IconAgencies in the United Nations issue a statement on Crew Changes

United Nations’ Agencies issue a Joint Statement calling on all Governments to immediately recognise seafarers as key workers, and to take swift and effective action to eliminate obstacles to crew changes, so as to address the humanitarian crisis faced by the shipping sector, ensure maritime safety and facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic Read … Continue reading “Agencies in the United Nations issue a statement on Crew Changes”

IconNew Module for IMCA’s Diving CPD

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) launches the third module for its App-based continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for Diving Supervisors on 1 September. The App incorporates the latest in training techniques to support Diving Supervisors in keeping up to date with current information and guidelines from IMCA. The new module Module three is now … Continue reading “New Module for IMCA’s Diving CPD”

IconImportant Update to COVID-19 Diving Information Notes

Please note the issue of two recently published Information Notes advising Members of IMCA’s current policy on:   Renewal of Diver Medic Certification During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Rev. 1 Updated Information Note:  IMCA D05/20 – Rev 1  ( link)   Policy for the validity of diver medicals during the COVID-19 Pandemic Updated Information Note:  IMCA … Continue reading “Important Update to COVID-19 Diving Information Notes”

IconMaking Waves August 2020

Keep up to date with the latest information from IMCA – read our August 2020 issue. In this issue we cover: eCMID Progressive Web App Addressing UK HSE concerns Latest COVID-19 updates on crew changes and diver medicals and training Upcoming regional and technical webinars

IconIMCA continues to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis surrounding crew changes

IMCA is collaborating with its International and European maritime social partners, the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) in writing to the EU institutions, i.e. the Presidents of the European Parliament, Council, Commission and to the German Presidency, as well as the heads of EU Member States on the … Continue reading “IMCA continues to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis surrounding crew changes”

IconSurvey on health protection measures on board ships in response to the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 related restrictions on crew changes have a major impact on the health and well-being of seafarers. Although some Governments have taken action to alleviate the situation, more than 200,000 seafarers are still waiting to be repatriated, many remaining on board long beyond the end of their original contracts. We would like to invite … Continue reading “Survey on health protection measures on board ships in response to the coronavirus pandemic”

IconIMCA launches progressive web app for eCMID

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announces the launch of its Progressive Web App (PWA) for its Common Marine Inspection Document system.   IMCA’s eCMID system provides the marine and offshore industry with standardised formats for vessel inspection. It offers a safety management system (SMS) ‘health check’ and can help improve the quality and consistency … Continue reading “IMCA launches progressive web app for eCMID”

IconMaking Waves July 2020

Read the latest information from IMCA – read our July 2020 issue. In this issue we cover: IOGP Life Saving Rules COVID-19 Industry Group breakthrough eCMID Findings AVI Courses online Improving Member Access IMCA 2020 Awards  

IconIMCA Awards 2020

Nominations are now being accepted for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) 2020 Awards programme. IMCA initially launched its Awards programme in 2018 to recognise the activities of its Members in the areas of Safety and Environmental Sustainability. This year we are also including a special COVID-19 Category. Allen Leatt, Chief Executive explains: “Since launching … Continue reading “IMCA Awards 2020”

IconIndustry Group Achieves Breakthrough as Governments around the World Pledge Action to Support Crew Changes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Industry Group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP, ISOA and the Workboat Association (details below) applauds the breakthrough at an international maritime virtual summit hosted by the UK Government on 9 July where 12 other governments also pledged their support for actions needed to ensure the welfare of the world’s seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continue reading “Industry Group Achieves Breakthrough as Governments around the World Pledge Action to Support Crew Changes during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

IconIMO supports Industry Group recommendations

The International Maritime Organisation has received Recommendations for port and coastal States on the prompt disembarkation of seafarers for medical care ashore during the COVID-19 pandemic, developed by a broad cross section of global industry associations in consultative status with the Organization representing the maritime transportation sector, including IMCA. Read the full IMO Circular Letter … Continue reading “IMO supports Industry Group recommendations”

IconIMCA continues to call on governments to recognise offshore energy sector workers and seafarers as Key Workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) supports the call to action for governments to recognise offshore energy sector workers and seafarers as Key Workers on a global basis. Offshore Energy workers and seafarers have not yet been classified as Key Workers in many countries. This means that crew movement to and from ships is severely … Continue reading “IMCA continues to call on governments to recognise offshore energy sector workers and seafarers as Key Workers”

IconInformation Note on COVID-19 and safely re-establishing working arrangements

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the global economy and continues to present the marine contracting sector with some significant challenges, particularly when in association with the effects of the recent fall in the price of oil. This Information Note provides members with information intended to help them safely re-establish working arrangements … Continue reading “Information Note on COVID-19 and safely re-establishing working arrangements”

IconMaking Waves June 2020

Keep up to date with the latest information from IMCA – read our June 2020 issue. In this issue we cover: IMCA talks to G+ Supporting Offshore Workers during COVID-19 Environmental Sustainability updates Upcoming Technical Webinar iAuditor Spotlight on DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme

IconIndustry Group urges the UK government to exempt all Offshore Energy Sector Workers from its Quarantine Restrictions

The global Offshore Industry Group, comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP and ISOA urges the UK Government to exempt all offshore energy sector workers from the 14-day quarantine restrictions introduced on the 8 June.   The Group has the support of the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization’s Secretary-General for its Recommendations (IMO Circular Letter 4204/Add.13) calling … Continue reading “Industry Group urges the UK government to exempt all Offshore Energy Sector Workers from its Quarantine Restrictions”

IconCelebrating World Environment and Oceans Days: Sustainability includes the Blue Planet!

Nadine Robinson, Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability Today marks the 46th year of celebrating World Environment Day.  The interconnected nature of environment, economy and society is more apparent than ever as we face the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since joining the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) three weeks ago, I have been engaging … Continue reading “Celebrating World Environment and Oceans Days: Sustainability includes the Blue Planet!”

IconIMCA Launches Unit Two of Diving CPD App

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has launched a new unit of its App-based continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for Diving Supervisors. The App incorporates the latest in training techniques to support Diving Supervisors in keeping up to date with current information and guidelines from IMCA. The scheme went live early in April with 250 … Continue reading “IMCA Launches Unit Two of Diving CPD App”

IconIMCA and Industry Group Target Governments on a global basis on behalf of Offshore Workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continues to play a key role in an Industry Group lobbying governments and maritime authorities on a global basis to gain support of an IMO a recommendation for authorities to facilitate the movement of offshore energy sector personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP … Continue reading “IMCA and Industry Group Target Governments on a global basis on behalf of Offshore Workers”

IconIMCA, together with industry groups, influencing key worker designation

ICAO, ILO, and IMO issue joint call to world governments on need for ‘key worker’ designations for essential air and sea personnel The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on 26 May 2020, in issuing a new Joint Statement on the need to ensure … Continue reading “IMCA, together with industry groups, influencing key worker designation”

IconSurvey to support implementation of IMO Recommended Framework regarding Crew Changes

Members are invited to complete a very short survey to support industry efforts to encourage Governments to implement the IMO Recommended Framework of Protocols for Ensuring Safe Ship Crew Changes and Travel During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic (Circular Letter No.4204/Add.14 of 5 May 2020) and facilitate crew changes throughout the pandemic in as many ports as … Continue reading “Survey to support implementation of IMO Recommended Framework regarding Crew Changes”

IconIMCA strengthens expertise in Environmental Sustainability

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) today confirmed the appointment of Nadine Robinson to lead the Association’s strategy on environmental sustainability. Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive stated “We are delighted to welcome Nadine to the team. Following our strategic review in 2017, we established our first dedicated committee on Environmental Sustainability, which has over the … Continue reading “IMCA strengthens expertise in Environmental Sustainability”

IconLobbying IMO on behalf of offshore workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is playing a key role in two industry groups lobbying the IMO to support a recommendation for Governments and national authorities to facilitate the movement of offshore energy sector personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is designed to ensure they are considered ‘key workers’, essentially to enable ease of … Continue reading “Lobbying IMO on behalf of offshore workers”

IconOne year on! IMCA DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Dynamic Positioning (DP) Practitioner Accreditation Scheme launched on 1 May 2019, has received close to 1000 enquiries in its first year. The Accreditation Scheme is the output of a cross industry workgroup consisting of DP vessel owners/operators, training providers, DP consultants, major energy companies and relevant organisations. This workgroup … Continue reading “One year on! IMCA DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme”

IconIMCA actively participates in eCMID online festival of knowledge

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be actively participating in an eCMID online festival of knowledge aimed at sharing the latest updates with Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs). The IMCA eCMID system provides the marine and offshore industry with standardised formats for vessel inspection and offers a safety management system (SMS) ‘health check’. Using eCMID … Continue reading “IMCA actively participates in eCMID online festival of knowledge”

IconIMCA and industry group lobbying IMO on behalf of offshore workers

IMCA is playing a key role in an industry group lobbying the IMO to support a recommendation for Governments and national authorities to facilitate the movement of offshore energy sector personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. An industry group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP and ISOA, having gained initial approval from IMO, has now formally written … Continue reading “IMCA and industry group lobbying IMO on behalf of offshore workers”

IconIMCA supports call to recognise all seafarers and offshore workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is supporting the call to action to recognise the significant efforts being made by seafarers and offshore workers globally during these challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Associations such as the International Chamber of Shipping, its members, shipowners and port operators are encouraging vessel masters to participate in … Continue reading “IMCA supports call to recognise all seafarers and offshore workers”

IconIMCA appoints DP Specialist to Technical Team

Mark de Barr has joined the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as Technical Adviser – Marine specialising in Dynamic Positioning (DP) and vessel assurance. Mark has joined the global trade association after working as freelance consultant engineer providing project management, inspections, audits and marine warranty services. His extensive career has encompassed roles with Bue Marine, … Continue reading “IMCA appoints DP Specialist to Technical Team”

IconIMCA shares COVID-19 Guidance

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continues to add to its dedicated COVID webpage a variety of information and links to be of use to its membership. The compilation includes COVID-19-related IMCA Safety Flashes and IMCA Information Notes, including those relating to the extension of renewal periods for certain industry recognised certificates e.g. for diver … Continue reading “IMCA shares COVID-19 Guidance”

IconIMCA announces successful launch of Diving CPD Scheme

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is pleased to announce the successful launch of its App-based continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for diving supervisors. The App incorporates the latest in training techniques to support diving supervisors in keeping up to date with current information and guidelines from IMCA. The scheme went live in early April … Continue reading “IMCA announces successful launch of Diving CPD Scheme”

IconIMCA COVID-19 Update

View COVID_19 update which collates the ongoing work of IMCA in tackling the many practical issues that have arisen as a result of lockdowns and travel restrictions. It also contains feedback from a number of Member companies and other associations on some current practices in addressing these problems. We would encourage our membership to share … Continue reading “IMCA COVID-19 Update”

IconIMO Secretary-General seeks UN support over “keyworker” designation for seafarers

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has asked the United Nations system agencies to support IMO in its request to governments to declare seafarers, port personnel and other crucial maritime workers as key personnel. Mr. Lim made the plea during a virtual meeting (1 April) with other UN chiefs and the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting addressed the impact … Continue reading “IMO Secretary-General seeks UN support over “keyworker” designation for seafarers”

IconIMCA actively participates in COVID-19 Pandemic Industry Group

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is part of a COVID-19 Industry Group which has collaborated with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) to develop a preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the pandemic. This COVID-19 … Continue reading “IMCA actively participates in COVID-19 Pandemic Industry Group”

IconNovel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Diving Contractors

Guidance for Diving Contractors is provided below and also available to download here 1           BACKGROUND The novel Coronavirus disease, now named COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has since spread worldwide with increasing signs that … Continue reading “Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Diving Contractors”

IconMarine and DP assurance – IMCA advice during ongoing COVID-19 situation

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and the extremely challenging times that many are facing, IMCA recommends the following approach to marine assurance activities, should it not be possible to obtain assurance services as a direct result in the vessel’s region of operation. This information is also available as an Information Note which can … Continue reading “Marine and DP assurance – IMCA advice during ongoing COVID-19 situation”

IconPre-registration open for Diving Supervisors Certification

IMCA is introducing a continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for diving supervisors, following a successful pilot which commenced in September 2019.  The CPD scheme incorporates the latest in training techniques to support diving supervisors in keeping up to date with the latest information and guidelines from IMCA. The CPD system will go live to IMCA’s … Continue reading “Pre-registration open for Diving Supervisors Certification”

IconIMCA’s DP competence assurance in the spotlight in Rio

Vessel and crew competence assurance were firmly in the spotlight at the South America Regional Meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in Rio de Janeiro which saw a record attendance of IMCA members and guests on 5 March. Following a global update on IMCA activity by Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, … Continue reading “IMCA’s DP competence assurance in the spotlight in Rio”

IconIMCA instrumental in IMO establishing Correspondence Group to revise Diving Code

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is pleased to announce that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) at its 7th session has endorsed the establishment of an intersessional Correspondence Group to progress the revision and update of the IMO Code of Safety for Diving Systems (resolution A.831 (19) and … Continue reading “IMCA instrumental in IMO establishing Correspondence Group to revise Diving Code”

IconChanges to schedule and format of some IMCA events

In consideration of travel restrictions being adopted by many of our Member companies, and in order to minimise risk, uncertainty and potential costs for our members, we have taken precautionary measures to cancel two technical seminars scheduled to take place early in June. The Lifting & Rigging and Competence & Training Committees will review their … Continue reading “Changes to schedule and format of some IMCA events”

IconIMCA driving collaboration offshore Brazil

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is presenting at The Global Offshore Brazil Summit in Rio de Janeiro on 3 March 2020. IMCA’s Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, and Fugro’s John Chatten, who is also IMCA’s South America Regional Chairman, will give a joint presentation on how IMCA is driving collaboration offshore Brazil. … Continue reading “IMCA driving collaboration offshore Brazil”

IconIMCA Diving CPD app exceeds expectations in trial phase

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has successfully completed trials of its Diving Supervisor CPD App. IMCA launched a pilot Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme for diving supervisors in September 2019. This followed announcements of the programme in November 2018, outlining the development of an App based scheme incorporating the very latest in training techniques … Continue reading “IMCA Diving CPD app exceeds expectations in trial phase”

IconIMCA successfully achieves ISO 27001 certification

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has recently passed an ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) Stage 2 Audit in addition to its annual ISO 9001 surveillance audit. ISO 27001 is the standard created by the International Organisation for Standardization which deals with Information Security Management and is a way of ensuring that information security risks … Continue reading “IMCA successfully achieves ISO 27001 certification”

IconIMCA speaking at Underwater Intervention in New Orleans

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is being represented by Peter Sieniewicz, IMCA Technical Adviser – Diving, at this year’s Underwater Intervention (UI) on 5 February 2020. UI, which takes place in New Orleans 4-6 February 2020, is the premier event for the entire underwater operations industry. Through compelling education and thought-provoking features, UI will … Continue reading “IMCA speaking at Underwater Intervention in New Orleans”

IconIMCA featuring in three key conferences in London

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is playing an active role in the forthcoming European Dynamic Positioning Conference in London on 4 February 2020. Reza Yaghoobi, Technical Adviser – Marine at IMCA will be speaking on ‘IMCA DP Assurance Initiatives over the past 12 months’, considering revised guidelines for developing and conducting DP annual trials … Continue reading “IMCA featuring in three key conferences in London”

IconIMCA at Subsea Expo2020

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is exhibiting at this year’s Subsea Expo between 11-13 February 2020 at the P&J Live in Aberdeen, UK. Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive said: “In IMCA’s 25th Anniversary year we thought it a great idea to participate in this event and create an open pavilion area to meet with our … Continue reading “IMCA at Subsea Expo2020”

IconExamination dates announced for 2020

IMCA has announced locations and dates for examinations for both the DP Accreditation Scheme and Diving certification. Click here to check the scheduled dates and locations. Please contact our accreditation and certification team to book your place or to find out more information.

IconSafety statistics for IMCA contractor members – 2019

The web-based portal is now open for submission of 2019 IMCA Contractor members’ safety statistics.  Please browse to www.imca-int.com/data/safety/submit, log in using your IMCA company login details and click on “Submit Data”.  You will then be taken to an easy to use web-based form. The window for submission of 2019 IMCA contractor member safety statistical … Continue reading “Safety statistics for IMCA contractor members – 2019”