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

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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, potential members and their guests includes a welcome and introduction by Neil Evans, IMCA Technical Adviser and presentations by Katie Hulin of Epic Divers on Establishing a Competence Management System; by IADC on Competence Assessment in the Drilling Industry; and ‘Impacts of SEMS on competence assurance’ by Charlie Williams, Center for Offshore Safety.

Following a coffee break there will be two group discussion sessions. The first, facilitated by Phil Miller of Subsea 7, will be on progress and associated issues relating to SEMS implementation and compliance; and the second on personal and training, facilitated by Neil Evans, will look at three key topics:

  • What skills shortages exist in the current climate?
  • Are companies doing anything different to train and retain people?
  • How is the downturn affecting recruitment practices in general?

A networking drinks reception will follow the Competence Seminar. Further information on all aspects of the day is available from and free registration is on the IMCA website at