IconIMCA publishes report on Mini RadaScan system for DP operations

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world. IMCA has published a report, IMCA M 229 ‘Mini RadaScan microwave radar sensor for dynamic … Continue reading “IMCA publishes report on Mini RadaScan system for DP operations”

IconIMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting in Bergen

Three members of the technical team at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be attending the association’s Europe & Africa Section Meeting, which features eight highly relevant presentations being given by key offshore industry players, on Tuesday 24 November at the Clarion Bergen Airport Hotel. IMCA’s new Technical Director Richard Benzie and Technical Advisers … Continue reading “IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting in Bergen”

IconIMCA publishes shared use of sensors guidance

Two documents on the shared use of sensors have been revised and merged to form one common document recently published by the International Marine Contractors Association as IMCA S023 ‘Guidelines on the shared use of sensors for survey and positioning purposes’. Download this new document by clicking here. The document reaches the conclusion that provided … Continue reading “IMCA publishes shared use of sensors guidance”

IconIMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section meeting scheduled for Kuala Lumpur

Following an early morning closed meeting of the Asia-Pacific Section for voting members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday 19 November, at 10:00 the meeting, being held at the Novotel Kuala Lumpur, will be thrown open to all members and guests. Following a world-wide update on the work of … Continue reading “IMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section meeting scheduled for Kuala Lumpur”

IconIMCA holding South America Section meeting in Rio

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will hold a South America Section meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday 10 November at the Novotel Santos Dumont in Rio de Janeiro. Registration for this free-to-attend event is through events@imca-int.com Central to the meeting will be a presentation on IMCA M149, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) and … Continue reading “IMCA holding South America Section meeting in Rio”

IconInternational Marine Contractors Association annual seminar opens in Dubai

Over 325 marine contracting specialists and their oil company clients from 30 countries are in Abu Dhabi this week for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar which opens tomorrow (27 October) at the Jumeirah At Etihad Towers. With its theme ‘A health check for the marine contracting industry‘ the two-day seminar tackles topics … Continue reading “International Marine Contractors Association annual seminar opens in Dubai”

IconCloser collaboration between IMCA and ICES

Two recent events have highlighted how the International Marine Contractors Association and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) are working closely to promote the importance of hydrographic and civil engineering surveying in the marine environment and the competency of their respective members. Under the terms of the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed … Continue reading “Closer collaboration between IMCA and ICES”

IconUnder a month to go until IMCA’s annual seminar

DIARY DATE Event: IMCA Annual Seminar 2015 Theme: A Health Check for the Marine Contracting Industry Dates: 27-28 October 2015 Venue: Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE Sponsors: Northern Marine Manning Services, TPSMI, JFD, DP & Marine Assurance Norway AS, and Promar Further information:www.imca-int.com/events/annual-seminar-2015 and events@imca-int.com UNDER A MONTH TO GO UNTIL IMCA’S ANNUAL … Continue reading “Under a month to go until IMCA’s annual seminar”

IconNew Technical Adviser appointed at IMCA

John Bradshaw has joined the technical team at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as a Technical Adviser. Eight Technical Advisers work with the Association’s Technical Director, Technical Manager and technical committees from the global membership formulating IMCA’s work programme and developing guidance documents and reports aimed at increasing safety and efficiency within the industry. … Continue reading “New Technical Adviser appointed at IMCA”

IconIMCA publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has 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, the latest is the series is ‘IMCA Renewables Contracting Principles’ which can be downloaded from … Continue reading “IMCA publishes Renewables Contracting Principles”

IconIMCA Central & North America Section meeting in Houston

The next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Central & North America Section will be held Thursday 24 September 2015 at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel. The meeting will start at 08:30 and finish with lunch at 12:00. Registration is essential via events@imca-int.com In addition to general updates on IMCA activity, including … Continue reading “IMCA Central & North America Section meeting in Houston”

IconCMID inspector scheme reaches a milestone … and so does CMID

The CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) Vessel Inspector Scheme has reached a milestone with the hundredth Vessel Inspector application having been received. The Inspectors accredited so far are based in over 20 countries, with both the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) actively promoting the scheme globally. IMCA … Continue reading “CMID inspector scheme reaches a milestone … and so does CMID”

IconIMCA revises ‘Guidelines for The Use Of Multibeam Echosounders for Offshore Survey’

‘Guidelines for the Use of Multibeam Echosounders for Offshore Surveys’ (IMCA S 003 Rev 2) has been extensively revised by members of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Offshore Survey Division Management Committee, to bring it up-to-date with current technology and practice, and is now available for downloading free of charge for members and non-members … Continue reading “IMCA revises ‘Guidelines for The Use Of Multibeam Echosounders for Offshore Survey’”

IconIMCA publishes revisions of two important diving guidance documents

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published revisions of two important diving publications – Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for Mobile/Portable Surface Supplied Systems (IMCA D 040 Rev 1) and Mobile/Portable/Daughtercraft Surface Supplied Systems (IMCA D 015 Rev 1). Both documents can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website, with … Continue reading “IMCA publishes revisions of two important diving guidance documents”

IconIMCA to stage competence seminar in Aberdeen

‘Effective competence solutions’ is the theme of an International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Competence and Training Seminar to be held in Aberdeen on Wednesday 2 September 2015. It is aimed at competence and training (C&T) representatives and their offshore personnel as well as oil company representatives and providers of C&T solutions; members and other interested … Continue reading “IMCA to stage competence seminar in Aberdeen”

IconIMCA playing a key role in offshore wind safety

The Offshore Renewable Workgroup of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA|) is one of the association’s best attended workgroups, and the level of enthusiasm is not only seeing an increasing number of highly relevant guidance documents being published, but has gained IMCA a seat at the UK HSE GB ‘Offshore Wind Industry Leaders Workshop’ in … Continue reading “IMCA playing a key role in offshore wind safety”

IconSuccessful IMCA introduction for Singapore’s Denis Welch

Denis Welch was appointed the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Regional Director for Asia-Pacific in Autumn 2014 to ensure that the association has an increasingly active presence in this key offshore oil and gas areas of the world, an area where nearly 25% of IMCA member companies are based. He looks back over the period … Continue reading “Successful IMCA introduction for Singapore’s Denis Welch”

IconProgramme launched for IMCA annual seminar 2015 in Abu Dhabi

How fit for purpose are the practices and technologies we employ in our industry? asks the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in launching the programme for the 19th IMCA Annual Seminar. This year’s event, being held 27-28 October in Abu Dhabi, has the theme ‘A Health Check for the Marine Contracting Industry’ and will see … Continue reading “Programme launched for IMCA annual seminar 2015 in Abu Dhabi”

IconIMCA publishes world-wide ROV statistics for 2014

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) 2014 survey of remotely operated vehicle (ROV)s, and ROV personnel reveals that in February 2014 a total of 3,369 ROV personnel (superintendents, supervisors, pilot techs and other offshore ROV support personnel) were working, and in August the total figure was 3,617. The total number of ROVs in February was … Continue reading “IMCA publishes world-wide ROV statistics for 2014”

IconNew President for IMCA

Bruno Faure, Group Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations at Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry, has taken over the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the association representing the interests of over a thousand offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies in … Continue reading “New President for IMCA”

IconIMCA establishes open forum for cross-industry input to key guidance documents

A number of guidance documents produced over the years by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) have been open during the consultation stage to views from across the wider industry. Now to make input easier an open forum has been added to the IMCA website where all with an interest in documents being currently being … Continue reading “IMCA establishes open forum for cross-industry input to key guidance documents”

IconIMCA publishes annual safety and environmental statistics

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published its annual safety and environmental statistics. Drawn from 264 IMCA contractor members and based upon 798 million man-hours of work overall (558 million man-hours relating to offshore work) the 2014 dataset shows that the overall ‘flat line’ tendency in lagging safety indicators has continued in the longer … Continue reading “IMCA publishes annual safety and environmental statistics”

IconTwo key positions to be filled at IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is advertising for two key positions – a Chief Executive Officer, and a Technical Director. Recruitment is now underway with CurzonTrinitas Ltd and details of both roles, necessary qualifications and how to apply can be found on the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com/vacancies. IMCA is the international trade association representing … Continue reading “Two key positions to be filled at IMCA”

IconCompetence Assurance and Assessment: Marine Roles for Small Workboats – guidance published by IMCA

Following a number of incidents involving small workboats operating in the wind farm sector during 2012 and 2013, a need was identified to set out the elements of competence required for crews operating and working on small workboats. ‘Guidance on Competence Assurance and Assessments: Marine Roles for Small Workboats’ (IMCA C 017) has now been … Continue reading “Competence Assurance and Assessment: Marine Roles for Small Workboats – guidance published by IMCA”

IconCMID Accreditation Scheme update

Congratulations to Peter Solvang, Managing Director of DP & Marine Assurance Norway and Johan Bager, MD/Principal Surveyor at marine-surveyors.euon becoming some of the first CMID Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs). The new website is at http://cmidvesselinspectors.com with the registration application at http://cmidvesselinspectors.com/cmid-accreditation-scheme/application-process/. The site includes full information on IMCA, IIMS, CMID, and on the CMID Accreditation … Continue reading “CMID Accreditation Scheme update”

IconCompetence in the spotlight at IMCA Central & North America Section meeting

A series of presentations and discussions session on the all-important topic of competence will be held following the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Central & North America Section Meeting on 18 June at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel. The Competence Seminar, which takes place in the afternoon of 18 June is open to members, … Continue reading “Competence in the spotlight at IMCA Central & North America Section meeting”

IconIMCA South America Section meeting and Social in Macaé

The next South America Section meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be held 22 June in Macaé at the Mercure Macaé. The section meeting will incorporate a presentation and discussion session on the CMID Accredited Vessel Inspector Project, a presentation on competence and training and following the section meeting there will be … Continue reading “IMCA South America Section meeting and Social in Macaé”

IconIMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting and briefing session heads to Livorno in Italy

The International Marine Contractors Association Europe & Africa Section meeting, which combines a briefing session open to members, potential members and invited guests, with a drinks reception and dinner, takes place on Tuesday 9 June at the NH Grand Hotel Palazzo, Livorno, Italy. The day starts with a welcome and introduction by Sergio Cappelletti, Vice … Continue reading “IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting and briefing session heads to Livorno in Italy”

IconIMCA celebrates 20th anniversary

Over 120 members and guests from home and overseas attended the reception celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) last week (19 May). The reception followed IMCA’s ‘Allocation of risk in challenging current market conditions’ seminar organised by the association’s Contracts & Insurance Workgroup, for which over a hundred specialists – … Continue reading “IMCA celebrates 20th anniversary”

IconIMCA publishes security measures and emergency response guidance

The threat to maritime security from piracy, terrorism, criminal acts, and hostage and kidnapping threats continues to pose challenges to ships’ owners, masters and crew members, and has resulted in the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) (Booth S16 at OTC) publishing ‘Security Measures and Emergency Response Guidance’ (IMCA SEL 037, IMCA M 226). “Safety is … Continue reading “IMCA publishes security measures and emergency response guidance”

IconIMCA publishes guidelines for safe DP OSV operations

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations in close proximity to offshore installations. Dynamic positioning (DP) is well-established as a primary method of vessel positioning in the diving, drilling, construction, accommodation and shuttle tanker sectors, and is especially suited to deep-water developments. As development and management of DP becomes more … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidelines for safe DP OSV operations”

IconIMCA publishes Guidance on the Use of Simulators

Simulators are used for many purposes in the offshore industry such as for work planning/mission planning purposes including engineering development, procedure development, technical assessments, research, and asset risk assessment. Importantly too they are used in the training environment and as part of competence assessments where they enable measurable assessment of individuals in training to be … Continue reading “IMCA publishes Guidance on the Use of Simulators”

IconIMCA’s CMID: Applications for IIMS Accredited Vessel Inspectors open

Today (1 May 2015) is a significant date for both the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS), for it sees the website going live through which those wishing to apply to become IIMS Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) for IMCA’s CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) work on a global … Continue reading “IMCA’s CMID: Applications for IIMS Accredited Vessel Inspectors open”

IconIMCA publishes An Introduction to Inertial Navigation

The increased use of inertial navigation systems (INS), particularly in support of offshore survey, installation and inspection tasks, has emphasised the need for a general introduction and outline of the use of inertial navigation technology used offshore. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has risen to the challenge and published ‘An Introduction to Inertial Navigation … Continue reading “IMCA publishes An Introduction to Inertial Navigation”

IconCompetence seminar being held by IMCA in Mumbai

Competence & Training is a core activity of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), providing guidance on competence assurance and assessment, training, and information on recruitment and careers in offshore, marine and underwater engineering – and it is a topic that will come under the seminar spotlight next week in Mumbai when IMCA stages a … Continue reading “Competence seminar being held by IMCA in Mumbai”

IconPacked programme at IMCA Asia-Pacific Section meeting in Singapore

Sea Asia, being held next week at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore, is providing the ideal venue for an information-packed International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Asia-Pacific Section meeting to which guests are invited to hear a number of highly relevant presentations. A members-only meeting will be held until 10:00 on Thursday 23 … Continue reading “Packed programme at IMCA Asia-Pacific Section meeting in Singapore”

IconLaunch date for IIMS Accredited Vessel Inspectors announced

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) chose the final day of Ocean Business at Southampton (16 April) to announce the eagerly awaited start date for the IIMS accredited vessel inspectors (AVIs) scheme, for CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document ) work on a worldwide basis as 1 June. … Continue reading “Launch date for IIMS Accredited Vessel Inspectors announced”

IconSuccessful first Angola-based meeting for IMCA section

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) recently held one of its regular Europe & Africa Section meetings in Luanda, Angola. “This was a very successful ‘first’ for us,” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. “The event was co-hosted by Pascal Grosjean of Technip, Chairman of the Europe & Africa Section and IMCA Technical Adviser, Nick … Continue reading “Successful first Angola-based meeting for IMCA section”

IconIMO accepts IMCA paper as basis for updating DP guidelines

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to use the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) proposals as the basis for the review of the IMO Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems (MSC/Circ.645). The review will be taken forward by an IMO intersessional correspondence group that will further develop the draft, with a view … Continue reading “IMO accepts IMCA paper as basis for updating DP guidelines”

IconCall for papers for IMCA’s annual seminar opens

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has issued the call for papers for its Annual Seminar 2015 being held in Abu Dhabi 27-28 October, submissions on the theme of ‘A health check for the marine contracting industry’ should be submitted to events@imca-int.com by 24 April using templates available from the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com . … Continue reading “Call for papers for IMCA’s annual seminar opens”

IconMaking Waves #74 – March 2015

Highlights from issue 74 of Making Waves include: Cyber Security: we reveal facts, look at the current state of play and consider the security practices needed by our industry CMID V9 and a vessel inspector accreditation scheme gets nearer IMCA on the Indonesian map New riser boundaries offshore Brazil

IconSafety and survival key to survival, says IMCA’s President

“Our industry must prepare for times of change and turmoil and IMCA (the International Marine Contractors Association) – representing the marine contracting industry globally – must be in tune with our members and support them,” says IMCA President, Massimo Fontolan of Saipem as the fall in the oil price continues to dominate the headlines. With … Continue reading “Safety and survival key to survival, says IMCA’s President”

IconIMCA at EWEA Offshore: a members pavilion and a CMID seminar

Offshore renewable energy is playing an ever-increasing role in the working schedules of many members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) so this year IMCA has put together a pavilion at EWEA OFFSHORE in Copenhagen, the world’s largest offshore wind energy event. The pavilion will feature IMCA members as well as the guidance and … Continue reading “IMCA at EWEA Offshore: a members pavilion and a CMID seminar”

IconROV Intervention During Diving Operations

Safety is of paramount important offshore, and ‘Remotely Operated Vehicle Intervention During Diving Operations’ (IMCA D 054, IMCA R 020) is newly published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to provide guidelines for the safe and efficient offshore operation of ROVs in combined operations with divers in the same underwater space. “The guidance is … Continue reading “ROV Intervention During Diving Operations”

IconHyperbaric evacuation in the IMCA spotlight

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has recently published the revised document ‘Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems (HES) Interface Requirements’ (IMCA D 051 Rev. 1); and an Information Note that demonstrates the importance of cross-industry collaboration of a topic as vital to safety as hyperbaric evacuation. IMCA D 051 seeks to address the interface issues encountered when … Continue reading “Hyperbaric evacuation in the IMCA spotlight”

IconTime to talk PLCs in diving systems

DIARY DATE: Event:IMCA PLCs in Diving Workshop Date:11 March 2015 Venue:Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cost:free to attend but registration vital Further information and registration: events@imca-int.com Time to Talk PLCS in Diving Systems Since 2010 diving systems featuring programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have undergone rapid development. With use of these systems set to continue to rise, the … Continue reading “Time to talk PLCs in diving systems”

IconTurbine Transfers vessel Porth Dinllaen helps save cruise ship passenger

We all love a good news story, and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) delights in hearing good news involving seafarers. “We have just received a splendid story via the National Workboat Association (an IMCA member) involving one of Turbine Transfers’ vessels, and feel it is too good to keep to ourselves,” explains IMCA’s Chief … Continue reading “Turbine Transfers vessel Porth Dinllaen helps save cruise ship passenger”

IconUnderstanding biodegradable lubricants

A question often heard in offshore and marine circles is”What is a green oil?” That leads on to”What is an oil spill?” Following a successful workshop on the subject at the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar in 2012, a new publication ‘Understanding Biodegradable Lubricants: An Introduction to ‘Green’ Oil in Hydraulic Systems Offshore’ … Continue reading “Understanding biodegradable lubricants”