IMCA Central & North America Section meeting in Houston

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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

In addition to general updates on IMCA activity, including reports from the Section’s world-wide committee representatives and discussion of core activity issues relevant to members in the Central and North America region; and a similar update on technical division issues, there will be a presentation on an industry topic.

Peter Wallace of the BG Group will speak about ‘Class and Consulting in the Design and Assurance Processes of DP systems’.

A networking coffee break and the end of meeting lunch will provide networking time for members and their guests.

About IMCA

  • IMCA is an international association with over a thousand members in more than 60 countries representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA has four technical divisions, covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey and remote systems and ROVs, plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training, IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members.
  • IMCA Vision & Strategy. As a result of work and collective input in 2013, IMCA has redefined its stated core purpose to be”Improving performance in the marine contracting industry”. To achieve this goal, IMCA’s Vision & Strategy has been devised with two elements in mind: Core activities and ways of working.
  • IMCA publishes some 200 guidance notes and technical reports – many are available for free downloading by members and non-members alike. These have been developed over the years and are extensively distributed. They are a definition of what IMCA stands for, including widely recognised diving code of practice, DP documentation, marine and ROV good practice guidance, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) – now available electronically as e-CMID, safety recommendations, outline training syllabi and the IMCA competence scheme guidance. In addition to the range of printed guidance documents, IMCA also produces safety promotional materials, circulates information notes and distributes safety flashes.

About the industry IMCA serves

The marine contracting industry plays a vital global role. Its vessels account for 4% of the world’s maritime fleet. Collectively IMCA members employ some 350,000 people and have an annual turnover of around $150bn. They work in all the world’s major offshore areas, delivering large offshore oil and gas and marine renewables projects around the globe that quite literally fuel the global economy.