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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

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

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 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’s Diving Supervisors’ CPD App to be made mandatory from 2021 – fourth 2020 Knowledge Unit now available

In launching the fourth knowledge unit for its App-based Diving Supervisors’ continuing professional development (CPD) scheme, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has issued a reminder that the scheme will be mandatory from early 2021. The App incorporates the latest in training techniques to support Diving Supervisors in keeping up to date with current safety information and guidelines from IMCA. Bryan McGlinchy, IMCA’s Diving Manager said: I urge IMCA Diving Supervisors who have yet to register for the CPD scheme to act now. Visit our website, complete the simple registration process, download the App and complete the four knowledge units

Offshore Industry Group welcomes IMO endorsement of industry developed framework of protocols for Crew Change and Travel

The Offshore Industry Group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP, ISOA and the Workboat Association (details below) welcomes the endorsement by the IMO Member States of the Framework of Protocols developed by the wider Shipping Industry to facilitate safe crew change and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols include: practical steps for joining and leaving ships, recognising the tightened border restrictions imposed due to the pandemicthe need for compliance and strict adherence with COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirementsmeasures to prevent infection on board shipsthe need for Governments to designate seafarers as ‘key workers’, providing an essential service. The IMO’s Maritime

IMCA’S Asia Pacific Regional Webinar offers Technical Presentations and a Regional Update

Registration is open for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Asia Pacific Regional Webinar taking place on 9 December (start time 08:00 GMT). The event, hosted by IMCA’s Asia Pacific Regional Committee, focuses on current and topical issues and provides an opportunity for IMCA members throughout the vast region to hear the latest on the work of IMCA alongside two technical presentations from guest speakers. As Nick Hough, Technical Adviser IMCA explained: “A brief update on IMCA’s work this year will be followed by details on the major review of the D 024 (DESIGN) document for saturation diving systems; a

Energy Transition in focus at IMCA’s North America Regional Webinar

Registration is now open for ‘North America: Energy Transition to Renewables’ the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) North America Regional Webinar taking place on 3 December (08:30hrs CDT). The event is hosted by IMCA’s North America Regional Committee and provides an opportunity for IMCA members throughout North America to be updated on the work of IMCA. It embraces offshore wind; environmental sustainability; IMCA’s recent activities concerning COVID-19; the recent US Coast Guard policy changes relating to diving; and the latest IMCA guidance documents and activities. Bruce Gresham, Director of Client Engagement, explained: “The webinar will address the most popular topics

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

Crew Changes & other topical issues under the spotlight at IMCA’s Middle East & India Regional Webinar

Registration is now open for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Middle East & India Regional Webinar taking place on 26 November (09:00-11:00 GMT). The webinar focuses on the issue of crew changes in the region during COVID-19 and other relevant topics and provides an opportunity for IMCA members throughout the region to be updated on the work of the global association. As Chris Rodricks (IMCA Middle East & India Representative) explained: “Introduced by Allen Leatt, Chief Executive, the two-hour webinar will provide an update on IMCA’s current activities. As well as turning the spotlight on the challenges of crew

IMCA Publishes “Guidelines for Walk to Work Operations”

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a new document ‘Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations’ (IMCA M254) under the direction of IMCA’s Marine Division Management Committee. The Marine Renewable Energy Committee formed a workgroup consisting of vessel owners, wind farm operators and motion compensated gangway manufacturers and worked alongside an oil & gas focused industry steering group consisting of representatives from leading manufacturers of motion compensated gangway systems. The W2W guidance has been produced to help standardise the way in which vessels are intended to give personnel safe access to offshore structures both in the wind and

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

South America webinar looks to the future of the Brazilian Market

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is holding a South America Regional webinar on “The future of the Brazilian Market”. IMCA’s South America committee is hosting this webinar on 25 November at 1030hrs local time Brazil bringing together speakers from key players in South America who will talk about the current and future market. The agenda for the webinar is as follows: Introduction from the South America Committee Chair, John Chatten and Vice Chair, Daniel Marins Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive Our guest speakers who will be talking about the future of the Brazilian Market: Rogerio Carvalho, Fugro Country ManagerJosé

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

IMCA Supports Industry Event on Sustainability: The Subsea Industry and the Evolution of Energy

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continues to be involved in a jointly run industry event devised and run in conjunction with The Society for Underwater Technology and The Hydrographic Society in Scotland. This annual event is scheduled to take place online only for the first time and is scheduled to run over a period of three days (3-5 November) with each session lasting two and a half hours. Technology developments which are key to the sustainability of energy will be discussed across the three sessions. Each session will set the scene with a keynote speaker and feature elevator pitches

IMCA Publishes Basic Training Document Aimed at Offshore Renewables Sector

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Basic Safety Training Requirements for Personnel Employed in the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector’ (IMCA C 018). It provides standard basic safety training requirements for inclusion at contract awards stage covering those employed on-board vessels during the construction and maintenance support phases of offshore renewable energy projects. The new guidance document incorporates an invaluable matrix to aid clarity for the sector. The ‘Basic Safety Training Matrix’ defines the minimum level of health and safety training, and medical fitness needed to work on, and from, vessels engaged on an offshore renewable energy project. It

IMCA’s Global Reach: AWEA Offshore Windpower Virtual Summit

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is presenting at the AWEA Offshore Windpower Virtual Summit on 13 October 2020. Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine and Bruce Gresham, Director of Client Engagement, North America, will give a joint presentation on ‘Preparing the Workforce – Industry Education and Training’ (15:15 EST/20:15 GMT). “The material included in educational and familiarisation programmes is based on operational knowledge and experience. IMCA Members, like those involved in our Marine Renewable Energy Committee, share their experience and knowledge to produce industry accepted guidance documents. Prepared by the industry for the industry, IMCA Members are required