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Coming together to explore the new offshore environment

A sold out Lifting and Rigging Seminar saw more than 120 delegates join IMCA in Amsterdam to explore the tools, training, and technology of the “new offshore environment.” Across a full agenda featuring 16 speakers, several interactive sessions, and a collaborative workshop, attendees discussed safety best-practice and lift plans, operational technology, the latest innovations from suppliers, and related academic research. One of the highlights of our event calendar, the expertly curated Seminar from IMCA brings the lifting and rigging professional community together to shape our activity in this space, with discussions feeding into the future workplans of the Lifting and

New Code of Practice could save millions by preventing subsea cable failure

With some estimates putting the cost of subsea cable failure for Offshore Wind at more than £500 million in 2020, the average insurance claim worth more than £3 million, and an estimated 30% failure rate in any given year, IMCA has released a new Code of Practice to improve the installation of underwater power cables in offshore wind. The Code of Practice for Offshore Cable Laying in the Renewable Energy Industry (IMCA M264) addresses issues for the safe laying and terminating of offshore power cables to prevent damage, a significant challenge for offshore wind where rates of failure result in

IMCA chairs supply chain discussion at Reuters event

IMCA CEO Iain Grainger chaired a cross-industry conversation at Reuters Offshore and Floating Wind Europe in London on Thursday 26 October 2023.   ‘Scaling up the supply chain to deliver energy security ambitions’ brought together the industry to explore how best to meet local requirements in an era of global expansion, how we can invest in the right equipment, people and ports to boost capacity and capability, and how to meet ever-increasing demands for a sustainable approach. Joining Iain Grainger were Albert Clark, Head of Offshore Wind, Department for Business and Trade (UK Government), Sian Lloyd Rees, UK Managing Director,

Safety videos break 1.8 million views as new Thai language channel launches

A new Thai language YouTube channel has launched devoted to improving offshore safety. The channel, run by IMCA, shares 15 safety videos which have been translated from English. Available to all and for free, the videos ensure that offshore workers originally from Thailand can access safety information from IMCA in their native language.  Designed to offer a bite-sized and engaging means of accessing offshore safety best-practice, the videos are ideal for companies looking to complement their own internal safety awareness and training offering.  Among the videos launched are safety films on working at height, line of fire, confined space and

วิดีโอด้านความปลอดภัยของ IMCA มียอดดูทะลุ 1.8 ล้านครั้ง เมื่อมีการเปิดตัวช่องใหม่ที่เป็นภาษาไทย 

อง YouTube ภาษาไทยใหม่ ได้เปิดตัวขึ้นเพื่อมุ่งเน้นที่จะเพิ่มความปลอดภัยในงานนอกชายฝั่ง ช่องนี้ดำเนินการโดยสมาคมผู้รับเหมาทางทะเลระหว่างประเทศ (IMCA) มีการแชร์วิดีโอด้านความปลอดภัย 15 รายการ ซึ่งแปลมาจากภาษาอังกฤษ  วิดีโอนี้เปิดให้ทุกคนเข้าดูได้ฟรี เพื่อให้มั่นใจได้ว่าคนงานนอกชายฝั่งที่มีพื้นเพมาจากประเทศไทยสามารถเข้าถึงข้อมูลด้านความปลอดภัยจาก IMCA ในภาษาของตนได้  วิดีโอได้ถูกออกแบบให้มีความกระชับและน่าสนใจ เพื่อนำเสนอแนวทางปฏิบัติที่ดีด้านความปลอดภัยนอกชายฝั่ง วิดีโอเหล่านี้เหมาะสำหรับบริษัทที่ต้องการส่งเสริมความตระหนักด้านความปลอดภัยภายในองค์กรและด้านการฝึกอบรม  ในหมวดวิดีโอที่เปิดให้ดูจะมีวีดีโอความปลอดภัยในการทำงานบนที่สูง แนววิถีอันตราย ที่อับอากาศ และอุปกรณ์ยก  IMCA Contact Nicholas Hough Consultant – Safety and Security Contact Error: Contact form not found. วิดีโอความปลอดภัยของ IMCA เริ่มเปิดตัวในปี 2009 และวิดีโอภาษาไทยใหม่รวมอยู่ในช่องภาษาอาหรับ ฝรั่งเศส อินโดนีเซีย อิตาลี มาเลเซีย สเปน ตากาล็อก และโปรตุเกส  Nick Hough ที่ปรึกษาด้านความปลอดภัยของ IMCA แสดงความคิดเห็นเกี่ยวกับการเปิดตัวช่องว่า “วิดีโอของเรามีผลอย่างมากต่อความปลอดภัยนอกชายฝั่งที่มีการชมทางออนไลน์มากกว่า 1.8 ล้านครั้ง นี้เป็นแหล่งข้อมูลที่ดีเยี่ยมสำหรับบริษัทที่ทำงานนอกชายฝั่งทั่วโลก และเราได้ทุ่มเทกันอย่างหนักตลอดหลายปีที่ผ่านมาเพื่อแปลมัน ให้ผู้คนจำนวนมากที่สุดเท่าที่เป็นไปได้ สามารถเข้าถึงข้อมูลสำคัญและแนวทางปฏิบัติที่ดีในภาษาของพวกเขาได้”  “ผมมีความยินดีที่จะแบ่งปันช่องทางใหม่นี้ซึ่งจะเพิ่มความปลอดภัยสำหรับคนงานนอกชายฝั่งชาวไทยและบริษัทที่ทำงานในประเทศไทย ทั่วทั้งภูมิภาคเอเชียแปซิฟิก และที่อื่นๆ”  “ผมขอขอบคุณ Ocean Works Asia ที่สละเวลาแปลวิดีโอเป็นภาษาไทย และแบ่งปันให้กับเราเพื่อความปลอดภัยในการทำงานนอกชายฝั่ง”  อ่านเรื่องนี้เป็นภาษาอังกฤษ  ดูช่อง YouTube ของ IMCA ในภาษาไทย  HSSE committee Thai safety videos Story in English

Help shape the future of your industry

IMCA committee elections are on the horizon and a new cycle will start in 2024 with elections for Marine, Diving, Offshore Survey, Remote Systems and ROV, HSSE, and Europe & Africa all taking place next year. Being elected to our committees is a great way of influencing the future of your industry and offers the opportunity of shaping IMCA’s workstreams including the production of relevant guidance and information notes, inputting into our programme of industry events, and driving a proactive committee agenda. In return, IMCA expects committee members to provide between one and five hours a month (depending on the

IMO continues work on the Ballast Water Management Convention at MEPC 80

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (the BWM Convention) is intended to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another and damage to the marine environment from ballast water discharge, by minimising the uptake and subsequent discharge of sediments and organisms.  The Convention entered into force globally on 8 September 2017 and requires signatory Flag States to ensure that ships flagged by them comply with standards and procedures for the management and control of ships’ ballast water and sediments by requiring all ships to implement a Ballast Water Management Plan,

Scaling up the supply chain to deliver energy security ambitions

IMCA is delighted to be chairing a panel discussion at Reuters Offshore & Floating Wind Europe 2023 in London on 25/26 October. Bringing together developers, suppliers, investors, and policymakers, the two-day event features a range of senior business leaders from across Europe and takes place at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, Tower Bridge, London. Despite an incredible 50GW of projects expected to roll out in the next 24 months, and billions of euros in contracts ready to be unlocked, the sector is facing supply chain, infrastructure, and risk challenges. IMCA has been highlighting the need for more to be done in

Exploring alternative contracting models

We preview the upcoming IMCA Regional Meeting in North America on 2 November 2023. Book your place now. IMCA’s hybrid regional meeting brings together leading voices in the offshore oil and gas and wind industry to discuss how we can overcome the performance challenges we collectively face in North America, and how alternative contracting models can help us collectively meet the huge expectations placed on our sectors.  Challenging productivity, an adversarial and competitive working environment, and limited take-up of technology and innovation have impacted across the supply chain. Organising contracts around common goals with a focus on collaboration, cooperation, and

Limiting Underwater Radiated Noise (URN) at the IMO 

Underwater radiated noise (URN) from ships has been proven to have a damaging effect on marine wildlife and even marine plants of many types. Factors which have been identified as contributing to URN, include ship resistance and propulsion together with ship machinery systems and operational approaches.  For several years the IMO has been working on guidelines to mitigate the effects of URN and in 2014 it approved its first set of guidelines on underwater noise (MEPC.1/Circ.833). Since those guidelines were approved there has been a doubling of noise levels in the ocean.  IMCA Contact Margaret Fitzgerald Head of Legal &

Just one month to go until IMCA Lifting & Rigging 2023

The countdown is now on for our one-day Lifting & Rigging Seminar on Thursday 26 October 2023 in Amsterdam. This year’s event, the 11th in the series, focuses on “Lifting in the new offshore environment.” Over the years, it has generated a strong industry following due to an engaging line-up of prominent speakers, and this edition will be no different. It includes interactive Q&A sessions and practical technical workshops from offshore installation contractors, technology providers, academia, IMCA Members and the broader industry. Together, we will explore the challenges and opportunities in lifting and rigging. Curated by IMCA’s own Lifting &

Approved Diving System Inspector scheme progresses

IMCA has published two new Guidance documents to support the forthcoming Accredited Diving System Inspector (ADSI) scheme. Planned for release later in 2023, the scheme will become the industry-recognised professional accreditation for diving system inspectors. It also aims to improve the quality, professionalism and credibility of DESIGN diving system inspections – IMCA’s reference document for the equipment and set up required for safe diving operations. This will provide assurance that diving systems that have undergone a DESIGN inspection by an ADSI are both safe and fit for purpose. The ADSI scheme will be open to a range of personnel including

International Maritime club Awards celebrates sector in prestigious event

This week IMCA was named Best Maritime Compliance Organisation at the third International Maritime Club (IMC) Golden Shield Excellence Awards. The Golden Shield Excellence Awards recognise organisations who have earned national or international prominence in the marine, energy, cargo, oil & gas and offshore industries. They focus on leadership, statutory, regulatory compliance, innovation, management and administration, and trade and export services where the recipients have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and served as a role model for current and future organisations. IMCA was nominated for our commitment to safety over more than 50 years. Sir Sohan Roy, President of

New diving guidance on subsea power cables

New guidance from IMCA has been published to support the increase in diving work related to offshore renewable energy projects and subsea power cables. While subsea power cables have been in use for many decades to provide electrical power to islands, offshore installations, and subsea plant and equipment, the demand for subsea power cables has significantly increased in recent years owing to a massive growth in offshore wind farm construction projects. IMCA D 079 Subsea Power Cables is intended to assist IMCA Members in the identification and mitigation of potential risks when planning their diving projects on, or in connection

A busy summer of Member and stakeholder engagement

Following an extensive programme of speaking events and individual engagements with Committee and Board members, recently appointed CEO Iain Grainger has been meeting a number of external stakeholders. In late July, Iain and Technical Director Jim Cullen visited the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) London office to meet with Managing Director Karen Davis and Offshore Advisor Graham Coles. In August, Iain visited the Kincardine floating wind farm project located 15 km off the coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Joining him on the trip was our Director for Client Engagement – Europe & Africa David Bloom. The pair were shown around

Diving certificate forgeries discovered

During a routine review of recent diving contractor Membership applications, IMCA uncovered forgeries of UK HSE diving certificates, IMCA DMT certificates, and CSWIP 3.1U certificates. The certificates had several inconsistencies, including false serial numbers and duration validity irregularities, which led our experienced team of technical advisers to suspect their authenticity. IMCA’s concerns were brought to the attention of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who confirmed that the submitted certificates bearing the Executive’s logo were, in fact, forged. As part of an IMCA diving contractor Membership application, companies are required to provide evidence that they can assemble an IMCA

eCMID and eMISW vessel inspection templates updated

IMCA has released updates to its eCMID system which is designed to provide the marine and offshore industry with standardised formats for vessel inspection. These include revisions of inspection templates to address changes to IMCA Codes of Practice and Recommended Practice, as well as IMO regulations and the latest user feedback. The updated templates feature new advice on closing meetings (also included in the revised IMCA M 167 – Guidance on the IMCA eCMID System), deal more closely with pilot ladder inspections, and include revisions to the DP supplement which rectify inconsistencies and issues fed back by industry experts. The

IMCA welcomes two new members to the Secretariat

Two new additions to IMCA’s Secretariat will further enhance the team. Roger Moore has joined as a Technical Adviser for Remote Systems and Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) and Offshore Survey. Roger has been working in the ROV sector for over 27 years having previously held positions offshore, ranging from Trainee Pilot Technician to OPM, and onshore as an ROV Operations Manager and Technical Authority. Prior to this, Roger served in the British Army for the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers working on Chieftain Main battle tanks and receiving electrical, mechanical and hydraulics trade training. He has written several training programmes

New CPD requirements for Dutch air diving supervisors

Following negotiations with authorities in the Netherlands, IMCA has reached agreement for the use of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to recognise Dutch NDC-CI offshore diving supervisor certificates. Last year the UK’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE) removed requirements for supervisors operating in UK waters to undertake an exam, and the examination was subsequently withdrawn. As a result, the previous route to certification – where Dutch candidates were able to convert their certificate by sitting the exam – is no longer available. The changes mean NDC-CI certificate holders are now required to complete CPD to the same standard as IMCA-certified diving

Safer DP Annual Trials as IMCA reviews M 190 and M 191 following industry collaboration

We have updated our Code of Practice for Developing and Conducting DP Annual Trials Programmes and the Code of Practice for DP Annual Trials for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units. The revisions were designed to strengthen industry practices and eliminate some of the less safe processes around Dynamic Positioning (DP) remote trials adopted gradually before the COVID-19 pandemic and inadvertently legitimised by it. The changes to IMCA M 190 and M 191 raise the standard of DP annual trials and enforce a more robust interpretation of IMCA guidelines. The updates are written in clearer, more definite language to discourage misinterpretation when