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IMCA publishes Marine Explosive Ordnance Operations Logbook

The International Marine Contractors Association has published a ‘Marine Explosive Ordnance (MEO) Operations Logbook’ (Logbook 018) for use by all MEO operatives, including divers, diving supervisors, MEO supervisors and other personnel who wish to record their involvement in MEO subsea activities. The logbook is designed to be used by MEO operatives to log, in detail, the exact work they carry out, such as survey, identification, and disposal activities. Instructions on how to use the logbook are set out in explanatory notes. There are separate sections for recording details of examinations and certifications held; training courses attended; and individual MEO field

IMCA adds U.S. offshore wind expertise to Business Development team

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Dustin Varnell to its Business Development team. Based in Rhode Island, Dustin will focus on the U.S. offshore wind energy market, complementing the work of Bruce Gresham, IMCA’s Director of Client Engagement in the U.S. Allen Leatt, IMCA CEO stated: “As a Master Mariner on dynamic positioned (DP) vessels Dustin is very familiar with IMCA’s work in the field, which is very beneficial in representing the association to existing and new member companies in the U.S. wind industry. We look forward to closely engaging with industry in the Northeast U.S. and helping

IMCA receives the OSJ 2022 Safety Award

This award was for IMCA’s offshore renewables safety standards and recognising the organisation for its development of safety standards for offshore renewables. Most recently IMCA expanded its ‘Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations’ (IMCA M254). These guidelines were produced to help standardise the way in which vessels give personnel safe access to offshore structures, both in the wind and oil & gas industries. IMCA’s Richard Purser and Maarten de Wit of Amplemann were there to receive the award on the night. Well done to everyone in the working group who contributed to the document and to Kerrie Forster for

IMCA’s W2W Guidance Wins Industry Safety Award

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) was recently announced the winner of the 2022 OSJ Safety Award which recognised the association’s “outstanding work” in standardising the use of offshore Walk to Work (W2W) systems. This technology has become the norm for use in the offshore wind energy market and is of growing importance in the oil and gas market. IMCA’s Technical Adviser – Marine, Richard Purser and Maarten de Wit of Amplemann, a member of IMCA’s Marien Renewable Energy Committee, received the award at OSJ’s gala dinner in London. As Mark Ford, IMCA’s Marine and Quality Manager, noted: “Guidelines for

IMCA appoints new Marine Renewable Energy Technical Adviser

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes Rhys Jones as Technical Adviser, Marine Renewable Energy. Rhys brings a wealth of offshore wind energy experience to IMCA, having worked for RenewableUK for 11 years as Head of Technical Affairs. This involved a strong focus on health, safety, and regulatory compliance in the offshore wind sector. Rhys has managed numerous industry committees in developing various best-practice guidance documents in the offshore wind industry in much the same way as IMCA’s operating model. Mark Ford, IMCA’ s Marine & Quality Manager stated: “Following the retirement this year of Captain Andy Goldsmith, we welcome

IMCA Demystifies the American Offshore Workers Fairness Act

IMCA published a detailed Information Note on 14 March 2022 on Congressionally proposed manning constraints applicable to vessels operating in support of U.S. offshore energy projects.  The proposal was passed by the House of Representatives on 29 March 2022 – the American Offshore Worker Fairness Act, Section 518 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 (H.R 6865).  This measure is now pending before the U.S. Senate. “There remains much more to comprehend regarding the potential of this proposed legislation and there are many inaccuracies related to the purported rationale for the need for enactment of this legislation,” explained IMCA’s

Publication of DP Station Keeping Stats sees IMCA urge for more reporting and discussion

Two recent publications from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) make useful discussion tools for key dynamic positioning (DP) personnel. IMCA M 258 ‘Dynamic Positioning Station Keeping Review – Incidents and Events Reported for 2021’ assesses events reported during last year; and the first ‘DP Event Bulletin’ for 2022 looks in detail at three anonymised DP case studies, the importance of being soliton-aware; and provides a template for DP emergency drill scenarios. IMCA M258 reports that during 2021 150 DP station keeping reports were received from 122 different DP vessels giving an average of 1.2 reports per vessel. The main

IMCA launches new Analytics Hub for eCMID Vessel Inspection Data

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has launched a new analytics hub within its eCMID System for vessel inspections, available at www.ecmid.com. The system provides real-time reports based on anonymised aggregate data from over 1100 inspections of offshore vessels and workboats undertaken using the latest eCMID and eMISW templates since May 2021 – a number which will only increase, as the system will track use across future versions of the templates. The default report, which can be filtered by date and vessel type, identifies the questions and sections resulting in the highest proportion of findings during inspections. This will allow

IMCA Responds to Congressional Advancement of U.S. Crewing Legislation

On March 29, 2022 the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation – H.R. 6728 – that included a provision in Section 518 (as we have previously reported) that would impose burdensome new citizenship-based restrictions on crews of foreign flag vessels that work on offshore energy projects on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”).  This provision would require mariners on foreign flagged vessels operating on the OCS be either U.S. citizens, permanent residents (green card holders), or citizens of the nation of the flag state of the vessel, in contravention of longstanding international principles that regulation and credentialing of crews are

IMCA to be represented in Oceans Career Panel

Oceanology International technical conference is set to run from 15 March to 17 March 2022. OI is a high-level marine science and ocean technology conference situated at the ExCel convention centre in London. The technical conference brings together 500+ exhibitors, with over 8,000 attendees targeted for 2022. The must-attend event ties in three key parts of the industry: business, academics and government. The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) will be running an Oceans Careers Panel on 17 March (1240-1440hrs), Chaired by Sue John, Chair, SUT. Here IMCA’s Andre Rose, Technical Adviser, will detail his roots into the offshore industry along

IMCA explains the unrealistic proposed US crewing exemption process

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) provides the following update to its Information Note (1606) published on March 1, 2022 on H.R. 6728, a proposed amendment to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (“OCSLA”) that would impose burdensome new citizenship-based restrictions on crews of foreign flag vessels that work on offshore energy projects on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”). This legislation remains under active consideration by the U.S. Congress.  In order to better understand the adverse impacts of this legislation IMCA explains, from a practical perspective, how this proposed legislation would result in unnecessary and severe administrative burdens without

IMCA Appoints Director of Client Engagement Asia-Pacific

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Jason Veerasingam as Director of Client Engagement – Asia-Pacific. Jason Veerasingam is experienced in working with engineering consultants, leading EPC contractors and offshore service providers. In the last 25 years, his focus in the South East Asia market has enabled him to build successful business development strategies for national and international companies in the region. His last role was as the Area Manager at Boskalis Offshore. He was responsible for the business development of their suite of offshore services including the decommissioning of offshore assets in the region.As Allen Leatt, IMCA’s CEO

Your Innovative Technology Could Feature in IMCA’s DP Conference

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will feature innovative technology and solutions in the Quickfire, Totally Technology Session at their Dynamic Positioning Conference (Amsterdam, 31 May-1 June 2022). Companies are invited to apply for a timed presentation slot in the session by submitting details of their new (or relatively new) technology or innovation, which should be applicable to the oil and gas or renewable energy industries. The deadline is 20 April 2022. As Mark Ford, IMCA’s Marine & Quality Manager explained: “The Quickfire, Totally Technology Session has been a regular and enjoyable feature of IMCA’s Annual Seminar programme and provides

IMCA Publishes Information Note on the Impacts of Proposed Crewing Legislation

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published on its website a new Information Note that should be of interest to IMCA Members with offshore oil and gas and renewable energy businesses in the United States. This relates to new proposed legislative amendments called the American Offshore Worker Fairness Act that would dramatically change citizenship crewing requirements for vessels engaged in offshore energy support operations on the outer continental shelf of the United States.  Specifically, Members should be aware of proposed legislative changes that would undermine a regulatory scheme that has served the offshore energy industry well for decades by

IMCA to hold 2022 DP Conference in Amsterdam

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is set to stage its two-day Dynamic Positioning (DP) Conference in Amsterdam at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel on 31 May-1 June 2022. Aimed at those involved in both offshore renewable energy and offshore oil and gas DP operations, the event will provide an opportunity for IMCA members and industry colleagues to participate in an industry forum where attendees will hear from experts actively involved in dynamic positioning and have the opportunity to take part in Q&A sessions and workshops that will help formulate the work programme for IMCA’s DP Committee. Looking forward to the

IMCA moves from principles to practice with the launch of Environmental Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has launched a new online self-assessment tool to enable Members to track their progress against Environmental Sustainability expectations in their Recommended Code of Practice launched last year. The tool, which has been developed for IMCA Members’ internal use, presents their self-assessment score and, once sufficient submissions have been made by other IMCA Members, a comparison with other users’ outcomes is given. Nadine Robinson, IMCA’s Technical Adviser for Environmental Sustainability explained: “The online self-assessment tool enables us, individually and collectively, to reflect on how IMCA Member companies and we, as the offshore marine contracting industry,

IMCA appoints new Technical Director

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes Stephen Peet as Technical Director. Stephen Peet brings a wealth of experience to IMCA having held senior positions with Wood Group and KBR following earlier career roles at GE and British Gas. More recently Stephen was the Europe and Africa regional director for integrity management and digital solutions at Oceaneering. Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive stated: We welcome Stephen to the team and look forward to benefitting from his 25 years of engineering and management experience. Allen added: Mark Ford, who held the technical director role for the last two years now takes

IMCA finalises Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has expanded its ‘Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations’ (IMCA M254). Originally published in October 2020, the guidelines were produced to help standardise the way in which vessels give personnel safe access to offshore structures, both in the wind and oil & gas industries, and were developed under the direction of IMCA’s Marine Division Management Committee. Vessel owners, wind farm operators and motion compensated gangway manufacturers worked alongside an offshore energy industry focused steering group consisting of representatives from leading manufacturers of motion compensated gangway systems to develop the guidelines. The document was

IMCA and Fugro celebrate Brazil’s ‘Friend of the Navy’ award

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA’s) contribution to offshore training has been recognised by the presentation, by the Brazilian Navy, of the Brazilian ‘Friend of the Navy’ Medal (Medalha Amigo da Marinha) to John Chatten of Fugro, Chair of IMCA’s South America Region. IMCA‘s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt said: “It is an honour for IMCA to receive this accolade.We, and Fugro, are delighted. This acknowledges IMCA’s global contribution to competence and training and improving performance in the industry which simply would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of our committees. Congratulations and thanks go to John for his

IMCA urges members to be vigilant against fabricated certificates

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has asked members to treat with utmost caution, any certificates, other than those listed on their website, that depict IMCA logos or portray IMCA approval. The Association was made aware of a number of doctored ROV certificates, being circulated in the Asia-Pacific region, despite the fact it does not currently issue, approve or accredit ROV certification. IMCA Contact Allen Leatt Chief Executive Contact [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of IMCA explained: “It is hugely concerning that people are being misled in this way, and investing in a qualification that doesn’t exist.