IMCA Awards 2020

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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 our awards programme in 2018 we have received entries showcasing a wide range of initiatives from our Members and I look forward to seeing this year’s submissions.  2020 has been a challenging year so far for our industry however, these awards programmes present an opportunity to promote some of the positive elements of our industry and development work that is happening on a regular basis. This year has brought new challenges and our members have risen to those challenges with new solutions.

We were scheduled to present the awards at our flagship event in London in October, however in view of the combination of challenges caused by both the pandemic and the economic issues our members are facing we have decided to postpone our event until 2021.  This year’s winners will be announced in November and presentation of the Awards will take place at the first suitable opportunity.”

Special Category for 2020
This year we are also inviting our members to share details of initiatives developed to specifically address key issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore we will be including a third category for nominations – COVID-19 Pandemic Initiatives.

Judging Panel and Criteria
The Judging Panel for the awards comprises two representatives from the IMCA Board of Directors, the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the HSSE Committee, the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Environmental Sustainability Committee and relevant members of the IMCA Secretariat. To ensure impartiality, the final members of the judging panel will be confirmed once all submissions have been received.

The Environmental Sustainability Award will be assessed on such matters as the scale of environmental benefit; innovation; commitment of the workforce; social and economic benefits; quantification of the improvements; and the possibilities for future development and entries certainly brought out many of these criteria.

For the Safety Award the criteria will include visibility and promotion of safety with the workforce; successful adoption and buy-in; improvement in safety behaviours; improved safety performance; and the possibilities for future development.

The criteria relating to entries in the COVID-19 Pandemic initiatives category should include a demonstrable benefit through the development of a new, or adaptation of an existing product or system, in support of medical treatment or medical services; protective equipment, adapting existing or developing new methodology, ways of working or systems in light of the pandemic

Safety lies at the heart of IMCA’s work, the association’s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt is proud to describe it as: “The golden thread running through everything that we do”. Environmental sustainability is one of two key strategic themes for IMCA (the other being digitalisation). COVID-19 has had a major impact on all aspects of our lives, personal and professional and continues to impact all industries worldwide.

DETAILS OF HOW TO ENTER are included below and in the Awards flyer

Environmental Sustainability Award
2019 – Subsea 7 and Eidesvik – Hybrid Life of Field Vessel ‘Seven Viking’.
2018 – TechnipFMC’s Marine Operation Services – eliminating use of single use plastics

Safety Award
2019 – Heerema – Tug Barge Access Gangway (T-BAG).
2018 –Joint winners MMA – Target 365: A perfect day every day and Subsea 7 for ‘Driving IMCA’s Resilience Awareness Programme’


2019 Award Winners 2018 Award Winners


How to enter

Details are below and in the Awards flyer

All entries should be submitted via email to

The winners will be based on the best environmental sustainability and safety initiatives developed by our member companies during the last two years. Entries submitted in previous years are permitted providing further developments and benefits of the programme can be demonstrated.

Entry details
You can submit:
  • an entry for a specific environmental project or a grouping of environmental projects and/or
  • an entry for a specific safety initiative or a grouping of safety initiatives.
  • an entry for a specific initiative developed in response to issues caused by COVID-19

For each submission:
1. Write an abstract of up to 150 words, and
2. Provide a more detailed explanation of no more than two pages of text explaining the initiative and showing the results.
3. Submit photographs, graphs and data demonstrating the impact of initiative

Please submit your entry to: