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“The longer you negotiate a contract, the less time you spend driving value…”

The inappropriate allocation of risk, need for new standardised contracts, and how increased collaboration can reduce waste and improve delivery, were key debating points from an IMCA hosted industry panel at Global Offshore Wind 2023 in London on 16 June 2023 which featured speakers from bp, GE Renewable Energy, and DEME Offshore. Held at the largest dedicated offshore wind event in the UK, the panel discussed the current opportunities and challenges facing offshore wind and how the introduction of sustainable contracting could alleviate pressure across the supply chain and unlock the investment required for the industry to meet government expectations

New guidelines for DP diving and umbilical management

IMCA is pleased to announce the publication of IMCA D 010 Rev. 4 Diving Operations from Vessels Operating in a Dynamically Positioned Mode and IMCA D 078 Guidance on Diving Umbilical Management. The two documents are closely related, and to conduct Dynamic Positioning (DP) diving operations safely, it is essential to follow the guidance contained in both publications. All sections of IMCA D 010 were closely reviewed during the revision process and the guidance now represents the latest industry thinking on the safe and effective management of DP diving projects. IMCA Contact Bryan McGlinchy Diving Consultant Contact Error: Contact form

New Code of Practice boosts safety of offshore DP Operations

IMCA has updated key guidance relating to the training and experience of Key Dynamic Positioning (DP) Personnel. Reflecting recent industry developments, the changes to IMCA M 117 The Training and Experience of Key DP Personnel cover new requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) while removing several ambiguities which had the potential for accidental or intentional misinterpretation. As a result of these improvements, the document has been regraded to a Code of Practice for IMCA Members, rather than recommended best-practice. This means that IMCA expects the highest-level of compliance on the updated content and approaches outlined in M 117 and reinforces

Taiwanese delegation gets safety best practice at HM Coastguard

On Monday 12 June, IMCA hosted a delegation of officials from the Taiwanese government. The group, made up of maritime safety experts and representatives working in offshore wind, joined Iain Grainger, IMCA CEO and Rhys Jones, Technical Adviser – Maritime, for a tour of the joint response unit of HM Coastguard in Fareham, Hampshire, UK. As well as a guided tour of the facility and its impressive command centre – which coordinates the coastguard’s response to emergencies across the South East of England overseeing between 2,000 and 5,000 vessels a day – the delegation also heard from Pete Lawson, Offshore Energy Lead of HM Coastguard,

Safety Seminar: Sharing insight and providing inspiration

Returning after a four-year absence, IMCA’s in-person Safety Seminar brought together members to explore the current safety issues in the offshore sector, notably the challenges in attracting and retaining the right people. Attendees at the event in Amsterdam on Tuesday 6 June 2023 heard from Iain Grainger, CEO of IMCA, who shared the latest industry safety statistics and posed the room the collaborative challenge of finding the ways to further drive down incidents. With a busy and informative programme of subject matter experts, inspirational best-practice, and thought-provoking presentations, the Seminar brought together HSSE and organisational leaders from across the offshore

ADNOC, Heerema, and MMA Offshore win IMCA Awards

The winners of the IMCA Awards, which showcase inspirational offshore safety and sustainability projects, were announced to the audience at the IMCA Safety Seminar in Amsterdam on Tuesday 6 June. Projects by ADNOC, MMA Offshore, Heerema Marine Contractors and P&O Maritime Logistics were recognised for their positive impact. IMCA Contact Iain Grainger CEO Contact Error: Contact form not found. Safety The judges selected both ADNOC and MMA Offshore who were announced as joint winners. Mohamed Ahmed Al Maflahi (ADNOC). ADNOC’s Smart Vessels project saw it implement next-generation AI-systems on more than 80 offshore vessels operating across six ports in the

Guidance on shallow water diving operations updated in Code of Practice

IMCA is pleased to share Revision three of its flagship guidance document on diving operations, the IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving (IMCA D 014). The revised guidance will be particularly helpful to those currently managing shallow water diving operations in the offshore wind industry. The latest revision clarifies the types of commercial diving activities covered by the Code, as well as introducing new guidance on therapeutic chamber availability where offshore diving operations inside territorial waters are conducted in less than 10m (33ft) of seawater. IMCA Diving Manager Bryan McGlinchy said: “Shallow water diving operations are sometimes undertaken

Module four launches on IMCA Key Personnel DP App

We are delighted to share details of the latest addition to our IMCA Key Personnel DP App, with a fourth module released focusing on field arrival trials, SIMOPS and laser position references. The update comes following the introduction of new rules by the Nautical Institute which require Dynamic Positioning Operators to demonstrate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) throughout their careers. The IMCA Key Personnel DP App is one means of ensuring that DP Operators can simply meet their new CPD requirements cost-effectively. An NI accredited scheme, it links directly to users’ profiles in the NI’s Alexis platform, providing ongoing proof of

IMCA panel explores sustainable contracts at Global Offshore Wind

IMCA is hosting a panel on sustainable contracting at Global Offshore Wind in London with guests from BP, GE Renewable Energy, and DEME Offshore, on Thursday 15 June at 1.15pm. The panel discussion, which will be compered by IMCA CEO Iain Grainger, will take place on day two of the UK’s largest dedicated offshore wind event. Joining him on stage will be Hugo Bouvy (Deme Offshore), Richard Haydock (BP), and Richard Huxley (GE Renewable Energy). Together the panel will discuss how the offshore and energy sectors can come together to collaboratively address the risk and cost challenges that offshore wind is facing around

Technical concerns in eCMID vessel inspection analysis

New in-depth analysis on IMCA’s industry vessel inspection programmes, eCMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) and eMISW (Common Marine Inspection Document for Small Workboats), reveals ongoing concerns around technical inspections, the controlled entry into confined spaces, cyber security, as well as defects to life-saving appliances. IMCA eCMID System Annual Report 2022/23 (M 262) analysed the 1,539 reports on vessel inspections undertaken and uploaded to the eCMID database between April 2022 and April 2023, finding common themes and areas of particular focus. Of the 761 eCMID inspections, around 10% did not have a technical inspection carried out by the vessel operator, 9%

Safety Statistics for 2022 released. Download now.

Pulling together data from across our membership base, as well as insight gleaned from our popular Safety Flashes, IMCA’s statistical report presents a snapshot of safety performance in our industry over the last calendar year. After a challenging post-covid year in 2021, safety data is showing improving trends across the major metrics collected from incidents at contractor members. In addition to IMCA data, the report also features comparative figures from related stakeholder groups working in the broader industry – including G+, IADC and IOGP – which allows for cross-sector comparisons. With a split by business size, it also enables individual

IMCA Awards: Showcasing Safety and Sustainability best-practice

Showcasing positive, inspirational, and impactful initiatives in Safety and Environmental Sustainability from across its membership base, the winners of IMCA’s Awards 2022 will be announced at our forthcoming Safety Seminar which takes place in Amsterdam on 6 June 2023. The shortlisted entries are as follows… IMCA Contact Allen Leatt Chief Executive Contact Error: Contact form not found. Safety: ADNOC – Smart Safety Vessels – Implementing next-generation AI systems on more than 80 offshore vessels operating across six ports in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Global Gases – Behavioural Safety campaign – A series of tools, campaigns, competitions, and communication activity

DP Conference: Shaping the future of Dynamic Positioning

150 attendees from around the world joined IMCA in Amsterdam for the 2023 edition of its Dynamic Positioning conference. Bringing the industry together to hear from industry leaders, join in sector-wide discussions and debates, and receive the latest from IMCA on guidance and certification, our two-day annual conference is a great opportunity for attendees to shape the future of Dynamic Positioning. Across a full programme of high-profile industry speakers, interactive industry sessions and workshops, quickfire innovation presentations, as well as ample opportunities for professional networking, the Conference fostered a positive and collaborative culture driving the industry forward. Day one saw

New IMCA Diving guidance on lost bell emergencies

IMCA has published new guidance on lost bell emergencies. IMCA D 077 – Guidance on prevention and mitigation of lost bell emergencies draw together the Association’s key advice on the subject into a single up-to-date guidance document. A potential significant risk when using closed diving bells is that the diving bell and its divers cannot be recovered, either because the main lift wire, secondary lift wire(s) and main umbilical are severed, or because the bell is trapped. Such an incident is referred to as a ‘lost bell’ if supplies of breathing gas or heating from the surface are lost.It is

Safety Seminar – Challenges in attracting and keeping the right people

How the offshore industry identifies, recruits, trains and retains appropriately skilled and competent people to do a safe job is the focus of an upcoming IMCA Safety Seminar on Tuesday 6 June 2023. The one-day event, which takes place in Amsterdam, will bring the industry together to explore the major issues facing the sector, notably how we can recruit and retain the right people and ensure effective onboarding and retention. With a full programme of high-profile industry speakers and interactive sessions, the Seminar outcomes will feed into IMCA’s work programme in this space offering attendees the opportunity to shape the

IMCA joins Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

IMCA has joined The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping as a Mission Ambassador. The World’s 100,000 commercial vessels consume around 300 million tons of fuel every year making shipping accountable for around 3% of global carbon emissions. The not-for-profit, independent research and development organisation exists to accelerate the sustainable transition towards a Net Zero future for the maritime industry through collaboration, applied research, and regulatory reform. As a Mission Ambassador, IMCA will share insights, knowledge, and research from the marine contracting industry with the Center and input into its research and work programme. Commenting on the news,

IMCA thought leadership recognised by UK Government

IMCA’s campaign on sustainable contracting in offshore wind has been recognised by the UK’s first Offshore Wind Champion, and previous co-chair of the Offshore Wind Acceleration Taskforce (May 22 to March 23), Tim Pick. Tim Pick was commissioned by the UK Government to explore the challenges for offshore wind and published his independent report, Seizing Our Opportunities, at the beginning of April. It highlighted that contracting terms in oil and gas are generally more commercially balanced than in offshore wind, noting that: “IMCA’s Renewables Contracting Principles is a helpful piece of thought leadership on this topic.” One of the recommendations

Iain Grainger announced as new CEO of IMCA

Following an extensive executive search process overseen by its Board of Directors, IMCA announces that Iain Grainger will succeed Allen Leatt as CEO when he retires at the end of May 2023. Iain has over three decades of experience in offshore marine construction, with his early career at Brown & Root where he was engaged in the engineering and project management of major offshore projects. He then moved into commercial, strategy, and regional leadership roles with tier-one contractors, including Acergy, Subsea 7, and McDermott International. Iain was previously an IMCA Board Member. More recently, he has represented the heavy fabrication

IMCA backs Fugro ROV introductory training course

  Fugro’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) introductory training course has received IMCA approval.   Allen Leatt, IMCA CEO, attended the opening ceremony for Fugro’s ROV Training Centre of Excellence, part of the Fugro Academy Training Centre in Plymouth, UK, on Friday 21 April 2023. He experienced first-hand how Fugro’s comprehensive training programme is designed to provide participants with a strong foundation in the ROV industry.   Meeting IMCA requirements, all new trainees must have a suitable educational background and a minimum of three years’ work experience in a relevant field before joining the course. This ensures that participants have a strong foundation

IMCA launches new industry awareness campaign

IMCA has launched a new industry awareness campaign following the introduction of new rules by the Nautical Institute (NI) which require Dynamic Positioning (DP) Operators to demonstrate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) throughout their careers. Commenting on the new rules, Captain John Lloyd, Chief Executive at the NI, said: “While our changes are being gradually introduced over the coming years as DP Operators revalidate their certificates, how the new CPD requirements are going to be met will need to be considered by Operators as soon as possible.” To support the industry in understanding these changes, and what it means in practice