Published on 7 April 2015
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) recently held one of its regular Europe & Africa Section meetings in Luanda, Angola.
“This was a very successful ‘first’ for us,” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. “The event was co-hosted by Pascal Grosjean of Technip, Chairman of the Europe & Africa Section and IMCA Technical Adviser, Nick Hough. Over a dozen contractors were represented by the 23 delegates who attended and were updated on IMCA’s vision and strategy and our resources and materials; as well as being provided with a technical update. This embraced recently published guidance; documents nearing completion; safety flashes and information notes.
“What was particularly important was the level of questions received and the discussion and networking that took place. We look forward to returning to Angola again, and to growing the interest there in what IMCA can bring to the table in terms of adding value rather than cost and constantly ensuring that the industry strives for the ‘holy grail’ of ‘zero incidents’.”
IMCA has five regional sections – Asia Pacific; Central & North America; Europe & Africa; Middle East & India; and South America. They enable members to address issues specific to their local area and ensure the global applicability of the association’s world-wide activities. Regular meetings bring members together to discuss current topics and initiatives, often with guest speakers and opportunities for those interested in membership, clients, regulators and other interested parties to join members for presentations and briefing.