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Navigating vessel compliance in the current and post COVID-19 world

Don’t miss the opportunity to register for the for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Europe & Africa Regional Webinar taking place on 1 December(10:00-11:30 GMT).The webinar will focus on the topic of vessel compliance during COVID-19 and how the pandemic might shape compliance processes going forward. Europe & Africa Committee Lead, Andre Rose commented: “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives has been immense, but its effect on our working lives is perhaps still not fully understood. Could new technology solve the maritime industry challenges or will it cause more disruption? We look forward to discussing this with

IMCA’s Offshore Wind Safety Webinar stresses the importance of collaboration

Collaboration, cooperation and the sharing of information emerged as top priorities in the recently held International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) offshore wind webinar ‘‘Health & Safety – Our industry’s priority’. Hosted by IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy Committee and chaired by the Committee’s Chair, Alan MacLeay, the webinar featured speakers from the UK Health and Safety Executive, the USA’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation and IMCA. As Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine at IMCA said looking back at the well-attended webinar: “The big plus was how well the

View the latest details on the Diving Supervisors CPD

Visit the Diving Supervisor CPD webpage to see the latest information. Included on this page are Frequently Asked Questions, Rules of Operation, a flyer along with terms and conditions and how to register. Diving Supervisors and Diving members should be aware that the CPD scheme becomes mandatory in 2021 so please do read the details available on this page. Diving Supervisors CPD Register FAQs Rules of Operation

Diver Safety: IMCA and ADCI work together to achieve US Coast Guard Recognition

A Policy Letter ‘Commercial Diving Operations – Equivalent Levels of Safety’ published by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was issued in October and applies to all USCG regulated vessels operating anywhere in the world. The Policy is not only set to improve US diving safety, but also bears testament to the combined efforts of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) who have worked closely together for many years. Their standards are publicly recognised in the Policy Letter, now in the public domain. The letter, which has been circulated to relevant organisations

Upcoming IMCA Webinars 2020

Visit our Events section to find out details of our upcoming webinars. Each of our regional committees will be hosting a webinar in the coming weeks. South America – 25 November Middle East & India – 26 November Europe & Africa – 1 December and 8 December North America – 3 December Asia Pacific – 9 December

IMCA Awards – Last chance to enter

The nomination process for the 2020 IMCA Awards is closing. Members have just a few more days to submit their entries. Categories: Environmental Sustainability Safety COVID-19 Initiatives Special Category for 2020This 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 CriteriaThe 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

Using our updated website

Welcome to IMCA’s updated website, we hope that you will find this site fast and easy to use. Logging In To broaden access to our materials, user login is now individual, rather than shared within our member companies. This means that anyone in a member company should be able to register and access all IMCA materials such as guidance documents, information notes, safety flashes, and minutes of our committee and regional meetings. Non-members can also register to purchase from documents from our store, with additional features coming soon. To log in to our website: Please register via the ‘Log in’

IMCA Offshore Renewables Webinar – ‘Health & Safety – Our Industry’s Priority’

With the aim of raising awareness of health and safety requirements, and the importance of sharing lessons learned within the offshore renewable energy industry, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is holding a webinar on ‘Health & Safety – Our industry’s priority’. This online event, hosted by IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy Committee on 17 November at 14:00hrs GMT, provides an opportunity for IMCA Members to participate in a session focusing on health and safety in the offshore renewables industry. The current agenda is as follows: Moderated by Alan MacLeay, Chair of IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy CommitteeAllen Leatt, IMCA Chief ExecutiveTrevor

IMCA to Withdraw eCMID Classic Windows Application due to Success of New App

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) eCMID system provides the marine and offshore industry with standardised formats for vessel inspection. Since its inception it has consistently evolved enabling Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) to use current devices to ensure a user-friendly effective solution. In July 2020 IMCA launched a new, cross-platform eCMID Inspection App that has proved so successful that its predecessor, the classic Windows application, will be withdrawn at the end of 2020. The app, available via any modern browser, mirrors the features of the existing Windows application and allows AVIs to complete and submit inspection reports electronically while on

Register for IMCA’s Diving CPD

Register for IMCA’s app-based continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for diving supervisors, which incorporates the latest in training techniques to support diving supervisors in keeping up to date with current information and guidelines from IMCA. Register here The scheme is currently voluntary and free to all IMCA certified supervisors with applications being accepted from both Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) and Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) supervisors as well About the App and Scheme The app is user friendly and can be used across many mobile devices and operating systems, on or offline, allowing users the flexibility of choosing when and

IMCA Publishes a New Code of Practice for Offshore Pipeline and Umbilical Installation Systems

In April 2019 the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA’s) Marine Division Management Committee set up a workgroup to focus on developing a code of practice for offshore pipelines and umbilical installation systems. Bringing together world-leading pipelaying contractors, Allseas, Subsea 7, McDermott, Saipem and TechnipFMC, the workgroup came together to share knowledge and best practice in order to establish a standard for the industry. This has resulted in the publication of the new ‘Code of Practice for Offshore Pipeline and Umbilical Installation Systems’ (IMCA M 253). The new Code of Practice includes all equipment required to lay the product safely and

IMCA Awards – Still Time to Submit Your Nominations

The nominations process for 2020 IMCA Awards is still open. All IMCA Members are welcome to submit their nominations. There are three categories for 2020: SafetyEnvironmental SustainabilityCOVID-19 initiatives Read about the criteria for nominations, the submissions process and previous winners Details of how to enter are included below and in the Awards flyer. Previous Winners IMCA Awards – Winners 2018 IMCA Awards – Winners 2019 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 –

Agencies 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 the statement here on our website      

Important 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 D19/20 – Rev 2.1  (link) Call to action Please ensure that you familiarise yourselves with these latest updates and share them with the appropriate individuals within your organisation. All previous versions of these documents have now been withdrawn.

IMCA 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 urgent topic of crew changes. The letters call for political leadership and commitment to the welfare of seafarers. These letters highlight the fact that all industry stakeholders have been working incessantly over the past months to ensure crew changes are able to happen. While guidance

Survey 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 you to take part in a short survey on health protection measures on board ships in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The objective of this survey is to gain further understanding of the health protection measures introduced by companies onboard their ships during the pandemic,

IMCA 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 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

IMO 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 No 4204/Add 23

IMCA 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 hampered by stringent border control measures adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a crisis at sea: there are 200,000 workers who have overrun their contracts and are currently stranded on ships. Another 200,000 are at shore, waiting to start their tours of