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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 Technical Director 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

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

IMCA publishes 2014 DP incident report

Seventy one accounts of incidents that took place in 2014 on 54 vessels were submitted for the annual ‘ Dynamic positioning station keeping incidents: Incidents for 2014’ (M 231) report produced by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). These accounts have been analysed, made anonymous and detailed in the report which is online and freely downloadable at www.imca-int.com/media/252294/imcam231.pdf Thruster/propulsion issues proved to be the main cause for dynamic positioning (DP) incidents in 2014 accounting for 36% of such events; followed by computer issues at 18% and power and references both at 13%. Following these as the main cause are human

The importance of reporting DP station keeping incidents

Accurate station keeping is essential for dynamically positioned (DP) vessels, and learning from others’ experiences of incidents is vital. Ian Giddings, Technical Adviser (Marine) at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be speaking on the importance of IMCA Station Keeping Incident Reporting at the DPBrasil, the 1st Brazilian Conference on Dynamic Positioning, being held in Rio de Janeiro 23-25 April 2013. “In my presentation I will be looking at the long-established IMCA system for station keeping incident reporting for DP vessels, and the subsequent analysis of these incidents and preparation of our annual station keeping report,” he explains.”I will

IMCA publishes DP station keeping incidents

Fifty six accounts of incidents that took place in 2010 on 41 vessels were submitted for the annual Dynamic Positioning (DP) Station Keeping Incidents report produced by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). These incident accounts have been analysed and included in the newly published report IMCA M 218. The largest percentage (37%) of incidents had ‘reference’ as their main cause, with many support submitters commenting that references had been a cause for concern. Electrical (21%), computer (11%) and power (9%) were the next highest scorers. Finally human error (5%), environment (7%), propulsion (4%) and procedure (4%) were the least

Learning the lessons, reporting DP incidents

In recent years there has been an increasing scrutiny of DP incidents, due, amongst other things, to high profile maritime incidents. Ian Giddings, Technical Adviser – Marine, at the International marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be addressing ‘Learning the Lessons, Reporting DP Incidents’ at the forthcoming Marine Technology Society’s Dynamic Positioning Conference – DP 2012, being held 9-10 October in Houston, Texas. “The voluntary reporting of station keeping incidents on DP vessels to IMCA for analysis has operated for over 25 years,” he explains. “In my presentation I will be looking at that system, including the lessons learned both about

IMCA publishes DP station keeping incidents 2009 and requests input to 2010 report

The sharing of information on incidents is essential as an aid to improved safety, with each one improving the knowledge base of other organisations undertaking similar activities. This is why the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) publishes an annual report on dynamic positioning (DP) station keeping incidents. The report on incidents in 2009 has just been published (IMCA M 211) and IMCA is requesting that details on any incidents in 2010 not already reported should be submitted as soon as possible. “We would encourage everyone to report their incidents, the yearly station keeping incident volumes we produce can only be