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Lifting & Rigging Seminar: High-value ropes and the new offshore environment

IMCA is delighted to share programme details for its Lifting & Rigging Seminar which takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Thursday 12 September 2024. Sub-titled, ‘Exploring high value ropes in the new offshore environment’, the Seminar will once again welcome the world of lifting and rigging to explore the latest best-practice, thought leadership from the sector, and technological innovation. Organised by the industry, and for the industry, delegates will hear presentations from AMC, Boskalis, Bridon Bekaert, Clausthal University, Heerema, Huisman, TechnipFMC, SBM, LRM-NDE, and Usha Martin. Alongside ample opportunities to build connections and network with colleagues, delegates will also be

Chris Lemons to share his survival story immortalised by Netflix, at IMCA Global Summit

We are delighted to announce that Chris Lemons will be the keynote safety speaker at the IMCA Global Summit in Utrecht, Netherlands on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 December 2024. He’ll be sharing his survival story, immortalised in the critically acclaimed Netflix/BBC documentary Last Breath, which is being developed into a Hollywood movie starring Woody Harrelson, Simu Liu and Finn Cole. Chris Lemons said: “I’m delighted to be joining delegates at this year’s IMCA Global Summit in Utrecht. Our story is a real-life reminder of the importance of IMCA’s mission and the safety challenges of working offshore, and it will

“Why risk it, just click it”

IMCA Board member G+ has launched a new safety campaign to encourage personnel aboard Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) to wear seatbelts provided. ‘Why Risk It Just Click It’ features an online video and an accompanying series of posters which can be downloaded from their website. These have been made freely available to the industry for use. The posters and video have been developed following the publication of G+ Recommendations on CTV Seatbelts and the development of a CTV policy. IMCA Contact Kate Harvey Board Member Contact Error: Contact form not found. G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation Download

New IP Code deadline approaches 

The International Code of Safety for Ships Carrying Industrial Personnel (IP Code) has been developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a mandatory code which enters into force on 1 July 2024.  The Code is intended to create the conditions for safe carriage of Industrial Personnel on ships and their safety during personnel transfer operations between the ship and offshore installations.  Industrial Personnel are defined as, ʺpersons who are transported or accommodated on board for the purpose of offshore industrial activities performed on board other ships and/or offshore facilities.ʺ  The IP Code is made mandatory through a new Chapter XV

Members demonstrate unwavering commitment to improving Safety

Annual safety figures compiled by IMCA show continuing positive offshore safety trends, as the hours recorded increased by more than 50% to 958 million hours, demonstrating Members’ ongoing commitment to improving safety. Key safety metrics registered improvements again this year, including the Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR), Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR), Safety Observation Frequency Rate (SOFR) and Fatal Accident Rate (FAR). The report also features comparative figures from stakeholder groups – including G+, IADC and IOGP – which allows for cross-sector comparisons. Split by business size, it also enables individual companies to benchmark their own performance with appropriately

Inadequate control on confined spaces highlighted in eCMID vessel inspection analysis

Analysis of more than 1,600 vessel inspection reports in year to 1 April 2024 reveals ongoing safety concerns over confined spaces. A new report from IMCA has analysed 1,611 standard vessel inspection reports uploaded to IMCA’s eCMID (Common Marine Inspection Documents) and eMISW (Common Marine Inspection Documents for Small Workboats) database in the previous year. The eCMID system provides the marine and offshore industry with standardised formats for vessel inspection. Offering a Safety Management System ‘health check’, it improves the quality and consistency of inspections, while reducing their frequency through the adoption of commonly recognised processes. IMCA Contact Mark Ford

IMCA donates £10,000 to Jason’s Beacon providing free Personal Locator Beacons to offshore workers

IMCA has donated £10,000/US$12,500 to a charity providing free Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) to offshore professionals working in US waters. PLBs are emergency rescue service aids which emit a signal allowing rescue workers to use GPS coordinates to find workers who are stranded at sea. The donation will enable Jason’s Beacon, a Texas based non-profit, to provide 35 beacons free of charge to verified offshore personnel working with US based companies. The charity was founded in 2021 by the family of Jason Willis Krell who tragically lost his life at sea in the Seacor Power Disaster on April 13, 2021,

Replay: DP Conference 2024

On Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 May, IMCA welcomed the world of Dynamic Positioning in Amsterdam to explore the latest trends, best-practice, and innovation with a focus on improving offshore safety. Commenting on the DP Conference 2024, Richard Purser, Technical Adviser – Marine said: “A huge thank you to everyone who made the Conference a success – from the speakers who gave up their time to present, to the delegates who came together in record numbers to explore the latest from IMCA and the industry in Dynamic Positioning. We hope you found the event engaging, informative and useful.” “We’re looking

Fuel Consumption data: Supporting our engagement at the IMO

We are reminding Members that our fuel consumption data collection initiative is open for 2023 data.   This supports IMCA’s work in assessing the most appropriate carbon intensity metric for the offshore sector and will allow us to engage the IMO and other bodies on the regulatory approach to reducing the sector’s GHG emissions.  Margaret Fitzgerald, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs at IMCA said: “I’d like to thank vessel operator Members who have been supporting our fuel consumption data collection exercise over the past four years.”  “We’d urge Members to continue this support by submitting their fuel consumption data

We welcome two new hires to the Secretariat

Alongside the recent appointment of Lee Billingham, IMCA is pleased to share news of two new hires in the Secretariat, with Jennifer Evans joining the Marine team, and Lou Bendall joining as Head of People Experience. Jennifer Evans, Technical Adviser – Marine Jennifer started as a BP engineer cadet and qualified with an HNC in Engineering and a Combined Engine & Steam Class 4 Certificate of Competency. She was promoted up the ranks before gaining her Chief Engineer’s Class 1 Motor certificate of competency. She has a strong background in Marine and Dynamic Positioning having worked with a range of

New Director of Strategy and Energy Transition at IMCA

IMCA has appointed a new Director of Strategy and Energy Transition, Lee Billingham. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, most recently at Innovateer which supported businesses with strategy development, on scaling sustainable technology, and in developing and commercialising new products and services. Prior to this, he worked for bp in a range of leadership roles. This included working on early concept engineering for major projects and as a Subsea Technical Authority where he oversaw the introduction of new technology, including the company’s first AUV pipeline inspection. He also represented the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) at

What International Day for Women in Maritime means to me

Every year on 18 May the IMO marks the International Day for Women in Maritime and this year’s theme is “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety”.  As well as celebrating the contribution of women to the maritime industry, there are real safety concerns for women working at sea such as inadequate protective gear, greater risk of injury due to the physically demanding nature of maritime jobs, sexual harassment and assault and critically, isolation and mental health. The IMO’s Symposium, “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety” will address these concerns by discussing ways we can

IMCA Global Summit: Programme announced

Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the IMCA Global Summit in Utrecht, Netherlands on 3 to 4 December 2024. Bringing our Members and the industry together to explore the major challenges we collectively face, the outline programme for our first global event since 2018 has been shared. With huge expectations to deliver the energy transition, while increasing energy security, our industry is facing a raft of challenges around the sustainability, safety,and people. The IMCA Global Summit’s programme has seven separate sessions, four workshops, three panel debates, and four high-profile keynote speakers. Commenting on the IMCA Global Summit programme

Regional round-up: Bringing our Members together

IMCA held three Regional Meetings in March as part of its IMCA Live programme of global events. IMCA’s Regional Meetings bring Members together to discuss industry issues, explore the latest in recommended best-practice from IMCA, and hear innovation and insight from external industry speakers. They also offer a great opportunity for Members to come together, network face-to-face, and meet IMCA’s technical and business development teams in person. Keep an eye on our regular newsletter Making Waves, on our LinkedIn channel, and on the IMCA website when new meetings are announced.Upcoming dates for your diary! Dubai (15 May) and Singapore (9

Collaborative IMCA and G+ Workshop advances safety for Walk to Work 

Following regulator feedback, offshore safety organisations combine forces to find new solutions to improving safety for Walk to Work.  A Workshop focusing on Walk to Work, organised by IMCA and the Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+), took place on Tuesday 9 April 2024 at the Energy Institute in London. Attendees, who were drawn from across the membership bases of the two organisations, explored ways of improving safety and performance by placing an emphasis on greater collaboration.   Over 50 experts on the topic attended, including Rhys Jones, Technical Adviser – Marine Renewable Energy, IMCA and Board Member Kate

New President and Vice President for IMCA 

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announces a new President, Luca Gentili of Saipem.   He replaces Jonathan Tame of Subsea7 who previously held the role and who, in accordance with IMCA’s constitution, came to the end of his two-year term. Hugo Bouvy of Deme Offshore is appointed as new Vice President.  Luca Gentili, Head of Assets, Fabrication and Project Services in Saipem, and new IMCA President said: “I’m delighted to be appointed President of IMCA and I am looking forward to continuing to work with the board, as well as with our CEO Iain Grainger.  IMCA has a key role to

Replay: ProjectGHG Forum

On Wednesday 10 April, IMCA brought the industry together to explore how the industry can meet ambitions from regulators, governments, clients, and colleagues on GHGs. The inaugural ProjectGHG forum was kindly hosted by IMCA Board Member Boskalis at their campus in Papendrecht, Netherlands. Together we welcomed around 100 delegates for a vital conversation on the changing regulatory framework, new carbon taxes, and shifting client expectations. The Forum also created a vital space for industry debates on the solutions required – notably around alternative fuels – and showcased inspirational best practice from Members. Commenting on the ProjectGHG Forum, Lee Billingham, IMCA

Amid rising tensions in Middle East, IMCA writes to Secretary General of UN

IMCA has joined 16 associations representing the maritime industry and has written to Secretary-General Gutteres of the United Nations (UN) to highlight the worrying increase in attacks on vessels, following the latest high-profile incident with MSC Aries in the Strait of Hormuz.  The letter, which was co-signed by IMCA CEO, Iain Grainger, reminded the Secretary-General that, amid rising political tensions in the Middle East, “innocent seafarers have been killed, seafarers are being held hostage.”   It called for an, “enhanced military presence, missions and patrols to protect seafarers against further aggression.” It also called for Member States of the UN to

Workshops reveal DP community’s views on GHG ambitions 

Last year IMCA held two workshops with the Dynamic Positioning (DP) community covering GHG emissions and the challenges for the industry to meet the more stringent IMO GHG Targets for the offshore fleet worldwide.   Held at the DP Asia Conference in Singapore in June 2023 and at the IMCA Regional Meeting in Rio de Janeiro on 9 November 2023, the two workshops reveal differing regional perspectives, as well as common concerns around the new interim targets.   In both Rio and Singapore, workshop participants were experienced DP professionals who shared their knowledge gained from years of working offshore.  Overall, both regions

DP Conference 2024: Bringing the Dynamic Positioning community together 

IMCA is delighted to share details of the programme for the upcoming IMCA Dynamic Positioning (DP) Conference in Amsterdam on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 May 2024.  Alongside a keynote from IMCA CEO Iain Grainger, the two-day Conference showcases thought leadership and best practice from a range of organisations including the Nautical Institute, Petrobras, DNV, Subsea7, Valaris, Simwave, and Kongsberg Maritime. It also features the latest thinking from IMCA on DP and Safety.  Interactive workshops on Walk to Work and Annual Trials and IMCA M190, as well as engaging panel discussions and Q&A sessions on assurance and training and Position