IconMaking Waves #73 – December 2014

Highlights from issue 73 of Making Waves Include: Dynamic Positioning: an in depth interview with retiring IMCA specialist Ian Giddings, on developments, where DP is heading next and what IMCA’s role is. US offshore wind – ready to go IMCA Annual Seminar 2014 highlights and insights IMCA D 016 revision ‘in the bag’

IconDawn of a new era for IMCA

To better represent its members, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is launching a new membership structure from 1 January 2015. A new IMCA membership category entitled International Contractor (ICo) will come into play in the new year. The existing contractor member category – previously named ICO – will be renamed Global Contractor (GCo). The … Continue reading “Dawn of a new era for IMCA”

IconIMCA’s regional director an observer to SSA Offshore Services Committee

Denis Welch, the recently appointed Regional Director Asia-Pacific of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), has been invited to serve as an Observer in the meetings of the Singapore Shipping Association’s (SSA) Offshore Services Committee (2013/2015). “We are delighted to hear this news so soon after Denis’s appointment,” says IMCA’s Chief Executive, Chris Charman. “As … Continue reading “IMCA’s regional director an observer to SSA Offshore Services Committee”

IconRecord number of safety incidents shared by IMCA members

Supplying information on safety incidents and thus contributing to safety flashes issued by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), is an important tool information and knowledge sharing tool. This year (2014) has seen a record number of safety incidents (over a hundred) issued in 19 flashes to members around the world. “This is a case … Continue reading “Record number of safety incidents shared by IMCA members”

IconIMCA makes key appointments in Asia and Australia & New Zealand

Two regional directors appointed by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) ensure that the association has an increasingly active presence in two key offshore oil and gas areas of the world – Asia, and Australia & New Zealand. Chris Charman, Chief Executive of IMCA, announced at last week’s IMCA Annual Seminar in London that Denis … Continue reading “IMCA makes key appointments in Asia and Australia & New Zealand”

IconIMCA annual seminar breaks all records – the ‘sold out’ sign goes up!

With over a week to go before the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar takes place at London’s Landmark Hotel, it has already broken all previous records, with over 500 delegates from 30 countries registered. Additionally it has nine sponsoring organisations, 34 exhibiting companies, and the seminar is endorsed by 14 organisations. “We are … Continue reading “IMCA annual seminar breaks all records – the ‘sold out’ sign goes up!”

IconIMCA signs agreement with China’s CDSA

During meetings held at the China International Diving, Salvage and Offshore Summit 2014, a Cooperation Framework Agreement was signed between the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), and the China Diving & Salvage Contractors Association (CDSA). “Working together we have one overall aim,” says Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director, … Continue reading “IMCA signs agreement with China’s CDSA”

IconWhere next for the offshore marine industry? Including information from exhibitors on what they will be featuring

This year’s International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar (Landmark Hotel, London, 19-20 November) has as its theme ‘Where next for the offshore marine industry?’ and focuses on the initiatives being employed to improve performance across all IMCA’s technical divisions – Marine, Diving, Offshore Survey and Remote Systems & ROV – as well as IMCA’s … Continue reading “Where next for the offshore marine industry? Including information from exhibitors on what they will be featuring”

IconIMCA reaches membership milestone

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) now has over a thousand member companies involved in offshore, marine and underwater engineering in more than 60 countries, delivering major offshore construction projects from arctic to equatorial waters. “This is an important ‘membership milestone’ for us, and for our members,” says Chris Charman, the association’s Chief Executive.”Ours is … Continue reading “IMCA reaches membership milestone”

IconIMCA issues revised version of key diving plant and equipment code

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced a revised version of ‘Code of Practice for The Initial and Periodic Examination, Testing and Certification of Diving Plant and Equipment’ (IMCA D 018 Rev. 1). The revision has taken place as part of the overall review of the DESIGN (Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note) documents … Continue reading “IMCA issues revised version of key diving plant and equipment code”

IconIMCA launches ‘Working in Confined Spaces’ DVD

More people die or are injured in enclosed spaces than through any other related onboard work activity – this despite numerous guidelines, safety regimes, operational procedures, manuals and assurance surveys. One of the most public ‘confined space’ disasters was that of the Apollo 1 capsule on 27 January 1967. At 6.30pm that evening one of … Continue reading “IMCA launches ‘Working in Confined Spaces’ DVD”

IconIMCA revises saturation (bell) diving systems inspection guidance

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA)Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems(IMCA D 024) has now been revised and updated to incorporate equipment improvements and changed operating practices since its first publication in 2001 as well as expanding the sections for the hyperbaric rescue unit, its launch system and its … Continue reading “IMCA revises saturation (bell) diving systems inspection guidance”

IconIMCA taking part in Tradewinds Offshore Marine Knowledge Leaders event

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is delighted to have been invited to send a representative to the TradeWinds Offshore Marine knowledge leaders’ dinner in Oslo on 8 September. “Mike Meade, CEO M3 Consultants Singapore, and the Marine Representative for IMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section will be representing us at this important industry event, which is the … Continue reading “IMCA taking part in Tradewinds Offshore Marine Knowledge Leaders event”

IconIMCA taking part in two important events in China

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will take part in two important events in China this autumn – Oceanology International China 2014 (OI China 2014) and China International Diving, Salvage & Offshore Summit-2014 (DSOS-2014). The association is an official supporter of both events, and is also fielding speakers. Nick Hough, Technical Adviser, Offshore Survey and … Continue reading “IMCA taking part in two important events in China”

IconIMCA to hold fibre and hybrid rope workshop in Amsterdam

High value subsea construction rope plays a crucial role in the subsea construction industry. A seminar being held by the International Marine Contractors Association in Amsterdam on Wednesday 29 October will enable attendees to fully understand, and become involved with the discussion on, what is what is required by the subsea construction industry. This includes … Continue reading “IMCA to hold fibre and hybrid rope workshop in Amsterdam”

IconNew technical adviser joins strong IMCA Technical Team

Chris Baldwin is the newest member of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Secretariat. He has joined the Team as a Technical Adviser following a short secondment from the Royal Navy. The association has a strong team of eight Technical Advisers working with Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. Chris has spent 29 years in the … Continue reading “New technical adviser joins strong IMCA Technical Team”

IconSafety and environment and diving statistics produced by IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced two important sets of statistics – ” and ”. “Safety and environment statistics are a useful insight into the performance of a company and industry sector in the areas of health, safety and environment,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.”And our diving statistic aim to give a … Continue reading “Safety and environment and diving statistics produced by IMCA”

IconBribery and corruption – a pressing issue around the world

Bribery and corruption is a growing concern for businesses in all sectors and jurisdictions. Corruption is a problem not only from an ethical and competition-distorting perspective, but also because of the substantial risk it creates to the reputation of affected businesses and the potential financial implications of a conviction, or even just the adverse publicity … Continue reading “Bribery and corruption – a pressing issue around the world”

IconIMCA competence workshop being held in Singapore

A competent workforce is a productive one, operating with fewer risks, meaning shorter downtimes and fewer injuries – all steps towards that much sought after industry ‘holy grail’ of zero incidents. Effective competence schemes established by companies of all sizes ensure confidence in the offshore industry, and that all appointed to safety-critical positions can carry … Continue reading “IMCA competence workshop being held in Singapore”

IconKeynotes will get IMCA’s annual seminar off to a flying start

Keynote addresses on both days at this year’s International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar (London, 19-20 November 2014) will ensure both days get off to a flying and highly relevant start. Following an introduction and welcome by Pascal Grosjean of Technip, Chairman of IMCA’s Europe & Africa Section keynote addresses on the conference theme … Continue reading “Keynotes will get IMCA’s annual seminar off to a flying start”

IconIMCA publishes ‘Guidance for Diving Supervisors’

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) ‘Guidance for Diving Supervisors’ (IMCA D 022 Rev 1), (formerly ‘The Diving Supervisor’s Manual’) has been updated to reflect the latest diving industry good practice for diving supervisors all over the world, and is now available online and in printed format. “Some of the most noteworthy changes to the … Continue reading “IMCA publishes ‘Guidance for Diving Supervisors’”

IconIMCA publishes revised Guidance on the Transfer of Personnel to/from Offshore Vessels and Structures

One of the activities specific to offshore operations is the transfer of personnel between vessels and other offshore structures. Such transfers can include movements of personnel at crew change and shift change from vessel to vessel and also between vessels, offshore structures (including offshore wind turbines), barges and crew boats as well as to and … Continue reading “IMCA publishes revised Guidance on the Transfer of Personnel to/from Offshore Vessels and Structures”

IconIndustrial strategy – progress update on UK government and industry partnership

The UK government has published the industrial strategy progress report, which highlights the achievements, latest activities and future priorities of the industrial strategy. The progress report provides a timely update on the eleven sectors: Aerospace Agricultural Technologies Automotive Construction Information Economy International Education Life Sciences Nuclear Offshore Wind Oil and Gas Professional and Business Services … Continue reading “Industrial strategy – progress update on UK government and industry partnership”

IconIMCA addressing personnel shortages at forthcoming Macaé meeting

The ways in which different sections of the offshore industry are approaching the pressing need of meeting the challenges of personnel shortages; coupled with identification of the attractive career development opportunities and frameworks offered to those recruited in – order to retain and develop them – will come under the conference spotlight in Macae, Brazil … Continue reading “IMCA addressing personnel shortages at forthcoming Macaé meeting”

IconIMCA’s Asia-Pacific meeting in Perth, Australia

A busy day lies ahead for members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) on Thursday 29 May when the Association holds its Asia-Pacific Section meeting in Perth, Australia. The open meeting for IMCA members, corresponding members and guests follows a closed early morning voting member meeting. From 10.00 the open meeting will consider competition … Continue reading “IMCA’s Asia-Pacific meeting in Perth, Australia”

IconIMCA video publications now available online

IMCA has produced a wide range of video publications, on subjects such as Competence Assurance, Piracy, Working at Height and Neurological Assessment of Divers. IMCA has now made these video publications available to view online to members and non-members alike. The videos can be found under their respective divisions: Competence and Training Safety, Environment & … Continue reading “IMCA video publications now available online”

IconLondon-based Anti-Bribery and Corruption Seminar being held by IMCA

Bribery and corruption is a growing concern for businesses in all sectors and jurisdictions. Corruption is a problem not only from an ethical and competition-distorting perspective, but also because of the risk it creates to the reputation of affected businesses and the potential financial implications of a conviction. “The increase in enforcement of national and … Continue reading “London-based Anti-Bribery and Corruption Seminar being held by IMCA”

IconIMCA publishes guidance on hyperbaric reception facilities

The safety of divers in saturation is of paramount importance. With this in mind, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) – Booth S18 at OTC 2014 – has published ‘Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for the hyperbaric reception facility (HRF) forming part of a hyperbaric evacuation system (HES)’ (IMCA D 053). “D 053 … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidance on hyperbaric reception facilities”

IconCall for papers open for IMCA’s London-based annual seminar

The call for papers for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) 19th Annual Seminar that this year will be held in London (19-20 November), is currently open with a closing deadline of 23 April 2014. “Our ‘Where next for the offshore marine industry?’ theme for this year’s event follows on from the theme of the … Continue reading “Call for papers open for IMCA’s London-based annual seminar”

IconJane Bugler to speak at Canadian Underwater Conference

Jane Bugler, Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be speaking on ‘IMCA Offshore – Changes to Guidance’ at the 2014 Canadian Underwater Conference and Exhibition with its theme ‘Man and Machine Underwater’, being held in Toronto on 6-8 April 2014. “I will be covering our most recent Diving Division guidance documents, … Continue reading “Jane Bugler to speak at Canadian Underwater Conference”

IconMaking Waves #70 – March 2014

Highlights from issue 70 of Making Waves Include: IMCA’s Vision & Strategy and the targets set for this year Our Competence and Training action plan for 2014 Updates to key IMCA publications Important diving safety alerts Spotlight On Ashutosh Chaudhary of Marine Engineering Diving Services

IconIMCA’s ‘DESIGN for Surface Orientated (Air) Diving Systems’ revised

‘DESIGN for Surface Orientated (Air) Diving Systems’ has been revised and updated by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to incorporate equipment improvements and changed operating practices since its first publication in 2000. The format has also been changed slightly to improve ease of use and provide better referencing. As IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler … Continue reading “IMCA’s ‘DESIGN for Surface Orientated (Air) Diving Systems’ revised”

IconIMCA publishes revised Inter-Vessel Survey Data Standard Telemetry Protocol

Small changes have been made to the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Inter-Vessel Survey Data Standard Telemetry Protocol (IMCA S 006 Rev.2) “Our publications are constantly reviewed and revised and reissued where necessary, it is important that they are ‘living documents’,” explains Jane Bugler, Technical Director of IMCA.”The small changes made in this revision to … Continue reading “IMCA publishes revised Inter-Vessel Survey Data Standard Telemetry Protocol”

IconWire Rope Integrity Management for Vessels in the Offshore Industry

Current state-of-the-art wire ropes, updated regulation references, and flow diagrams to assist with the wire rope integrity management process have been included in the revised ‘Guidance on Wire Rope Integrity Management for Vessels in the Offshore Industry’ just published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA SEL 022 Rev.1/ IMCA M 194 Rev. 1). “This … Continue reading “Wire Rope Integrity Management for Vessels in the Offshore Industry”

IconIMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section meets in Kuala Lumpur

The Asia-Pacific Section of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will hold one of its regular section meetings in Kuala Lumpur at the Impiana KLCC Hotel on Thursday 27 February, members and non-members alike are welcome to the meeting which will include three enlightening presentations and two workshops. The meeting, which includes a networking lunch … Continue reading “IMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section meets in Kuala Lumpur”

IconAssessing manpower demands and overcoming personnel shortages

All over the world headlines say much the same in a myriad of languages”Oil and gas sector poised for jobs and wages boom” – but where are the people to come from to fill the positions? Neil Evans, Technical Adviser – Competence & Training at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) aims to provide some … Continue reading “Assessing manpower demands and overcoming personnel shortages”

IconAmsterdam wire rope workshop

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Wire Rope workgroup has held three Wire Rope Workshops, the fourth in the series ‘Optimum System Design for High Value Subsea Construction Ropes’ will be held 18 March 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Amsterdam Airport. “Our bi-annual Wire Rope Workshops are proving extremely relevant and interesting. Over … Continue reading “Amsterdam wire rope workshop”

IconIMCA plays an active role at OI 2014

As a supporting organisation of Oceanology International 2014, the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology (London’s ExCeL, 11-13 March), the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is playing a very active role by holding an event on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) training and competence globally; presenting in the conference; being involved with the ‘careers … Continue reading “IMCA plays an active role at OI 2014”

IconTwo IMCA presentations at OSJ Annual Conference

Two presentations being given by the International Marine Contractors Association at this month’s Offshore Support Journal Conference in London, graphically demonstrate the association’s wide range of interests. IMCA’s Chief Executive, Chris Charman, will be speaking on 18 February in the panel discussion ‘Developing guidelines and standards for the European offshore wind industry’ at the pre-event … Continue reading “Two IMCA presentations at OSJ Annual Conference”

IconChris Charman talks to Pathfinder magazine

IMCA Chief Executive, Chris Charman talks to Pathfinder magazine, discussing an industry that is rapidly expanding and from whom the cry is “we need more skilled staff!” Chris’s discussion can be found on pages 23 & 24 of the online version of the magazine available at http://www.pathfinderinternational.co.uk/2013issues/pfoct13/.

IconIMCA safety and environment seminar 2014

DIARY DATE: Event: IMCA Safety and Environment Seminar 2014 Theme: Opportunities and Exposure in Marine Operations Dates: 19-20 March 2014 Venue: The Westin Houston, Memorial City, Houston, USA Further information: www.imca-int.com and from events@imca-int.com ‘OPPORTUNITIES & EXPOSURE IN MARINE OPERATIONS’ – THEME FOR IMCA HOUSTON-BASED SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT SEMINAR 2014 What are the risks in … Continue reading “IMCA safety and environment seminar 2014”

IconGuidance on Verifier Training published by IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Competence Assurance & Assessment guidance, originally launched in January 1999 and regularly updated (last update 2012), is designed to facilitate improved safety in the offshore industry by providing a framework for IMCA’s marine contractor members to assess and demonstrate to other the competence of their safety-critical personnel. Now new … Continue reading “Guidance on Verifier Training published by IMCA”