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Consultation on IMCA’s Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability

Please note that this consultation period is now closed – thank you for your support. Environmental sustainability and the energy transition are fundamental to long-term value creation for the offshore marine contracting industry. In recognition of this, and to help improve environmental performance, a dedicated workgroup was formed under the auspices of the Environmental Sustainability Committee, with oversight of the IMCA Board, to develop a Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability. For the past four months, the workgroup consisting of international contractors, global contractors and contractors have held 6 workgroup, 20 subgroup meetings and multiple bilateral meetings and worked together

Inaugural Digitalisation Seminar on IMCA’s Calendar of Events

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be holding its inaugural Digitalisation Seminar in London on 15 October at Prince Philip House, Carlton House Terrace, with the theme ‘The Future Offshore Digital Environment’. Digitalisation is one of two key strategic themes for IMCA and has seen the formation of a Digitalisation Committee comprise of representatives from DOF, Fugro, Heerema Marine Contractors, McDermott, Saipem and TechnipFMC tasked with researching and investigating disruptive technologies and assessing their future impact on our industry. Free for members and invited guests the seminar will demystify many of the terms in use and combine views from

Offshore wind in focus at IMCA meeting in Aberdeen

Offshore Wind Sectoral Plan – presentation by Marine Scotland Presentations on Hywind Scotland Offshore wind, including Hywind Scotland, is to be the focus of attention at International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) forthcoming Europe & Africa Regional meeting being held on Wednesday 27 June, in Aberdeen. IMCA has lined-up industry experts from Marine Scotland, Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, Saipem, TechnipFMC and Global Maritime. They will cover a series of subjects ranging from the Scottish Government’s Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy to Hywind, the world’s first floating wind farm. IMCA’s CEO Allen Leatt said: “Significant steps are being made in

IMCA welcomes UK Home Office decision

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the extension by the Home Office until 21 October 2018 of the concession to UK immigration rules concerning workers joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects. As noted by IMCA in June, IMCA welcomes and applauds the Home Office’s pragmatic response to the voice and needs of industry in addressing this issue. This decision has provided clarity and certainty in planning and executing existing projects, which are critical to delivering renewable energy capacity in the UK, and allows time for industry to adjust to the new regime.

IMCA welcomes the UK Home Office concession

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the short term concession by the Home Office to immigration rules concerning seafarers joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects. However, IMCA notes that the recent change by the Home Office of immigration control over such seafarers (to resume after 21 October 2017) is a deviation from decades of common practice and is causing real operational difficulties. Consequently, IMCA would encourage the Home Office to reach out to industry in order that its new application of the legal framework relating to seafarers can be introduced in a way

Two highly topical presentations at IMCA Europe & Africa region meeting

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) members and guests attending the association’s Europe & Africa Region meeting at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Tuesday 13 June will hear two highly topical presentations. The first by Evert van Herel, Project Manager of Allseas will focus on ‘Brent Delta removal, the end of an era’; the second by Alan MacLeay from Seaway Heavy Lifting will provide an update on the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project. Early May saw Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit lift the 24,000 tonne Brent Delta platform topsides from its legs and transport it from 115 miles north east of Shetland to

Duo of Amsterdam-based IMCA seminars

Close on 200 delegates are expected at two seminars being held next week in Amsterdam by the International Marine Contractors (IMCA). The 2017 IMCA Lifting and Rigging Seminar with its theme ‘Slings and rigging: ‘The soft revolution” will be held on 14 June at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol as will the the two-day IMCA Marine Seminar (14 and 15 June) with its theme ‘Practical vessel assurance for safe & efficient operations’. The annual Lifting & Rigging seminars (formerly the Rope Forum seminars), chaired by David Cannell of TechnipFMC, have long proved a good way of encouraging discussion on issues affecting the industry;

IMCA to hold marine seminar in the Netherlands

‘Practical Vessel Assurance for Safe & Efficient Operations’ is the theme of a two-day marine seminar to be held by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June, at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol. The seminar will bring together IMCA members and guests eager to listen to presentations on four key topics – ‘Reactivation of DP vessels after a period of layup’; ‘Investigation and analysis of DP station keeping events’; ‘The role maritime bodies play in vessel assurance’; and ‘How IMCA’s Common Marine Inspection Document (eCMID) assists in the vessel assurance process’.  Two of the presentations

IMCA to hold two-day ROV seminar in Stavanger

DIARY DATE: Event: ROV Seminar Theme: ‘The future for remote systems and ROVs in the offshore construction industry‘ Dates: Tuesday 30-Wednesday 31 May 2017 Venue: Oceaneering International’s facility in Stavanger, Norway Organised by: International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Registration/information: www.imca-int.com/events and [email]events@imca-int.com[/email] Significant opportunities and challenges face the subsea industry – increasingly strident requirements to satisfy environmental legislation is one; the challenges of ROV utilisation in the growing renewables sector is another. The need to recruit and retain properly trained, competent people remains vital. These challenges and opportunities have led the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to organise an ROV

IMCA liaises with EU offshore regulators

Promoting collaboration between key international and regional regulators – such as the IMO and the European Commission – to achieve common positions on matters which affect the operations of offshore contractors is a pivotal aspect of the work of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Last week, on Thursday 19 January 2017, IMCA participated in the 13th session of the EU Offshore Authorities Group (EUOAG) in Brussels, where Eleni Antoniadou, IMCA Policy and Regulatory Affairs Adviser, gave a presentation on IMCA’s reporting tools (eCMID, Safety Flashes and Dynamic Positioning Station Keeping Event Report); the key role marine contractors play in

IMCA's Copenhagen meeting focuses on offshore renewables

Offshore renewables are very much in the spotlight at the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Europe & Africa Section meeting behind held in Copenhagen, Denmark on Tuesday 14 June, with five presentations on various aspects of the rapidly expanding sector. The meeting is open to IMCA members and other interested guests and is free to attend. All who intend being there should contact events@imca-int.com to register. There is also the opportunity to join via a webinar link https://imca-int.zoom.us/j/951273425; or by telephone Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll); Webinar ID: 951 273 425;

Strong DP Focus at IMCA Europe & Africa Section Meeting

Dynamic positioning (DP) figures prominently on the agenda for the next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA’s) Europe & Africa section meeting being held in Paris on 3 March. IMCA members, and non-members from organisations wishing to learn more about IMCA and its activities, are welcome at the free-to-attend meeting, which features five presentations on various aspects of DP. There will also be a new facility to join the meeting via a webinar link. Following a welcome by Pascal Grosjean, IMCA Europe & Africa Section Chairman, including background on IMCA and its activities, there will be an update

Strong DP focus at IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting

Dynamic positioning (DP) figures prominently on the agenda for the next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA’s) Europe & Africa section meeting being held in Paris on 3 March. IMCA members, and non-members from organisations wishing to learn more about IMCA and its activities, are welcome at the free-to-attend meeting, which features five presentations on various aspects of DP. There will also be a new facility to join the meeting via a webinar link. Following a welcome by Pascal Grosjean, IMCA Europe & Africa Section Chairman, including background on IMCA and its activities, there will be an update

IMCA Europe & Africa Section Meeting in Bergen

Three members of the technical team at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be attending the association’s Europe & Africa Section Meeting, which features eight highly relevant presentations being given by key offshore industry players, on Tuesday 24 November at the Clarion Bergen Airport Hotel. IMCA’s new Technical Director Richard Benzie and Technical Advisers Emily Comyn and Peter Sieniewicz will be at the meeting which is open to members and guests. The meeting will be opened by Pascal Grosjean, IMCA’s Europe & Africa Section Chairman. A range of presentations will be given during the day-long meeting scheduled to close

IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting in Bergen

Three members of the technical team at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be attending the association’s Europe & Africa Section Meeting, which features eight highly relevant presentations being given by key offshore industry players, on Tuesday 24 November at the Clarion Bergen Airport Hotel. IMCA’s new Technical Director Richard Benzie and Technical Advisers Emily Comyn and Peter Sieniewicz will be at the meeting which is open to members and guests. The meeting will be opened by Pascal Grosjean, IMCA’s Europe & Africa Section Chairman. A range of presentations will be given during the day-long meeting scheduled to close

IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting and briefing session heads to Livorno in Italy

The International Marine Contractors Association Europe & Africa Section meeting, which combines a briefing session open to members, potential members and invited guests, with a drinks reception and dinner, takes place on Tuesday 9 June at the NH Grand Hotel Palazzo, Livorno, Italy. The day starts with a welcome and introduction by Sergio Cappelletti, Vice Chairman, IMCA Europe & Africa Section who will give an IMCA overview. IMCA’s Technical Advisers Nick Hough and Andy Goldsmith will then provide a full update on IMCA including technical and regulatory developments. A series of presentations then follows from Subspec; Saipem; RINA (on classification

IMCA Europe & Africa Section meeting and briefing session heads to Livorno in Italy

The International Marine Contractors Association Europe & Africa Section meeting, which combines a briefing session open to members, potential members and invited guests, with a drinks reception and dinner, takes place on Tuesday 9 June at the NH Grand Hotel Palazzo, Livorno, Italy. The day starts with a welcome and introduction by Sergio Cappelletti, Vice Chairman, IMCA Europe & Africa Section who will give an IMCA overview. IMCA’s Technical Advisers Nick Hough and Andy Goldsmith will then provide a full update on IMCA including technical and regulatory developments. A series of presentations then follows from Subspec; Saipem; RINA (on classification

Successful first Angola-based meeting for IMCA section

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

IMCA to hold first section briefing in Angola

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is to hold a half day briefing meeting of its Europe & Africa Section for the first time in Luanda, Angola on Wednesday 4 March 2015, and looks forward to welcoming members and non-members alike. It is aimed at IMCA members, oil company representatives, contractors, consultants and any organisation interested in potential IMCA membership “I am pleased that IMCA is at last visiting Angola,” says Chris Charman, IMCA’s Chief Executive.”This is a first for us, but we anticipate strengthening our ties and relationships in this region in the future. The high risk deepwater areas

Offshore renewables under the spotlight at IMCA’s Hamburg-based Europe & Africa Section meeting

Offshore renewable energy will be very much on the agenda when the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) holds the first ever meeting of its long-established Europe & Africa Section in Germany. With speakers from Technip, the German Shipowners Association, German Shipbuilders, Workships Contractors, Seaway Heavy Lifting, Bluewater, RWE, Vattenfall, ER Offshore and Global Maritime the meeting on Thursday 28 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg is open to members and non-members alike. “IMCA established an offshore renewables workgroup in 2011 following growing concerns regarding safety in the offshore wind construction industry,” explains the association’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.