workplace Fatigue’ are the two latest pocket safety cards in the series published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) “These are card numbers 20 and 21 in the popular and effective series,” explains Hugh Williams, IMCA’s Chief Executive. “The safety coaching card includes a list of key aspects of the role … Continue reading “IMCA publishes two new pocket safety cards”

IconIMCA eager for feedback on industry-wide hyperbaric evacuation guidance proposal

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) set up an industry-wide workgroup during 2011 to develop guidance on hyperbaric evacuation. The work was split into five main topic areas: risk assessment, technical, operations, medical and standards. Hugh Williams, IMCA’s Chief Executive explains: “The standards subgroup has focused its attention on the development of establishing common technical … Continue reading “IMCA eager for feedback on industry-wide hyperbaric evacuation guidance proposal”

IconIMCA Asia-Pacific Section meeting in Singapore – all welcome

The next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association’s Asia-Pacific Section will be held in Singapore, at Suntec Singapore, alongside the Seatrade Offshore Marine Asia Exhibition, on 26 April 2012. Following a brief members-only meeting, all are welcome from 10.30. During the morning there will be an IMCA world-wide update encompassing all activities – Competence … Continue reading “IMCA Asia-Pacific Section meeting in Singapore – all welcome”

IconCEO of IMCA to stand down

The Chief Executive of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), Hugh Williams, 59, has announced his intention to stand down at the end of 2012 after 10 years in post. IMCA is the international trade association for offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies with about 850 members in over 60 countries all around the world. … Continue reading “CEO of IMCA to stand down”

IconStep change for IMCA’s annual safety and environment seminar

“The best ever” is the view of Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) on looking back at the association’s recent Annual Safety & Environment Seminar held in Rio de Janeiro. “Not only did we have more people than have ever attended one of these two day events in all of … Continue reading “Step change for IMCA’s annual safety and environment seminar”

IconeCMID Update #4 – April 2012

CMID Update is a quarterly newsletter related to the IMCA M 149 CMID inspection and the associated eCMID database, www.imcacmid.com. The newsletter keeps readers up to date with changes to the CMID, changes to the eCMID database and other developments, such as CMID workshops.

IconCall for papers published for IMCA annual seminar 2012

A call for papers for the 2012 International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar has been published. The 20th in the annual series will be held Wednesday 28- Thursday 29 November at the Okura Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands with the theme ‘Marine and subsea operations: a culture of sustainability’. “We are inviting members and non-members alike … Continue reading “Call for papers published for IMCA annual seminar 2012”

IconMaking Waves #62 – March 2012

Highlights from issue 62 of Making Waves Include: Changes to STCW Convention IMCA competence workshops Diving certification schemes update ROV workshop Spotlight on Bill Russell-Cargill

IconIMCA publishes guidance on subsea metrology

A new publication ‘Guidance on Subsea Metrology’ (IMCA S019) from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) turns the spotlight on subsea metrology, covers the basics of subsea metrology, engineering requirements, the different methods and technologies, and some of the advantages and limitations of each technique. “Subsea metrology is the process of acquiring accurate and traceable … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidance on subsea metrology”

IconIMCA publishes acrylic plastic viewports guidance

Acrylic plastic viewports in diving systems have been in satisfactory use for a number of years. However, the development of testing them by polarised light showed that there are various misconceptions about them. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has just released updated guidance on the topic. An initial guidance note which sought to correct … Continue reading “IMCA publishes acrylic plastic viewports guidance”

IconPetrobras keynote speaker at IMCA’s annual safety and environment seminar

Delegates from around the world are registering for next month’s International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Safety and Environment Seminar, with its theme ‘Risk and impact in marine operations’ (Rio de Janeiro, 21-22 March) which will focus to a large extent on process safety/asset integrity challenges in marine construction. The seminar is endorsed by IBP (Instituto … Continue reading “Petrobras keynote speaker at IMCA’s annual safety and environment seminar”

IconIMCA publishes information note on NDE testing of gas cylinders

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published an information note on non-destructive evaluation (NDE) testing of gas cylinders. Advancements in NDE testing techniques for gas cylinders have been the subject of extensive discussion by members of the IMCA Diving Division Safety, Medical, Technical & Training Committee (SMTT). A dedicated workgroup of industry experts was … Continue reading “IMCA publishes information note on NDE testing of gas cylinders”

IconUsing audits as a means for business improvement

Audits are fundamental to safe and efficient projects, whether they are audits (or assessments, appraisals, desk-top verifications, examinations, inspections, reviews, spot checks or surveys) of equipment, procedures, or the behaviour of individuals. Indeed, they are part of any safety management system (SMS). The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published an information note on Audits, … Continue reading “Using audits as a means for business improvement”

IconRisk and impact in marine ops – IMCA’s safety and environment seminar heads to Rio

The 2012 International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Safety and Environment Seminar, with its theme ‘Risk and impact in marine operations’ (Rio de Janeiro; 21-22 March) will focus to a large extent on process safety/asset integrity challenges in marine construction. “It is a new step to move slightly away from occupational health risks and look at … Continue reading “Risk and impact in marine ops – IMCA’s safety and environment seminar heads to Rio”

IconLifeboat hooks – new design requirements/industry guidance

In recent years there have been a number of accidents caused by the failure of on-load release hooks during lifeboat drills, which have resulted in seafarers being seriously injured and even killed. IMO has therefore been developing measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has been following the IMO discussions … Continue reading “Lifeboat hooks – new design requirements/industry guidance”

IconeCMID Update #3 – January 2012

CMID Update is a quarterly newsletter related to the IMCA M 149 CMID inspection and the associated eCMID database, www.imcacmid.com. The newsletter keeps readers up to date with changes to the CMID, changes to the eCMID database and other developments, such as CMID workshops.

IconIMCA to hold ROV simulator workshop at Oceanology International

The modern remotely operated vehicle (ROV) simulator is a very sophisticated piece of equipment, extensively used for training personnel both offshore and onshore. Simulators are being used increasingly for other applications including project modelling, tooling interfacing and accident investigation. With these diverse and increasing uses in mind, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is holding … Continue reading “IMCA to hold ROV simulator workshop at Oceanology International”