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Podcast – Discussing IMCA’s DP Conference

Hear from Mark Ford and Richard Purser as they talk about the benefits of attending IMCA’s DP Conference, the background, agenda and what people can expect to get out of the event. A key takeaway from this short podcast is how attendees can shape the future of DP. Visit our events page for full details of the conference IMCA Contact Mark Ford Marine & Quality Manager Contact [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] IMCA Contact Richard Purser Technical Adviser – Marine Contact [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] Conference Event Page Register

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

European Dynamic Positioning Conference 2022

The European Dynamic Positioning conference will review market trends and drivers, innovations in technology, remote trials, future fuels for dynamic positioning (DP) vessels, DP application in the offshore wind sector and training and competency requirements. Industry experts will share their views and experiences in the sector, providing the very latest information to assist you in your DP planning and operations. This one-day event provides value through the educational and technical content of the programme as well as showcasing the latest advances in technology and innovation. Richard Purser, Technical Adviser – Marine, is also speaking on a panel regarding safety. IMCA

Registration Open – IMCA DP Conference

IMCA is hosting a Dynamic Positioning (DP) Conference on 31 May – 1 June 2022 focusing on technical and operational matters relating to DP. This event will be of interest to those involved in both offshore renewable energy and offshore oil & gas operations. We have an exciting line up of speakers and interactive sessions alongside IMCA’s renowned Quickfire Totally Technology Session. This two-day seminar provides an opportunity for IMCA members and industry colleagues to participate in an industry forum where attendees will hear from experts in Dynamic Positioning and have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions and workshops

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 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

Contribute to our DP Reporting for 2021

IMCA Members are strongly encouraged to pass on information on DP station keeping events and incidents so that lessons learnt can be used to raise the standards of safe and efficient operations throughout the industry. For more than thirty years IMCA’s DP station keeping event reporting system has helped to keep the DP fleet operational, safe and acceptable to clients and regulators by encouraging improvements in design, procedures and training. Visit our website for full details on how to submit your information. DP Events and Incidents Act now and share reports on: DP IncidentsDP Undesired EventsDP Observations Submission Process The

IMCA Focuses on Event Reporting plus DP & Offshore Wind Operations at the European DP Conference

Two members of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Marine Technical Adviser team will be speaking at the European Dynamic Positioning (DP) Conference in London on 16 November. One will cover new findings related to IMCA’s DP event reporting system and the other will consider the ‘marriage’ between DP vessels and the offshore wind industry.  Richard Purser, who joined the IMCA Technical team earlier this year, will be speaking on ‘DP events and reporting – latest trends and influencing factors’; and Captain Andy Goldsmith, who combines his role as a Technical Adviser covering DP with a similar role for  Renewable Energy, follows him on the programme considering ‘What does DP mean for the offshore wind sector?’.  Richard Purser described what he will cover:  “Analysis

IMCA DP Conference

IMCA is hosting a Dynamic Positioning (DP) Conference in 2022 focusing on technical and operational matters relating to DP. This event will be of interest to those involved in both offshore renewable energy and offshore oil & gas operations. Dynamic Positioning is in our DNA as our heritage goes back to 1989 in this area. We have an exciting line up of speakers and interactive sessions alongside IMCA’s renowned Quickfire Totally Technology Session. This two-day seminar provides an opportunity for IMCA members and industry colleagues to participate in an industry forum where attendees will hear from experts in Dynamic Positioning

IMCA and NI expand DPO App to Key DP Personnel

The Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continue to build on their Dynamic Positioning continuing professional development (CPD) app with the launch of a second module.  In response to industry demand in recent months, the scheme has now been expanded to include all key DP personnel.  The scheme, originally aimed at supporting Dynamic Positioning Operators, is designed to help all key DP personnel maintain their technical knowledge of the latest industry guidance and operational best practice. The app expands professional awareness of the latest IMCA/industry guidance; DP safety bulletins; DP exercises and training drills; and assists

IMCA launches new online facility for instant verification of certificates for safety-critical positions in the offshore industry.

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has launched a new online facility as part of the Association’s digital transformation programme which will enable members to access verification services 24 hours a day. It will cover all five certificate types currently issued; Air Diving Supervisor, Bell Diving Supervisor, Life Support Technician, DP Company Authority and DP Trials & Assurance Practitioner. New initiatives such as Accredited Diving System Inspectors will also benefit from the service. A search form is now available at for registered website users to check the status of any certificate provided to them by its holder. The existing option

DPO CPD APP Launched by Nautical Institute and IMCA

The Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) have worked together to develop a Dynamic Positioning Operators (“DPO”) continuing professional development (“CPD”) app which is launched today (24 March 2021). Feedback from industry is that CPD is an effective means to combat knowledge and skill fade, and this scheme will be a welcome addition to the market and the DPO community alike. The scheme is designed to help DPOs maintain their technical knowledge of the latest industry practices. The app will expand professional awareness of the latest IMCA/industry guidance; DP safety bulletins; DP exercises and training drills;

DPO CPD APP Launched by Nautical Institute and IMCA

The Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) have worked together to develop a Dynamic Positioning Operators (“DPO”) continuing professional development (“CPD”) app which is launched today (24 March 2021). Feedback from industry is that CPD is an effective means to combat knowledge and skill fade, and this scheme will be a welcome addition to the market and the DPO community alike. The scheme is designed to help DPOs maintain their technical knowledge of the latest industry practices. The app will expand professional awareness of the latest IMCA/industry guidance; DP safety bulletins; DP exercises and training drills;

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 Mark Ford Marine & Quality Manager Contact [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] “We congratulate OSJ on a great line-up that includes two of my colleagues, Captain Andy Goldsmith and

Join our DP Webinar, 1 July 2020

Safety Aspects of Marine Hybrid Technology IMCA’s Marine DP Committee is pleased to announce is is hosting a webinar on the Safety Aspects of Marine Hybrid Technology on Wednesday 1 July 2020 from 11:00am BST to 12:00pm BST. Reza Yaghoobi, Technical Adviser will present: Hybrid technology has proved to be a beneficial one improving system efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases emissions.Lithium ion batteries provide an excellent form of energy storage system which is an imperative part of a hybrid system.Conventional lithium ion batteries suffer from a major drawback called thermal runaway with high risks of explosion if not monitored and

IMCA Set to Provide Assurance for DP Operations at 9th DP Asia Conference

Providing assurance for DP operations lies at the heart of the presentation being given by Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) at the 9th Dynamic Positioning Asia 2019 conference and exhibition in Singapore 2-4 July.  Speaking in a session devoted to ‘Competency of DP Personnel and Practitioners’ on 3 July he will talk about three key IMCA initiatives – the recently launched DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme; assurance of process by means of IMCA’s ‘Guidance for Developing and Conducting DP Annual Trials Programmes‘ (IMCA M 190), looking particularly at revisions relevant to remote and

Application Process Now Open for IMCA's DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme

The application process for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme opens today (1 May 2019). The launch sees additional support documentation added to the IMCA website and the first dates announced for examinations with further dates to follow. Two categories of practitioners are eligible for accreditation: A DP Trials and Assurance Practitioner, i.e. an individual actively involved in producing, witnessing and assessing the results of DP Failure Modes and Effects Analysis proving trials and DP annual trial programmes; and A company DP Authority, i.e. the responsible individual for a vessel operator or end charterer for managing

Countdown underway for Start of IMCA's DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme

The application process for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme will open on 1 May. In preparation, IMCA has created a dedicated page on the IMCA website providing information on the scheme and the steps that those seeking accreditation need to undertake. “The aims of the scheme are to improve the consistency and conduct of DP trials throughout our industry; and to set a recognised level of knowledge for DP practitioners responsible for developing, witnessing and reporting of DP trials, and those responsible for the management of DP assurance processes,” explained Captain Andy Goldsmith, IMCA’s Technical

IMCA to Unveil 2018 Dynamic Positioning Stats and Practitioner Accreditation Scheme

Highest number of reports on DP Station Keeping events since Reporting Scheme began Date for DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme announced The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, will reveal the findings of the 2018 IMCA DP Station Keeping Reporting Scheme, and details of its DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme at the European Dynamic Positioning Conference today (5 February) in London. Latest results from the DP Station Keeping Reporting Scheme In 2018, IMCA received the highest number of reports on DP Station Keeping events since the scheme began in 1990. Compared with 2017, there was a

IMCA publishes 2015 DP station keeping events and incidents report

The predominant main cause for dynamic positioning (DP) station keeping events and incidents for 2015 was thruster/propulsion, according to the recently published International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) ‘Dynamic Positioning Station Keeping Review: Incidents and events reported for 2015’ (M 233). This repeats the 2012, 2013 and 2014 findings. The second cause was ‘computer’ with ‘environment’ in third position, and ‘human factor’ and ‘power’ in joint fourth. For 2015 a total of 80 DP station keeping reports from 59 vessels were received from IMCA members, and others, operating DP vessels, giving an average of 1.36 reports per vessel. All have been