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IMCA features in Top Women in Shipping for first time

Margaret Fitzgerald, Head of Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs at IMCA was ranked joint 26th in All About shipping’s Top Women listing 2020. 1,580 women from all sectors of the entire shipping spectrum entered with 189 sharing the top 100 places. About Margaret Margaret joined IMCA in 2018 and is IMCA’s lead on both the newly branded Legal, Contracts, Insurance & Compliance Committee and the Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs Committee. She leads IMCA’s activities at the IMO and has been actively representing members during the COVID-19 pandemic through her involvement with a range of industry groups in support of

IMCA Safety, Environmental Sustainability and COVID Initiatives Awards: The Winners

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the winners of its 2020 Safety, Environmental Sustainability, and COVID-19 Pandemic Initiative Awards. Jumbo Offshore won the Safety Award for their ‘Mind Saving Rules’ with both Heerema and Siemens Gamesa shortlisted – the former for ‘Unmanned Topside Installation’ and the latter for their work on immersion suits during Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) transfers. Saipem was the winner of the Environmental Sustainability Award for the ‘Carbon Footprint’ programme with three other entrants shortlisted – Heerema for ‘Shore Power Caland Canal’; Solstad for ‘Solstad Green Operations’; and TechnipFMC for ‘Environmental Sustainability Initiatives’. JFD won

IMCA plays a key role in March’s European DP Conference

International Marine Contractor Association (IMCA) member companies and senior representative of the secretariat will play key roles in the European Dynamic Positioning Conference being held online on Wednesday 24 March. Visit our event pages for more details on conference or see below for further information on the virtual conference, organised by Riviera Maritime Media. As Mark Ford, IMCA’s Technical Director, who sat on the Advisory Board for the event explained: IMCA Contact Allen Leatt Chief Executive Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. “We congratulate OSJ on a great line-up

IMCA signs Neptune Declaration on Seafarers Wellbeing & Crew Change

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has joined more than 450 companies and organisations around the world by signing the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change in a worldwide call to action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by COVID-19. Launched to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos at the end of January, signatories to the Declaration are seeking to draw the world’s attention to the humanitarian issues and challenges seafarers are facing because of the restrictions implemented by Governments to control the COVID-19 pandemic. IMCA Contact Allen Leatt Chief Executive Contact This site

Rebrand of Contracts & Insurance

The Contracts & Insurance Committee has recently been rebranded to ‘Legal, Contracts, Insurance & Compliance’ (LCIC). The aim is to expand the participation of the Committee to include the Renewable energy players and widen the remit of the Committee to also address Anti-bribery, Corruption, Compliance as well as Contracts & Insurance. The Committee will establish specialist Working Groups under the parent committee to work on specific issues.

IMCA publishes Decommissioning Principles in Relation to DISMANTLECON

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘IMCA’s Decommissioning Principles in Relation to DISMANTLECON’ (IMCA CI 015) in line with the ‘IMCA Decommissioning Contracting Principles’ (IMCA CI007 Rev 2). This follows a detailed review of the text of DISMANTLECON by a working group established by the IMCA the Legal, Contracts, Insurance and Compliance (LCIC) Committee, who carefully studied both documents to verify that DISMANTLECON meets IMCA’s contracting principles. IMCA Contact Allen Leatt Chief Executive Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Margaret Fitzgerald, IMCA’s Head of Marine Policy and

COVID-19 Update: Swift COVID-19 vaccines urged for largest U.S. ports amid cargo backlogs

Reuters 21 January 2021 Members of Congress have joined state and local leaders in urging California officials to hasten COVID-19 vaccinations for workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s two busiest, hit hard by pandemic workforce disruptions and surging imports. As of Wednesday, 27 arriving container ships stood anchored off the twin ports complex waiting for berths to clear at terminals piled high with cargo from previous shipments, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The bottlenecks are comparable to those last seen in 2014-2015 at the height of a months-long longshore contract dispute

COVID-19 Update: International Investors Call on UN for Actions to protect Seafarers

The Maritime Executive – January 2021 A group of 85 institutional investors representing over $2 trillion in assets, joined forces calling on the United Nations to take further action to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis for seafarers brought on by the global restrictions enacted to control the coronavirus. In an open letter to the UN Secretary-General, the investors in consultation with key marine organizations such as the International Labor Organisation and the International Transport Workers’ Federation added their voice to the call to recognize seafarers as key workers and specific actions to ensure crews’ health and safety while maintaining global trade.

COVID-19 Update: Port of Santos workers will have priority in vaccination

Ministry of Health includes transport sector professionals among the groups that will receive the doses of the immunizer in the first group Transport professionals – considered providers of essential services for the development of Brazil – were included in the priority group in the vaccination campaign of the Ministry of Health against Covid-19. The measure is part of the agency’s technical report published on Monday (18). According to the document, truck drivers, port workers (including workers in the administrative area) and employees of national airlines, passenger and cargo subway companies, Brazilian shipping companies, as well as drivers and collectors of

COVID-19 Update: Netherlands Entrance Requirements

The Dutch Shipowners Association, KVNR, has advised that, as of 00.00 hours on Tuesday 29 December 2020 all nationals (including Dutch and other EU and Schengen nationals) are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result when arriving in the Netherlands from a high-risk area, and the exemption to this requirement that applies to seafarers. The relevant official information has now been published in English on the website of the Netherlands government. Currently almost all countries (including all EU member states) are defined as high-risk area.  The limited list of counties labelled as non-high risk (safe countries) is attached (Safe

Fuel Consumption Data Collection

Call to Action for Marine Members! IMCA is collecting fuel consumption data from its members, to enable us to effectively lobby IMO Member States for a carbon intensity indicator (CII) which works for the offshore sector. The current CII being used by IMO is based on cargo ships which is not a suitable metric for assessing the carbon intensity of the offshore sector. Support IMCA’s submission by submitting your fuel consumption data through a process managed by the Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs Committee. There are two periods you can submit data for – 2019 and 2020. Download the forms below and email

Annual Safety Statistics Submission – NOW OPEN

The window for submission of 2020 IMCA contractor member safety statistical data is now open and will close on Friday 9 April 2021.  Please see tiles at the bottom of the page for the following: Step 1 – Go to our data submission page Step 2 – Log In (set up account if not already done so) Step 3 – Submit Data Please browse to our Safety Submission Page. You will need to log in using your IMCA login details.  If you have not already set up an account on our upgraded website then you will need to do that first.  

Ensuring eCMID and eMISW Inspection Integrity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)’s Marine eCMID Committee considered the potential for remote vessel inspections at its December 2020 meeting, in light of ongoing restrictions at both national and company level due to COVID-19 that can limit both vessel access and the movement of accredited vessel inspectors (AVIs). The Committee determined that remote inspections using the eCMID/eMISW inspection templates would not be appropriate.  Some of the issues identified include: Connectivity and bandwidth issuesTime required of vessel crew and inspectors, and the quantity and complexity of information that would need to be transmitted and reviewedThe practical format of the inspection

Safety Flashes – Summary of 2020

Now Available – summary of IMCA Safety Flashes from 2020 This summary of 2020 Safety Flashes brings together the 148 incidents or events in 34 Safety Flashes and highlights key trends. All the published safety events or incidents are available on this website as individual web pages under our Safety Flash section. The events or incidents came to IMCA’s attention, or were reported to IMCA, between 2/10/19 and 9/11/20. Read the 2020 summary IMCA Contact Nicholas Hough Technical Adviser – HSSE and Offshore Survey Contact This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Making Waves – December 2020

CEO Update – December 2020 Welcome to the December edition of Making Waves, rounding off what has been tumultuous year for us all. Despite this, I am pleased to report plenty of successes and progress in 2020: We maintained full business continuity during all COVID lockdowns, and in fact the Secretariat has been working fully remotely since 13 March. The IT systems have worked very well and there has been no interruption in service to our Members. Our committee work has continued as planned, the document reviews and developments as planned, and our seminars and regional events have all taken

IMCA fully supports Seafarers Delivering Christmas campaign

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is supporting the Seafarers Delivering Christmas campaign, highlighting both the ongoing crew change crisis created by the pandemic and critical work of seafarers and offshore workers in keeping economies running (and gifts arriving) this Christmas. Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are currently stranded onboard and have been for many months. Others have found themselves unable to join their vessels resulting in a subsequent loss of income. Under the hashtag #SeafarersDeliveringChristmas, the maritime industry has come together to develop a range of initiatives to help show both gratitude and thanks to all the seafarers who

IMCA Podcast – Reflections on the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement

Nadine Robinson, IMCA’s Technical Adviser on Environmental Sustainability shares a podcast to recognise the 5th anniversary of the historic Paris Agreement. “I would like to spend a few minutes to mark the 5th Anniversary of historic Paris Agreement, which takes place Saturday the 12th of December.The coming together of 197 nations, five years ago to adopt the Paris Agreement was a significant moment for the world.  We strengthened our global response to climate change and galvanized not only the political will of governments, but also companies, investors, cities, states, regions and every day citizens.So five years on from the adoption

IMCA supports International Anti-Corruption Day – 9 December 2020

The International Marine Contractor’s Association (IMCA) recognises and supports the United Nations (UN) International Anti-Corruption Day which falls on 9 December. This year’s campaign entitled “Recover with integrity” aims to raise awareness of the risks of the increased potential for bribery and corruption brought about by, for instance, any  changes in government funding, trading volumes, and other activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN included a statement in its campaign: “that all governments, businesses, civil society and all stakeholders – must resolve to work together to promote accountability and end corruption and bribery.” International Anti-Corruption Day is an

IMCA to host webinar on the effect of energy transition on vessels

Europe & Africa regional webinar – 8 December 2020 Registration is open for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Europe & Africa Regional Webinar taking place on 8 December (10:00-11:30 GMT).The webinar will focus on “The effect of energy transition on vessels”. David Bloom, IMCA’s Europe & Africa Engagement Director commented: “With the world and our industry, accepting the need for energy transition, this creates a new market for many of the vessels historically working in the energy industries.  There will be opportunities to transfer expertise and many vessel owners are already looking at how they can improve and minimise