IMCA addressing personnel shortages at forthcoming Macaé meeting

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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 next month.

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is holding a seminar ‘Addressing personnel shortages in South America’ (Teatro Sesi Macae Auditorum, Wednesday 4 June) aimed at interested offshore industry bodies, operators, contractors, academic institutions, training providers and personnel agencies working across South America’.

The day-long event is free of charge and open to all IMCA members and other interested parties, and will combine presentations and, at the end of each session, panel discussions,

Chris Charman, IMCA’s Chief Executive will welcome delegates with Nick Hough, Technical Adviser, IMCA Secretariat, launching the first session on ‘Industry Activity & Initiatives’ with his address”IMCA: Approaches to tackling personnel shortages and competence assessment’. Other presentations in this session see Luiz Lucio de Aragao Pedroso, Odebrecht Oil & Gas delivering’IADC: Industry initiatives to attract new personnel to the drilling industry’; and Petrobras providing the ‘Oil and gas operator perspective’.

With the theme ‘Contractors & Operational Specific Areas’ the second session of the day involves three offshore contractor perspectives by Fernando Orlandi, Saipem, Andrea Bittencourt, Subsea 7, and Danielle Cardoso, Technip.

Following lunch, attention will turn to ‘Academic Institution Activity & Engagement’ with Prof Giorgio de Tomi of the University of Sao Paulo looking at ‘University of Sao Paulo ROV Academy: A training centre for world-class ROV technicians in Brazil’ and a presentation by Prominp

“The industry needs more initiatives and partnerships like those of Prof de Tomi and the Marine Institute of Newfoundland, so we are glad he is able to join us again, after presenting with us in London earlier this at Oceanology International 2014, when e held a seminar on ‘ROV Training & Competence – Global approach, local delivery’,” explains Chris Charman.”This discussed a common approach to ROV training and how it can be delivered in different regions, including in the UK, Canada and Brazil where initiatives address the training of new ROV personnel.”

The final session of the day ‘Training Establishment Activity & Engagement’ sees Graham Gall, Falck Safety Services speaking on ‘Effective transition of people into the offshore industry’; a presentation by the Senai Training Centre; and summary and feedback from Chris Charman.

Further information on all aspects of the seminar is available from events@imca-int.com and from www.imca-int.com which also provides information on IMCA and its work on behalf of its 970+ member companies in over 60 countries. The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint