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IMCA supports CBP decision on Jones Act

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes withdrawal of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notice to revoke and modify rulings relating to offshore vessels under the Jones Act. Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of IMCA, explains: “Members of the International Marine Contractors Association with vessels active in U.S. waters, together with their clients, welcome the decision by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency to withdraw its proposed revocation of longstanding decisions made over the last 40 years concerning the Jones Act. The proposals, which would have represented a major change in maritime policy if enacted, had been forecast

IMCA engages in seafarers' wages payment during piracy at ILO meetings

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) actively participated, on behalf of the Maritime Employers’ Group, in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC), established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for seafarers. The Working Group’s meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 April 2017. It brought together over 150 representatives from Governments, employers’ organisations and seafarers’ associations, officials from ILO, IMO and civil society organisations to examine issues related to the protection of seafarers’ wages when the seafarer is held captive on

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 1 day to go

Myth – U.S. coastwise marine service companies will fill the gap in the market with U.S. coastwise qualified vessels The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 2 days to go

Myth – Only the inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) market is affected The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017 and it is crammed with information and

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 3 days to go

Myth – Jones Act waivers The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017 and it is crammed with information and facts and figures showing that the U.S.

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 4 days to go

Myth – Vessel equipment is merchandise The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017 and it is crammed with information and facts and figures showing that the

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 5 days to go

Myth – Improved US jobs market The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017 and it is crammed with information and facts and figures showing that the

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 6 days to go

Myth – Economic investment The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017 and it is crammed with information and facts and figures showing that the U.S. coastwise

IMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 7 days to go

Myth – Coastwise Fleet Capability The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. IMCA issued its vessel impact report on April 4, 2017 and it is crammed with information and facts and figures showing that the U.S.

New report confirms potentially serious damage to the deepwater construction market in the US Gulf of Mexico from proposed Jones Act changes

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) issued its report on 4 April into the potential impact of the Jones Act proposals published by the US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) on 18 January.  The report is available on IMCA’s website *. IMCA has conducted a detailed analysis of the technical requirements of conducting various operations in deepwater (>1,000m or 3,280 ft) cross-matched to the vessels active in the Gulf of Mexico in late 2016. The results confirm the practical reality that the US coastwise fleet is unable, on its own, to support activities in the deepwater market. For instance:

IMCA publishes report on offshore construction vessel capacity in the US Gulf of Mexico

Following the bulletin published by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on 17 January proposing to revoke or modify a series of rulings relating to offshore activities and the Jones Act, IMCA has completed an analysis of fleet capacity in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) should the revocations go ahead. The report, Marine Construction Vessel Impacts of Proposed Modifications and Revocations of Jones Act Letters Related to Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Activities, is now available to read. The full report and its executive summary are available to read below:

IMO accepts IMCA paper as basis for updating DP guidelines

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to continue using the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document covering The training and experience of key DP personnel as the basis of the IMO Guidelines for Dynamic Positioning System (DP) Operator Training (MSC/Circ.738). The IMCA guidance (IMCA M 117) has recently been revised and earlier this week IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 4) agreed to revise MSC/Circ. 738 to reflect the revision. In addition, the Sub-Committee decided to make a reference of IMCA Guidance in the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Code. “IMO’s circular

IMCA comments on potential wide sweeping changes to Jones Act decisions

Members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) with vessels active in US waters, together with their clients, have expressed serious concern over the hasty proposals by the Customs and Border Protection agency to revoke longstanding decisions made over the last 40 years concerning the Jones Act. These proposals, which represent a major change in maritime policy, have been introduced with no prior consultation, in the final two days of the Obama Administration, allowing only 30 days for public comment. The intention is to prevent non-Jones Act qualified vessels transporting merchandise between coastwise points. However, the effect may be to

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 welcomes IMO Secretary General’s call not to threaten IMO’s emissions global roadmap

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) believes that the roadmap adopted by the Marine Environment Protection of IMO (MEPC 70) to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions globally from shipping provides the right framework for moving forward on this vital issue. According to the agreed timeline, IMO will initiate its decision-making on further measures to tackle the challenge of GHG from shipping in 2022. “We welcomed the unanimous international decision at IMO on this important issue; obtaining it took many years of negotiations and intense discussions,” explains John Bradshaw, IMCA’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager. “We

IMCA launches new series of regulatory update bulletins

Today’s regulatory agenda is being increasingly driven by environmental issues. Shipping is under increasing pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to contribute to global efforts to counter anthropogenic climate change. The pressure is unlikely to abate; on the contrary shipping should expect these pressures to increase. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), which has Observer status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has therefore launched a series of regular ‘Regulatory Update’ bulletins, the first of which is on the IMCA website, to keep members informed about regulatory developments. “Our Regulatory & Policy Affairs Team is committed to keeping the

IMCA welcomes news of the Ballast Water Management Convention

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the news that the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017, and has produced a 12-point information sheet on the Convention for its members. The BWM Convention aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. It was Finland’s accession on 8 September this year that triggered the entry into force of the Convention in a year’s time. Under the Convention’s terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic

IMCA Appoints Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Strengthening its policy and regulatory affairs team, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointedJohn Bradshaw as Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager to lead on worldwide policy and legislative issues, with responsibility for developing and delivering the international trade association’s policy and regulatory strategy, including representing members with regulators and other third parties. John joined the IMCA Secretariat as one of its strong team of Technical Advisers in early Autumn 2015. This followed four years at Lloyd’s Register as Principal Technical Specialist and a career at sea. He has a strong track record as a specialist in the field of

IMO accepts IMCA paper as basis for updating DP guidelines

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to use the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) proposals as the basis for the review of the IMO Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems (MSC/Circ.645). The review will be taken forward by an IMO intersessional correspondence group that will further develop the draft, with a view to finalising it at the next meeting of the IMO Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) sub-committee, in 2016. “IMO’s circular 645 is the established international standard for DP systems. The guidelines have successfully provided the framework on which national regulations and classification society rules are

Industrial strategy – progress update on UK government and industry partnership

The UK government has published the industrial strategy progress report, which highlights the achievements, latest activities and future priorities of the industrial strategy. The progress report provides a timely update on the eleven sectors: Aerospace Agricultural Technologies Automotive Construction Information Economy International Education Life Sciences Nuclear Offshore Wind Oil and Gas Professional and Business Services As well as an update on the five cross cutting themes: Sector Partnerships: Providing support for all sectors to help increase global competitiveness, support innovation and maximise export potential. Technologies: Supporting the development and commercialisation of technologies where theUKhas the research expertise and business capability