IconMaking Waves #69 – December 2013

Highlights from issue 69 of Making Waves Include: The report on IMCA’s record breaking Annual Seminar in Singapore IMCA’s Vision and Strategy update from the President, Massimo Fontolan The findings from our commercial diver training survey IMCA’s upcoming ROV Training seminar Spotlight On Paul Evans of Fugro

IconIMCA publishes peripheral survey sensors guidelines

The newly published ‘Guidelines for the management of peripheral survey sensors’ (IMCA S 021) has been developed under the direction of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Offshore Survey Division management committee. Since the 1970s technology has been developed and applied in the offshore surveying industry to provide better and improved accuracy, quality, reliability and … Continue reading “IMCA publishes peripheral survey sensors guidelines”

IconOffshore renewables under the spotlight at IMCA’s Hamburg-based Europe & Africa Section meeting

Offshore renewable energy will be very much on the agenda when the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) holds the first ever meeting of its long-established Europe & Africa Section in Germany. With speakers from Technip, the German Shipowners Association, German Shipbuilders, Workships Contractors, Seaway Heavy Lifting, Bluewater, RWE, Vattenfall, ER Offshore and Global Maritime the … Continue reading “Offshore renewables under the spotlight at IMCA’s Hamburg-based Europe & Africa Section meeting”

IconSafe methods of working under the EWEA Offshore Conference spotlight

Effective sharing of marine construction experience, safe methods of working and recommended practice for offshore installation will lie at the heart of presentation by Alan MacLeay at EWEA Offshore 2013 in the ‘Synergies with other maritime technologies’ session on 20 November in the ‘Industrialising the supply chain’ track. The offshore wind energy industry does not … Continue reading “Safe methods of working under the EWEA Offshore Conference spotlight”

IconeCMID Update #8 – October 2013

In this issue: eCMID database statistics, guidance on annual inspections, forthcoming workshops and plans for the future – the next issue of the CMID and a possible mobile/tablet app.

IconSpotlight on Carl Annessa

In the ‘Spotlight’ section of the September issue of our newsletter, Making Waves, we interviewed Carl Annessa, a current member of the IMCA Marine Division Committee and the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. Here is the excellent interview in its entirety, in which Carl discusses his role at … Continue reading “Spotlight on Carl Annessa”

IconDelegates from 31 countries heading to Singapore for IMCA annual seminar

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar with its theme ‘Addressing the Challenges of new Frontiers’ being held in Singapore next week (6-7 November) has attracted a record-breaking number of delegates from 31 countries. “We have an extremely strong programme and are delighted by the international reaction which has seen a record number of … Continue reading “Delegates from 31 countries heading to Singapore for IMCA annual seminar”

IconJane Bugler speaking at NUI Diving Seminar

Jane Bugler, Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is to speak on ‘Learning from diving statistics and incident reporting – an IMCA perspective’ in the ‘Global Picture of Diving’ opening session at the Bergen International Diving Seminar 2013 being held in Bergen, Norway on 20-21 November. The seminar is organised by NUI … Continue reading “Jane Bugler speaking at NUI Diving Seminar”

IconIMCA annual seminar – all components in place

With its theme ‘Addressing the Challenges of New Frontiers’ the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar returns to Singapore after nine years with a programme that features keynote addresses, including one from a Senior Minister from the Republic of Singapore government; presentations, workshops and discussion. Offshore and onshore management and operational personnel from contractors, … Continue reading “IMCA annual seminar – all components in place”

IconFrom the President – October 2013

As the industry moves inexorably forward and looks further into the future, evolution is of course inevitable. In addition to working in new geographies and topographies, there are also changes to regulation, legislation and the environment, including the political one. These issues combine to make our contracting activities increasingly difficult; ever more complex, challenging and … Continue reading “From the President – October 2013”

IconMaking Waves #68 – October 2013

Highlights from issue 68 of Making Waves Include: Another successful Competence Seminar The MLC coming into force IMCA’s safety statistics report The revision to IMCA’s guidance on the use of simulators Spotlight On Carl Annessa

IconIMCA publishes Code of Practice for the use of High Pressure Jetting Equipment by Divers

Underwater high pressure water jetting equipment is used by fully submerged divers for cleaning, or cutting, purposes. Effective and safe operation of this equipment, and of its associated surface support equipment, is covered in the latest publication from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) – ‘Code of Practice for the use of High Pressure Jetting … Continue reading “IMCA publishes Code of Practice for the use of High Pressure Jetting Equipment by Divers”

IconIMCA publishes guidance on the use of simulators

Simulators are used increasingly in the marine contracting industry, in particular for training and competence purposes, but also for work planning/mission planning purposes including engineering development, procedure development, technical assessments, research and asset risk assessment. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a revision to ” (IMCA C 014 Rev 3). “This document, originally … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidance on the use of simulators”

IconUpcoming IMCA section meetings, seminars and workshops

There are several section meetings, seminars and workshops coming up in the IMCA Calendar. For more information on these, please see the list below. Workshops and seminars require prior registration, registration information can be found on the more information link for the event below. Date Event 19 September Central & North America section meeting. Click … Continue reading “Upcoming IMCA section meetings, seminars and workshops”

IconCall for papers for 2014 safety seminar

IMCA has issued a call for papers for the IMCA Annual Safety Seminar, taking place on 18-19 March, 2014 in Houston, USA, on the theme Opportunities & Exposure in Marine Operations. The deadline for papers is 20 September 2013, for more infomation including guidance on submitting a paper please see the Safety seminar page.

IconIMCA seeks a Technical Adviser

Job description IMCA, the influential international trade association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies is seeking a technical adviser to join the technical team supporting and implementing IMCA’s wide-ranging work programme. The role would suit an offshore professional such as a master or DPO, deck officer, engineer, offshore diving supervisor or someone with extensive … Continue reading “IMCA seeks a Technical Adviser”

IconIMCA launches new freelance competence materials

Raising the profile of the competence of offshore personnel, and the value of company competence schemes, across the marine construction industry is one of the core activities of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Following the development of freelance materials for its Offshore Survey and Remote Systems & ROV divisions, and a revision of core … Continue reading “IMCA launches new freelance competence materials”

IconIMCA consultation on international offshore diving code of practice

The ‘International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving’ (IMCA D 014), published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), provides advice on ways in which diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently. Risk management lies at its heart as it outlines minimum requirements, creating a safe ‘level playing field’ for all diving contractors. … Continue reading “IMCA consultation on international offshore diving code of practice”

IconBusy autumn ahead for IMCA’s DP specialist

Providing guidance on all aspects of dynamic positioning; technical reports and annual incident reports and analysis plays an important role in the work programme of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Speaking at conferences, communicating valuable messages that lead to ever-greater levels of efficiency and safety are also key to the association’s work. Marine Technical … Continue reading “Busy autumn ahead for IMCA’s DP specialist”

IconROV statistics 2012

Newly released remotely operated vehicle (ROV) statistics from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) show there has been an increase of members’ ROV-based construction, drill support and cable laying activities since IMCA started collecting figures on a worldwide basis in 2009. Additionally, cable laying activity, though a relatively minor part of members’ work overall, has … Continue reading “ROV statistics 2012”

IconPlans well advanced for IMCA’s annual seminar – in Singapore this year

‘Addressing the Challenges of New Frontiers’ is the highly topical theme for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar being held in Singapore 6-7 November 2013. The programme for the 18th seminar in the annual series is now online at www.imca-int.com/events/imca-annual-seminar.aspx and registration is open. Open to members and non-members alike, the seminar features … Continue reading “Plans well advanced for IMCA’s annual seminar – in Singapore this year”

IconMooring safety poster published

A new safety poster, ‘Mooring Safety’, from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) explains graphically the hazards that can be incurred during mooring operations. Eight key messages including ‘Always look where you walk’; ‘Don’t lose your head! Beware of snap back zones’; ‘Make sure that all grating and supports are in good condition’; ‘Always wear … Continue reading “Mooring safety poster published”

IconIMCA publishes Guidance on Occupational Health

Occupational health programmes aim to anticipate and prevent health problems caused by work. All companies should have in place appropriate arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the necessary preventive and protective measures for workers, taking into account the activities the worker will be undertaking. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) … Continue reading “IMCA publishes Guidance on Occupational Health”

IconMaking Waves #67 – July 2013

Highlights from issue 67 of Making Waves Include: FPSOs & Renewables: contracting issues addressed Website & social media update New competence initiatives IMCA Diver Medic Scheme revision Spotlight On Gavin Smith

IconeCMID Update #7 – May 2013

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.

IconDive technician competence and training published by IMCA

Competent and well trained technicians are vital for safe offshore diving operations. Equipment used to support and conduct diving operations requires technicians for its installation, maintenance, inspection, testing and repair. The correct functioning of the equipment is essential to the well-being of the divers and other members of the dive team. Contractors who use the … Continue reading “Dive technician competence and training published by IMCA”

IconIMCA publishes Crane Specification Document

Helping to make marine contractors aware of the various options available for consideration from crane providers is one of the key intentions of the newly published ‘Crane specification document’ IMCA M 171 Rev.1 from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) The document was originally published in July 2003, and having been recently reviewed now contains … Continue reading “IMCA publishes Crane Specification Document”

IconCompetence: Guidance on Assessor Training from IMCA

A competent workforce is more productive, operating with reduced risk, shorter downtime and fewer injuries. At the same time, there is need for a rigorous assessment procedure to be in place against which the workforce’s skills, forethought and judgement can be measured. With this in mind, the IMCA Competence Assurance and Assessment guidance was originally … Continue reading “Competence: Guidance on Assessor Training from IMCA”

IconIMCA publishes guidelines on ROV installation on vessels

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidelines for installing ROV systems on vessels or platforms’ (IMCA R018). The new publication is aimed at vessel and platform owner/operators and designers; ROV contractor representatives; client and contractor staff who prepare bid documents and contracts; installation and rig managers; vessel and ROV managers; and vessel designers … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidelines on ROV installation on vessels”

IconGuidance on DP jack-ups and use of dumb barges for offshore renewables sector from IMCA

An increasing number of members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) are involved with the offshore renewables sector and for this reason the association has published ‘Guidance for the Positioning of Dynamically Positioned (DP) Jack-up Vessels on and off the Seabed” (IMCA M 223) and an updated version of their information note The Inspection … Continue reading “Guidance on DP jack-ups and use of dumb barges for offshore renewables sector from IMCA”

IconKey IMCA document available for wide consultation

One of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) key Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Notes (DESIGN) – IMCA D 023 ‘DESIGN for Surface Oriented (Air) Diving Systems’ has been substantially revised, and is in its industry-wide consultation phase until 14 June 2013. “This is an important document and we have distributed the draft widely throughout … Continue reading “Key IMCA document available for wide consultation”

IconAirmic Conference 2013

On 10-12 June, Airmic Conference 2013, the biggest Commercial Insurance event of the year, is taking place in Brighton, UK. Over 800 industry buyers and sellers of the insurance market will attend, seeking to keep up-to-date with trends, discover new service providers, learn and network with their peers, and be inspired by keynote speakers. The … Continue reading “Airmic Conference 2013”

IconIMCA’s Contractual Relevance – Lessons Learnt event

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has, over the years, published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors. In recent years it has held an annual contracting event aimed at … Continue reading “IMCA’s Contractual Relevance – Lessons Learnt event”

IconChanges in regulation impacting DP under the conference spotlight

There are many recent changes in regulation and others on the horizon that will impact on dynamic positioning (DP). For this reason, Ian Giddings, Technical Adviser (Marine) at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will deliver a presentation ‘Guidance on the changes in regulation and legislation impacting on DP’ at the fifth European Dynamic Positioning … Continue reading “Changes in regulation impacting DP under the conference spotlight”

IconAirmic: Roads to Ruin – A Study of Major Risk Events: Their Origins, Impacts and Implications

IMCA Members may be interested to hear about the publication Roads to Ruin – A Study of Major Risk Events: Their Origins, Impacts and Implications which has been produced by Airmic, a fellow members’ association. The case studies outlined in Roads to Ruin consist of some of the world’s biggest organisations, with the risk events … Continue reading “Airmic: Roads to Ruin – A Study of Major Risk Events: Their Origins, Impacts and Implications”

IconThe importance of reporting DP station keeping incidents

Accurate station keeping is essential for dynamically positioned (DP) vessels, and learning from others’ experiences of incidents is vital. Ian Giddings, Technical Adviser (Marine) at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be speaking on the importance of IMCA Station Keeping Incident Reporting at the DPBrasil, the 1st Brazilian Conference on Dynamic Positioning, being held … Continue reading “The importance of reporting DP station keeping incidents”

IconCall for papers published for 21st IMCA annual seminar

Addressing the Challenges of New Frontiers’ is the theme of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar, for which the Call for Papers has been published. The 21st event in the annual series will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on Wednesday 6-Thursday 7 November. The call for papers, for which abstracts … Continue reading “Call for papers published for 21st IMCA annual seminar”

IconCompetence DVD published by IMCA

Competence and training are core activities for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). It provides guidance on competence assurance and assessment, training, and information on recruitment and careers in offshore, marine and underwater engineering to companies around the globe. Now to promote the importance of demonstrating competence in the workplace, IMCA has published a DVD … Continue reading “Competence DVD published by IMCA”

IconIMCA to hold competence workshop in Kuala Lumpur

A competent workforce is a productive one, and operates with fewer risks, meaning shorter downtimes and fewer injuries. Effective competence schemes established by companies of all sizes ensure confidence in the offshore industry, and that all people appointed to safety-critical positions can carry out their jobs in an effective manner. The International Marine Contractors Association … Continue reading “IMCA to hold competence workshop in Kuala Lumpur”

IconeCMID and CMID inspection report guidance

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) and its electronic version eCMID have proved invaluable by providing a standard format for inspection of offshore vessels. Its use promotes safety and efficiency and can help reduce the number of repeat inspections on individual marine vessels. It has nearly 1,750 users in 76 … Continue reading “eCMID and CMID inspection report guidance”

IconIMCA publishes updated DESIGN for saturation (bell) diving systems

Offshore equipment and operating practices are routinely improved in the constant quest for ever-greater levels of safety and efficiency. The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) newly published ‘Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems’ (IMCA D 024 Rev 1) reflects the changes that have taken place since its initial publication … Continue reading “IMCA publishes updated DESIGN for saturation (bell) diving systems”

IconIMCA launches new-look website

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has launched its ‘new-look’ website at www.imca-int.com, and is taking a more proactive role in promoting the work of its 900+ members in over 60 countries, highlighting the importance of marine contracting to the industries it serves, and to the global economy. “A new-look website is hardly news, but … Continue reading “IMCA launches new-look website”

IconMaking Waves #66 – March 2013

Highlights from issue 66 of Making Waves Include: Preparing for MLC Brand New IMCA Publications Global Updates Spotlight on IMCA’S New Chief Executive, Chris Charman

IconIMCA publishes guidance on RADius relative positioning system

The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has grown over the past 35 years, with reliable and robust methods of positioning essential for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. This growth has in turn stimulated the development of DP position measurement sensors which have become more sophisticated as technology has allowed. The International Marine Contractors … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidance on RADius relative positioning system”

IconHyperbaric Evacuation Systems Interface Recommendations published by IMCA

Proposals published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in ‘Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems (HES) Interface Recommendations’ (IMCA D 051) seek to address the interface issues encountered when a diving contractor needs to remove its divers from a stricken facility by use of a hyperbaric rescue unit (HRU). “This document is a ‘recommendation’ only,” explains Jane … Continue reading “Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems Interface Recommendations published by IMCA”

IconIMCA publishes guidance on safety in shipyards

Safety lies at the heart of the vast majority of the guidelines published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The latest ‘Guidance on Safety in Shipyards’ (IMCA SEL 032/M 221) is certainly no exception to the rule. Offshore vessels are the platform from which offshore project operations are undertaken. Consequently vessel owners will take … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidance on safety in shipyards”

IconNew IMCA President for a new year

Biennial changes at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) see Massimo Fontolan of Saipem taking on the role of President of IMCA, the association representing the interests of nearly 900 offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies in over 60 countries. Massimo Fontolan is currently Vice President Commercial, North Atlantic and Arctic at Saipem Ltd. In … Continue reading “New IMCA President for a new year”

IconConducting Annual DP Trials Programmes for DP Vessels

‘Guidance for developing and conducting annual DP trials programmes for DP vessels: Executive Summary’ is the latest publication from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The full guidance document was developed because there were widely differing approaches to annual dynamic positioning (DP) trials throughout the industry. This IMCA guidance (IMCA M 190) is designed to … Continue reading “Conducting Annual DP Trials Programmes for DP Vessels”

IconTwo new pocket safety cards From IMCA

Two new pocket safety cards have been published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). IMCA’s 22nd card covers electrical hazards attracting attention with its message”electricity can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to equipment”. It details the hazards, and provides bullet points on assessing and reducing the risks of electrical shock. The … Continue reading “Two new pocket safety cards From IMCA”

IconIMCA consultation on Guidance on Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is consulting widely, and globally, on new guidance on hyperbaric evacuation systems aimed at improving the safety of saturation divers throughout the world. “In 2011 we set up an industry-wide workgroup to develop the hyperbaric evacuation guidance,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.”The work was split into five main … Continue reading “IMCA consultation on Guidance on Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems”

IconeCMID Update #6 – January 2013

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.