Additional Diving Technical Adviser joins IMCA

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Tim Helsdon has joined the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) team as a Technical Adviser – Diving working with Bryan McGlinchy, the Senior Diving Technical Adviser, and fellow Adviser, Peter Sieniewicz.

Tim Helsdon

IMCA’s Diving Division has some 330 member companies globally and is concerned with all aspects of equipment, operations and personnel related to offshore diving operations. The Division provides its members with advice on ways in which diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently anywhere in the world. IMCA’s published documentation on diving includes nearly 60 guidance documents, numerous technical information notes and a large number of safety flashes analysing diving related incidents. The Diving Division also holds regular meetings and technical seminars (the next is in Singapore on 28 November). In addition, the Division represents its members in dialogue with other industry bodies, regulators, oil companies and renewable energy companies.

“Tim will be a great addition to our busy technical team. He has a lifetime’s experience in the diving industry and possesses in-depth engineering knowledge of life support and dive systems,” explains Richard Benzie, IMCA’s Technical Director.

“He has worked as a Life Support Supervisor (LSS), Dive Technician Supervisor (DTS) and Dive System consultant in the North Sea and elsewhere and has an extensive network of contacts. He has a long association with Bibby Offshore but has also worked for many other big names in the diving industry, including Rockwater, Coflexip Stena Offshore and Subsea 7.”

Tim is looking forward to his new role: “As a Dive Systems consultant with over 27 years of operational experience in the diving industry I have amassed a wide knowledge of key industry guidelines and feel that I have much to contribute. I have operated, maintained and installed portable, mobile and fixed diving systems on existing and new build vessels in various locations worldwide, and worked with class societies to restore lapsed classification notation to diving support vessels.”

“I have been fortunate enough to have direct experience working on projects with Draeger, Drass, Divex, Haux, Hydra Marine, Lexmar, Oceanwide, Schatt Harding and Parkburn. Now I can bring all my knowledge to bear in a role that means I can help to ensure ever-greater safety and efficiency levels in offshore diving around the world.”

About Tim Helsdon

Tim’s career started at Rockwater in 1989 and has included tenures with Coflexip Stena Offshore and Subsea 7. After a period at Smit where he was involved in the building, commissioning and operational deployment of the Smit nine-man portable diving system, he was engaged by Sealion to advise on the installation of the Drass Penelope mobile system on to the Toisa Proteus and other dive vessel related projects. Tim left Sealion to join Bibby in 2006.

Tim was with Bibby Offshore from 2006 until 2014, working initially on the conversion of the Bibby Sapphire. He was then selected for the Bibby Topaz design team, before moving on to restore the Aquamarine, and then taking the Toisa Polaris (now the Bibby Polaris) from delivery to full operational status. Thereafter he worked as senior DTS onboard the Toisa Polaris for two years.

Since leaving Bibby Tim has worked with Vard Fincantierri; Red7Marine Offshore; DSV Advisory and, most recently, Calypso Subsea Services Ltd.