IconMaking Waves #81 – December 2016

This issue of IMCA’s quarterly newsletter features a review of IMCA’s recent diving seminar, which focused on updates to IMCA’s DESIGN documents and the industry’s latest operational and technological approaches.

Also in this issue: EGM supports IMCA governance update; security seminar urges preparedness; and Bryan McGlinchy features in the spotlight interview

IconIMCA turns out in force for Singapore-based Asia-Pacific Section meeting

The next Asia-Pacific Section meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will take place on Wednesday 30 November at the OSEA Exhibition & Conference in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. The day-long meeting will be attended by IMCA Chief Executive, ; Technical Director, ; and Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, . A cocktail … Continue reading “IMCA turns out in force for Singapore-based Asia-Pacific Section meeting”

IconIMCA publishes 2015 DP station keeping events and incidents report

The predominant main cause for dynamic positioning (DP) station keeping events and incidents for 2015 was thruster/propulsion, according to the recently published International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) ‘Dynamic Positioning Station Keeping Review: Incidents and events reported for 2015’ (M 233). This repeats the 2012, 2013 and 2014 findings. The second cause was ‘computer’ with ‘environment’ … Continue reading “IMCA publishes 2015 DP station keeping events and incidents report”

IconIMCA’s Human Factors in Modern Maritime Security seminar

Registrations for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) forthcoming Security Seminar being held in London on Thursday 10 November are coming from home and overseas, from companies and individuals concerned about the human factors on security in key areas of the offshore marine contracting industry, both in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy … Continue reading “IMCA’s Human Factors in Modern Maritime Security seminar”

IconIMCA launches new series of regulatory update bulletins

Today’s regulatory agenda is being increasingly driven by environmental issues. Shipping is under increasing pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to contribute to global efforts to counter anthropogenic climate change. The pressure is unlikely to abate; on the contrary shipping should expect these pressures to increase. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), which has … Continue reading “IMCA launches new series of regulatory update bulletins”

IconIMCA publishes guidance on the manufacture and safe use of cable-laid slings and grommets

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance on the Manufacture and Safe Use of Cable-laid Slings and Grommets’ (IMCA M179). The guidance was prepared by a working group of experts, and is intended to provide assistance to those concerned with the use of cable-laid slings and grommets used in engineered lifts for offshore … Continue reading “IMCA publishes guidance on the manufacture and safe use of cable-laid slings and grommets”

IconIMCA to Stage eCMID workshop During WindEnergy Hamburg

Improving eCMID report quality’ is the title of a workshop being held by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to coincide with WindEnergy Hamburg on Tuesday 27 September. The morning-long workshop will be held at Global Maritime’s Hamburg offices. IMCA’s Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) provides a standard format for inspection of offshore vessels. Its … Continue reading “IMCA to Stage eCMID workshop During WindEnergy Hamburg”

IconIMCA welcomes news of the Ballast Water Management Convention

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the news that the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017, and has produced a 12-point information sheet on the Convention for its members. The BWM Convention aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. It was … Continue reading “IMCA welcomes news of the Ballast Water Management Convention”

IconIMCA changes seminar format to suit members’ requirements

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is moving away from its traditional one-off annual seminar format to a series of subject-specific technical seminars and workshops spread throughout the year Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive explains: “The large annual seminar has served our members well but now the market has changed and so has our approach. … Continue reading “IMCA changes seminar format to suit members’ requirements”

IconMaking Waves #80 – September 2016

This edition features an in-depth look at how safety remains a top priority for IMCA and its members, even in difficult market conditions. We look at current safety initiatives and resources available to members and hear about the experiences of experts on the SEL committee.

Also in this issue: the latest rope forum, diving workshop and more.

IconeCMID Update #11 – August 2016

In this issue: Revised versions of CMID and MISW published; Watermarking and report cyber security; The AVI scheme: one year in; Continuing professional development points at eCMID events; What is coming next?

IconIMCA’s guidance on open parachute type underwater air lift bags revised

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has revised IMCA D 016 ‘Guidance on open parachute type underwater air lift bags’. The new version is now ready for free downloading from the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com. The guidance addresses the initial and periodic examination, testing, certification and maintenance of open parachute-type underwater air lift bags used … Continue reading “IMCA’s guidance on open parachute type underwater air lift bags revised”

IconIMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section meeting to be held in Bangkok

A number of topical presentations will feature at the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Section meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), being held at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday 17 August. Hosted by Denis Welch, IMCA Regional Director Asia-Pacific, the meeting will feature four guest presentations: ‘Getting paid: Dealing with insolvency and … Continue reading “IMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section meeting to be held in Bangkok”

IconIMCA strengthens its Council with two senior appointments

Two new representatives from the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) global contractors have been appointed to IMCA’s Council. Harke Jan Meek is Chief Commercial Officer at Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC). In this capacity Harke is a member of the HMC Board and responsible for the commercial and technology departments. He joined HMC in 2012 in … Continue reading “IMCA strengthens its Council with two senior appointments”

IconGuidance On Drug & Alcohol Policies and Testing From IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance on drug & alcohol policies and testing’ (SEL 040). It is downloadable free of charge to members and non-members alike at www.imca-int.com/media/252259/imcasel040.pdf Within its 28 pages there are sections on ‘Who should be tested? – Reasons for testing’; ‘Tests for drug and alcohol abuse’; ‘Urine testing’; … Continue reading “Guidance On Drug & Alcohol Policies and Testing From IMCA”

IconChange in concept of operation of IMCA’s CMID system

To say that there is a burden of over-auditing on the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) vessel operators is without doubt. In an effort to reduce this burden IMCA intends to improve the integrity and quality of their Common Marine Inspection Document system (CMID) by adopting a greater degree of oversight of the system. This … Continue reading “Change in concept of operation of IMCA’s CMID system”

IconIMCA appoints Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Strengthening its policy and regulatory affairs team, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed  as Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager to lead on worldwide policy and legislative issues, with responsibility for developing and delivering the international trade association’s policy and regulatory strategy, including representing members with regulators and other third parties. John joined the … Continue reading “IMCA appoints Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager”

IconIMCA’s Copenhagen meeting focuses on offshore renewables

Offshore renewables are very much in the spotlight at the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Europe & Africa Section meeting behind held in Copenhagen, Denmark on Tuesday 14 June, with five presentations on various aspects of the rapidly expanding sector. The meeting is open to IMCA members and other interested guests and is free to … Continue reading “IMCA’s Copenhagen meeting focuses on offshore renewables”

IconMaking Waves #79 – June 2016

In this edition of IMCA’s newsletter, Making Waves, our focus article reviews our recent Contracts & Insurance Seminar, which took place in London. The key theme of the seminar was the deterioration in contracting terms in the post-Macondo and post-$100 barrel oil business environment. Plus: Alan MacLeay on the growing offshore renewables market; Denis Welch on the state of play in the Asia-Pacific region; and key considerations for members ahead of the Ballast Water Management Convention coming into force.

IconIMCA CMID Workshop to be held at Seawork International

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is hosting a CMID (IMCA’s Common Marine Inspection Document) workshop at Seawork International on the morning of Wednesday 15 June aboard Ocean Scene, a vessel moored at the show which is being held in Mayflower Park, Southampton. The theme of the workshop is”Improving CMID Report Quality”. It will include … Continue reading “IMCA CMID Workshop to be held at Seawork International”

IconIMCA publishes revision to safe and efficient ROV operations guidance

Technical developments and operational experience are fundamental to the latest revision of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) ‘Guidance for the safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles’ (IMCA R 004 Rev 4). This can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com/media/72417/imcar004.pdf or via the home page at www.imca-int.com “The … Continue reading “IMCA publishes revision to safe and efficient ROV operations guidance”

IconIMCA’s 7th Rope Forum workshop scheduled for Amsterdam

‘Validity of rope discard criteria: Cost reduction within assured limits’ is the theme of the seventh Rope Forum Workshop organised by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The full day event (09:00-17:30) will be held at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Wednesday 22 June. “During the day we will be focusing on wire rope … Continue reading “IMCA’s 7th Rope Forum workshop scheduled for Amsterdam”

IconFull programme announced for key IMCA contracting seminar

The full programme for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) 2016 Contracts and Insurance Seminar – ‘Contracting in the new era’ – being held in London on Wednesday 25 May, is online on the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com. The half-day event at No 4 Hamilton Place focuses on the deterioration in contracting terms in the … Continue reading “Full programme announced for key IMCA contracting seminar”

IconKey DP documents revised and published by IMCA

Two highly respected International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) documents, often written into contracts by clients, have been fully revised and published. ‘Guidelines for the Design and Operation of Dynamically Positioned Vessels’ (IMCA M103 Rev 2), and ‘Guidance on Failure Modes & Effects Analyses (FMEA)’ (IMCA M166 Rev 1) are both now freely available on the … Continue reading “Key DP documents revised and published by IMCA”

IconIMCA Contracts & Insurance Seminar to explore ‘A dark period in contracting terms’

IMCA’s 2016 Contracts & Insurance Seminar, being held in London at No. 4 Hamilton Place on Wednesday 25 May, will focus on the deterioration in contracting terms in the post-Macondo and post-$100 barrel oil business environment. In particular, the seminar will consider the potential risks of unlimited liability – for pollution, damage to work and … Continue reading “IMCA Contracts & Insurance Seminar to explore ‘A dark period in contracting terms’”

IconIMCA CEO looks forward To Central & North America meeting

Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is looking forward to meeting members of the global trade association at the forthcoming Central & North America Section meeting being held in Houston on Thursday 21 April. “We have three days of meetings, comprising working sessions with our sub-groups and the regional meeting … Continue reading “IMCA CEO looks forward To Central & North America meeting”

Icon“Get back to basics” says IMCA expert due to speak at lifting conference

Getting the basics right lies at the very heart of safe lifting, and of the presentation that John Bradshaw, Technical Adviser at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), will deliver on 19 April 2016 at the 21st International Offshore Crane and Lifting Conference in Aberdeen. Lifting operations have long been recognised as being potentially hazardous … Continue reading ““Get back to basics” says IMCA expert due to speak at lifting conference”

IconIMCA to hold Hong Kong-based marine contractors briefing meeting

With three highly relevant presentations; a general update on activities of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA); and a detailed briefing on the activities of all six of the global association’s divisional activities, the up-coming Asia-Pacific Section meeting in Hong Kong on 6 April provides a one-stop briefing for members and non-members alike. “IMCA is … Continue reading “IMCA to hold Hong Kong-based marine contractors briefing meeting”

IconIMCA workshop at Oi2016: Shared Vehicle-Borne Sensors for ROV and Offshore Survey Applications

The rise of ‘ROV DP’, the capability to hold an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) stationary in the water column, has led to an increase in the sharing of ROV-mounted sensors, for ROV positioning, imaging and survey purposes. A workshop, organised by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) during Oceanology International 2016 (OI2016), will discuss the … Continue reading “IMCA workshop at Oi2016: Shared Vehicle-Borne Sensors for ROV and Offshore Survey Applications”

IconCommon Marine Inspection Document under the spotlight at IMCA meeting in Macae

The Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) will be coming under the spotlight at a meeting of the South America Section Meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in Macaé in Brazil on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 March. And, that is not all, Eduardo Gritti, of the Instituo de Ciências Náuticas (Institute of Nautical … Continue reading “Common Marine Inspection Document under the spotlight at IMCA meeting in Macae”

IconStrong DP focus at IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting

Dynamic positioning (DP) figures prominently on the agenda for the next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA’s) Europe & Africa section meeting being held in Paris on 3 March. IMCA members, and non-members from organisations wishing to learn more about IMCA and its activities, are welcome at the free-to-attend meeting, which features five … Continue reading “Strong DP focus at IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting”

IconIMCA publishes revision to wire rope integrity management guidance

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a revised version of ‘Guidance on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry’ (IMCA SEL 022 Rev. 2/IMCA M 194 Rev. 2). This is now available for downloading free of charge from the IMCA website. This document provides guidance on the necessary elements of … Continue reading “IMCA publishes revision to wire rope integrity management guidance”