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Safety Seminar – Challenges in attracting and keeping the right people

Published on 15 May 2023

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 future of safety in our industry. The event will also see the presentation of the IMCA Safety Awards for 2022.

Among these will be Iain Grainger, incoming CEO, who will be presenting IMCA’s role in safety and the latest cross-industry statistics in his first speaking engagement as CEO of the international membership organisation.

IMCA Contact

Nicholas Hough
Consultant – Safety and Security

He joins speakers from a broad cross-section of the industry including regulators and members, Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board, Equinor, MMA Offshore, P&O Maritime Logistics, Caledonia Competence, Fugro, TechnipFMC, Heerema Marine Contractors and Subsea 7.

Some of the topics discussed will be communication and the use of AI in onboarding, how we can address human factors, the importance of leadership and engagement, effective competence, and training in today’s environment, overcoming systemic barriers for women in our workplaces, and the importance of predicable performance.

Commenting on the Safety Seminar, Nick Hough said: “I’m delighted to share the programme for our upcoming Safety Seminar which takes place in Amsterdam on Tuesday 6 June. This is a great opportunity for us to come together to explore the key safety issues facing our industry today.”

“We’ve put together a programme which is both informative and engaging which will ensure attendees leave with an understanding of the latest insight and best-practice, as well as plenty of tangible takeaways.”

The Seminar is scheduled a day after IMCA’s Europe and Africa Regional meeting (Monday 5 June 2023) which takes place at Simwave’s facility in nearby Rotterdam, allowing members to easily attend both events, if they so wish.

Tickets are available from the IMCA website now for members and non-members alike.


  • IMCA’s Safety role in marine contracting, Iain Grainger, IMCA.
  • Addressing human factors, Øssur Jarleivson HildubergDanish Maritime Accident Investigation Board.
  • Onboarding and communication, Michael AndersonEquinor.
  • The Importance of Leadership and Engagement, Debbi GarreffaMMA Offshore.
  • Revolutionising Onboarding and Familiarisation through AI LLM, AI Video and Presentation Software, and AI Chatbot Integration, Ben NealP&O Maritime Logistics.
  • Effective Competence & Training in today’s environment, Gavin SmithCaledonia Competence & IMCA’s Competence & Training Committee Chair.
  • Removing systemic barriers to women’s participation in the offshore workplace, Darren Male, Fugro.
  • The FOCOS process – reducing exposures and preventing accidents through the engagement of leadership and team members, Louize DanTechnipFMC.
  • Where Dare to Care meets Duty of Care, Bionda van RoosendaalHeerema Marine Contractors.
  • The role of predictable performance in recruiting, onboarding and retaining people for safe operations, Eric Annand, Subsea 7.
  • Networking reception.